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Forest Hill Real Estate - Toronto's Village Neighbourhood


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On December 15, 1923, the area known as Spadina Heights separated from York Township and became a village in its own right. The new community was named Forest Hill, after the summer home of an area resident.

Today, Forest Hill is a gracious urban neighbourhood, but elements of the original village remain. Fire station no.135, at Eglinton Avenue West and Chaplin Crescent, has the village crest in bas-relief on its front. The police station next door is now an office, but its basement still contains a jail cell.

Forest Hill is actually two villages - Forest Hill South and Forest Hill North. Their northern boundary is Hillhurst Boulevard and the southern boundary is St Clair Avenue West. The eastern boundary of Forest Hill South is Avenue Road and the western boundary is Bathurst Street. Forest Hill North lies between Latimer Avenue to the east and  the W.R. Allen Road to the west. The St. Clair West and Eglinton West subway stations serve both villages. Bathurst Street and Avenue Road provide access to downtown, while the Allen Road takes drivers to the 401.

Map of Forest Hill

From the 1930’s onward, Toronto’s growing Jewish community began to move north from the Kensington Market area along Bathurst Street. Many settled in Forest Hill. According to the 2001 Canadian Census, 26% of the neighbourhood is Jewish, and the area abounds in synagogues and Hebrew schools.

A standard property in Forest Hill is a 2-storey detached home built on a 30 - 50 foot lot. From January to May of 2015, the sale price of a house  averaged at nearly $2.3 million, within a range of under $1 million to over $6 million. Condos ranged from $200,000 to $1.2 million, with an average price of $500,000.

Forest Hill is served by North Preparatory Junior Public School, Forest Hill Jr. and Sr. Public School and Forest Hill Collegiate Institute. Nearby private schools are St. Michael’s College School, Upper Canada College and The Bishop Strachan School for girls.

The Village enjoys a number of community centres and parks. The Larry Grossman Forest Hill Memorial Arena in Memorial Park features two ice rinks. It caters to hockey players and recreational skaters. The Temmy Lather Forest Hill Jewish Centre will soon have a new home in the Glassman Jaslo Complex which is now under construction. Nature trails in Cedarvale Park connect to Sir Winston Churchill Park at 301 St Clair Avenue West, home of the Sir Winston Churchill Park Tennis Club. North of St. Clair, the Belt Line Trail runs alongside Chaplin Crescent. It offers a peaceful environment to walk, jog or bike.

Cedarvale Park trail

There are three main shopping areas in Forest Hill. Forest Hill South shops, services and cafes are clustered around the intersection of Spadina Rd. and Lonsdale Avenue in what neighbours fondly refer to as “The Village.” A “big box” grocery store is located at St. Clair Avenue West and Bathurst Street. There are many interesting shops on the stretch of St. Clair Avenue west of Bathurst. To the north, Eglinton Avenue West is an equally vibrant shopping stroll starting at Avenue Road and running west past Bathurst.

Eglinton West shopping

Once a suburban village, Forest Hill now has an enviable midtown location.  Families are attracted by the tree-lined streets and strong sense of community. The abundance of high-end housing stock makes the purchase of a Forest Hill home a protected investment. Forest Hill has become a destination neighbourhood where families can live surrounded by beauty and convenience.


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Bas-relief on Forest Hill Fire Station



The Toronto neighbourhood map displayed on this website was published in “Your Guide to Toronto Neighbourhoods”, is copyright Maple Tree Publishing and has been reproduced by the Toronto Real Estate Board under license.



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