High Park agents know the area
High Park, Toronto
As its name suggests, the neighbourhood of High Park is defined by its proximity to the park itself, the city’s largest green space. The area north of Bloor Street, was formerly part of the Town of West Toronto Junction, until its annexation by the City of Toronto in 1909. The land south of Bloor Street was purchased by John Howard, one of the city’s first architects, in 1808. Howard called his massive estate “High Park” because of its commanding views of Lake Ontario. He donated the property to the City of Toronto with a request that the land remain a park for city residents to enjoy. His original home is now Colbourne Lodge Museum.
About High Park and Real Estate
High Park’s winding, tree-lined streets feature some of Toronto’s finest residential homes. The stately Victorian, Edwardian and Tudor dwellings, with their distinctive brick exteriors, were built in the late 1890’s and early 1900’s and are highlighted by distinctive period details, elegant principal rooms, and handsome brick fireplaces.
The northern part of the High Park neighbourhood is known as ‘The Junction’, named for the north/south and east/west railway lines that intersect near Keele & Dundas. Back in the day, the railway lines made The Junction the central hub of the west Toronto area, until the arrival of the subway system in the 1960’s gradually shifted the area’s focal point to Bloor Street. It is the oldest area in west Toronto, and its narrow tree-lined streets boast many stately Victorian and Edwardian homes.
The Junction was home to the Ontario Stockyards, for many years the largest livestock market in Canada, the centre of Ontario’s meat packing industry, and part of the reason for Toronto’s nickname: ‘Hogtown’. Since the closure of the stockyards and most of the meat packers in the early 1990’s, the area has undergone dramatic revitalization and now offers a trendy and thriving community of restaurants, shops, antique stores, art galleries, organic grocers and cafes, as well as the huge Stockyards Village Mall.
The High Park Real Estate Market
High Park residents can attend at top rated local schools, including Runnymede public school, Indian Road Crescent junior public school, St. Cecilia Catholic elementary school, Ursula Franklin Academy and Humberside Collegiate.
There are four subway stops along Bloor Street in High Park: Runnymede, High Park, Keele and Dundas West. Subway trips downtown take just 15-20 minutes, or if you prefer to travel by car, there is easy access to downtown or the airport on the Gardiner Expressway via Lake Shore Boulevard.
The High Park neighbourhood is located conveniently close to three popular shopping districts, each with its own distinct personality: Bloor West Village to the west, The Junction to the north and Roncesvalles Village to the east. High Park residents can enjoy family-friendly events in each of these areas, including: St. Joe’s Halloween Fest, Santa in the Village, the Bloor Street Fest and the Toronto Ukrainian Festival in Bloor West Village; the Polish Festival in Roncesvalles Village; and The Junction Summer Solstice Festival.