The history of Guildwood Village begins with Rosa (1888-1981) and Spencer (1903-1986) Clark who founded the Guild of all Arts in 1932. The Guild of all Arts consisted of 500 acres and was bounded by Scarborough Golf Club Road to Galloway Road.
Guildwood Village was built around existing, major trees. Aerial photographs were taken during the winter to show the location of the trees. Some were moved for the construction of water mains and pipes, while others were tunneled under. Wiring was placed underground instead of being suspended from lighting and telephone poles which would spoil the look of the community.
Spencer Clark wanted the entrance to create the feeling of entering a superior residential community. In 1957 gates from the demolished Stanley Barracks were erected at the top of Guildwood Parkway. These gates were forged in England in 1839 for Toronto's Stanley Barracks. The barracks were demolished in 1953 and the gates rebuilt on their present site as a grand entrance to Guildwood Village.
Guildwood Village was officially opened on August 28, 1957. Twelve model homes, priced from $25,000 to $30,000, were on display on the "Avenue of Homes" located along Toynbee Trail near Chancery. This was the largest display of its kind ever presented in Canada. The first weekend attracted more than 30,000 visitors who parked in the fields stretching from Livingston Road along both sides of Toynbee to the Avenue of Homes.
Today Guildwood Village is still a charming area, with many small shops, wonderful parks and trails like the South Marine Drive Park and Waterfront Trail running along Lake Ontario.
Guildwood has many types of homes including wonderful post war bungalows and 2 story homes, some very affordable townhomes, and condominiums.
GUILDWOOD VILLAGE SCHOOLS:
PUBLIC SCHOOLS –
ELIZABETH SIMCOE JR PUBLIC SCHOOL (Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6)
ADDRESS: 166 Sylvan Avenue | Phone: (416) 396-6220
Principal: Arlene Knights-Svarich
GUILDWOOD JR PUBLIC SCHOOL (Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6)
ADDRESS: 225 Livingston Road | Phone: (416) 396-6295
Principal: Wendy Sharpe
POPLAR ROAD JR PUBLIC SCHOOL (Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6)
ADDRESS: 66 Dearham Wood | Phone: (416) 396-6525
Principal: Lenard Stanley
JACK MINER SR PUBLIC SCHOOL (Grade 6-8)
ADDRESS: 405 Guildwood Parkway | Phone: (416) 396-6375
Principal: Courtney Carroll
SIR WILFRED LAURIER COLLEGIATE INSTITUE (Highschool - Grades 9-12)
ADDRESS: 145 Guildwood Parkway, Scarborough, Ontario M1E 1P5 | Phone: 416-396-6820
Principal: Paul Ambrose
St. Ursula Catholic School (elementary--Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8)
ADDRESS: 215 Livingston Road, Scarborough, Ontario M1E 1L8 | PHONE: 416-393-5306
Principal: Ingrid McEachen
BLESSED POPE JOHN PAUL II (Highschool – Grades 9-12)
ADDRESS: 685 Military Trail, Scarborough, Ontario M1E 4P6 | PHONE: 416-393-5531
Principal: Paul McAlpine
****Attendance boundaries and admission criteria for schools and/or programs may be changed at any time in accordance with Board policy and procedures - - It is recommend to contact the Toronto District School Board and or the Toronto District Catholic School Board to find out the exact school a certain address is associated with. *****
WHAT’S HAPPENING in GUILDWOOD VILLAGE
In 2011 Guildwood Village homes range from $320,000 for a real fixer-upper to a fully renovated home overlooking Lake Ontario for $1,229,000. The average SOLD price for a home in Guildwood Village was $500,000.
Like other areas in the Bluffs, the renovation market is booming in the Guild and many of the original homes are being ‘topped up’ and or torn down and replaced with very nice 2 story 3 and 4 bedroom homes. Topped up 3-4 bedroom homes start at $800,000. Guildwood Village offers many detached, townhomes, and a few original 2 story homes.
