Forest Hill (Forest Hill South, Forest Hill Village) Guide

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Welcome to Forest Hill (Forest Hill South, Forest Hill Village):

Toronto’s elite love this midtown enclave for is majestic Georgian and Tudor mansions, winding boulevards, manicured lawns, sculpted gardens and old, tall trees. Few of the city’s neighbourhoods rival Forest Hill for its beauty, wealth and prestige: The community is home to some of Canada’s richest business barons, hockey legends and megawatt stars. Located in the most prosperous part of the city, locals have access to gorgeous green spaces, good local shopping and some of the best private schools in the world.

Highlight:

Excellent schools are the highlight here – whether public or private, a child educated in Forest Hill will receive a top-notch education.

Neighbours:

Forest Hill reaches from Briar Hill Avenue in the north to St. Clair Avenue West in the south. On the east side, it runs straight up Oriole Parkway to Chaplin Crescent, continuing up Elmsthorpe Avenue, across Eglinton Avenue West, up again at Latimer Avenue and finally to Castlewood Road. All homes in Forest Hill are designed by an architect, thanks to unique bylaws that also require new home owners to plant trees in their front yards. As a result, this luxury enclave features one-of-a-kind stone and brick mansions on leafy winding streets, creating a beautiful, quiet oasis in midtown Toronto. The area was built in two phases. The first, lower phase, was constructed in the early 20th century and the second, upper phase was constructed in the mid-20th century. The older homes in the neighbourhood are mainly Tudor or Georgian styles, but many homes have been renovated or demolished and rebuilt in a variety of architectural styles, including controversial modern mansions that are higher and wider than their predecessors. The neighbourhood also boasts a good selection of upmarket condominiums, for residents who prefer a low-maintenance lifestyle. People of all ages live here, including many children and seniors; the average after-tax household income is nearly $162,000 per year.

Life Style:

Forest Hill is a beautiful place to live. The architecture and landscaping are Old Toronto at its finest: stately stone mansions covered in ivy, new modern homes with exquisite gardens, the quaint Grace Church-on-the-Hill and storybook schools like Bishop Strachan, a grand example of Collegiate Gothic architecture set on the community’s southern edge. The Cedarvale Ravine begins in Forest Hill and runs up into the neighbouring community of Humewood-Cedarvale, while Toronto’s nine-kilometre Beltline Trail carries locals down through the peaceful Mount Pleasant Cemetery, through Chorley Park and back up through David A. Balfour Park and the Rosehill Reservoir – some of the most stunning urban trails in the city. The Forest Hill Village shopping district is built around the intersection of Spadina Road and Lonsdale Road. There are about 60 shops here, ranging from the always-busy Aroma Espresso Bar to the old-school Forest Hill Barber Shop and a neighbourhood grocery store, The Kitchen Table. Locals exercise at Track Fitness, grab a pizza at Banfi or a taste of the Mediterranean at Mashu Mashu. With an active Business Improvement Area association, the community is looking to further beautify the village to attract more upscale retailers who can better serve affluent locals.

House Style:

Primarily single-family, detached mansions, along with some upscale condominiums.

Prices:

The average home costs $1 M, while condominiums range from $400.000 to $690.000, averaging roughly $560.000.

A little bit of history:

The history of Forest Hill stretches back to 1860, when John Wickson built a summer home for himself here. The home was set on the corner of Eglinton Avenue and Old Forest Hill Road, a forested area that was higher than the surrounding neighbourhoods – hence, Forest Hill. By the late 1880s, real estate was booming and the Toronto Belt Line Railway was built through the neighbourhood in an attempt to connect new suburbs to Union Station and the city centre. The rail line failed and has since been transformed into a lovely walking and running trail. Development continued, however, and by the early 1920s, a community and school district called Spadina Heights had been established in the area. Locals were frustrated by poor services from the City of York, however, and in 1923 they seceded from the city and called the new village Forest Hill. The homes south of Eglinton were largely developed in the 1920s and early 1930s, while the areas to the north were developed in the 1940s and 1950s. The community was annexed by the city in 1967.

Local Schools:

There is just one public school in the neighbourhood, the highly ranked Forest Hill Junior and Senior Public School, which received 8.2/10 in the Fraser Institute’s 2016 review of Canadian schools (down from 9.8/10 in 2014). The community is also home to two renowned private schools: Bishop Strachan School (all girls) and Upper Canada College (all boys). Both schools cost more than $30,000 per year in tuition and have graduated some of Canada’s most celebrated and controversial public figures. Emily Murphy, one of Canada’s Famous Five suffragettes and the British Empire’s first female judge, graduated from Bishop Strachan, as did the country’s first woman computer scientist, Beatrice Helen Worsley. UCC has graduated four Ontario Premiers, four Toronto Mayors and seven chief justices, to name just a few.

