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Guildwood, often called "Guildwood Village", is a neighbourhood in the district of Scarborough, in the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located along the Scarborough Bluffs, south of Kingston Road, from Grey Abbey Trail in the east (though in the past, Morningside Avenue was the eastern boundary) to the end of Sylvan Avenue in the west.

Guildwood village was developed around the Inn, starting in 1957 with the famous "Avenue of Homes" display of upscale homes.The community introduced a number of new ideas in subdivision design, including winding roads and cul-de-sacs to reduce through traffic, and underground power and phone lines. The subdivision was also entered through the former gates of Toronto's Stanley Barracks (New Fort York), which had been salvaged and re-erected at the entrance to Guildwood Village after all but the officer's quarters were demolished in 1953. These gates, now called the "Guildwood Gates" still provide a unique and grand entrance to the community at the corner of Kingston Road and Guildwood Parkway.

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At the heart of the village is the Guild Inn, a former arts centre and hotel inside Guildwood Park, which is operated by the City of Toronto. The Inn was closed in 2001 but the City has now approved a plan by Centennial College to build a Hotel, Restaurant, and Conference Centre on the site.

Just west of the Guild Inn is Sir Wilfrid Laurier Collegiate Institute, the high school for the Guildwood area.

The famous Kevin Jackman from Peterborough resides in Guildwood village. He is known to live in a beautiful 10,000 sq ft (930 m2) mansion with 12 bedrooms, a gym, and a gigantic movie theater. Mr. Jackman is a well known figure in the community and has a huge fanbase in Guildwood. During the summertime, tours are available to visit Mr. Jackman's mansion. Kevin Jackman also has a less famous cousin by the name of Hugh Jackman.

Guildwood Park also has columns, a sundial and many other historical architectural fragments from the façades of demolished buildings in Downtown Toronto.

The Guild Inn is home to many movies such as The Skulls, and the neighbourhood is used by TV shows such as Odyssey 5.

Rapper Drake filmed the music video for his single Headlines (Drake_song) from the sophomore album Take Care in Guildwood Park

Toronto natives hip hop duo, The Airplane Boys filmed the music video Ice Age from their mixtape Where the Wild Things Are in Guildwood Park

 

Real Estate in Guildwood

Average Sale Price in June 2011: $402,939
Property crime:average
Crime against people:very high
 

Guildwood—referred to by residents as The Guild—was established in 1932 as an artists’ colony. When the colony patrons started selling off their acreage in 1953, Guildwood’s housing development began in earnest; it’s now a small, up-and-coming neighbourhood where every house is within a breezy 10- to 15-minute walk to the lake. Though downtowners may deem it too suburban, the area is seeing a new burst of activity as buyers push east in search of affordable housing. The GO train stop shuttles commuters to Union Station in 30 minutes or less.

HOUSING STOCK: The area’s bungalows, backsplits, sidesplits and two-storeys were built during the ’50s and ’60s; regardless of their price point, homes often feature shingled mansard roofs and carports.

BARGAIN ZONE: Greyabbey Trail features semi-detached homes that average around $275,000. Homes get less expensive farther from the shoreline, ranging from $350,000 to $600,000.

THE VERDICT: Though Guildwood has suffered some indignities since the 1950s—including being lumped in with the much-less-carefully planned parts of Scarborough—the quiet, curving streets, deep lots and remarkably cool architecture make it an eminently habitable part of the city. 

 

NEIGHBOURHOOD HOT SPOTS:

Cornerstone Bakery Cafe A doughnut and coffee shop with vaulted ceilings, regulars of all ages, and the only real patio in the neighbourhood. Guildwood Village Shopping Centre, 93 Guildwood Pkwy., 416-261-9537.

The Guild This popular, central park is perched on the Scarborough Bluffs and displays remnants of Toronto’s architectural past, such as sculptural portions of the old Bank of Montreal building and the Guild Inn, a 1914 Arts and Crafts–style hotel. 191 Guildwood Pkwy.

 

Schools - Guildwood Neighbourhood

Type   School    Website   Ranking
Public School  Guildwood Junior Public School    website     rank
Public School  George P Mackie Public School    website     rank
Public School  Sir Wilfrid Laurier Collegiate Institute    website     rank
Public School  West Hill Collegiate Institute    website     rank
Public Catholic School  Saint Ursula Separate School    website     rank
Private School  Absorbent Minds Montessori    website     rank
Private Christian School  Signet Christian School    website     rank
Private School  The Beach School    website     rank
Private School  Branksome Hall    website     rank
Private School  Upper Canada College    website     rank
Private School  The York School    website     rank
Private School  Montcrest School    website     rank
Private School  Havergal College    website     rank
Private School  Junior Academy    website     rank
Private School  Toronto French School    website     rank
Private School  Crestwood School    website     rank
Private School  Crescent School    website     rank
Private School  Royal St. George’s    website     rank

 

 

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