The neighbourhood of Allenby was developed in the 1930’s. It is comprised mainly (70%) of detached homes with either mutual or private driveways. Most homes are of a side hall design with solid brick construction and utilitarian basements averaging 6 feet in height. Shields Avenue features the highest point of elevation in the original City of Toronto.
Allenby Public School has an excellent reputation. The French immersion curriculum has been in place since the program’s inception and has become a strong drawing card for the school district.
Demographics of the neighbourhood reflect mostly English origins, with approximately 43% of residents being of Jewish background and the rest of Christian denominations. This would be considered a mid-management neighbourhood, with white-collar workers and married families making up 60-70% of the population. Residents tend to work in various industries and disciplines, mostly service, education, religion, science and government.
In addition to being one of the safest neighbourhoods in the GTA, Allenby has long been sought after as a residential location due to its family-oriented atmosphere and due to easy access and proximity to downtown Toronto. There are several private schools close by, including Upper Canada College, Bishop Strachan School, Havergal College and St Clements School.
The neighbourhood also features several parks. Of particular note is nearby Eglinton Park, which offers full facilities including an ice rink, community centre with pools, and an open park offering all forms of sports for the neighbourhood; in summer, there may be as many as 1,000 people attending and participating in soccer and baseball games. The hills on the west side of the park are one of the few places in the area suitable for wintertime sledding.
Shopping is along the Eglinton Way, which commences at Oriole Parkway and runs West to Latimer lined with upscale businesses, banks and restaurants. Landmark restaurants, such as Sasaya, Yitz’s and Ferrara, are some of the best in the city.
Eglinton Avenue on the South
Avenue Road on the East
Briar Hill Avenue on the North
Latimer Avenue and Castlewood Road on the West
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