Malvern is a triangle shaped community in the north of Scarborough, with industrial & rail lands to the northwest, and the Rouge River & Park and the Toronto Zoo to the northeast, and the 401 to the south. The rural community around Finch & Markham was named in 1856, when the general store added a post office and chose the name Malvern for the owner's favourite resort town in England. The town was pretty dormant after 1871 when the Grand Trunk Railway chose to locate its rail yards to the west, at Agincourt. After the 1950's the farmland was aggregated and subdivided, with most homes built over the 1970s. The newer developments (Morningside Heights & Brookside) northeast of Morningside & Finch are built overlooking either ravines or the Rouge River valley, and many homes have excellent parkland views.
Commuters have good access to the 401 via Markham, Neilson, or Morningside. TTC transit users have excellent bus routes. Sheppard & Finch busses connect to stations on the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line. Several routes through the community connect to Scarborough Town Centre's transit station, on the Scarborough Rapid Transit system. Some busses in the community are rush-hour only.
The community has 12 elementary schools, 4 catholic elementary schools, 1 private (religious) school, 1 high school, and a library. Seneca College's Newham Campus is west of the community along Finch Ave. Centennial College's Progress campus is just southeast of 401 & Markham Rd, and University of Toronto at Scarborough is at Ellesmere & Morningside.
Most area residents shop at the Malvern Town Centre (Tapscott & Neilson Roads), while the area south of Sheppard is home to several big box stores and a multi-screen movie theatre.
Malvern has many parks and ravines and has a number of paved recreational pathways around the community. The community is also adjoining Rouge River Park, the largest natural area in the city, as well as the 710 acre Toronto Zoo which is home to 5,000 animals. As well, the community has 1 ice arena, 1 indoor pool, 1 running track, several tennis courts, several baseball diamonds, and several sports fields.
Malvern area homes were built in the 1970, with some areas built in the 80s and 90s. Many homes have views of parkland, ravines, or the Rouge River Valley. The affordable homes have attracted may new Canadians, and home prices are in the low to low-medium price ranges.