Summerhill is an area of Toronto known for its beautiful Victorian and Edwardian style homes, winding streets, greenery, and local parks. Located just shy of St.Clair & Yonge, and just north of Rosedale, Summerhill is a relatively central Toronto neighbourhood with easy access to transit and local hot spots.
‘Summerhill’ derives its name from the home formerly known as ‘Summer Hill’, the primary settlement of the area, owned by the Thompson family. The land was later divided, among heirs of the family, in the 1800s.
The introduction of the Canadian Pacific Railway Station helped shape the overall planning and feel of Summerhill as the neighbourhood adjusted to grow around the railway. In the following years, the area underwent very little growth, that is, until the introduction of Summerhill Subway station in the 1900s.
The subway station acted as a stepping-stone for reinvention and growth as more people flocked to the area. Today, the old railway station is an LCBO – an easy (and well-liked) landmark for any Torontonian to get behind (insert applause)!
While local residents enjoy the pleasant views of well-kept homes, manicured lawns, walking trails, ravines, and historical flavour within residential Summerhill, Yonge Street, where local businesses flourish, and Summerhill TTC station are never far away. Summerhill & Yonge is host to an enviable collection of cafes, restaurants, butchers, patisseries, salons, juicers, clothing boutiques, and beauty bars.
Local hotspots include (but aren’t limited to): The Quail & Firkin pub, The Rebel House, Boxcar Social, Freshii, Booboo & Lefty Fine Living, Sorrel restaurant, The Rosedale Diner, Terroni Bar Centrale, and many more.
In short, Summerhill is an upscale Toronto neighborhood that encompasses a handful of things that make this a great city to live in: quiet residential tree-lined streets, local parks, accessible transit, and walkability to excellent restaurants, bars, and cafes.
The neighborhood continues to age gracefully and is a low-risk investment as far as neighbourhoods go.