William George Gooderham, president of Gooderham and Worts distillery, was an entrepreneur and a keen sportsman. In the early years of the 1900s, he combined these interests by subdividing a country property and setting up part of the land as a venue for cricket. The emerging neighbourhood took its name from the facility, and is known today as Cricket Club.
Building in the Cricket Club neighbourhood began in earnest in the 1920’s and continued through the 1940’s. Most of the properties were built on good sized lots with 30 to 60 feet of frontage. Today, the original housing stock is disappearing as Buyers demand the modern conveniences and comforts that only a new house can (economically) provide. The result is a varied streetscape, with original bungalows and two storey dwellings juxtaposed with stone clad new-builds. 4-bedroom detached houses on 30 to 50 foot lots with a private drive are the norm.
In 2013-2014, the average Cricket Club sale price was $1.8 million. In 2014-2015, the average house price is over $2 million, within a range of below $1 million to above $4 million. In 2013-2014, nearby condominium projects located along Yonge Street south of Wilson Avenue sold for an average of about $1 million. This is still the case in 2014-2015, with an average condo selling at just over $1 million in a price range of under $600,000 to nearly $2.5 million.
Cricket Club is now a well-established residential neighbourhood. It is bordered on the west side by Avenue Road and on the east by Yonge Street. Wilson Avenue is the northern boundary and Brooke Avenue is the southern boundary. The York Mills subway station, located at Yonge Street and York Mills Avenue, provides transport to downtown. Highway 401 is just north of Wilson Avenue and can be accessed by ramps at both Yonge St. and Avenue Road.
The sporting and social hub of the neighbourhood is the Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club, located on the south side of Wilson Avenue between Yonge Boulevard and Avenue Road. Cricket, squash, swimming, tennis, curling and skating give its membership plenty of athletic choices. Social amenities include an excellent dining room with banquet and conference capabilities. Just across Avenue Road at Wilson, Armour Heights Community Centre has children’s and adult programs in exercise, cooking and art. Nearby green space includes York Mills Park, Don Valley Golf Course (public,) and Rosedale Golf Club (private.)
Shopping, dining, and domestic service providers line both sides of AvenueRoad between Lawrence and Wilson. Residents travel outside the area for goods and services by choice, not necessity. Opportunities to move into the Cricket Club have not kept pace with demand. As prices have risen, merchants have followed with an ever expanding depth and range of services. The Cricket Club has become one of Toronto’s most desirable neighbourhoods.
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