The Elms was named after the former Elms Golf Club, which occupied all of the land between Islington Avenue and Albion Road, north of Hadrian Drive. The Elms is surrounded by the Humber River in the east, Islington Avenue in the west, Thistletown in the north, and Highway 401 in the south. It’s a diverse community featuring people from different cultural and economic backgrounds.
The Elms has a large assortment of houses that were built mostly during the 1950's and 1960's. The variety of housing styles in the Elms include split-level homes, ranch, contemporary, raised bungalows and storey and two storey homes.
As the neighbourhood is situated next to the very picturesque Humber River Valley corridor, there are plenty of parks, mature trees and a varied topography. The Rexdale Plaza is located off of Islington Avenue on Rexdale Boulevard.
The Elms is also surrounded by many recreational destinations such as, The Berry Creek Valley, West Humber Parkland, Pine Point Park, Humber Valley Golf Course.