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Dorset Park is a middle-income family oriented community with most residents from different cultural backgrounds. It is a transiting neighbourhood full of younger families with children that are gradually replacing the aging generation of earliest Dorset Park homeowners. It is bounded on the west and east by a light industry and commercial corridor, and on the north by Highway 401. The south is bordered by Large companies like Laura Secord and Kraft.
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Real estate in Dorset Park is in the heart of the businesses in Scarborough. Starting from Kennedy Road, Highway 401 till Kennedy Lawrence Avenue. It is the seat of business in Scarborough with all sorts of businesses located, large stores and high-rise buildings. Between Kennedy/Ellesmere and Kennedy/401 lies the large Kennedy Commons strip mall with other Large companies like Laura Secord and Kraft situated off Birchmount Road, on the edge of Dorset Park.
Most of Dorset Park’s housing stock was built in the 1950s-60s. These houses are relatively inexpensive, well-kept bungalows, semi-detached dwellings, and cozy storey-and-a-half houses. Some newer condos can be found in the neighbourhood by potential buyers, particularly in the north-eastern area of Ellesmere and Birchmount Roads that is currently being developed. More than half of the Dorset Park population lives in high-rise buildings
Dorset Park was originally part of Ellesmere village, a farming hamlet centered around the Kennedy and Ellesmere Road intersection, in the 1800’s. Ellesmere was named after the Ellesmere Village in England. In the early 1900’s, the Ellesmere Arena was the spotlight of the community and the home of the Maple Leaf Curling Club. Also, The Ellesmere Maple Leaf Band sprang and became the entertainers of the time performing at gatherings: church garden parties, fairs, and many public functions.
Furthermore, Ellesmere was particularly well known for sports. Its sports clubs include the Maple Leaf Football Team that were 1890 winners of the Ontario Championships. Ellesmere dairy farms and market gardens gave way to present day Dorset Park in the early 1950s. Dorset Park is also named after an English village.
The main high school in the area is Winston Churchill Collegiate Institute located in the south end of the neighbourhood
In Dorset Park, Kennedy Road is the closest shopping district loaded with home appliances and furniture stores, computer and electronics shops, as well as department and discount stores. Restaurants lined up the street with a Chinese, Japanese and Greek a mix of cuisines.
The Kennedy Commons is a huge shopping area with big name retailers, the Courtesy Plaza on Birchmount Road houses Indian and other food markets and family style restaurants. Highland Farms is another very popular grocery store to look out for in Dorset Park.
Entertainment and Recreation
The Dorset public park (Lewiston Road) has a baseball diamond and a children’s playground. McGregor Park (Lawrence Avenue East) is the largest recreational facility in this neighbourhood. There are the McGregor Park Public Library and the McGregor Park Community Centre, with an outdoor pool and an indoor ice arena. The park also has a baseball diamond, three tennis courts, a children’s playground and a sports field.
Around Dorset Park, Motorists are just a few minutes drive from the Kennedy Road and Highway 401, with easy access to major highways in Toronto. For commuters, the Kennedy and Birchmount Road buses provide residents and visitors with connecting routes to the Lawrence East station. And the Scarborough Rapid Transit links them all up with the Bloor-Danforth subway line.
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