Deer Park is located right in the heart of one of Toronto’s busiest entertainment, shopping, and business districts. The residential streets in this Toronto neighbourhood reach onto either Yonge Street or St. Clair Avenue. The commercial centre in this area provides a great balance as it is surrounded by lush green parkland, beautiful trees, and the Vale of Avoca Ravine.
The First Nations people used to refer to Deer Park as “Mushquoteh”, which translates to meadow or opening in the wood where deer come from. In 1837, the Heath family purchased forty acres of land and named their estate Deer Park. During the 1850’s, this area had grown to feature a handful of country villas, a general store, a school, a cemetery, a race track, and a hotel. People who stayed at the Deer Park Hotel would be delighted to feed the deer that roamed in this area.
Most of the deer were gone before Deer Park was annexed into the City of Toronto in 1908. By the 1930’s, Deer Park was established as one of Toronto’s finest residential districts.
This neighbourhood features a fantastic mix of detached and semi-detached houses. Many of the homes encompass a variety of architectural styles as they were built between 1875 and 1920. Deer Park still has a fair number of newer townhouses that blend in well with some of the older style homes.
This area also boasts one of the largest selections of luxury condominium apartment buildings. Many of these properties have balconies with magnificent views of the park, the ravine, or the city.
Those looking to shop in Deer Park are within close proximity of the Yonge and St. Clair shopping district. It is known for its many fine restaurants and the high profile retailers attract shoppers from all over Toronto. The majority of local grocery stores are located inside the St. Clair Centre and The Towne Mall or the Delisle Court.
One of Toronto’s prettiest greenspaces is located very close to residents in Deer Park. The Rosehill Reservoir is located steps from Yonge and St. Clair at 75 Rosehill Avenue. The greenspace combines with David Balfour Park creating a green oasis in the midtown core. The Rosehill Reservoir features a four acre reflecting pool lined with cobblestone. There is even an adjacent waterfall with a small bridge and amaze of stairs on each side. People can also gaze at a separate water fountain that has a dramatic overhead spray.
The David Balfour Park has a surfaced path that is perfect for walking, jogging and cycling. It includes a treed park that has a big children;s playground. There are signs in the park that indicate access points to the Vale of Avoca which has many hiking trails. The urban forest and nature this park provides adds a pleasant surprise due to its proximity to a bustling city.
Residents in Deer Park have easy access to the St. Clair subway station and motorists are only ten minutes from downtown, It is also a twenty minute drive from Toronto’s Expressways and highways.
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