Southwest Etobicoke is home to one of the most naturally-beautiful communities in the GTA. In Long Branch, you’ll find gorgeous green spaces and a magnificent waterfront trail—along with housing to meet the needs of almost every buyer. Demand for homes in the area, which is already the site of a convenient GO Station and a lively local business district, will only continue to grow in the years ahead.
If you’re thinking of moving to this neighbourhood on the rise, here’s everything you need to know…
Long Branch is ideal for those seeking a balance between vibrant city living and a quieter suburban existence. Here you’ll find residents from all walks of life, but chances are good that most of your neighbours will be middle and upper-middle class families. That said, as new condo buildings pop up along the Lakeshore, there’s an increasing number of young professionals moving into the area.
Unlike many suburban communities, Long Branch has its own vibrant business district. Brimming with shops, eateries, cafes, and a wide variety of service providers, this strip of Lakeshore Boulevard couldn’t be more convenient.
If you’re looking for a bite to eat, local favourites include T.J. O’Shea’s Irish Snug (for comfort food and a pint) and The Fix + Co. (for juices and organic fare). To satisfy those pizza cravings, head to 850 Degrees, where Neapolitan tradition meets fresh local ingredients. Lastly, for fans of Japanese food, Sushi Momo is a must-try. This new neighbourhood addition is growing in popularity due to its inventive and colourful dishes.
Area homeowners head to Long Branch Furniture when their living spaces need some dressing up—and Evan’s Hardware when it’s time to do some renovations. There’s also an abundance of everyday services available in the neighbourhood—from banks to dental offices to pet grooming boutiques. Put simply: whatever you’re looking for when you’re in Long Branch, you’re bound to find it on Lakeshore Boulevard.
Outdoor enthusiasts will love Long Branch for its scenic green spaces. in the summertime, families flock to Marie Curtis Park, where they enjoy the beach, pool, and playground—not to mention pretty views of the Etobicoke Creek. Birch Park is another great option if you’re looking to get active. Here you’ll find lit tennis courts and a baseball diamond, among other facilities. Then there’s the iconic Long Branch Park. Thanks to its quaint gazebo and fun-filled summer concert series, this outdoor space is considered a true community hub.
While Long Branch is beautiful when the weather is nice, it’s also a great place to be when Christmas rolls around. Kids adore that Etobicoke Lakeshore Santa Claus Parade, which is one of the largest events of its kind in Canada. The Long Branch BIA (Business Improvement Association) is constantly striving to make life in the area even more enjoyable than it already is, so keep your eyes open for new things happening!
Few suburban neighbourhoods in the GTA offer easy access to the rest of the city the way that Long Branch does. The community has it’s own GO Station, with commuter trains that run regularly. Buses also depart from here, connecting riders to both Union Station and the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line.
If you drive, you’ll enjoy a 10 to 20-minute drive downtown. Both Lakeshore Boulevard and the QEW (Queen Elizabeth Way) are easily accessible.
Real estate options
Long Branch offers a variety of single-family home options at different price points. Since a lot of neighbourhood development occurred between the 1920s and the 1950s, you’ll find no shortage of Tudor-style houses and bungalows here. For those who prefer older architecture, there’s also a selection of gorgeous, turn-of-the-century homes in the region, which date back to the community’s early days. On the other end of the spectrum, you’ll also find a variety of modern houses, condos, and townhomes. Recent development along the lakeshore is bringing new residents—and new life—to this already vibrant community!
Thinking of buying a home and living in Long Branch? We know the local market, and we’d love to help you get started. Get in touch, and we’ll book a no-pressure meeting to discuss what you’re looking for!