orth Toronto usually refers to a relatively narrow strip based along Yonge Street. Depending who you talk to, it begins around St. Clair Avenue, give or take a few blocks to the north or south. Some say it ends at Yonge Blvd. at the top of Hoggs Hollow, but generally it is accepted to end at the 401. North of there, you get into North York. The core of the neighbourhood runs from Eglinton Avenue to a bit north of Lawrence.
The Town of North Toronto was incorporated in 1890, when much of the area was still farmland, and annexed by the old City of Toronto in 1912. The Yonge Street streetcar line was then extended through North Toronto, replacing the former radial railway service (which is now the Beltline Trail). North Toronto soon emerged as a popular suburb, with the area becoming completely developed by the 1940s. The streetcar was replaced in 1954 by the Yonge subway as far as Eglinton Avenue, with an extension in 1973.
The neighbourhood has had mixed density for some time, with many apartment buildings included on the residential streets. But density is increasing with the addition of more and more condos. The southern part of the neighbourhood is densely populated, with the entire section between Yonge Street and Mount Pleasant Road south of Davisville Avenue built up with high rise apartment buildings.
More recently, condo buildings have further added to this density, especially on Merton Street. Additional condo developments have begun on side streets such as Broadway and Roehampton, and the existing medium-rise dwellings southeast of Yonge and Eglinton have been joined by developer Minto’s Quantum towers of 37 and 54 stories.
Mount Pleasant Cemetery serves as a major green space for the southern end of the neighbourhood. South of the cemetery are trails in two ravines of the former Mud Creek and Yellow Creek, which lead to the Don River. On the north side of the cemetery is the Beltline Trail, a heavily-used pedestrian and cycling path on the route of a former commuter route in the 1890s. Other green spaces includes Eglinton Park just west of Yonge Street and Alexander Muir Memorial Gardens at Yonge and Lawrence, which connects to Sherwood Ravine Park and Sunnybrook Park to the east.
North Toronto is served by commercial strips on Yonge Street, Mount Pleasant Road, Bayview Avenue and Eglinton Avenue. These offer an array of shopping and dining in free-standing buildings. The corner of Yonge and Eglinton features the Yonge Eglinton Centre complex, which includes a shopping mall, multiplex cinema, and both office and residential towers; and Canada Square, an office complex with a small shopping concourse and another, older multiplex. Both are connected to Eglinton subway station.
Libraries can be found on Bayview Avenue, at Yonge and Lawrence, and near Yonge and Eglinton. There are two community centres in North Toronto; Central Eglinton Community Centre, at Eglinton and Redpath, offers a wide variety of programs and services for caregivers & young children, adults and people 50+. North Toronto Memorial Community Centre is located at Eglinton Avenue and Oriole Parkway. The Toronto Camera Club finds its home on Mount Pleasant Road near Millwood Road.
Read more about each North Toronto neighbourhood:
- Bedford Park
- Chaplin Estates
- Davisville Village
- Lawrence Park
- Lytton Park
- North Toronto
- Teddington Park
- Wanless Park
Contact Laurin Jeffrey for more information – 416-388-1960
Laurin Jeffrey is a Toronto Realtor with Century 21 Regal Realty. He did not
write these articles, he just reproduces them here for people who are
interested in Toronto real estate. He does not work for any builders.