Richview is a large, diverse neighbourhood that is home to people of a wide range of incomes and cultural backgrounds. This neighbourhood includes a multitude of parks, shopping plazas and excellent transportation routes. Richview is located just minutes from Pearson International Airport.

Real estate agents will sometimes refer to the area between Royal York Road and Islington Avenue as “Royal York Gardens” and the area between Islington Avenue and Kipling Avenue as “Richmond Gardens” although these two pockets are historically part of the greater Richview community.

Richview is a large, diverse neighbourhood that is home to people of a wide range of incomes and cultural backgrounds. This neighbourhood includes a multitude of parks, shopping plazas and excellent transportation routes. Richview is located just minutes from Pearson International Airport.

Real estate agents will sometimes refer to the area between Royal York Road and Islington Avenue as “Royal York Gardens” and the area between Islington Avenue and Kipling Avenue as “Richmond Gardens” although these two pockets are historically part of the greater Richview community.

 
 

History of Richview

 

The Richview name originated in 1852 when a post office called “Richview” opened in this area. By the 1870’s, Richview had its own school, church, and tavern. The Richview neighbourhood was more clearly defined in the 1880’s when it was designated as school section number four in the former Township of Etobicoke.

Richview had a proud farming tradition that dated back to the 1850’s, when Richview farmers participated in the Etobicoke Agricultural Society Fair and the Provincial Exhibition. Richview farmers sold their produce at the St. Lawrence Market in Toronto and their surplus beef cattle to the former Union Stockyards on St. Clair Avenue.

In the early 1900’s, Richview farmers shifted their focus from agriculture to dairy farms to satisfy the demand for milk in the burgeoning City of Toronto. In 1956, Richview’s last dairy farm was sold to developers. This brought to a close a tradition of farming in Richview that endured for over one hundred years.

The former Dixon homestead, located at 1671 Kipling Avenue, and the former La Rose homestead, located at 322 La Rose Avenue, are reminders of Richview’s rural past.

 
 

Homes in Richview

 

Richview’s housing stock consists primarily of ranch and contemporary style bungalows, split-level homes, and Georgian Revival style houses built during the 1950’s and 1960’s. The typical Richview property features forty, fifty, or sixty feet plus frontages with most properties having a private drive and garages. Many Richview properties back onto prime ravine or parkland.
Richview also includes a handful of new townhouse and condominium projects currently being developed along its main streets. There are also a number of rental apartment buildings and row-houses located on the periphery of this neighbourhood.

 
 

Lifestyle in Richview

 

Richview Square, located on the south-west corner of Eglinton Avenue and Wincott Drive, is a medium-size shopping plaza that includes fashion boutiques, a bakery and deli, a gift shop, a bank, a jeweller, a photo shop, a drug store, a travel agency, a health food store, a florist, an animal hospital, beer and liquor stores and professional and medical offices. Our Walk iN Closet Inc., is a unique upscale Ladies Consignment Boutique located at Richview Square plaza.
Martingrove Plaza, located at the south-east corner of Martingrove Road and The Westway, is anchored by a supermarket and also includes a drug store, hardware store, discount store, florist, bakery and deli, video store, travel agency, an ice cream shop, a liquor store, a post office and professional and medical offices.
Westway Centre, located at the south-east corner of Kipling Avenue and Dixon Road, features a large supermarket, fast food restaurants, a hardware store, professional and medical offices and a bowling alley.
The shopping plaza known simply as 1500 Royal York Road is more exciting than its name might imply. This large retail complex features a bicycle and ski shop, a bulk food store, a bowling alley and billiards hall, an indoor children’s playground and a wide selection of shops that serve the everyday needs of the local residents.

 
 

Recreation in Richview

 

Richview Park, located next to the Richview Water Reservoir at Eglinton Avenue and Martin Grove Road is the largest recreational park in this neighbourhood. This wide open green space contains sports fields, baseball diamonds, tennis courts and a children’s playground. The smaller West Grove, Martin Grove, Valley Field and Silver Creek Parks each have tennis courts, a baseball diamond and a children’s playground. West Grove Park also has an outdoor swimming pool and an artificial ice rink.

