Allenby is a residential Toronto neighbourhood situated between Latimer Avenue to the west, Briar Hill Avenue to the north, Avenue Road to the east and Eglinton Avenue West to the south. The present neighbourhood was developed in the 1920s and was centered around Allenby Junior Public School. The school was named after a British Field Marshal – Edmund Allenby.
Rich in history, Allenby was in fact also once the location of an Iroquois village blessed with a natural spring of water. It was home to the Wyandot (Huron) people, in the 1400s, who later moved outside of Toronto in the 1600’s – relocating to what we now know as Lake Huron and Georgian Bay. Today, a plaque known as “Jaques Site” pays tribute to this time in the area’s history. You can find this plaque just outside of Allenby Public School.
Homes in the area were built between the 1930s and 1940s in the Tudor style. However, there’s a nice mixture of 2 storey homes and bungalows to choose from today. Many newer modern builds have replaced older homes partly due to the larger lots that are prime for a developer’s eye.
With the average lot width for an Allenby home ranging from 25-35 feet, the area has seen an abundance of larger new builds where smaller homes once stood. Generally, homes in Allenby are well kept, have beautiful lawns and private driveways (a bonus in a city where it’s very hard to find street parking!). This is a neighbourhood of tree-lined streets with less congestion than what is typical of downtown residential areas.
There are excellent schools (a popular one being Allenby Public School), parks, shopping (especially along Eglinton Avenue West) and the TTC isn’t far away. The area is family-friendly, and families who live in Allenby tend to set roots down and stay for many years, developing strong ties within the community.