1) CIBC - 95 Guildwood Parkway Scarborough, ON, M1E1P1 | 416.267.6602
2) TD Canada Trust - 4515 Kingston Rd Scarborough, ON M1E 2P1| 416.281.6701
3) Scotiabank - 4509 Kingston Road, West Hill, ON, M1E2P1 | 416.724.5200
4) RBC - 4374 Kingston Rd, Scarborough, ON | 416.284.1624
Cliffside Hearth Bread Company – 3047 Kingston Road, Scarborough, ON, M1M 1P1 | 416.261.1010
1) METRO - 3221 Eglinton Ave. E, Scarborough, Ontario, M1J2H7
2) Joseph’s No Frills - 4473 Kingston Road Scarborough ON M1E2N7
3) Highland Farms - 148 Bennett Rd, Scarborough, ON M1E 3Y3
1) HOME DEPOT - 2911 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, ON M1J 2E5 | 416.289.2500
2) Canadian Tire - 3553 Lawrence Ave. East, Scarborough, ON | 416.431.1630
1) ALBERT CAMBELL Memorial Library - Guildwood Plaza 123 Guildwood Parkway | 416.396.8872
RESTAURANTS and PUBS:
1) The Ol Stone Cottage Pub: 3750 Kingston Rd , Scarborough | 416.265.7932 – built in 1867 this is a great place for some good food and a cold beer! http://stonecottagepub.com/index.html
2) Ange's Restaurant: 113 Guildwood Pkwy Scarborough, ON Phone (416) 261-8064
1) Kiwaniwood Community Tennis Club – 170 Sylvan Avenue, Scarborough
1) OUTDOOR summer Pool – Heron Park – 292 Manse Road | Open June 25th – Sept 4th.
2) INDOOR All Season – Sir Wilfred Laurier - 145 Guildwood Parkway, Scarborough, On
1) The Scarboro Golf & Country Club (Private) – The Scarboro Golf & Country Club has a truly unique and colorful history which dates back to 1912. That year, Toronto stockbroker A.E. Ames had a vision of constructing a challenging golf course and an elegant Clubhouse.
In 1924 famed eccentric New York golf course architect A.W. Tillinghast, the designer of the notable U.S. Open courses Winged Foot and Baltusrol, re-created the classic design that Scarboro members enjoy today.
Earlier this year Golfweek magazine named Scarboro the 12th best Classic course in Canada. Last year they cracked the Top 50 in Canada in the Score magazine rankings.
For more information: http://www.scarborogolf.com/Welcome
2) Tam O'Shanter Golf Course (public) - 2481 Birchmount Rd | 416.392.2547 - Moderately difficult 18 hole Par 72 - 6083 yards
Bike and Bike Trails and Hiking / Walking Trails
Toronto's bike network consists of more than 160 km of bike paths and 250 km of bike lanes and shared roadway. The city plans to eventually expand its bike network to a total of 1,000 km.
Guildwood Village is close to the Bluffs which has many parks to ride a Mountain Bike along. Scarborough Bluffs Parks is a good starting point for all manners of biking, hiking or walking. South Marine Drive Park is also another great location for walking, hiking, biking, and has many nature trails.
TRANSPORTATION by TRANSIT
Access to all transit is convenient and fast. Kennedy Subway TTC station and or Scarborough LRT are about a 10 minute car ride, or a 25 minute bus ride.
The GUILDWOOD GO station is almost walking distance for all of the Guildwood Village Area. This station is only THREE STOPS away from Union Station and it will only take 20 minutes to get you to downtown Toronto.
TRANSPORTATION by CAR
Downtown Toronto in rush hour from Guildwood Village is about 25-30 minutes away. Kingston Road is a very convenient way to get to the east end of the city. The 401 is about 10 minutes away with access from Kennedy and or Brimley exchanges. The Don Valley Parkway is about 15 minutes away at Eglinton.