Sawmill Creek Trail
Many KM’s of Walking Paths
Over 5 Large Parks Connected by Paths
“South” Erin Mills is located south and east of highway 403, north of Dundas St W and it’s eastern boundary is the Credit River. Erin mills was a master planned community and the stereotypical ‘suburban dream’ of the 1970’s. Having grown up in Erin Mills, I can tell you that the major attraction of Erin Mills is its central location, proximity to amenities and transportation links.
Erin Mills was built in several phases during the 70’s and 80’s, and you can see 4 distinct sub-neighbourhoods. Pheasant Run, Council Ring and Sawmill Valley were developed in the 1970’s, and west Erin Mills during the late 1980’s. In the 1970’s, Mississauga placed a high value on nature and path systems, and like Meadowvale further north, in Erin Mills you will find more outdoor paths and trails then anywhere else in the city. In the 80’s, the development focus switched to the homes themselves, so in west Erin Mills you’ll find large all brick homes with more bathrooms, but relatively smaller lots and less paths and green spaces.
Note: Click here for Central Erin Mills, the newer community north of highway 403.
The are 4 areas that comprise South Erin Mills. Council Ring & Pheasant Run were designed for middle class families, with a mix of semi’s and smaller detached homes. The Sawmill Valley/ Bridlepath neighbourhood and West Erin Mills was designed to be more prestigious, with mostly large brick homes. Real Estate in Erin Mills and the prices can vary greatly depending on what part of the community interests you.
The 4 areas of South Erin Mills vary greatly, from upper class families to the middle class and working class families. Some areas of Erin Mills have a higher proportion of multi-family dwellings, which is not always what the single-family buyer wants. Your neighbours vary greatly in each sub area of Erin Mills.
Due to the 4 distinct sub-villages, you have a wide variety of housing, from apartment high rises, town homes, co-op’s, semi’s, detached and executive luxury homes.
During the 70’s, affordable housing was a social priority, and big cities like Toronto and Mississauga were prioritized for supplying the need. Every neighbourhood in Mississauga that was build in the late 60’s and 70’s have its fair share of high rise apartment, co-ops and complexes. This demographic mix of classes and population is a true staple of the community, and so if you are looking for a more exclusive community like Lorne Park, Erin Mills might not fit the bill.
However, Erin Mills offers both a higher density urban feel as well as quiet estate living, depending on the sub-neighbourhood you are looking in. Because of this mix, prices vary widely, and reflect the relative demand of the area.
As with much of West Mississauga, South Erin Mills delivers an abundance of trails and parks. There is a large interconnected trail system which links the majority of streets and parks together, as well as over 5 community parks. Erin Mills also has the Community Centre & Library, Sawmill Creek Trail, and various sports and athletics facilities.
The Glen Erin Inn is the finest of Erin Mills’ amenities, and there is also South Common Mall and various small plaza’s that offer all of the usual franchises and box stores. Dundas hosts several large shopping complexes, including the auto mall and a large gallery of independent and small home improvement shops. The pride of Erin Mills is the University of Toronto Mississauga Campus, which continues to grow in programs and recognition. It’s a picturesque campus with a mix of historical and modern structures.
The vibe of Erin Mills is of a sleepy, mature suburb. With easy access to shopping and amenities, it is an excellent choice for people who need to commute but want to live outside of the hustle and bustle.