“ ... Glengrove Avenue was a driveway leading into Glen Castle, a great, rambling structure of stone ... It had been built by the Ainsley family and was not demolished until 1925.” So wrote Lyman B. Jackes, in “Tales of North Toronto”. The land where Glen Castle once stood is now occupied by John Ross Robertson Public School. The name of the original estate lives on with Glen Castle Street, located on the east side of the school.
Lytton Park is located in the area south and west of Yonge Street and Lawrence Avenue West. It stretches south to Briar Hill Avenue and west past Mona Drive. It is serviced by the Lawrence subway station, which also has bus routes going east and west along Lawrence Avenue.
Development occurred in the first half of the 20th century, and most homes today still have their original brick facades. The houses are almost all detached and sit on lots that range on average between 25 and 50 feet wide. In 2015, homes in Lytton Park sold in a range of under $900,000 to over $4,500,000. The average price was $1,908,000. Condominium apartments in the area had an average price of approximately $821,000 per unit.
Chatsworth Ravine is the community’s largest parcel of parkland. It has an outdoor ice rink which provides both hockey and recreational skating. Lytton Park itself, located at 200 Lytton Blvd., is home to the North Toronto Tennis Club. It has 3 courts and floodlights which enable members to play after sundown.
Serving both neighbourhood locals and “tourists” from other parts of town, Yonge Street between Lawrence and Eglinton Avenues is well known for its upscale shopping and dining. Lawrence and Avenue Road is also home to a variety of restaurants, services and specialty food shops.
What was once a country playground for one family has become a community for many families. Residents appreciate the shady streets and well-built homes. Proximity to good schools, shopping and public transit guarantees both lasting and inevitably increasing value for this destination neighbourhood.