Neighbourhood Watch: Midtown Toronto
by Gale Beeby
The neighbourhood is booming thanks to the condo craze and improved transit
Forest Hill, Deer Park, Casa Loma and Summerhill are some of the most upscale neighbourhoods in the city and boast some of the most exclusive residences, both new and historic. Davisville Village is a sought-after neighbourhood, home to many residential highrise apartments and boutique shops. Its many large Victorian and Tudor homes are among the most expensive residences in the city.
The centre of Midtown is Yonge and Eglinton, which has been undergoing a condo boom of late, which has resulted in a surge of commercial building and a massive influx of young urban professionals and families. In the next decade, there will be many new condos built in the neighbourhood. Click here for a full list of condos for sale.
The new Eglinton Crosstown LRT is making the area hot again after a decade or two of neglect, so expect to see new clubs, restos and area amenities boom in the next few years.
Casa Loma is a Gothic Revival-style house and gardens built as the residence for financier Sir Henry Mill Pellatt between 1911-1914, and designed by E.J. Lennox (Old City Hall and the King Edward Hotel). It is one of Toronto’s great landmarks and is always worth a visit. The Spadina Museum, a historic manor on Spadina Road, is now a museum that has preserved the house much as it existed in the 1860s.
Parks & Rec
There are many small parks in Midtown, but the largest swath of green space is the historic and pastoral Mount Pleasant Cemetery and the hidden St. Michael’s Cemetery. The cemeteries encourage visitors, walkers and hikers to use its many paths and benches.
The area is ripe with shopping areas, but only has one large mall, the Yonge Eglinton Centre, which boasts an enormous Chapters store as well as a multi-screen Cineplex. With all the new developments underway, major U.S. retailers are moving into the area, including Restoration Hardware and Urban Outfitters.
Davisville Village, Forest Hill and the strip of Bayview Avenue south of Eglinton boasts great boutique shopping, florists, bakeries and cafés, but it’s Yonge and Summerhill that’s famous for its gourmet food stores and the flagship LCBO outlet, built in an old train station — worth the visit if only to see the amazing architecture.
Subway, streetcars, all-night buses and soon the Crosstown LRT service the area. Union Station is just a short hop away on the subway, giving commuters access to GO Transit. Highway 401 is just to the north, the Allan Expressway to the west and the DVP is east, making commuting anywhere in the GTA easy.
BY THE NUMBERS
Walk Score: 96
Bike Score: 66
Ride Score: 92