Sunnylea is a family oriented neighbourhood popular and highly sought after by young families. This area has a small town feeling with lots of charm, thanks to Mimico Creek. This creek gently meanders through the centre of the Sunnylea neighbourhood. Also adding to the country ambiance are the mature trees that are found in abundance. This area is also well known for its excellent schools. Thus being part of the reason young families choose Sunnylea as the area to settle down and raise their children in.
Sunnylea is located with Bloor Street to the north, Kings Mill Park to the east, Berry Road and Norseman Street to the south and Islington Avenue to the west.
In 1803 Alexander Thompson purchased two hundreds acres of land in this area, after his discharge from the Kings Rangers. Thompson lived in an illustrious residence, just south of Bloor Street at Royal York Road know as the “Rose Bank Cottage”. Just to the south of the Thompson’s home was another family residence, a country Georgian farmhouse referred to as the "Spring Bank Cottage". Archibad, Alexander’s son lived at this residence. Today this home can be found at 7 Meadowcrest Road.
The Thompson property was famous for its pear, plum, and cherry orchards. After the late 1880’s, other families who cultivated market gardens and grew fruits and vegetables joined the Thompson family in the Sunnylea community. On Prince Edward Drive and Islington Avenue a few of these old farmhouses can still be seen.
The first Sunnylea School was a two room white brick schoolhouse. It was built in 1907 on Prince Edward Drive. The school received its name through a contest, where pupil Edna G. Whitworthcame up with the name Sunnylea School. It was at this point in time when the name of the school also became the name of this community.
In the 1930’s and 1940’s when the present day neighbourhood was developed, Sunnylea's old farms were subdivided. In 1942, an increase of new families to the neighbourhood led to the opening of the second Sunnylea School.