Cedarvale's residential development began in 1912 when Sir Henry Mill Pellatt, the builder of Toronto's famous Casa Loma registered a plan of subdivision for the south end of this neighbourhood under the name "Cedar Vale". Vale denoted the ravine that runs through the centre of this neighbourhood and the Cedar part of the name makes reference to the many cedars that grew in the wet lowlands of the ravine.
The Cedarvale Ravine which has long been the foundation of this neighbourhood was threatened in 1966, when the proposed Spadina Expressway was slated to run straight through the ravine on its way downtown. Some Cedarvale houses were expropriated and the floor of the ravine was clearcut to make room for the expressway.
Fortunately strong opposition to the expressway was voiced throughout the city and in 1974 the decision was made to stop the Spadina Expressway (officially called the W.R. Allen Road) at Eglinton Avenue, thus preserving the centrepiece of this popular Toronto neighbourhood.
The defining feature of this neighbourhood is the Cedarvale Ravine, which cuts a wide diagonal swath through the middle of Cedarvale. This ravine provides numerous recreational opportunities.
Cedarvale has an established Jewish community that has grown up around the Holy Blossom Temple and Beth Tzedec Synagogue, which are both situated on Bathurst Street.
Cedarvale's Tudor and Georgian style houses were built mostly between 1920 and 1950. The bigger and more expensive Cedarvale homes are on premium lots overlooking the ravine.
Cedarvale's interior streets contain a mix of good size family homes and sturdy little starter homes. There are also a number of multi-plex houses and walk-up apartment buildings located on the periphery of this neighbourhood.
(P) Arlington Middle, 501 Arlington Avenue, (416) 394-2200
(P) Cedarvale Community, 145 Ava Road, (416) 394-2244
(P) J.R. Wilcox Community, 231 Ava Road, (416) 394-2388
(PH) Vaughan RoadC.I. 529 Vaughan Road, (416) 394-3222
(PH) Forest Hill C.I., 730 Eglinton Avenue West, (416) 393-1860
(CA) St. Alphonsus, 60 Atlas Avenue, (416) 393-5326
(PJ) Leo Baeck Day School, 1950 Bathurst Street, (905) 709-3636
(PJ) United Synagogue, 1700 Bathurst Street, (416) 781-5658