North of the CPR railway tracks near Dupont, bound roughly by Avenue Road, Mount Pleasant and Yonge. Many districts can call themselves deeply, profoundly Toronto-ish, but few have a better claim than Yonge-St. Clair. The dream of an ideal Toronto neighbourhood (mixed use, many old houses, quick access to everything) emerges here in perhaps its purest form. Within five or 10 minutes from St. Clair and Yonge, you can stock up on everything from echinacea to the latest Vanity Fair magazine, enjoy aromatherapy, eat a wonderful lunch, get psychoanalyzed, and pick up your children from their French immersion program at Brown Public School or girls’ hockey practice at De La Salle College.
Farnham and Yonge is the site (unmarked) of Hangman’s Hill, where rebels were executed after the Mackenzie uprising of 1837. A block or two north, in the St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Cemetery (a wonderful piece of open space consecrated in 1855 that acts as a vast backyard for the north-side Balmoral houses) lie Catherine Faeley Hennessey and John Pickford Hennessey, maternal grandparents of the world’s first movie star, Mary Pickford. Not far away (marked with a plaque on St. Clair Avenue) is the apartment where Glenn Gould lived for many years.
Some of this neighbourhood’s Edwardian and Victorian houses are improved beyond the dreams of those who built and first lived in them. Below St. Clair, the once fairly humble district of Summerhill has for years been heading toward real estate heaven, and the condos on nearby Yonge Street only push its property values higher.
What’s the secret? Convenience is a crucial factor. You’re not far from anything: not from Bloor, not from St. Clair; not from Av and Dav. Another factor is parkland: people who live here can choose among the huge Rosehill Reservoir, David A. Balfour Park and Lionel Conacher Park. Balmoral and Farnham, two delightful streets of family dwellings, run east-west across Deer Park, each of them a jumble of architectural styles. In this desirable district, the condominiums are thrusting themselves happily toward the sky.
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