Scarborough Home Neighborhoods: Clairlea / Oakridge Neighbourhoods
Clairlea is a quiet community that once formed the western boundary of Scarborough. Clairlea lies north of Taylor Creek's ravine parklands up to Eglinton, while Oakridge is alongside Danforth Ave, south of the parklands. The area is mature, well-treed, with affordable homes , has good access to the Don Valley Parkway, and is close to good shopping along Danforth, Warden, Victoria Park and Eglinton.
Clairlea was once known as Moffat's Corners, at St. Clair & Victoria Park Avenues which attracted early settlers from Ireland. By the 1950s the area was urbanized, and the Clairlea community takes its name from the 1951 elementary school. Oakridge had its school in 1913, and grew up along Danforth Road, which had bus transit service by 1918. By the 1950s, the Bloor-Danforth subway was built to Warden, and the Don Valley Parkway gave the area good access to downtown and the 401.
Motorists can access from the Don Valley Parkway via Eglinton Avenue, west of Victoria Park, while Danforth Road takes motorists west into downtown Toronto. TTC north-south bus routes along Warden, Pharmacy, and Victoria Park as well as eat-west buses along St. Clair Avenues connect to the Bloor-Danforth subway line. The Danforth GO Train station, on Main Street, takes commuters downtown to Union Station in 15 minutes.
These communities are served by 4 elementary schools, 2 Catholic elementary schools, 2 public high school, and 2 public libraries. Centennial College's Warden Woods Campus is at Warden & Danforth, the University of Toronto is easily accessible via the Bloor-Danforth subway, and Ryerson University is quickly accessible by GO Train.
Danforth Road is a vibrant shopping district with small, independently owned retail shops & restaurants, all the way west to the Don Valley. There is a large "power centre" mall northeast of Warden & St Clair with big box & department stores, and the Shoppers World (at Danforth & Victoria Park) with discount outlets. Along Victoria Park, since the dividing line between Scarborough and Toronto, has some shopping and wide variety of ethnic restaurants.
Warden Woods Park, is ravine valley park with forests, a creek, and a paved recreational trail to the Don River. Also in the ravine is the challenging Detonia Park Golf Course. The community also has a community recreation centre, with a gym, and there are also an indoor pool, an ice arena, a soccer field, tennis courts, and bocce club.
Oakridge were built in a variety of styles from the 1910s to the 50s. Older homes are often being replaced by new custom-built homes. Clairlea's houses were largely built in the 1940s and 50s, and have atypical mix for housing of that period, including bungalows, 1-1/2 storey and 2-storey homes. There area also newer townhouses and high rise apartments & condos close to the Warden Woods parklands, taking advantage of great views as well as access to the subway, with other townhouses northwest of Warden & St Clair. House prices are in the low to medium price range.