High Park Real Estate Neighbourhood Guide
High Park is a very diverse neighbourhood; ranging from homes to people. The area is very family oriented, with large lush oak trees and winding roads to suit the rows of single family homes. High Park possesses a cluster of rentals for singles or couples to inhabit. This neighborhood supports a rich history of homes and wildlife, as Toronto’s first mayor of The Junction, D.W. Clendenan, had a home built in the neighborhood back in 1888. High Park contains Colborne Lodge, a public historical museum; the home of John George Howard, an engineer who built the home on the property of what is now High Park for it to be later given to the city after his death.
There is more history in the neighborhood schools, including Humberside Collegiate Institute, established in 1882, Ursula Franklin Academy, Western Tech Commercial School (a division of Ursula Franklin), Annette St Junior & Senior Public School, Runnymede Public School, and Keele St Public School. All schools are in close proximity to each other and are accessible from TTC bus stops and subway stations along the Bloor-Danforth subway line. These facilities educate students from elementary to secondary school, although there are few daycares or preschools in the neighborhood.
Along with schools, the area holds many recreational advantages such as the High Park and Runnymede public libraries, which hold family friendly events for all ages, including movie night, arranged clubs, toddler time, and after-school programs. High Parks city park includes the most outdoor recreation in the area with a fishing pond, outdoor theatre, playgrounds, free zoo, picnic areas, flower gardens, a trackless train and the Colborne Lodge museum. At the museum, one can observe the way of living on a large 165 acre farm estate in 1837. There are activities for children, school trips and events always occuring at the museum. It is composed of two buildings; the official regency stucco cottage, and original owner John Howard’s photo gallery. High park is very sports friendly with a soccer field, tennis courts, baseball diamond, lawn bowling, swimming pool, hockey rink, and paths for running, jogging, or walking. Take the time to observe the diversity in wildlife around the park where you may find nowhere else. In this area, there is always an activity to partake in, whether it is outdoors or inside.
If you’re not in the mood for too much activity, the High Park area is a short walking distance from Bloor St West, one of Toronto’s popular shopping districts. Visit all types of bakeries, restaurants, clothing shops and other independent retailers. Check out a great sushi restaurant like Osaka Sushi Japanese Restaurant, or try Aztec’s Mine; presenting superb Mexican foods. Bloor st includes larger chain stores too, like Shoppers Drug Mart and No Frills Grocery. There are also a number of banks, veterinary clinics, and medical facilities to suit the community’s needs. The Junction Gardens, also nearby, is a shopping district with deli’s, post offices, and pubs. Bloor St West is filled with buildings, new and old. Where what is now a Shoppers Drug Mart on the southwest corner of Bloor and Runnymede was once the Runnymede Theatre. It has been modified, yet still possesses some of the beautiful 20th century architecture both on the outside and inside.The area is very accessible with three nearby subway stops along the Bloor-Danforth line, being Runnymede, High Park, and Keele station. It is also a five minute drive from Lakeshore Blvd which connects to the Gardiner Expressway.
The High Park area is great for those looking for a beautiful family friendly neighborhood. The area provides many recreational services, ranging from sports to indoor activities. There are a number of schools all in close proximity to each other, and public transit accessible from those points. It shares an intriguing history with Toronto’s largest city park in the heart of the neighborhood. This area is perfect for families willing to move in to an area with many other young people, glad to take advantage of what the neighborhood provides.