The sightlines and majestic beauty of Avenue Road Hill have, over the years, inspired many of Toronto’s wealthiest citizens to build their homes here. The one home that stands out above all the others is Casa Loma, a real-life medieval castle. Casa Loma was built in 1911, by Sir William Henry Mill Pellatt, a prominent financier, industrialist, and military man.
Casa Loma is named after the famous castle. The image of a castle atop the Avenue Road Hill, surrounded by ravines, large old trees, joggers and BMWs is an eclectic mix, considering the neighborhood is located close to downtown Toronto. In the late nineteenth century South Hill, also in this area, became home to some of the wealthiest citizens of Toronto. They built a series of manors along the top of the hill. The area was annexed to the city of Toronto in a series of sections beginning in 1905. It has remained an expensive residential area, though most of the manors have today either been demolished or converted to other uses. The area is dominated by the steep hill of the former Lake Iroquois shoreline. The southeastern section of South Hill is known as Rathnelly.
The striking silhouette of Casa Loma provides a romantic backdrop to this posh Toronto neighborhood. Nestled on the brow of the Avenue Road Hill, and surrounded by ravines and parkland, this residential enclave looks and feels more like an enchanted forest filled with storybook homes, than the big city neighborhood it really is.
Toronto’s Casa Loma neighbourhood is highly coveted by homebuyers.The Casa Loma neighbourhood has been a fashionable address ever since 1911 when the wealthy industrialist Sir Henry Mill Pellatt built a magnificent medieval style castle on the St. Clair escarpment naming his home Casa Loma. This was the largest residence in Toronto and other homes in the neighbourhood built soon after would try and emulate its grandeur albeit on a much smaller scale.
The closest shopping for Casa Loma residents is the Bathurst and St. Clair shopping district. These are mostly convenience type stores that cater to everyday household needs.
Gourmet food shops, high end boutiques, and all kinds of professional services are available on Spadina Road, north of St. Clair, in the heart of Forest Hill Village.
Recreation & Culture
Sir Winston Churchill Park is located at the south-east corner of Spadina Road and St.Clair Avenue. This park has ten floodlit tennis courts, a children’s playground, and a popular makeshift running path that skirts the perimeter of the park.
Wrapped around Sir Winston Churchill Park is the Nordheimer Ravine. This quiet oasis features a rustic wood path with many excellent picnic spots, and a large variety of trees, plants and wildlife
Wells Hill Park, contains a children’s playground and a wading pool. Across the street from this park is the Wells Hill Lawn Bowling Club and the Wychwood Public Library.
The local community centre operates out of Hillcrest School and includes an indoor pool and a gymnasium.
- Brown Community Centre
- Roycroft Park Lands
- Cawthra Playground
- Glenn Gould Park
- Glen Edyth Drive Parkette
- Hillcrest Community Centre
- High Level Pumping Station Park
The Casa Loma neighbourhood is well served by public transit. There is regular bus service on Bathurst Street and streetcar service on St. Clair Avenue West. The St. Clair West subway station is a short walk from the homes in this neighbourhood.
- For motorists, the main arterial roadways are Bathurst Street and St. Clair Avenue.
- St. Clair Avenue West has a street car right-of-way.
Casa Loma has 10 Public schools, and 3 Catholic schools, and 3 Private School in this neighborhood, your kids can get a great education.