What you'll fall in love with:

For all its wealth and majesty, Forest Hill feels like a small town. Neighbours bump into each other while running errands or grabbing coffee in the Forest Hill Village, a collection of shops at the centre of the community. The schools may be prestigious and expensive, but they’re close to home, and children form lasting friendships with other kids in the neighbourhood. Add in a few lovely parks and proximity to Toronto’s urban core, and the neighbourhood is just about perfect.

The commute:

The commute from Forest Hill to Union Station and the city’s financial district is about 20 minutes by car, and 30 minutes on the TTC; intrepid city cyclists can make the trip in about 35 minutes. A trip to Yonge and Bloor will take about 15 by car, and double that on city transit.

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#108 -134 LAWTON BLVD, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#108 -134 Lawton Blvd

Toronto, Ontario M4V 2A4

$1,500 Monthly

Apartment 1 1
#104 -134 LAWTON BLVD, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#104 -134 Lawton Blvd

Toronto, Ontario M4V 2A4

$1,500 Monthly

Apartment 1 1
148A BALMORAL AVE, toronto, Ontario
For rent

148a Balmoral Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4V 1J4

$7,695 Monthly

Row / Townho 3 3
#301 -150 BALMORAL AVE, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#301 -150 Balmoral Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4V 1J4

$5,995 Monthly

Apartment 4 3
U 5 105 BALMORAL AVE, toronto, Ontario
For rent

U 5 105 Balmoral Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4V 1J5

$2,800 Monthly

Other 2 1
U 3 105 BALMORAL AVE, toronto, Ontario
For rent

U 3 105 Balmoral Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4V 1J5

$3,150 Monthly

Other 2 1
U 4 105 BALMORAL AVE, toronto, Ontario
For rent

U 4 105 Balmoral Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4V 1J5

$3,800 Monthly

Other 3 1
#702 -49 ST CLAIR AVE W, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#702 -49 St Clair Ave W

Toronto, Ontario M4V 1K6

$2,700 Monthly

Apartment 2 1
#502 -49 ST CLAIR AVE W, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#502 -49 St Clair Ave W

Toronto, Ontario M4V 1K6

$1,350 Monthly

Apartment 0 1
#306 -49 ST CLAIR AVE W, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#306 -49 St Clair Ave W

Toronto, Ontario M4V 1K6

$2,600 Monthly

Apartment 2 1
#304 -49 ST CLAIR AVE W, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#304 -49 St Clair Ave W

Toronto, Ontario M4V 1K6

$2,600 Monthly

Apartment 2 1
#1502 -111 ST CLAIR AVE W, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#1502 -111 St Clair Ave W

Toronto, Ontario M4V 1N5

$2,000 Monthly

Apartment 2 1
#UPPER -37  LOLA RD, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#upper -37 Lola Rd

Toronto, Ontario M5P 1E5

$2,200 Monthly

House 2 1
10 BROWSIDE AVE, toronto, Ontario
For sale

10 Browside Ave

Toronto, Ontario M5P 2V1

$3,799,000

House 6 5
#LOWER -117 CHAPLIN CRES, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#lower -117 Chaplin Cres

Toronto, Ontario M5P 1A6

$2,599 Monthly

Fourplex 2 2
#524 -377 MADISON AVE, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#524 -377 Madison Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4V 2W7

$1,550 Monthly

Apartment 0 1
#302 -1 CLARENDON AVE, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#302 -1 Clarendon Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4V 1H8

$4,980 Monthly

Apartment 3 2
#03 -1663 BATHURST ST, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#03 -1663 Bathurst St

Toronto, Ontario M5P 3J8

$2,100 Monthly

Other 2 1
#W/U -4 KILLARNEY  RD, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#w/u -4 Killarney Rd

Toronto, Ontario M5P 1L8

$2,250 Monthly

House 2 1
46 THELMA AVE, toronto, Ontario
For sale

46 Thelma Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4V 1X9

$2,599,000

House 0 4
#607 -129 ST. CLAIR AVE W, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#607 -129 St. Clair Ave W

Toronto, Ontario M4V 1N5

$1,700 Monthly

Apartment 1 1
#LOWER 2 -924 AVENUE RD, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#lower 2 -924 Avenue Rd

Toronto, Ontario M5P 2K6

$1,895 Monthly

Other 2 1
#706 -609 AVENUE RD, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#706 -609 Avenue Rd

Toronto, Ontario M4V 2K3

$2,300 Monthly

Apartment 2 2
#701 -435 RICHMOND ST W, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#701 -435 Richmond St W

Toronto, Ontario M4V 3S6

$1,750 Monthly

Apartment 1 1