High Park History In 1836 John Howard Toronto's first surveyor purchased a property south of Bloor Street and named his estate High Park because of its magnificent view of Lake Ontario. 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 museum.
Overview The High Park neighborhood is home to a wide range of people. Its highly regarded schools attract many families with school age children to this neighborhood. High Park contains numerous rental opportunities that are popular with singles and couples, as well as some accommodations for the elderly.
The topography of the High Park neighborhood features gently rolling hills, winding streets, and towering Oak trees that enchant and delight all those who live here. The beauty of this neighborhood stems from High Park which is one of Toronto's largest and most popular parks, which features a lake, bike paths, ice cream shop, a small farm, and beautiful flower arrangements.
Homes High Park's twisting tree-lined streets are lined with impressive Victorian, Edwardian, and Tudor-style homes. These captivating houses were built largely during the late 1800's and early 1900's. Several of these houses have been divided in to multi unit homes for investment. High Park's distinctive brick homes feature a variety of architectural details that vary from house to house. These features include leaded and stained glass windows, lush wood trims, French doors, hardwood floors and fireplaces.
The High Park neighborhood also features a selection of condominium apartment buildings along Quebec Avenue, north of Bloor Street. These apartments include balconies, some of which feature south views that overlook High Park and Lake Ontario prices in high park are on the higher end ranging from $400,000 to 1 million +.
Shopping and Recreation High Park is located within walking distance of Bloor West Village, one of Toronto's most popular shopping districts. It is known for its European bakeries, delicatessens, specialty food shops, cafes and restaurants.
High Park encompasses 399 acres of public parkland. The sports facilities of this park include tennis, baseball, soccer, lawn bowling, swimming, and skating, as well as walking, jogging and cycling paths found throughout the park.
Transportation The Bloor-Danforth subway line has three stations serving the High Park neighborhood, including the Runnymede, High Park, and Keele stations. Motorists are approximately five minutes from the Queensway, which connects commuters to Lake Shore Blvd. and the Gardiner Expressway.