Summerhill is a convenient and wealthy community just off the popular Yonge Street corridor. Its pretty houses, low crime rate, and central location make it one of Toronto’s premier neighbourhoods. These features, combined with the low turnover in its real estate stock, make homes in Summerhill highly sought after – and very valuable!
Summerhill’s turn of the century houses, wandering streets and abundance of mature greenery make it one of Toronto’s most preferred neighbourhoods. Many of the homes are semi-detached and detached Victorian and Edwardian style houses, built between 1880 and 1915, or modern townhouses with some low-rise luxury condominiums.
Summerhill homes provide many gorgeous examples of both Edwardian and Victorian exterior architecture from a century ago. The mix of detached and semi-detached houses range from two to three stories and are predominately brick constructed. Although the properties are sometimes narrow and lack parking – much like Yorkville and Riverdale – the homes make up for it in other ways. The charming and history-laden exteriors are frequently matched with stunning modern renos on the insides, often following serene and chic minimalist interior design themes. Rounding out the Summerhill real estate spectrum is a sprinkling of newer townhomes and upscale boutique condominium buildings.
Summerhill has a distinct shopping area with fine shops and restaurants, and even an original train station that has been converted into the flagship LCBO store. The Rosehill Reservoir Park features a footpath, children’s playground, reflecting pools and is connected to nature trails in the Vale of Avoca Ravine. Many private and public schools are in the area. The Summerhill subway station, on the Yonge/University line, is within walking distance to any home in the area, and Yonge Street is easily accessed by car.
The Summerhill neighbourhood in central Toronto was named after “Summer Hill” house, built in 1842 by Canadian transportation baron Charles Thompson. Much of the area was once part of the Thompson estate but was subdivided by his heirs in the 1880s. In the 1880s, the North Toronto Railway Station was established on Yonge Street and the neighbourhood of Summerhill quickly developed around it.
The Railway station was rebuilt in honour of a visit by the Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII) in 1916. The neighbourhood underwent very little growth after the railway station closed in 1931 but was again revitalized by the launch of the Summerhill Subway station in 1954. The old railway station is still there and currently serves as an LCBO outlet. The station, along with the still-operational CP railway bridge, is the landmark of the neighbourhood.
Part of Summerhill’s appeal is its close proximity to downtown, access to the Yonge subway line and nearby shopping & fine dining. Yorkville’s dizzying array of upscale merchants are located just to the south, while the stretch of Yonge Street at Summerhill Avenue provides excellent dining and retail options right in the neighbourhood.
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Laurin & Natalie Jeffrey are Toronto Realtors with Century 21 Regal Realty.
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