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Luxurious homes, and picturesque green scenery.
Humewood-Cedarvale is a wealthy community with luxurious homes facing the Cedarvale Ravine Park, some of the city’s most beautiful natural landscapes. Cedarvale is not only defined by its picturesque green scenery — but it is also a neighborhood of great architectural beauty.
It is bounded by the upscale stretch of Eglinton Avenue West in the north, Bathurst Street in the east, the trendy stretch of St. Clair Avenue West in the south, and the leafy Winnette Avenue in the west – famous for being home to one of the smallest detached houses in Toronto.
There are so many things we love about the Humewood-Cedarvale area. Although homes in the Humewood area were generally built in the 1920s, the combination of renovations, new builds, young families moving in, schools, and new local businesses popping-up, have made this one of Toronto’s most sought-after neighborhoods.
Humewood and Cedarvale are separated by Vaughan Road, and about a block further east is Cedarvale Ravine – a natural border between the two halves of the community. A short jog, walk, or drive and you find walking trails, hidden by tree cover, that lead you over to Forest Hill Village. You’ll also find a gated dog park, an outdoor hockey rink, arena, and hilly area – perfect for winter tobogganing with the kids. And, if you are lucky enough to purchase a home bordering the Cedarvale ravine, you will have effortless views of treetop and green open spaces that could make anyone forget they were city-dwellers.
The Humewood neighborhood is named after “Humewood”, the country estate of William Hume Blake – a prominent lawyer and politician in early Toronto. Blake built Humewood in the 1850s and named it after his ancestral home in Ireland.
The former twenty-five acre Humewood estate was carved into various plans of subdivision in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Humewood Park was part of the old estate grounds and Humewood Drive was originally a private laneway to the estate.
The Humewood house was sold by the Blake family in the 1870’s. Shortly thereafter it burned down but was replaced by a similar house built on the foundation of the original home.
In 1912 the Humewood house was purchased by the Anglican Diocese as a refuge for young women in distress. It has undergone many renovations and additions since this time however it remains a local landmark, standing proudly at number forty Humewood Drive.
Humewood is an established family oriented neighbourhood conveniently located approximately fifteen minutes from Toronto’s financial and entertainment districts. There are many amenities such as parks and schools located in the interior of this neighbourhood while shopping and public transit are easily accessed from St. Clair Avenue.
Humewood’s intimate streetscape is enhanced by the many tree-lined streets and culs de sac found throughout the neighbourhood. Many of these streets are one-way, with very few through streets, which helps to minimize the traffic flow in this quiet tucked-away neighbourhood.
Humewood is an upper-middle class, family-oriented neighbourhood, with a combination of single-family homes dating from the 1920s as well as a numerous mid-rise and high-rise buildings. Humewood Park, just north of St. Clair Ave. W, was once part of the estate of William Hume Blake, the namesake of the Humewood neighbourhood. Cedarvale is a wealthy community, and includes multimillion-dollar homes facing the ravine that is within the Cedarvale Park and Castle Frank Brook’s ravine system.
Cedarvale and Humewood are separated by Vaughan Road, and about a block, further east is Cedarvale Ravine, a natural border between the two halves of the community.
Affectionately known as “the woods” by its residents, on account of its many “wood” suffixed street names, Humewood is the intimate, upper-middle-class southern portion of this neighborhood. The interior of both sections is predominantly residential, with commercial retail concentrations existing along Eglinton Avenue West and St. Clair Avenue West. Settled in the 1850s this region was part of the City of York, before merging with Toronto.
Humewood residents enjoy the luxury of being able to walk to a tremendous variety of shops and restaurants along St. Clair Avenue West. Included in this shopping mix are fruit and vegetable markets, discount stores, banks, drug stores, fast food restaurants and a Bingo Hall.
Dog walkers, parents with strollers, joggers, and cyclists use the many scenic trails around Cedarvale Park that are community highlights. While the bordering roads see busy traffic and commercial activity during the day, the residences in the interior are entirely shut off from the hubbub. Parks, parkettes, tennis clubs, a baseball diamond, a plethora of European pubs and restaurants, and upscale boutiques mark the general vibe of this neighborhood.
The shopping district on Eglinton Avenue West and on Vaughan Road between Oakwood Avenue and Dufferin Street features Toronto’s largest concentration of Caribbean shops and restaurants.
A variety of recreational programs for pre-schoolers, children, youths, adults and seniors are offered at the Humewood Community School at 15 Cherrywood Avenue. Some of these programs include Ballet Bunnies (pre-schoolers), co-ed fitness (adults), and a Humewood Senior Citizens Club. This school also has a sports field, baseball diamonds and a children’s playground. Vaughan Road Collegiate Institute at 529 Vaughan Road has an indoor pool that is used for children’s and adult’s Aquatics.
