Lovely houses, tree-lined streets, a picturesque neighbourhood – named after the “Summer Hill” house that was built by transportation mogul Charles Thompson in 1842, the neighbourhood of Summerhill is currently one of the most preferred neighbourhoods in Toronto. Summerhill can trace its origins back to the formation of Canada’s North Toronto Railway Station in the 1880s, which was built in Yonge Street. The Summerhill neighbourhood was established thereafter. While the North Toronto Railway Station is no longer operational and currently serves as an LCBO outlet, it remains a notable landmark of the neighbourhood along with the CN railway bridge that remains operational to this day. Summerhill is located close to Casa Loma, Rosedale, North Toronto and Leaside.
The neighbourhood of Summerhill runs on both sides of Yonge, north of Ramsden Park, and east of Avenue Road, and ends in the Rosehill Reservoir, which acts as its boundary to the east. Its prominent streets include Birch Avenue, Walker Avenue, Balmoral Avenue, Farnham Avenue, and Summerhill Avenue. The streets of Summerhill are lined with beautiful Victorian and Edwardian-style real estate, a testament to the neighbourhood’s rich history. High-rise residential areas and modern townhouses can also be found in the neighbourhood – in fact, the best views of Toronto’s skyline, ravines and parkland can be seen on top of these high-rise buildings.
Apart from its beautiful houses and amazing real estate, the amazing views it offers, one of the best things about living in Summerhill is its accessibility via public transportation. Three subway stops serve the neighbourhood, and most Summerhill homes are only a five to ten minute walk away from at least one of these stations. The neighbourhood is ideal for families, since there are numerous excellent elementary, primary and high schools located in the area. Even the University of Toronto as well as Ryerson are easily accessible to Summerhill residents using the Yonge University / Spadina subway line. Other schools around the area include De La Salle College, Bishop Upper Canada College, and Bishop Stachan School. Other notable places found in Summerhill include the Summerhill Market, the historic Rosedale Diner that’s more than three decades old, the L’Atelier décor shop, Absolutely North, and clothing boutiques The Narwhal and Advice from a Caterpillar.