Welcome to Long Branch
The entire city of Toronto lines Lake Ontario’s waterfront, but few communities are lucky enough to live right along the water. The neighbourhood of Long Branch is the perfect combination of friendly Etobicoke communities and accessible lake front living. The value in this area’s location has not gone unnoticed; it is a top choice for many looking to own a home in the West end and as sought after as it currently is, there is no doubt its value will only rise.
In the 1800s and early 1900s Long Branch was primarily farmland, but its proximity to downtown Toronto and its waterside location made it an area of interest. Toronto’s elite would come to Long Branch for a resort style vacation, and in fact Long Branch received its name when a man named Thomas Wilkie made this vacation area inspired by a water-side resort in Long Branch, New Jersey. The first major change to the land of what is now known as long branch was in 1853 when the Hamilton Toronto railroad created tracks through Long Branch. Another major event happened in 1917 when for Canadians, transportation would be forever changed – Canada’s first ever concrete highway was created, known today as Lakeshore Boulevard. Streetcars soon followed by entering Long Branch in 1923, and with all these means of travel, people began to settle down and make a home in this neighbourhood.
Everything you need is right outside your door in the Long Branch community with stores and amenities surrounding you. When you need a break from city life, there is also no need to look further- with a multitude of parks and the waterfront at a walking distance, relaxing in Long Branch is not hard at all. This community also benefits from incredible highway access, with the Lakeshore Boulevard West highway running directly through it.
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