Tucked into the southeast corner of Etobicoke, you’ll find the vibrant community of Mimico. This west Toronto neighbourhood boasts the natural beauty of the lakefront and the friendliness of a village, yet it’s just a fifteen-minute commute from downtown. It’s no wonder Mimico often finds a place on most desirable neighbourhood lists in the GTA. Here’s what you need to know about living in Mimico.
Priced out of the city’s core, many Torontonians have found a refuge in Mimico. The area’s affordability—along with its convenient location, picturesque charm, and sense of community—have made it a major draw for homebuyers. As a result, many young families and Millennial professionals are purchasing property in the neighbourhood, joining residents who have lived in the community for decades. This mix of locals helps make Mimico the unique neighbourhood it is today.
Mimico has two central commercial districts—one on Lake Shore Boulevard West, and one on Royal York Road. Along these main drags, you’ll find a variety of small shops, restaurants, and cafes.
When it comes to food, one of the biggest highlights is Tich. This stylish Indian restaurant on Lake Shore serves up pitch-perfect butter chicken and lamb korma. Those who prefer Spanish fare will want to check out Lavinia Restaurant, which offers an extensive selection of carefully-prepared tapas. Last but certainly not least, the authentic Neopolitan pizza at Pizzeria Oro di Napoli has to be tasted to be believed. These eateries prove you don’t have to go to Ossington or Little Italy to have a memorable meal.
For caffeine fanatics, Birds & Beans Coffee offers flavourful organic options that are freshly roasted in the neighbourhood. Those who fancy a casual drink should try Firkin on the Bay or the Blue Goose Tavern.
If you’re an urbanite who’s a nature lover at heart, Mimico is the neighbourhood for you. We suggest exploring the 1.1 km-trail along the shoreline in Mimico Waterfront Park. Whether you walk, jog, or cycle, consider scoping out the pockets of wetland habitat between the boardwalk and the shore. Those with kids will also enjoy Amos Waites Park, which features a public pool and two play structures.
The neighbourhood is also home to Mimico Arena—a hub of recreational activity, including hockey and lacrosse—along with the Mimico Tennis Club and the Lakeshore Lawn Bowling Club. In short, living in Mimico is perfect for those who want to stay active.
One of the best things about living in Mimico is the convenient commute to downtown Toronto. It takes just fifteen minutes to get to the city centre on the GO Train. The area is also well served by other forms of transit. Local bus routes connect residents to the Bloor-Danforth Subway line, as well as Union Station along the Yonge-University-Spadina line. For commuters who drive, the Gardiner Expressway makes getting around Toronto a breeze.
Real Estate Options
There’s a lot of buzz surrounding the modern condo developments along the Lakeshore, but homebuyers also have other options. On decent-sized lots, you’ll find pretty, older bungalows in the Tudor and Arts-and-Crafts architectural styles.
Mimico has become one of the hottest places to live in the GTA, so it’s no surprise that home prices have risen recently. That said, they are (for the most part) still a far cry from those in downtown Toronto. You’ll find a variety of houses and condos that can appeal to a wide range of people with different lifestyles.
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