North Toronto is composed of several neighbourhoods on both sides of Yonge Street, north of Eglinton Avenue. It is a large area of family homes, parks and great schools and it is a wonderful place to raise children. Its schools are top notch, both public and private schools. North Toronto has a fabulous recreation centre with tennis, skating, baseball and an indoor and outdoor pool. Neighbourhood residents also enjoy good restaurants, cozy bistros and many fine stores. North Toronto also has very convenient transit, being on the Yonge Street subway line. It is just 20 minutes to downtown and the financial core by subway or by car.
The boundaries of North Toronto are Eglinton Avenue north to Blythwood Ave, east to Bayview Ave and west to Bathurst Street. Neighbourhoods include Eglinton Park which is north of Eglinton, west of Yonge to Avenue Road, north of Eglinton Ave and Allenby which is north of Eglinton, west of Avenue Road. In addition there is also Sherwood Park north of Eglinton east of Yonge and Bedford Park north/west of Lawrence Ave and Yonge St.
History: 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. Toronto’s streetcar line was extended through North Toronto and the area became a popular streetcar suburb with the area becoming completely developed by the 1940’s. The streetcar was replaced by the Yonge Street subway line in 1954. North Toronto is composed of detached and semi detached homes from the 40’s, newer homes, townhomes and apartment complexes. It is an established upper middle class area and a desirable place to live for all ages but especially for families with school aged children.
Restaurants: Jaipur Grille, North 44, Grazie, Mandarin Restaurant, Spacco Restaurant & Bar and Hannah’s Kitchen. There is also Also Grano, Tabule, Celestin, 5 Doors North and Camerini which are just south of Eglinton.
Shops: Eglinton Town Centre, Sporting Life, Indigo, Sheridan Nurseries, Merchant of Tennis, The Art Shoppe, Once Upon a Child, Belly Maternity, Homefront, Jacaranda Tree, Mable Fable Children’s Book Store, Cyclepath, Sleep Country. Many of these shops are just south of Eglinton on Mt Pleasant Road, Bayview Avenue and Yonge Street.
Recreation/Parks: There is the Silvercity movie theatre at the Eglinton Centre and the Regent and Mt Pleasant Theatres on Mt Pleasant. The Eglinton Community Centre has indoor and outdoor pools, running track, outdoor skating rink and children’s play equipment. There is also hiking in Sherwood Park which is connected to the Rosedale Ravine. There is the Davisville Tennis Club just south of Eglinton on Mt Pleasant Road. The Granite Club, a private club on Bayview Ave and it offers tennis, skating, an indoor pool and a member's restaurant.
Best Private Schools: In central Toronto: The Toronto French School, Havergal College, St. Michael’s College, Crescent School, Bishop Strachan and St Clements School. South of Eglinton are Upper Canada College (boy’s school), Branksome Hall (girl’s school), De La Salle College (boy’s school).
Transit: The Yonge Street subway line has many stops all the way up Yonge Street. The Bayview Extention and the Don Valley Parkway are east on Eglinton Avenue. Eglinton Avenue West takes you to the Allen Expressway, north to Hwy 401 and west to Pearson International Airport. North Toronto is also just minutes to the Don Valley Parkway that takes you north or south.
Hospitals: Sunnybrook Hospital, The North York General Hospital, The Toronto General Hospital, St. Michael’s Hospital, Sick Children’s Hospital. Other: The Eglinton Avenue Vetinary Hospital.