Princess Margaret Gardens was named when Margaret and her sister, Princess Anne, visited this area to open Princess Margaret Public School (now a Montessori School). The area west of Kipling was designated as Princess Margaret Gardens (the east, Princes Anne Manor). The boundaries are Eglinton Avenue to the north, Martin Grove to the west, Islington to the east, and Rathburn Road to the south. The southwestern part of the neighbourhood is known as Glen Agar. Deanewood or West Deane Park takes in the area west of Martin Grove to the 427.
This is one of Etobicoke's most lovely areas, with wide lots, tree lined streets and a true neighbourhood feel. The community is the epitome of classic suburban lifestyle, close to parks, open spaces, schools and shopping. The lots in Princess Gardens are 80-90 feet wide, with a mixture of ranch style bungalows, larger re-builds, back and side splits, two storey, and Georgian Revival family homes. There are many custom-built new homes now being built in these neighbourhoods. If you're intrested in a ravine lot, along Ravenscrest Drive lots offer great privacy and panoramic vistas of the Ravenscrest Park.
The Glen Agar community is a very family orientated area. Here you'll find narrower frontages (40-50 feet) and slightly smaller homes, which makes them more affordable for younger families.
There are several parks in the area or nearby. Glen Agar Park, Ravencrest Park, Lloyd Manor Park, and the larger, West Deane Park. Nearby is the John G. Althouse Community School, the main recreational facility. The school offers arts, music and sports programs for all ages. The school also hosts a great spring flea market and summer camp. Tennis courts, sports fields and baseball diamonds are available for public use at the John G. Althouse School and Princess Anne Park. Lloyd Manor Park is a wide open green space where neighbours gather to play touch football games.
West Deane Park is a quiet neighbourhood with a country feel because the Mimico Creek Valley cuts through its centre. The valley is home to a variety of wildlife and many types of birds. Although the majority of houses in Deanewood were built in the 1960s, there are some newer row-houses, multi-plex homes and townhome complexes on the periphery. The neighbourhood was built by a racehorse owner, Percy Law. You can still see his Kentucky style house at 59 Beaverbend Road.
Shopping is close at hand for those living in all three neighbourhoods: Glen Agar, Princess Gardens and Deanewood. There is Richmond Plaza, Thorncrest Plaza, and the Humbertown Shopping Centre, plus Sherway Gardens and big box stores a 5-minute drive away.
Transit and subway lines are all close. Motorists are a half hour from downtown Toronto, and 5 minutes from Highway 401 via Islington Avenue or Kipling Road. From Kipling Subway Station, you can connect to GO Transit, the Pearson Airport express bus, and to Mississauga Transit.
Schools in the area and close by include:
- Don Bosco Catholic High School
- John G. Althouse Middle School
- Martingrove Collegiate Institute
- Michael Power Catholic High School
- Princess Margaret Junior School
- Richview Collegiate
- Rosethorn Junior School
- St. Georges Junior School
- St Gregory Catholic School
- St Marcellus Catholic School
There are also several separate and private schools.
To learn more about schools in the area, contact JoAnne at:
416.231.3000 x. 363
Princess (Margaret) Gardens, Glen Agar and Deanewood (West Dean Park)
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