Pretty and picture-perfect, Forest Hill is one of Toronto’s most prestigious districts with mansions in Lower Forest Hill that are comparable only by those found in Rosedale. This beautiful neighbourhood has diverse topography ranging from gently sloping hills, winding roads to a number of little parks that add charm and allure. Forest Hill has the best of schools, a unique history and a lot of things happening for the residents to enjoy.
Two of the most amazing schools in Canada are in the Forest Hill neighbourhood. Those schools are Upper Canada College for boys and Bishop Strachan School for girls. Along with the best schools; there is a Forest Hill Village shopping district on Spadina and Lonsdale. The stores are surrounded by a private enclave, creating the perfect cozy ambiance for the residents to enjoy the shops, adding to the small town feel in a rather large city.
A little history about this great neighbourhood; in 1923 the village got incorporated. It was built in 1860, the area was named after John Wickson who happened to be a summer resident at the junction of Eglinton Avenue and Old Forest Hill Road. The hill is still there but the forest is long since gone with the new condo and shopping developments. Prior to its incorporation, the neighbourhood had been known as Spadina Heights, Spadina being a derivative of the First Nations word ‘Ishapadenah’, which means a hill or sudden rise in land. The boundaries of the present day neighbourhood are put together from the old Spadina Heights School District. In 1967, Forest Hill Village joined Swansea Village as one of the last two independent villages to be annexed by the city of Toronto.
Forest Hill is a prime investment area. The area has a large variety of stores to suit every taste and budget; with fine dining experiences and well stocked grocery stores; it presents perfect harmony for the residents of Forest Hill. Young couples looking to escape the louder neighbourhoods to raise their children or start their family will be happy about the fact that they are close to everything but not directly pushed into the pulsing center of it all.
Local residents can join the Belt Line fitness and nature trail that follows the route of the former Belt Line Railway, Toronto’s first commuter train. The track is fourteen and one-half kilometers and it passes through Forest Hill on its way down to Rosedale.