Our City Spotlight  series explores the neighbourhoods that make up Toronto and the GTA. Each month, we take a look at what makes these areas unique and what we love most about them. Join the discussion on our social media and leave a comment below to share your favourite things about each neighbourhood!

This month’s City Spotlight is High Park, a charming west-Toronto neighbourhood with a rich and fascinating interesting history. It is home to a diverse mix of both housing styles and residents, and it features unique totpgraphy including winding streets, gently rolling hills and towering Oak trees.

A little about High Park's history

The High Park property south of Bloor Street, was purchased in 1836 by John Howard Toronto's first surveyor. Howard named his estate High Park because of its high elevation and amazing views of the Lake. In 1873 Howard deeded his beloved High Park estate to the City of Toronto. John Howard's former residence Colborne Lodge is still situated on its original site in High Park, where it is now a public museum.

About the surrounding area

The popular shopping district of Bloor West Village, known for its European bakeries, delicatessens, specialty food shops, cafes and restaurants, is within walking distance of the neighbourhood’s homes. There is also convenient access to transportation – 3 subway stations serve the High Park neighbourhood, and the Queensway, which connects commuters to Lake Shore Blvd and the Gardiner Expressway, is just 5 mins away.

Housing in High Park neighbourhood

The High Park neighbourhood features gently rolling hills and winding streets lined with a diverse mix of housing styles. There are impressive Victorian, Edwardian, and Tudor-style homes along its tree-lined streets. They typically feature 2- and 3-stories, and a variety of architectural details that vary from house to house, including leaded and stained glass windows, lush wood trims, French doors, hardwood floors and fireplaces. Detached homes in the area typically sell for an average of $1.28 million*, while semi-detached homes go for around $890,000*. The neighbourhood features a selection of condominium buildings north of Bloor Street, some of which have balconies with south-facing views that overlook the park and Lake Ontario. 1-bedroom condos in the area sell for an average of $320,000*, while 2-bedroom condos sell for an average of $470,000*. There are also a large number of rental opportunities in High Park which appeal to singles and couples.

The famous High Park

The public park of High Park encompasses 399 acres of public parkland, which includes a fishing pond, an outdoor theatre, a popular free zoo, picnic grounds, playgrounds, the long-standing Grenadier Restaurant, an historic museum, flower gardens, an adventure playground and a trackless train. Sports activities here include tennis, baseball, soccer, lawn bowling, swimming, and skating, as well as walking, jogging and cycling paths found throughout the park.

Make sure to visit the High Park neighbourhood to explore its beautiful streets lined with gorgeous historic homes, or visit the park to enjoy all that it has to offer. And don’t forget to visit in Spring to see the famous cherry blossom trees in full bloom!

* Based on TREB sales stats from January 1st, 2015 to December 31st, 2015.