Shops and Restaurants:
Along the St.Clair west strip residents of the Humewood-Cedarvale area are greeted by local coffee shops, such as Crave (and of course, Starbucks), upscale clothing boutiques (like ParPar), specialty bakeries (Leah’s Bakery), interior design studios, spinning and workout rooms, gourmet restaurants (The Rushton Pukka, Kay Pacha, FK (Frank’s Kitchen, Ferro), and grocers (Loblaws or No Frills). And, if you’re someone who loves farmers markets then the Wychwood Barns Farmer’s Market is sure to please.
VINTAGE SHOPS NEAR HUMEWOOD–CEDARVALE
- Ransack the Universe, 1207 Bloor Street West, Toronto, 647-703-6675 (Vintage shop)
- 96 Tears Vintage, 1267 Bloor St W, Toronto, (Clothes shop, Vintage shop)
- ReVintageTO, Perth Ave, Toronto, 416-553-4679 (Home decor, Shopping & retail)
- PRINTVINTAGE, 834 College Street, 416 389 6128 (Vintage shop, Clothes shop)
- Bernardis Antiques – Toronto, Canada, 699 Mount Pleasant Road, (Antique shop, Vintage shop, Home and garden shop)
- Jacaranda Tree & Co, 569 Mt. Pleasant Rd, Toronto, 416-482-6599 (Home decor, Vintage shop)
Humewood Park located between Humewood Drive and Pinewood Avenue, is one of Toronto’s prettier strolling gardens. It features gently sloping lawns, a forest of maple trees, park benches and a paved walkway that winds its way through this quaint park. Graham Park, on Atlas Avenue just north of St. Clair is a small park with a children’s playground and a basketball court.
The newly built Oakwood Village Library and Arts Centre at 341 Oakwood Avenue includes a new state-of-the-art theatre. Dance classes, film nights, and yoga are just some of the programs offered at the centre.
The St. Clair West streetcar connects passengers to the St. Clair station on the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line while the Vaughan Road bus connects passengers to the St. Clair West station also on the Yonge-University-Spadina-Subway line. The Bathurst Street bus connects passengers to the Bathurst station on the Bloor-Danforth subway line.
Motorists are five to ten minutes from the Allen Expressway which links commuters to Highway 401.
Schools, Colleges, and Universities:
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: 330 Lansdowne Ave, Toronto, ON M6H 3Y1, Canada | Telephone: 416 532-6592
“L’école secondaire Toronto Ouest continue de bâtir un milieu d’apprentissage franchement exemplaire. Ce milieu diversifié, inclusif et sécuritaire offre à ses élèves des programmes d’excellence en sciences, mathématiques, langues, études sociales et arts. De nombreux clubs et activités socioculturelles et sportives viennent agrémenter le quotidien de nos élèves, leur permettant de joindre l’utile à l’agréable. Fondés sur des valeurs d’excellence, d’engagement et de dépassement de soi, l’enseignement et l’encadrement offerts à nos élèves leur permettent « de voir un avenir à la hauteur de leur vision où les choix de carrières sont guidés par leurs passions et qui offre la possibilité et les ressources nécessaires à leur réalisation ».” As originally published by ÉS Toronto Ouest
Address: 65 Grace St, Toronto, ON M6J 2S4, Canada | Telephone: 416 397-2097
“Nous sommes heureux d’accueillir environ 360 élèves de la maternelle à la 6e année dans un milieu sécuritaire où il fait bon apprendre. À l’école élémentaire Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau, nous préconisons le développement global de l’enfant en mettant l’accent sur la pensée critique, la curiosité intellectuelle et l’imagination. Nous désirons outiller les enfants pour qu’ils prennent leur place dans un monde en évolution afin de devenir des citoyens engagés.” As originally published by É Élém Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau
Address: 145 Ava Rd, York, ON M6C 1W4, Canada | Telephone: (416) 394-2244 | Fax: (416) 394-4145 | Email: Cedarvale@tdsb.on.ca
“Cedarvale Community School is located in the Cedarvale Community near Bathurst and Eglinton Streets. The school first opened on September 5th, 1950. Cedarvale is a Kindergarten to Grade 8 school. Our motto is “Committed to Excellence”. Our mission is to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people dedicated to achieving to the best of their ability. As an IB World School, we have an additional commitment to developing internationally-minded students who demonstrate intercultural understanding, open-mindedness, and respect for others.” As originally published by Cedarvale Community School
Forest Hill 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
Forest Hill Collegiate Institute
Address: 730 Eglinton Ave W, Toronto, ON M5N 1E9, Canada | Telephone: (416) 393-1860 | Fax: (416) 393-8197 | Email: ForestHill.CI@tdsb.on.ca
