Allenby - North York, Ontario neighbourhoods and nearby communities
Allenby, north of Eglinton, between Bathurst and Avenue Road, is a mature neighbourhood, with a school known for its French immersion program. The community was developed after Allenby Public School was opened in 1927, and named for Lord Allenby, the British World War One hero who commanded in the Middle East (and under whom served Major T. E. Lawrence "Lawrence of Arabia").
Motorists are about 15 minutes from the Allen Expressway via Eglinton Ave W or from Highway 401, via Avenue Road. Toronto's downtown is a twenty minute drive via Avenue Road. TTC bus service on Eglinton Avenue connects to the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line, and the Avenue Road bus goes right downtown.
The community is served by 2 elementary schools, 2 private schools, and 2 high schools. The Upper Canada College private school is about a half-mile to the south. Post secondary students are very close to York University's Glendon Campus on Bayview, Seneca College's Denham Campus to the northeast, and can access University of Toronto and Ryerson University via the Yonge-University-Spadina subway.
Shops and restaurants along Eglinton Avenue West are close and convenient to area residents.
This neighbourhood has access to the 7 kilometre long paved Beltline trail that winds through the central part of the city, that loops from Mount Pleasant Cemetery heading NW to the Allen Expressway and then heads back southeast through Cedarvale to Sir Winston Churchill Park. The recreation centre at Memorial Park has an indoor and outdoor pool, a gym, a track, and two indoor ice rinks that convert to tennis courts in the summer. There is an adjacent baseball diamond, sports field, running track and a wading pool. There is a multi-screen movie theatre nearby at Yonge & Eglinton.
Allenby's homes were built in the 1930s and 40s, and are mostly detached 2-storey Tudor style homes or bungalows on 25 to 35 foot lots with a driveway. Homes in this community are well maintained and often upgraded to preserve their heritage character. Homes here are in the low-medium to high-medium price ranges.