<<< back to article list

Featured Neighbourhood of The Month - Summerhill

Blog by Nigel Denham, Senior Vice President - Sales | July 4th, 2017


History: The Summerhill neighbourhood is named after “Summer Hill” house, a magnificent Regency cottage built in 1842, by transportation baron Charles Thompson.  Summer Hill stood on the crest of the hill where the houses on Summerhill Gardens are located today.

Thompson’s two hundred acre Summer Hill estate included the “Summer Hill Spring Park and Pleasure Grounds”.  This amusement park featured rides, games, swimming and a popular dance pavilion that was located in the Summer Hill house.

Thompson’s heirs subdivided Summer Hill in the 1860’s.  However, development of the present day neighbourhood did not commence until the 1880’s, when the North Toronto Railway station was established on Yonge Street near Summerhill.  By the early 1900’s Summerhill was completely developed.

Overview: Summerhill’s turn of the century houses, winding tree lined streets, and abundance of parkland have made it one of Toronto’s most preferred neighbourhoods.  It is conveniently located along the Yonge Street corridor, providing Summerhill residents with easy access to Toronto’s downtown business and entertainment districts.

Homes: Summerhill’s original housing stock consists of semi-detached Victorian row houses, and detached Edwardian style houses, built between 1880 and 1915.  Many of these houses do not contain driveways however; permit street parking is available from the city for a nominal annual fee.

Summerhill also contains a large number of modern townhouses, and a handful of low rise luxury condominium apartment buildings, built mostly in the 1980’s and 1990’s.


Shopping: Summerhill residents are within walking distance of the many fine shops and restaurants centred around Yonge Street and Summerhill Avenue. The Bloor-Yorkville and Yonge & St. Clair shopping districts are also easily accessed from the Summerhill neighbourhood.


Recreation: The Rosehill Reservoir Park, is located east of Yonge Street, with access from Summerhill Gardens.  The lower portion of this park features a foot path that is used by walkers, joggers, and cyclists.  The north-east corner of this path leads to the David A. Balfour Park, a nature trail that winds through the Vale of Avoca Ravine. The upper portion of the Rosehill Reservoir Park includes a children’s playground, a wading pool, a waterfall, and reflecting pools. Lionel Conacher Park, on Cottingham, west of Yonge Street, has a children’s playground and a wading pool.


(P)     Cottingham, JR.

         85 Birch Avenue

(416) 393-1895

(P)     Deer Park Jr. & Sr.

           23 Ferndale Avenue  

(416) 393-1550

(PH)  North Toronto Collegiate          Institute                  

          70 Roehampton Avenue

(416) 393-9180

(PH)   Jarvis Collegiate Institute

           495 Jarvis Street.       

(416) 393-0140

(PR)   Branksome Hall

           10 Elm Avenue 

(416) 920-9741

(PR)   Bishop Strachan School

         298 Lonsdale Road

(416) 483-4325

(PR)   Upper Canada College

         200 Lonsdale Road

(416) 488-1125

(PR)   The York School

         1320 Yonge St.

(416) 926-1325

(PR)   De La Salle College

         131 Farnham Ave.

(416) 969-8771


Transportation: The Summerhill subway station on the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line is within walking distance of every home in this neighbourhood. Located along the Yonge Street corridor Summerhill provides motorists with easy access to the downtown and to major highways.


Dunkelman, David, Your Guide to Toronto Neighbourhoods, Copyright © 1997 by David Dunkelman. Your Guide to Toronto Neighbourhood – Vol. 1