Sun Row Park, located in the north-east part of Richview, features an interpretive nature trail along the Humber River Watershed. Here hikers can explore fish habitats, wildflowers and a variety of wildlife. Richview residents can also enjoy the bicycle trail along Eglinton Avenue that merges with the Canadian Ukrainian Memorial Park and the paved South Humber trail which winds its way down to Toronto’s waterfront.

 
 

Transportation in Richview

 

Bus service along Eglinton Avenue, The Westway, and Dixon Road connects passengers to the Eglinton station on the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line. The Islington bus connects to Islington Station on the Bloor-Danforth subway line. This station also provides a connecting route to the Mississauga Transit system as well as providing an express bus service to the Pearson International Airport. The Kipling Avenue bus connects to the Kipling station which is the westernmost station on the Bloor-Danforth subway line. This station also provides service to the Go Transit line.
Motorists can access Toronto’s network of commuter highways off Eglinton Avenue west of Martingrove Road or Islington Avenue.

 
 

Schools in Richview

 

Westway Junior School (Gr JK-05)
25 Poynter Dr, Etobicoke, ON M9R 1K8
http://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/westway/

Valleyfield Junior School (Gr JK-06)
35 Saskatoon Dr, Etobicoke, ON M9P 2E8
http://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/valleyfield

Parkfield Junior School (Gr JK-05)
31 Redgrave Dr, Etobicoke, ON M9R 3T9
http://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/parkfield

Dixon Grove Junior Middle School (Gr JK-08)
315 The Westway, Etobicoke, ON M9R 1H1
http://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/dixongrove/

Hilltop Middle School (Gr 06-08)
35 Trehorne Dr, Etobicoke, ON M9P 1N8
http://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/hilltop

Richview Collegiate Institute (Gr 09-12)
1738 Islington Ave, Etobicoke, ON M9A 3N2
http://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/richview

Kipling Collegiate Institute (Gr 09-12)
380 The Westway, Etobicoke, ON M9R 1H4
http://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/kiplingci/

Martingrove Collegiate Institute (Gr 09-12)
50 Winterton Dr, Etobicoke, ON  M9B 3G7
http://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/martingrove

Karin Kain School of Arts (Gr 6 – 8)
60 Berl Ave Etobicoke, ON   M8Y 3C7
http://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/karenkain/Home.aspx

Etobicoke School of the Arts (Gr 9 – 12)
675 Royal York Rd Toronto, ON M8Y 2T1
http://www.esainfo.ca/

Catholic

Father Serra  (Gr JK – 08) 
111 Sun Row Drive Weston, ON M9P 3J3
https://www.tcdsb.org/schools/fatherserra/Pages/default.aspx

St. Marcellus (Gr JK – 08) 
15 Denfield Street Weston, ON  M9R 3H2
https://www.tcdsb.org/schools/stmarcellus/Pages/default.aspx

St. Eugene  (Gr JK – 08) 
30 West Royal Road Weston, ON M9P 2C3
https://www.tcdsb.org/schools/steugene/Pages/default.aspx

Transfiguration of Our Lord (Gr JK – 08) 
55 Ludstone Drive Weston, ON  M9R 2J2
https://www.tcdsb.org/schools/transfiguration/Pages/default.aspx

Our Lady of Peace (Gr JK – 2) – French Immersion 
70 Mattice Ave Toronto, ON M9B 1T6
http://ourladyofpeace.tcdsb.org/

St. Demetrius (Gr JK – 08)
125 La Rose Ave Weston, ON  M9P 1A6
https://www.tcdsb.org/schools/stdemetrius/Pages/default.aspx

Father Henry Carr (Gr 9 – 12)
1760 Martin Grove Rexdale, ON M9V 3S4
https://www.tcdsb.org/schools/fatherhenrycarr/Pages/default.aspx

Monsignor Percy Johnson (Gr 9– 12)
2170 Kipling Ave Rexdale, ON M9W 4K9
https://www.tcdsb.org/schools/msgrpercyjohnson/Pages/default.aspx

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