“Forest Hill C.I. is very much a ‘first choice school.’ Our students choose Forest Hill for its strong academic reputation. We are a small school with a family atmosphere, offering outstanding facilities and supportive programs. Our teachers partner with you to ensure you achieve your potential. Our motto is ‘Not for Ourselves Alone.’ Our students are involved in fundraising activities throughout the year and have received many citations for their efforts. Our system provides opportunities for broader leadership skills development. We offer an extensive co-curricular program in theatre and music productions, athletics and a variety of clubs for personal and academic growth.” As originally published by Forest Hill Collegiate Institute
Address: 231 Ava Rd, York, ON M6C 1X3, Canada | Telephone: (416) 394-2388 | Fax: (416) 394-3462 | Email: JRWilcox@tdsb.on.ca
“J.R. Wilcox Community School is located on the corner of Atlas Avenue and Ava Road, south of the Allen Expressway. The school is 92 years old. The school serves approximately 310 students representing approximately 23 different language groups. About a third of the students speak English as a second language.” As originally published by J. R. Wilcox Community School
Address: 15 Cherrywood Ave, York, ON M6C 2X2, Canada | Telephone: (416) 394-2383 | Fax: (416) 394-4106 | Email: Humewood@tdsb.on.ca
“Humewood Community School is located north of St. Clair Avenue and west of Christie Street at 15 Cherrywood Avenue. The original school building was erected in 1914, but it was replaced in 1972. Through our school theme, ‘Building our Community’, we continue to develop partnerships with home and the community. The school serves over 480 children who come from diverse cultural backgrounds. Many speak languages other than English or French. Humewood Community School opens at 7:30 a.m. and has a Day Care and a Before/After Care Program. The school is permitted for activities that serve both the adults and children in the community.” As originally published by Humewood Community School
CATHOLIC AND PRIVATE
Address: 1700 Bathurst Street, York, ON M5P | Telephone: 416.224.8737
“At RHA, students are building relationships for their future. RHA students are the embodiment of a 21st Century Graduate. They demonstrate specific qualities and relationships that enable them to achieve the “minds for the future” needed for lifelong learning as Jewish students in a global world. RHA has intertwined a kaleidoscope of real world Jewish themes with interdisciplinary learning opportunities. Children’s critical and creative thinking increases as they build their relationships with other children, their family, their school and the global community. The relationships blossom into “learning power”.” As originally published by Robbins Hebrew Academy
Leo Baeck Day School (South Campus)
Address: 501 Arlington Ave, York, ON M6C 3A4, Canada | Telephone: (416) 787-9899 | Fax: (416) 787-9838
“Our progressive Jewish education, combined with the global outlook of our International Baccalaureate Programme, shapes the way our students look at the world and their Judaism: with curiosity, with personal meaning and with a sense of collective responsibility. Leo Baeck graduates are equipped with the knowledge of Jewish tradition, the spirit of Tikkun Olam and the confidence and critical thinking skills necessary to navigate our complex world, as global citizens and as modern Jews.” As originally published by Leo Baeck Day School (South Campus)
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
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School
Address: 636 Glenholme Ave, York, ON M6E 3G9, Canada | Telephone: 416-397-6096
“St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School began as a two-room annex to St. Clare School in 1921. It grew to eight classrooms and 400 pupils in the present building in 1945, with leadership provided by the Loretto Sisters. Immigration in the 1950s and 60s caused unprecedented growth which brought the school population to 1880 students in 1964. Additions were made to the school in 1954 and 1960, culminating in the present school of 27 classrooms. Our school is named after St. Thomas Aquinas, one of the greatest teachers of the Catholic church. St. Thomas Aquinas School tries to honour this great saint in its Catholic teaching and in all school activities.” As originally published by St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School
Address: 60 Atlas Ave, York, ON M6C 3N9, Canada | Telephone: 416-393-5326 | Fax: 416-393-5066
“St. Alphonsus Catholic School is located on Atlas Avenue, just north of St. Clare Avenue. The school is over 40 years old. The school serves approximately 293 students representing several different language groups. Programs are offered from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. The St. Alphonsus Day Care is housed in St. Alphonsus Parish (corner of Vaughan Rd & St. Clair Ave). Many of our students attend this daycare. Bussing is provided to students who attend our daycare.” As originally published by St. Alphonsus Catholic School
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) 394-4169 | Email:HJAlexander@tdsb.on.ca
“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
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