Located on the western border of Toronto, Alderwood is bounded by the Etobicoke Creek to the west, The Gardiner expressway to the north and by Longbranch and New Toronto to the south and east. The area is just south of Sherway Gardens, one of Toronto's premium shopping centres. This is an area which offers affordable housing and the convenience of being an easy commute to almost anywhere in the Greater Toronto Area.
The area was subdivided from farmlands in the 1920's but real growth as a community did not begin until after the second world war when immigrants from eastern Europe began settling in the area. The major streets bear the name of the original homesteads including "Browns" line, and "Horner" Avenue. Secondary streets were named for the Greek alphabet such as Beta and Gamma.
The majority of homes in the area are bungalows on large manicured lots. Legal duplexes and multiplex units can also be found in Alderwood. As many of the homes offer secondary units, this area an ideal location for first time buyers or seniors looking to reduce housing costs. There are few condo apartments, however, there are two newer townhouse units on the northern edge of Alderwood.
While growth in the area started to stagnate in the 1970's, there has been a resurgence in the past 5 years as small homes on large lots have been torn down to build larger and more modern detached and semi-detached homes to accommodate today's buyers. As new homes replace older homes, the average market value goes up, however, there is still lots of opportunity in Alderwood for both starter homes and luxury homes.
The centre of the community revolves around the Sir Adam Beck Centre on Horner Avenue. The facility includes a primary school, a daycare facility, swimming pool, library and fitness centre. A Senior Centre is located nearby.
The Etobicoke Valley park on the banks of the Etobicoke Creek is the starting point of a 2.5 km. trail which ends at Marie Curtis Park on Lake Ontario. The park has a children's playground near Horner Ave. and 4 ball diamonds at the north end.
Sir Adam Beck Junior School (Jk - 5)Lanor Junior Middle SchoolLakeshore Collegiate InstituteSt Ambrose ElementaryFather John Redmond
Browns Line the major north south corridor is the southern extension of Hwy 427 making all major highways accessible from this area. There is bus transportation along Brown's Line connecting the area to the Go Station in Longbranch at the south end of Browns's Line and to the subway via Sherway Gardens.