The sightlines and majestic beauty of the Avenue Road Hill have, over the years, inspired many of Toronto's wealthiest citizens to build their homes here.
The one home that stands out above all the others is Casa Loma, a real life medieval castle. Casa Loma was built in 1911, by Sir William Henry Mill Pellatt, a prominent financier, industrialist, and military man.
It took three hundred men nearly three years to build Casa Loma, at a cost of $3,500,000, which at that time was an unprecedented amount of money to pay for a home. Sir Henry enjoyed his dream home for less than ten years before mounting debts forced him to turn Casa Loma over to the City of Toronto.
In the 1920's, shortly after Sir Henry's departure from Casa Loma, the extensive grounds and greenhouses to the north of the castle were subdivided, and the current neighbourhood began.
The striking silhouette of Casa Loma provides a romantic backdrop to this posh Toronto neighbourhood.
Nestled on the brow of the Avenue Road Hill, and surrounded by ravines and parkland, this residential enclave looks and feels more like an enchanted forest filled with storybook homes, than the big city neighbourhood it really is.
Casa Loma's large Tudor, Georgian, Edwardian, and English Cottage style homes were built mostly between 1905 and 1940. The houses on the south side of Lyndhurst Court enjoy a spectacular view of Toronto's skyline and Lake Ontario. Many homes in this neighbourhood back onto the Nordheimer ravine, a virtual forest of mature oak and maple trees.
In addition to single family houses, the Casa Loma neighbourhood contains a mix of duplex and triplex houses, luxury townhouses, condominiums and co-ownership apartment buildings.
(P) Hillcrest Jr. School, 44 Hilton Avenue, (416) 393-9700
(PH) Oakwood Collegiate Institute, 991 St. Clair Avenue West, (416) 393-1780
(PH) Forest Hill Collegiate Institute, 730 Eglinton Avenue West, (416) 393-1860
(PR) Bishop Strachan School, 298 Lonsdale Road, (416) 484-4325
(PR) Upper CanadaCollege, 200-220 Lonsdale Road, (416) 484-4325
(C) St. Michaels College, 1515 Bathurst Street, (416) 653-3180