Etobicoke - Mimico Real Estate
Mimico is the oldest of the former 'Lakeshore Municipalities' of Etobicoke. It is now a household community with two business strips along Royal York Road north of Mimico Avenue and along a straight stretch of Lake Shore Boulevard West, parallel to the shoreline (from Louisa Avenue to Allen Avenue). There is also a former commercial strip along Mimico Avenue connecting Royal York Road and Lake Shore Boulevard West. Some areas of industrial use exist along the railway.
Aiming towards rejuvenation
In 1998, Etobicoke was amalgamated with Metro Toronto and its five other municipalities into the new City of Toronto. Much of the former industrial land was subdivided for 'Monster Homes' in the 80s and later for townhouses, a process that continues today. Old plans for rejuvenating Mimico and its waterfront are also slowly being realized.
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In recent years the tide of condominium development along the Lakeshore has closed in on Mimico. Recently Mimico's oldest church, Christ Church Anglican experienced two fires within a short period of time and the remains were demolished leaving the old cemetery and a new park where the church once stood. The possibility of Mimico 'gentrifying' is sometimes mentioned in plans for Mimico but this has only taken place on a very small scale. Greater attempts at preserving Mimico's history are also being made with the historical designation of Eden Court (former home of Edward Stock) and the preservation and ongoing repair of Mimico's old train station.
Towers in Mimico from Humber Bay ParkEarly Mimico had few buildings and few of these survive. Architecturally, homes in Mimico range from grand lake side estates to bungalows built in the 1920s to 1940s, and low rise apartment buildings built in the 1950s and 1960s. Between Mimico Creek to the west and the Humber River to the east, there is a large area of condominium high-rise tower development along the lake shore. Lake Shore Blvd is also home to many Eastern European delicatessen, independent stores and bakeries, giving the area a Eastern European atmosphere.
Businesses in Mimico's commercial strips along Royal York (north of the railway) and Lake Shore Boulevard West (South of the railway) have organised themselves into two Business Improvement Associations: 'Mimico Village' (along Royal York in nothern Mimico) and 'Mimico by the Lake' (the heart of the former 'Mimico Beach' postal area along the Lakeshore in southern Mimico).
Looking east to Sir Henry Pellatt's 'Bailey House' (later the Legion Hall) at bend in Lake Shore, 1936 Looking east to Row houses at bend in Lake Shore Blvd (near site of former Legion Hall), 2007Lake Shore Boulevard is a four-lane arterial that runs parallel to the Lake Ontario waterfront from west to east, and is primarily residential within the Mimico area. The major north-south route is Royal York Road.
The original naming convention for Mimico side-streets was for English community names: Buckingham, Windsor (now Blue Goose Street), Newcastle, Portland, Burlington, Manchester, Oxford, Dorchester (now in The Queensway), Southampton (Cavell), Salisbury (Park Lawn), Torrington (Grand), Cambridge (to the North became Mendota), Coventry (to the East became Queens).
Some later streets were named for Mimico settlers: O'Donnell, Van Every, Robert Hendry (Wheatfield), George (Hendry), Pidgeon (western part of Stanley), Howland (Ourland), Stock's Side Road (The Queensway); and more recently for former mayors of Mimico: Skelton, Norris. The Griggs and Edwards retirement homes are also named for former mayors.
Recreation options in Mimico include the Mimico Tennis Club, the Mimico Cruising Club and the Etobicoke Yacht Club.
Near the foot of Park Lawn Road is Humber Bay Park, land created by infill of the lake, creating an artificial peninsula and enclosing Mimico Harbour at Mimico Creek. It has picnic areas, boat slips, walking trails and grasslands for recreational use.
In 1890, a waterfront walkway was planned consisting of The Parade at the bottom of Superior Avenue and Marine Parade starting at the bottom of Royal York Road. This plan had disappeared by 1911 except for a small part of Marine Parade (Sussex Drive). The City of Toronto, along with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, is building a publicly accessible waterfront. The first phase of the Mimico Waterfront Linear Park, opened in July 2008, connects three small parks using cobblestone beaches, boardwalks and sand dunes, and will eventually connect with Humber Bay Park to the west. As of 2008, construction of the second phase was delayed due to a minority group of property owners who refused to sell their lakefront access. This project has been completed through the Humber Bay neighbourhood with a roadway named Marine Parade after the original in Mimico.
Mimico has had a long had a reputation for supporting both of Canada's national sports. In hockey, Mimico has developed a number of NHL players; there was even a Wayne and Shuster sketch where Johnny and Frank played for the mythical Mimico Mice against the then-Stanley Cup champion Toronto Maple Leafs. Mimico's lacrosse clubs have been in existence for well over 100 years and has won a number of National Championships.
The area is served primarily with buses along Royal York Road and Evans Avenue connecting with the Bloor-Danforth subway and with streetcars along Lake Shore Boulevard. The City of Toronto is in the process of studying various proposals to increase transit connections in the area to downtown. The Mimico GO Transit station provides regular east-west commuter rail travel to downtown Toronto and to as far west as Hamilton. Along the north of the area is the Gardiner Expressway, a large 12-lane highway.
Before the building of the Bloor-Danforth Subway, the TTC operated a 'Mimico' bus route along a portion of Royal York and the Queensway from Humber Loop to the foot of Royal York. A second route was the 507 Long Branch streetcar, which was joined in 1995 to the 501 Queen route (the longest streetcar route in the world), and therefore no longer turns at the Humber Loop. Because of poor service on the western section of the route, the TTC is considering reinstating the separate Long Branch route.
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