Stunningly, artist-inspired neighborhood.
Wychwood Park, a gated community nestled in the greater Wychwood area, is an exclusive and stunning neighborhood. Tree-lined streets and large artist-inspired homes.
Wychwood Park was founded by Marmaduke Matthews, a landscape painter who purchased land here in the 1870’s with the hope of establishing an artist colony at Wychwood Park. Matthews named Wychwood Park after Wychwood Forest, located near his childhood home in Oxfordshire, England. In 1874, Matthews built the first house in the community, at number six Wychwood Park. The second Wychwood Park house, at number twenty two Wychwood Park, was built in 1877, by Matthews’ friend Alexander Jardine. Matthews and Jardine jointly bought the land that abutted their estates and in 1891, registered a plan of subdivision for what is now the Wychwood Park neighbourhood. Wychwood Park is historically significant for the architecture of its homes, and for being one of Toronto’s earliest planned communities. The Wychwood Park neighbourhood was designated as an Ontario Heritage Conservation district in 1985.
Wychwood Park is a small neighborhood enclave north of Davenport Road, west of Bathurst Street. It was formerly a gated community part of Bracondale Hill but is now considered by the City of Toronto as a part of the overall Wychwood neighborhood. The area is a private community that’s defined by Alcina Avenue to the north, Davenport Road to the south, Wychwood Avenue, to the west, and Burnside Drive to the east.
Wychwood Park is an exclusive enclave of sixty homes tucked away in a private ravine setting atop the rolling wooded hills of the Davenport Ridge. This community is unique in that it has its own executive council that oversees the private roads and parkland within the Wychwood Park neighborhood. The price for this privacy is a special park tax paid by every Wychwood Park homeowner. This tax varies depending on the size of each property.
The neighborhood really appreciate and take good care of the areas, and they contribute their own money to keep the community clean, safe, and historical. With every house part of a heritage site, the residents must appreciate the history and tradition behind each home on the street. Minutes from attractions like the Wychwood Barns and St. Clair West, shopping and entertainment are just a few steps away, but greenery and a peaceful calm surround the neighborhood. You get the best of both worlds in Wychwood Park.
All of Wychwood Park’s houses are listed on the Toronto Historical Board’s Inventory of Heritage Properties. Wychwood Park is an extremely unique and private area of the city, a special treat with greenery and quiet streets. A handful of the first Wychwood Park houses were built in the late 1800s, however, most of the houses in Wychwood Park were built in stages between 1906 and 1935. A few houses were also built in the early 1950s. Many of the older Wychwood Park houses were designed by Eden Smith, an architect who specialized in the English Arts and Crafts house style. The influence of Smith’s traditional English house forms is evident throughout Wychwood Park. Wychwood Park was designated an Ontario Heritage Conservation in 1985, many houses are listed as heritage properties, as reflected in their beautiful architecture, which reflects the English Arts and Crafts movement (1860–1910), featuring traditional English houses with naturally Romantic landscapes.
Wychwood Park residents enjoy convenient access to a large number of shops and restaurants along St. Clair Avenue West. There is also a limited amount of convenience-type shopping on Vaughan and Davenport Roads, and on Bathurst Street.
- St. Clair West: This strip stretching between Avenue Road and Westmount has a plethora of shopping, including fashion stores like Peek-a-boo, high-end designer spots, thrift stores, bakeries, and a myriad of restaurants, cafés, and bars. It’s accessible by transit at St. Clair West station.
- Bloor Street is south of Wychwood Park but not a far walk, and it’s accessible by transit. Bloor Street is famous for both its family-owned businesses and upscale boutiques. You can also find bookstores, restaurants, cafés, art supplies, salons and spas, electronic stores, banks, and grocers.
- The Stockyards, 699 St. Clair Avenue W (416) 658-9666
- Savera Indian Cuisine, 815 St. Clair Avenue W (416) 657-2500
- Mazzetta Café Restaurant, 681 St. Clair Avenue W (416) 658-5687
- Ferro Bar & Café, 769 St. Clair Avenue W (416) 654-9119
- The Gem,1159 Davenport Road (416) 654-1182
- The Rushton, 740 St. Clair Avenue W (416) 658-7874
- Noir Coffee & Tea, 701 St. Clair Avenue W (416) 651-8302
- El Fogon, 543 St. Clair Avenue W (416) 850-8041
- The Crest, 794 St. Clair Avenue W (647) 351-1940
- Nama Sushi, 750 St. Clair Avenue (416) 652-0711
Parks and Green Spaces:
- The Wychwood Park area has one of Toronto’s ravines running through the heart of the neighborhood, as well as Taddle Creek. A central park in the neighborhood with tennis courts marks a community area.
- Wychwood Barns Park: A green space that surrounds the former TTC Barns on three sides, it includes a children’s play area, sports field, ice rink (winter), fenced off-leash dog area, beach volleyball court, and picnic table. It’s home to 150 trees, 1,500 shrubs, and 900 perennials. The area at 601 Christie Street houses the Stop Farmer’s Market all year round, with some of the best fruits, vegetables, and farmer’s stands in the city.
