To the north of Willowdale East is Finch Avenue East, and to the south is HWY 401. Bayview Avenue passes to the east, while Yonge Street passes to the west.
The population of Willowdale East neighbourhood is very high and the neighbourhood has one of the highest population growths in the GTA. As a result it is quite crowded. The neighbourhood has a high number of working age people (52%) and families with youth (14%), while the number of families with children, pre-retirement people, and seniors is low compared to Toronto. The Willowdale East neighbourhood has a very diverse population, with many different languages and cultures. The top spoken non-official languages are Persian (Farsi) and Korean while the top ethnic origins are Chinese, Iranian, Korean, and English. The median after-tax household income in the neighbourhood is $55,154, slightly higher compared to Toronto’s average of $52,149. It has a very high number of educated people with at least post-secondary education. It also enjoys very little crime – only about 108 crimes per 10,000 people per year.
Willowdale East has a very high number of high-rise apartment buildings (68%) and very low number of single-detached houses, row houses, duplexes, and low-rise apartments compared to the City of Toronto. Home values in this neighbourhood are $540,911, slightly lower than the City of Toronto average of $600,000. The area has busy streets with a low level of green space and not many trees.
Bayview Village Shopping Centre and Centerpoint Mall are the nearest malls, both located nearby. Metro and Loblaws afford convenient grocery shopping trips while Canadian Tire is located nearby on Sheppard Avenue East. Parks and parkettes in the neighbourhood include Glendora Park, Kenneth Park, Longmore Park, Sheppard East Park, Spring Garden Parkette, Maplehurst Park, McKee Parkette, McKenzie John Parkette, Mitchell Field Park, and Northtown Park. Also located nearby are North York General Hospital, North York Central Library, and Douglas Snow Aquatic Centre (located at the North York Civic Centre subway stop).
HWY 401 is the nearest highway and its main exits to the area are Bayview Avenue and Yonge Street. HWY 404 is 7 km away, with the nearest exits being Finch Avenue East and Sheppard Avenue East. North York Centre, Sheppard Yonge, Finch, and Bayview stations are the nearest subway stations, while GO Old Cummer and GO Oriole are located 5 km away.
Landmarks in Willowdale East North York
The major landmarks of this neighbourhood include South African Consulate General, Ghana Consulate and People Church.
Schools and Childcare in Willowdale East North York
There are a number of elementary schools in the Willowdale East neighbourhood include Mckee Public School, Hollywood Public School, Finch Public School, claude Watson School for the Arts, St. Gabriel Catholic School, and Avondale Alternative Elementary School. Secondary schools include Earl Haig Secondary School and Avondale Alternative Secondary School. Children can be well taken care of at neighbourhood childcare centres such as Yorktown Montessori School, McKee McKids Enrichment Centre, Hollywood All Stars Child Care, Finch Flyers Child Care Program, Central Montessori Schools, Central Montessori Schools, Kids & Company, Lansing Co-op Nursery School, and St. Gabriel's Jr. YMCA.