Welcome to Casa Loma
Affluent neighborhood with many heritage homes built in the shadow of the magnificent Casa Loma castle
Named after the legendary castle, Casa Loma is an upscale neighbourhood and tight-knit community characterized by many historical, heritage homes. A sophisticated Toronto suburb, Casa Loma is an undeniably enchanting place as the castle’s silhouette cuts an imposing figure and shrouds the entire community in an air of romanticism. Surrounded by many ravines and spacious parks dotted with stunning houses, this stunning neighbourhood gives off an ethereal fairytale-esque vibe.
What to Love
- The regal Casa Loma Castle
- Decadent fine-dining establishments
- Beautiful old heritage homes
- Surrounded by parks and ravines
People & Lifestyle
Given this community’s regal surroundings, it’s no surprise that the homes here are built to reflect Casa Loma’s image. Since the castle’s inception in the early 1900s, other houses constructed here have often reflected the opulence and grandeur. The neighbourhood surrounding Casa Loma is a primarily residential enclave, so the closest shopping and dining is in the St. Clair district of Bathurst. Thankfully, there are excellent public transport options nearby for easy and convenient access to upscale boutiques, acclaimed restaurants, and other amenities.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Housed inside Toronto’s resplendent and magnificent Casa Loma Castle is the high-end BlueBlood Steakhouse. The decadent seafood towers and dry-aged steaks are real crowd-pleasers. Plan a romantic date night at Fleur de Sal, an elegant and refined fine-dining establishment plating old-world recipes and Mediterranean comfort food in style.
For most shopping and dining options, residents must travel to the nearby Bathurst and St. Clair areas, where they will discover gourmet eateries, shops, professional services, and more. The public transport is accommodating, with bus, subway, and streetcar access only minutes away.
Things to Do
Casa Loma is an absolute must-see if you’re in the area. The castle was constructed by architect E.J. Lennox from 1911 to 1914 for financier Sir Henry Pellatt. This extravagant, Gothic Revival style surrounded by beautiful gardens is now a historic house, landmark, and museum. Despite its age, the 98-room castle retains many of its original attributes, including a 10,000 book library, a stunning plant-filled conservatory, secret passageways, and three indoor bowling alleys. Even a tunnel winds from the castle’s basement hunting lodge to the stables.
The castle isn’t the only opulent tourist attraction in Toronto. The historic Spadina House and gardens reside atop a ravine overlooking the city. Today the Spadina Museum is a testament to Toronto’s many achievements in the early 20th century, exhibiting thousands of artifacts and works of art.
It’s worth visiting the outdoor public Baldwin Steps, named after the Baldwin family, specifically Robert Baldwin, the former Ontario premier. The steps were originally built to connect Spadina and Davenport Road leading to Casa Loma.
The Casa Loma neighbourhood has several ravine parks and trails, such as the Nordheimer Ravine and Sir Winston Churchill Park. Nordheimer offers a pleasant walking path through the native plants and wildlife, while Sir Winston Churchill Park boasts a remarkable open space atop a hill with great views of the surrounding area.
Located at Spadina and Davenport, Waldorf Academy is a private alternative education school for grades 1-8. The teaching style at Waldorf is focused on multiple-sensory learning, cross-curricular instruction, visual learning; taking a constructivist rather than didactic approach to education.
The George Brown College is a public, fully accredited college of applied arts and technology with a beautiful campus in Casa Loma.