About North Toronto
North Toronto is located in what’s considered part of the ‘Old Toronto district’.
Despite the name, North Toronto today occupies a fairly central location within the current boundaries of our city, as Toronto has expanded significantly over the years. It should, however, come as no surprise that North Toronto was once considered to be more ‘North’ than central, which is why it retains its name.
The best way to figure out the exact street boundaries that enclose what is known as ‘North Toronto’ is to check out our map (located just above this text).
Another way to think of it, is that North Toronto is created by all (yes, all) of these (awesome) neighbourhoods: Allenby, Bedford Park, Chaplin Estates, Davisville Village, Lawrence Park, Lytton Park, Wanless Park and Yonge & Eglinton.
This handful of areas is often referred to as Midtown.
Homes in North Toronto range in size and style. Generally homes are classic and brick stone (stately) detached properties that sit on generous plots and are flanked by trees and green space.
Over the years, North Toronto (like any other ‘hood) has seen changes.
Many older homes have either been torn down and replaced with larger more modern mansions, or updated with sleek architectural facelifts and additions that befit the growing families within, reflecting a generational shift as younger homeowners move into the area and older residents move out.
Overall, North Toronto is extremely family-oriented and neighbourly. It’s not uncommon for local kids to play street hockey together or parents to walk their children to and from school. On weekends, you can see many pets on display, getting their daily exercise in local parks and ravines while locals gather at the lawn bowling or nearby tennis courts in Lytton Park.
A close-knit community, neighbours in the area also embrace patio culture in warmer months, and gather together to socialize often.
North Toronto’s pleasant vibe can be attributed to larger lots, traditional residential housing, lack of towering buildings or high rises, low street traffic (cars are diverted to Yonge Street, Avenue Road, or Highway 401, rarely going inside the inner residential streets) and, of course, an abundance of family life.
Luckily for locals, North Toronto’s proximity to major roadways also provides an easy commute to-and-from cottage country, work, and the city.
Families who live in North Toronto have access to a wide range of excellent schools to choose from (all within walking distance or a quick drive from home) including: St.Clement’s church pre-school, John Ross Robertson Elementary School (kindergarten to grade 6), Glenview Middle School (grades 7 & 8), Lawrence Park high school (grades 9 – 12), Havergal College all-girls Private School (all grades – 12), and St. Clement’s all-girls Private School (all grades – 12).
‘NT locals’ (NT is the abbreviation used by many for North Toronto) are also a short walk to Yonge Street and the shopping and dining district that runs between Lawrence Park station (Yonge & Lawrence) and Eglinton Station (Yonge & Eglinton).
This area of Yonge Street includes popular spots like: Sign of the Skier, Sporting Life, the GAP, Club Monaco, Starbucks, Second Cup, Hugo Boss, the Puma flagship store, Grazie restaurant, North 44 restaurant, CIBO wine bar, and more. Looking for more local mom-and-pop shops!? There’s those too…you just need to look…and each of those places has been there for many years, so you know the going’s good.
If you’re looking for a place to grow some roots and can afford to settle down in North Toronto, we recommend taking a look.