The Summerhill Toronto neighbourhood is filled with century homes, winding tree-lined streets, and an abundance of parkland. Being one of Toronto’s most preferred neighbourhoods, it is conveniently located along the Yonge Street corridor. This provides Summerhill residents with easy access to Toronto’s downtown business and entertainment districts.
The neighbourhood is named after ‘Summer Hill’ house which was a Regency cottage built in 1842. It was built by transportation baron Charles Thompson. The house stood tall on the crest of the hill which is now a residential street called Summerhill Gardens. The estate stretched out two hundred acres and was bordered by Yonge Street and Mt. Pleasant Road.
They established the “Summer Hill Spring Park and Pleasure Grounds’ on the site. This amusement park featured rides, games, swimming and a popular dance pavilion that was located inside the Summer Hill house. In 1886, the property was purchased by Larratt William Smith, an esteemed lawyer and businessman.
The Summerhill neighbourhood was annexed by the City in 1903. Prior to the 1910s the only houses in this neighbourhood other than the Summer Hill estate itself were the Victorian row houses and labourers cottages.
The original housing stock in Summerhill consists of semi-detached and detached Victorian homes. They also had a selection of detached Edwardian style houses built between 1880 and 1915. A majority of these homes do not include a driveway, however there is permit street parking available for a nominal annual fee. This neighbourhood also has a handful of low-rise luxury condominiums apartment buildings built in the 1980’s and 1990’s.
Residents in Summerhill are in reach of many shopping and recreational activities. They are within walking distance of many fine shops and restaurants centred around Yonge Street and Summerhill Avenue. Bloor-Yorkville and Yonge and St. Clair shopping districts are easily accessed from the Summerhill neighbourhood.
If you are looking for recreational activities there is the Rosehill Reservoir Park located east of Yonge Street. The lower portion of this park features a foot path that is used by walkers, joggers, and cyclists. To the north-east this path leads to the David A. Balfour Park. This features a nature trail that winds through the Vale of Avoca Ravine. The upper portion includes a children’s playground, a wading pool, a waterfall, and reflecting pools.
There is also the Lionel Conacher Park located off Birch Avenue which is a memorial to a Canadian athlete. Lionel Conacher played on two Toronto Maple Leaf Stanley Cup teams and served in the Ontario Legislature as well as the House of Commons.
Residents in Summerhill have the subway station on the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line. It is within walking distance of every home in this neighbourhood. Being situated along the Yonge Street corridor, motorists have easy access to the downtown core and to major highways.
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