Swansea Village is a very distinctive neighbourhood due to its unusual geography. With winding roads, hilly terrain and bounded by Toronto’s largest park, the Humber River and Lake Ontario, it is unlike any other community in the city with excellent access to parkland, trails and outdoor activities.
Not surprising then that it’s the only Toronto neighbourhood with its own Town Hall, a local community centre which offers everything from art shows to summer camps, as well as a library and health clinic.
A few original workers homes, built in the 1880s can still be found in south Swansea, but most homes date from the early 1900s. Larger, higher-end homes are found overlooking Grenadier Pond, or on Brule Gardens overlooking the Humber River, with more modest detached and semi-detached homes in between. In the last 5-10 years a cluster of condominiums have been built close to Lake Shore Boulevard, with excellent lake and downtown views.
Most Swansea residents shop along Bloor Street West, a vibrant multi-cultural commercial area that attracts shoppers from all over the city. Food is one of the main attractions with a multitude of bakeries, specialty food stores, fruit and vegetable markets, cafes and restaurants.
With access to the Bloor-Danforth subway line at it’s north end, and Gardiner Expressway to the south, Swansea is a good choice for those looking for easy access to downtown as well as Pearson International airport and Mississauga.