Address: 495 Jarvis St, Toronto, ON M4Y 2G8, Canada | Telephone: (416) 393-0140 | Fax: (416) 393-0184 | Email: Jarvis@tdsb.on.ca
“Founded in 1807, Jarvis C.I. is the first public high school in Toronto and has a long tradition of academic excellence and student involvement. Jarvis is committed to providing a rich and varied program encouraging higher order thinking as well as research and communication skills. Over 90% of our graduates attend university, including top schools like U of T, Waterloo, Dalhousie and Queens. Over 53% of graduates are Ontario Scholars and 60% receive scholarships / bursaries. Situated in the ‘heart of the city’ at Jarvis and Wellesley, our school has a rich mix of students from over 100 countries of origin, integrated into one unified, vibrant community in which diversity is our strength!” As originally published by Jarvis Collegiate Institute
Address: 991 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6E 1A3, Canada | Telephone: (416) 393-1780 | Fax: (416) 393-8169 | Email: Oakwood@tdsb.on.ca
“Oakwood has been a place of excellence for 107 years. We are proud of our tradition and our commitment to students, parents and staff. Oakwood offers Extended French, and a Specialist High Skills Major in both Arts and Culture and in Sports. We are a “Triple A” school — we provide outstanding curricular and co-curricular programs in Academics, Athletics and the Arts, and our music, drama, visual arts, dance and athletic programs are highly regarded.” As originally published by Oakwood Collegiate Institute
Address: 100 Carlton St, Toronto, ON M5B 1M3, Canada | Telephone: (416) 393-0175
“Le Collège français sera un milieu de vie stimulant pour tes amis et toi. Toute une équipe est là, chaque jour, pour t’aider à découvrir de nouveaux horizons et à mieux comprendre le monde qui t’entoure.” As originally published by Collège français secondaire
Address: 14 Pembroke St, Toronto, ON M5A 1Z8, Canada | Telephone: 416 393-1360
“L’école est composée d’une équipe dévouée, compétente et engagée dans la réussite et le bien-être des élèves. Le personnel de l’école travaille tout en comptant sur votre appui, votre soutien et votre engagement comme parents partenaires dans l’éducation de vos enfants. Ce sont des éléments essentiels pour la réussite de tous et de chacun. Pour y arriver, la communication ouverte, continue et positive, entre l’école et la maison, est encouragée et soutenue car c’est le moyen le plus efficace pour assurer le développement et les progrès de vos enfants.” As originally published by É Élém Gabrielle-Roy
Address: 454 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M4V 2J1, Canada | Telephone: (416) 393-1560 | Fax: (416) 393-1554 | Email: Brown@tdsb.on.ca
“Brown School is situated on Avenue Road just south of St. Clair Avenue. The first school was built in 1910 and was replaced with a new building in 1972. Brown celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2010. For a century, Brown School has had a tradition of strong academic achievement and close relationships with our families and community. Our staff is a team of dedicated teachers and support staff who bring unique talents to our classrooms, along with many co-curricular activities. Each child is encouraged to strive for academic excellence while also adding balance to the day by pursuing an interest or talent from an extensive number of activities that are offered.” As originally published by Brown Junior Public School
Address: 23 Ferndale Ave, Toronto, ON M4T 2B4, Canada | Telephone: (416) 393-1550 | Fax: (416) 393-1552 | Email: DeerPark@tdsb.on.ca
“Deer Park Jr. & Sr. Public School is located at Ferndale Avenue, just east of Yonge Street and north of St. Clair Ave. It is a historic three-story building, with classrooms dedicated to visual arts, design technology, science, music, drama and dance for Grades 7 & 8. The school hosts a gym and swimming pool enabling all students to benefit from an enriched physical education program that includes swimming. Additionally, our facility houses two daycare centres for toddlers, pre-schoolers and school-age children. Deer Park is a designated full “access” facility supporting and hosting programming for students with multiple physical exceptionalities (JK-Gr. 8).” As originally published by Deer Park Junior and Senior Public School
Address: 78 Dunloe Rd, Toronto, ON M5P 2T6, Canada | Telephone: (416) 393-9335 | Fax: (416) 393-9339 | Email: ForestHill.PS@tdsb.on.ca
“Forest Hill Jr. & Sr. Public School (JK-8) is a community school located in the Forest Hill neighborhood which, prior to 1967, was part of the old Forest Hill Village. The school consists of two separate buildings, one of which was built in 1923, the other in 1938. Forest Hill has the unique features of period architecture, a 470-seat auditorium with a proper stage, and spacious grounds. The grounds include two separate baseball diamonds, soccer fields, and a full running track.” As originally published by Forest Hill Junior and Senior Public School
Address: 101 Winona Dr, Toronto, ON M6G 3S8, Canada | Telephone: (416) 393-1680 | Fax: (416) 393-1672 | Email: Winona@tdsb.on.ca
“Winona Drive Public School is located south of St. Clair Avenue West between Bathurst and Dufferin streets. The building was constructed in 1959 as the fourth addition to McMurrich Junior Public School. Although McMurrich and Winona are physically joined, they are separate in terms of administration, teaching staff, and grades/programs offered. Winona Drive Senior Public School strives to provide excellence in education for the young adolescent. Through partnership with the home, our staff provide opportunities for our students to learn and grow intellectually, socially and emotionally. Students have clearly outlined responsibilities which accompany their rights. We have expectations of them, and for them, both in the classroom and beyond.” As originally published by Winona Drive Senior Public School
