Thinking of putting down roots in Toronto’s East End? We’ve shared highlights for the Danforth and Birch Cliff and Beaches and Leslieville neighborhoods on our blog, and now we’re comparing two more wonderful East End communities. If you’re wondering whether moving to Toronto’s Cliffcrest or Guildwood neighbourhoods is the right choice for you and your family, here are some highlights to help you decide.
The Scarborough Bluffs are one of the city’s most incredible attractions, and you’ll find them in Cliffcrest. Formed from sedimentary deposits that were eroded by wind and water from Lake Ontario, today this geological feature provides beautiful views from the top and stretches of sandy beaches below. Due to the Bluffs, the Cliffcrest neighbourhood feels like a slice of country living in the city with ample nature to explore. Recreational activities are also abundant: residents spend time enjoying Bluffer’s Park with its yacht clubs and marina, green spaces and parks for picnicking, beach strolls and trail walks, and even water sports like kiteboarding are not uncommon.
You’ll find a strong family and community feel in Cliffcrest, which stretches from Brimley Road to Ravine Drive, along with charming bungalows, semi-detached homes, cozy cottages, and newer detached houses. Situated atop the Bluffs, many homes also offer amazing lake views. The neighbourhood has Toronto District School Board options, including H. A. Halbert Junior Public School, and R.H. King Academy.
For local shopping and entertainment, Kingston Road intersects Cliffcrest and has plazas, stores, and restaurants for residents, as well as providing driving access to downtown and highway 401.
You’ll find the picturesque Guildwood neighbourhood right next to Cliffcrest, situated between Sylvan Park, Glen Abbey Park, and Kingston Road to the north. The neighbourhood has an interesting history: The Guild Inn Estate (now an events space) was once an artist retreat in the 1930s, and residents today can continue to enjoy the grounds of the surrounding Guild Park and Gardens, which features stunning vistas overlooking Lake Ontario.
Enjoy this neighbourhood’s tree-lined streets and mix of unique homes, including bungalows and split levels, mid-century modern homes, and newer houses with custom designs. Guildwood GO Station offers a convenient 25-minute commute into downtown Toronto from this neighbourhood, and Kingston Road provides access to highway 401.
Public schools in the neighbourhood, including Poplar Road Public School, belong to the Toronto District School Board, and there’s also a local Montessori school. Find lots of family fun in this community too, as the active Guildwood Village Community Association hosts activities and events, including the annual Guildwood Family Festival full of art, song, and dance.
We’ve called Toronto’s East End our home for generations. Reach out to us for help when you’re ready to explore Toronto homes for sale in these neighbourhoods.