Summerhill runs north of Ramsden Park, East of Avenue Road and on both sides of Yonge north of the train tracks all the way up to St Clair, David Balfour Park and The Rosehill Reservoir are natures boundaries to the east.
Notable streets in Summerhill include (description and recent sales): Balmoral Ave, Farnham Ave, Woodlawn Ave, Walker Ave, Alcorn Ave, Birch Ave, Summerhill Ave, Shaftsbury Ave.
The area began to grow rural roots shortly after the Heath family had purchased 40 acres at Yonge and St Clair. In 1842 the transportation baron Charles Thompson built a hillside cottage on his 200 acres and he gave it the name Summer Hill. In the 1860’s his surviving family subdivided the hill that they had spent their summers at. In the 1880s the North Toronto Railway Station was built on Yonge Street. This led to speedy development of the direct neighbourhood, Summerhill and Rosedale.
The homes of Summerhill were in place before the estates of Rosedale simply because the workers needed somewhere to live before they could spend the time building the larger more detailed homes in Rosedale. Summerhill’s homes were built between 1880 and 1915. They are mostly either Victorian or Edwardian style. The current residents are overhauling the homes so that they have the beautiful Victorian exterior with updated interiors. Some properties are ripped down and modern townhouses or low-rise luxury condominium buildings are filling in the space. The high-rise condos were built in the 1980s and 90s and are undergoing interior renovations as well. Some of the best views of Toronto are found in these buildings, views of parkland, ravines or city skylines you really get it all.
In the 1920s the Canadian Pacific Railway made Summerhill Station their main stop in Toronto, until everything was centralized downtown at Union Station. That move eventually allowed the LCBO to build their flagship store in the beautiful old North Toronto Railway Station, which has become the anchor for the Summerhill neighbourhood.
Summerhill is an excellent area for transportation. Yonge St, Avenue Rd and Mt Pleasant Rd all provide quick escapes. There are 3 Subway stops that service the area and most of the homes are within a 5-10 minute walk to one of the stations. There are excellent public schools elementary, primary and high schools. Upper Canada College, Bishop Stachan School, Branksome, St Michaels College and De La Salle College are all nearby. University of Toronto and Ryerson are also easily accessed via the Yonge- University/ Spadina Subway line.
Evan Sage is a Sales Representative with Royal LePage R.E.S./Johnston & Daniel Division. Evan is also a regular contributor to the Muddy York Blog. Evan’s web site is located at www.evansage.com.