The Yonge-Summerhill-Ramsden Park
The Yonge/Summerhill/Ramsden Park area is one of Toronto’s most coveted neighbourhoods. Its turn of the century houses, winding tree-lined streets, and abundance of parkland create a very special niche in the city. While families (and their dogs!) enjoy the impressive amenities of Ramadan Park, the Yonge Street corridor provides residents with easy access to Toronto's downtown business and entertainment districts.
Charles Thompson’s magnificent 1842 Regency cottage - “Summer Hill House” - is the namesake Toronto’s Summerhill neighbourhood. Thompson, a transportation magnate, built his two-hundred acre estate on the crest of the hill where today stand the homes of Summerhill Gardens. To the delight of the neighbourhood’s families, his property included a popular amusement park - the Summer Hill Spring Park and Pleasure Grounds - which featured rides, games, swimming and a popular dance pavilion located in the Summer Hill house itself.
In the 1860’s, Thompson’s heirs subdivided Summer Hill; however, development of the present day neighbourhood started nearly twenty years later when the North Toronto Railway station was established on Yonge Street near Summerhill. Today, the historical Rail Station has been converted into a stunning commercial building within which is sold one of the finest selection of wines in the country.
Starting around 1880, Summerhill’s original family housing was constructed as semi-detached Victorian row houses, and detached Edwardian style homes. Nearly a century later, a number of more modern townhouses were developed as well as a handful of low rise luxury condominium buildings, built mostly in the 1980’s and 1990’s.
The Rosehill Reservoir Park is located east of Yonge Street, with access from Summerhill Gardens. The upper portion of this park includes a children's playground, a wading pool, a waterfall, and reflecting pools. Meanwhile, the lower portion features a foot path enjoyed by dog-walkers, joggers, and cyclists alike. The north-east corner of this path leads to the David A. Balfour Park, which is a beautiful nature trail that winds through the Vale of Avoca Ravine. On Cottingham, west of Yonge Street, families spend time at Lionel Conacher Park, which has a children's playground and a wading pool.
The neighbourhood’s recreational gem is Ramadan Park, a 13.7 acre recreational green space which boasts a large dog off-leash area, a baseball diamond, a recently renovated playground, a wading pool, and tennis courts with on-site change rooms. In winter, a large outdoor skating rink opens with designated boarded space for hockey and a separate area for public free skating.
Summerhill residents are within walking distance of the many upscale shops, beauty salons and restaurants centred around Yonge Street and Summerhill Avenue. Only minutes south, residents find themselves along Bloor Street’s “Mink Mile,” where Chanel, Prada and Hermès jostle for space. Equidistant travel north finds Yonge/Summerhill residents among the bustling intersection of Yonge & St. Clair.