Historic neighbourhood characterized by beautiful 19th century homes, proximity to High Park, and a diverse community
In 1836, City Surveyor John Howard and his wife Jemima purchased 165 acres of land from Lake Ontario to Bloor Street and named the estate “High Park”. In 1876, the Howards deeded the property to the city for public use and by 1930, the city had acquired 164 ha, including Grenadier Pond. In the early 1990s, the neighbourhood surrounding the High Park began to develop and areas of the park were cleared for recreational additions. In the 1970s, a large portion of the park was designated provincially as an Area of Natural and Scientific Interest and as an Environmentally Significant Area by the City of Toronto. Since then, restoration has continued in order to preserve the natural beauty of the park.
Named after the largest park in Toronto, High Park; this diverse neighbourhood has a lot of offer. Beautiful Victorian, Edwardian, and Tudor-style homes, tree lined streets, nearby restaurants and shops, and lots of green space. High Park offers an escape from its urban surroundings and is truly one of the most unique and desirable neighbourhoods in Toronto.
High Park has an abundance of green space so its no surprise that it tends to draw in residents who love immersing themselves in the outdoors. Walk to The Park to visit the zoo and Grenadier Pond, ride your bike or go for a run along the Park’s winding paths, or enjoy a picnic while you admire the wildlife. After a long day enjoying the fresh air, take a short trip to the nearby Bloor West Village to visit the variety of bakeries, cafes, restaurants, clothing shops, and juicers. High Park has a wide range of residents including young families, well-established Toronto residents, students, and artists.
When it comes to dining, High Park has an array of options for restaurants, coffee shops, and bakeries nearby. Aztec’s Mine is a highly rated and reasonably priced Mexican restaurant located on Boor St West. Their menu offers classic tacos, enchiladas, beer, and more. Flame Food+Design is a 2 storey restaurant and cafe serving traditional Turkish cuisine specializing in grilled fare. Another Bloor Street favourite is the highly rated Osaka Sushi Japanese Restaurant which offers classic and creative sushi rolls, sashimi and other classic Japanese dishes.
This neighbourhood is steps away from dozens of local boutiques where you can find unique clothing, accessories, shoes and other items. Scout, which carries unique jewelry, cards, and other accessories made by Canadian designers. For the environmentally conscious shopper, there is Ecotique, an eco-friendly gift and lifestyle store where you can bring your own containers to have them refilled with soap and other products.
High Park is located in a very central area of Toronto filled with many options for entrainment. As mentioned, you can visit The Park’s zoo, children’s playground, pond, and walking/biking trails. This kid friendly neighbourhood has lots of options for kid friendly activities including local splash pads and parks, the Children’s Garden and Teaching Kitchen where children can learn about plants in the community garden, and the High Park Greenhouse where you can admire the local flora.
Located in close proximity to Bloor West Village, you are steps away from tons of local shops and restaurants, coffee shops and juicers where you can spend your weekends. This busy area has various patios and bars that fill up in the evening with younger local residents (and some older, young-at-heart local residents).
High Park is home to many excellent schools, both Catholic and Public. In fact, there are 9 public schools and 5 Catholic schools located in the area, giving parents lots of options for their children’s education. Here are a few of them:
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