Address: 44 Hilton Ave, Toronto, ON M5R 3E6, Canada | Telephone: (416) 393-9700 | Fax: (416) 393-1987 | Email: Hillcrest@tdsb.on.ca
“Hillcrest Community School is located on Bathurst Street between Davenport Road and St. Clair Avenue. The school first opened in 1905 and has expanded in three stages, the most recent in 1977. Hillcrest has approximately 400 students – Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6 – the majority of whom come from English-speaking homes. The school shares facilities, including a pool, with Hillcrest Community Centre and a co-op daycare center called Wychwood Tigers. The school presents a welcoming environment and celebrates positive partnerships to enhance student learning.” As originally published by Hillcrest Community School
CATHOLIC AND PRIVATE SCHOOL
Address: 50 Poplar Plains Road, Toronto, ON M4V | Telephone: 416 964 9594 | Fax: 416 964 3643 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
“Mabin is an innovative and established school where children, teachers, and parents work together every day to create something special and different. It is a home away from home, where children love to learn because they feel known, respected, and capable. Children’s interests and imaginations are at the center of our academically enriched curriculum, which challenges each student appropriately and cultivates a passion for learning. All of this happens in a structured environment that feels just right – intimate and informal, full of color, and the spark of activity.” As originally published by Mabin School
Address: 250 Madison Avenue, Toronto, ON M4V | Telephone: 416 962-6447 | Email: email@example.com
“For 27 years Waldorf Academy has served parents and their children from the early toddler years through the 8th Grade with an education that delivers academic excellence, nurtures family life, and fosters social and environmental awareness. Everything we do at Waldorf Academy is in support of the remarkable young people who learn and thrive here.” As originally published by Waldorf Academy Private School
Address: 245 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M4V 1R3, Canada | Telephone: +1 416 963-4962 | Fax: +1 416 963-8464 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
“Arrowsmith School is a privately owned co-educational and non-denominational day school that is dedicated to helping students with specific learning difficulties. The Arrowsmith Program of cognitive exercises was first offered to students with learning difficulties in 1978 and Arrowsmith School was established in 1980. Arrowsmith School has operated continuously in Toronto since then and now occupies the two buildings which it owns on St. Clair Avenue West in mid-town Toronto. Students who come to Arrowsmith School have been struggling in school – some are just starting their schooling but their experience has already shown a pattern of learning problems. Others have been finding school a challenge for years. Our program has been of benefit for students having difficulty with reading, writing and mathematics, comprehension, logical reasoning, problem-solving, visual and auditory memory, non-verbal learning, attention, processing speed, and dyslexia. Our goal is for our students to become effective, confident and self-directed learners for life and to enable them to achieve their goals of academic and career success.” As originally published by Arrowsmith School
Address: 25 Linden St, Toronto, ON M4Y 1V5, Canada
“L’école élémentaire catholique du Sacré-Cœur a 125 ans d’histoire! C’est avec enthousiasme que travaille une équipe dynamique. L’école accueille plus de 150 élèves de la maternelle à la 6e année. La langue française et la catholicité sont des priorités chez nous. Aux niveaux académique et personnel, nous rassemblons nos efforts en vue de permettre aux élèves d’atteindre leur plein potentiel.” As originally published by ÉÉC du Sacré-Coeur-Toronto
Address: 330 Lansdowne Ave, Toronto, ON M6H 3Y1, Canada
“L’école secondaire Saint-Frère-André est une école accueillant les élèves de la 7e à la 12e année. Notre but premier en tant qu’établissement d’éducation est avant tout l’apprentissage et le développement de votre enfant dans un milieu francophone catholique stimulant. En vue d’offrir un enseignement de qualité et un choix intéressant d’options à nos élèves, nous offrons toute une panoplie d’activités parascolaires, ainsi que des programmes d’enseignement. «Offrir à l’élève une éducation de qualité dans un milieu de vie catholique et francophone où le respect de la personne, le sens d’appartenance à la collectivité franco-ontarienne, la promotion de l’excellence et enfin l’équité sont des valeurs visibles et essentielles à son épanouissement ». C’est non seulement la mission du conseil scolaire mais aussi celle des enseignants.” As originally published by ÉSC Saint-Frère-André
Address: 308 Tweedsmuir Ave, Toronto, ON M5P, Canada | Telephone: 416-393-5225 | Fax: 416-397-6360
“Holy Rosary Catholic School is an inclusive learning community rooted in the love of Christ. We educate students to grow in grace and knowledge and to lead lives of faith, hope, and charity, with respect for themselves and the world around them. At Holy Rosary Catholic School, we transform the world through witness, faith, innovation, and action.” As originally published by Holy Rosary Catholic School