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Sunnylea Toronto History

The history of the Sunnylea neighbourhood begins in 1803, when Alexander Thompson purchased 200 acres of land in the area. His son Archibald's country Georgian farmhouse near Royal York Road and Bloor Street West, :Spring Bank Cottage, is still standing today at 7 Meadowcrest Road.

The Thompson property was renowned for its fruit orchards. In the latter part of the 1800's families flocked to Sunnylea to cultivate thriving market gardens filled with fruits and vegetables. A handful of these old Sunnylea farmhouses are still standing both on Prince Edward Drive and on Islington Avenue.

Sunnylea's old farms were subdivided in the 1930's and 40's, when the present day neighbourhood was developed. The bungalows, split-level, storey-and- a-half, and two-storey houses were built mostly in the 1940's and 1950's. These detached homes include a wide frontage and a private drive. The Tudor style houses closer to Bloor Street are the older houses in this neighbourhood, often featuring handsome Riverstone exteriors, bay windows, stone chimneys, wrought iron railings and decorative front porches.

Sunnylea Etobicoke History

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