- Hillcrest Park: A 2.1-hectare park at Davenport Road and Christie Street with a ball diamond, dog off-leash park, basketball court, outdoor tennis court, community garden, wading pool, and children’s playground.
- The Tollkeeper’s Park: On the northwest corner of Davenport Road and Bathurst Street, surrounding the Tollkeeper’s Cottage.
Recreation and Culture:
Nestled in a thickly wooded valley at the south end of Wychwood Park is the Taddle Creek pond. This pond is home to two swans named Oscar and Felix, as well as snapping turtles, painted turtles, goldfish, and mallard ducks. In the wintertime, the pond is used as a skating rink. Near the pond is the Wychwood Park tennis court which is so tangled in the underbrush that it is barely visible from the street above.
- Wychwood Barns Park is a hub for recreation and culture all year round. With one of the best farmers markets in the city, the Artscape areas consisting of artist live workspace, community theatres, event space, a children’s playground, ice rink, and picnic tables scattered across the park, it is the go-to for community programs in the area.
- Joseph J. Piccininni Community Recreation Centre is west of Wychwood on St. Clair Avenue. It’s equipped with a 25-meter swimming pool and has cardio, muscular strength, and weight equipment. It offers programs for people of all ages to improve their swimming skills.
Other Nearby Recreation and Fitness Centres
- Forest Hill Fitness, 675 St. Clair Avenue W, (416) 653-5051
- Spynga Yoga and Cycling Studio, 1415 Bathurst Street, (416) 588-7796
- Dance to Live Studio, 1360 Bathurst Street, (416) 516-4019
- Wychwood (Toronto Public Library), 1431 Bathurst Street, (416) 393-7683
The Wychwood Public Library and the Hillcrest Community Centre are both located on Bathurst Street, within a short walk of the Wychwood Park neighborhood.
Both the bus service on Davenport Road and the streetcar on St. Clair Avenue connect passengers to the Dupont station on the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line. The Bathurst bus connects passengers to the Bathurst station on the Bloor-Danforth subway line. Motorists are approximately ten minutes from downtown and about the same distance north to the Allen Expressway off Eglinton Avenue.
- By streetcar: The 512 streetcar runs from St Clair Station on Yonge Street to St Clair Avenue West and Keele Street, generally in an east-west direction. Streetcars leave St. Clair West Station (near Wychwood Park) approximately every three to seven minutes.
- By subway: The Yonge-University-Spadina line runs north-south and has a stop at St Clair West station, a five-minute walk from Wychwood Park. The first trains leave St Clair West Station at 6:00 a.m.
- By bike: There are bike lanes west of Wychwood Park in the Sir Winston Churchill Park and Casa Loma area that run up to Eglinton Avenue.
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
Winona Drive 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 a 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 day care centre called Wychwood Tigers. The school presents a welcoming environment and celebrates positive partnerships to enhance student learning.” As originally published by Hillcrest Community School
McMurrich Junior Public School
Address: 115 Winona Dr, Toronto, ON M6G 3S8, Canada | Telephone: (416) 393-1770 | Fax: (416) 393-1765 | Email: McMurrich@tdsb.on.ca
“In 1912, a new school proudly bearing the name of the first chair of the Toronto School Board opened its doors at 115 Winona Drive. Today, over 100 years later McMurrich Junior School is a robust thriving community of educators, support staff, parents and highly motivated children. It is a community where students are helped to discover their dreams and aspirations in life. We offer a comprehensive school program for students in Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6.” As originally published by McMurrich Junior Public School
CATHOLIC AND PRIVATE
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: 611 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C 1A3, Canada | Telephone: 416.836.6751| Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
“Wychwood School provides a strong liberal arts education for elementary school children. At Wychwood, we don’t praise children for their intelligence or the ease with which they learn new concepts and skills. We praise them for their effort, commitment to practice, and tenacity in the face of academic or athletic challenges. We view mistakes as opportunities for learning and foster this attitude in our students. These foundational educational commitments allow us to help students develop a mastery-oriented mindset– a practice based upon well-substantiated psychological and pedagogical research findings – that nourishes the development of internal motivation and resilience in the face of challenging new material. This orientation allows us to deliver a particularly enriching program for children in science and math, areas in which children sometimes assume that they are less capable of excelling than they are.” As originally published by Wychwood 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
St. Bruno – St. Raymond Catholic School
Address: 402 Melita Crescent, Toronto, ON M6G 3X6, Canada | Telephone: 416-393-5376 | Fax: 416-393-5844
“Our school is committed to developing and celebrating the unique gifts of every student. We, as a school community, strive to provide each student with the opportunity to develop his/her potential intellectually, physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually.” As originally published by St. Bruno – St. Raymond 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: 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
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