Forest Hill was originally incorporated as a village in 1923 and later annexed by the City of Toronto in 1967, along with the Village of Swansea. The village was named after the summer home of John Wickson; previously it had been known as Spadina Heights (a name that continued to be applied to the neighbourhood into the twentieth century). Rather than electing a mayor as in a city, the leading municipal official was the reeve of the village.
Before World War II, Forest Hill's population was predominantly made up of wealthy Anglo-Protestants. During the 1940s and 1950s, many upwardly mobile Jews moved from the Spadina area of Toronto into Forest Hill. Forest Hill has many businesses catering to the Jewish community along Eglinton Avenue West. According to the 2011 census, about 40% of the residents of the southern section of Forest Hill are affiliated with Judaism. Its original boundaries were Bathurst Street to the west, Upper Canada College to the east, Eglinton Avenue to the north, and Lonsdale Road and a portion of Montclair Avenue to the south (the original boundaries of School Section 30). Neighbourhoods north of Eglinton are sometimes though not unanimously regarded as Forest Hill. In 1999 Robert Fulford compared Forest Hill to Rosedale, the other traditional home of Toronto's elite: "While Rosedale has remained stable for half a century, Forest Hill's prestige has been growing steadily. There's a key tonal difference in the architecture of the two places: where big Rosedale houses shout 'history,' big Forest Hill houses shout 'grandeur.' More than any other district in the central city, Forest Hill has become the site of spectacular new 'neo-traditional' homes built on a grand scale, usually with lawns to match."
Forest Hill is an affluent neighbourhood in central
North and South
Currently, for the purposes of social policy analysis & research, the city of Toronto’s Social Development & Administration division divides Forest Hill into two neighbourhoods: Forest Hill North and Forest Hill South.
Forest Hill North extends from Briar Hill Avenue in the north to Eglinton Avenue West in the south, and from Latimer Avenue in the east to Allen Road and Marlee Avenue in the north-west and south-west, respectively.
As the name would imply, Forest Hill South is directly south of Forest Hill North. It extends from Eglinton Ave West in the north to Tichester Road in the south, and from Bathurst Street in the west to Elmsthorpe Road in the northeast and Avenue Road and the Oriole Parkway in the east. There is an additional stretch of Forest Hill South between Bathurst Street and Spadina Road, north of Lonsdale Road.
Forest Hill Village is a part of Forest Hill occupying most of the original area of the village. The Village extends roughly from Briar Hill Avenue in the north (the Upper Village, officially part of Forest Hill North) to Heath Street in the south (the Lower Village, officially the major part of Forest Hill South along Spadina Road between Bathurst Street/Cedarvale Ravine (whichever is further east) and Avenue Road. The designations Upper and Lower are based on height of land and not on positions on a map or along a watercourse.
The Lower Village is known for its upscale shopping and dining, although the actual mix of stores includes several modest enterprises. The Lower Village has attracted extensive residential development (especially of apartments), both within the original boundaries of Forest Hill and in adjacent neighbourhoods to which developers have now extended the Village and Forest Hill names.
Real Estate in Forest Hill
The typically large Forest Hill homes leave no doubt that this is a prestigious locale—characterized by winding roads lined by majestic shade trees, gentle hills, and numerous small parkettes. Indeed, the great mansions of Lower Forest Hill are comparable only to those found in Rosedale. Architectural styling varies widely, from French Provincial with terra cotta tiles to Georgian or English country manors with Tudor boarding and immaculate lawns.
Easy access to downtown, excellent local schools, upscale shopping, and proximity to the paved 14.5 kilometer Belt Line fitness and nature trail make Forest Hill a sought-after neighbourhood and a relatively safe investment area. Numerous extensive renovation projects are evidence that demand for Forest Hill homes and real estate remains strong.
MLS®#:C4234644 Status:For Sale Type:Residential Community:Forest Hill North - Toronto
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MLS®#:C4146030 Status:For Sale Type:Residential Community:Forest Hill South - Toronto
Very Rare Forest Hill Investment Opportunity. 4X2 Large Bedrooms + Den Each Can Easily Be Used As 3 Bedrooms 3X 1 Bedrooms. Most Units Have Been Recently Renovated, Building Very Well Maintained, Roof Was Recently Replaced In Phases, All New Windows, Tenants Currently Pay Bellow Market Rent + Heat And Hydro. Possible Condo Conversion + Huge Potenti....More details
MLS®#:C4299833 Status:For Sale Type:Condominium Community:Forest Hill North - Toronto
1800-1999 Sq Ft
Stunning North Forest Hill Condo Townhouse Boasting Bright, Open Concept Design W/ High Ceilings & Luxurious Finishes. Chef's Kitchen W/ Stone Centre Island, Gas Range, Living Room Features A Sleek Fireplace & Walk-Out To Terrace Where You Can Bbq All Summer. 2Pc On Main. Master Retreat W/ Spa-Like Bath, Soaker Tub, Separate Glass Enclosed Lg Showe....More details
MLS®#:C4316110 Status:For Sale Type:Commercial Community:Forest Hill North - Toronto
Exclusive, Well Established Kosher Restaurant In Busy, High Traffic Downtown Area. Income Can Be Increased By Adding Liquor License And Saturday Dinner. Rotating Shawarma Spit And An Open Oven. Ideal For Casual & Large Group Dining/Catering. Rated Number 1 - By Uber Eats & Trip Advisor. Reviewed By Blogto As The Best Shakshuka, Best Shawarma & Best....More details
MLS®#:C4323538 Status:For Sale Type:Commercial Community:Forest Hill South - Toronto
\"Really Rare Opportunity\" \"High Margin\" \"In The Heart Of Forest Hill South\" \"Owner Operated Late 20 Years And Wants To Retire\" \"Sale $20,000-$25,000 Per Week, Lotto Comm $3,000-$3,500 Per Month\" \"Do Not Ask The Owner Any Questions, Ask Agent If Any\"
MLS®#:C4169152 Status:For Sale Type:Residential Community:Forest Hill South - Toronto
2500-3000 Sq Ft
Affordable Home In Unaffordable Forest Hill. Prime Lower Village Near Ucc And Bss. Solid Brick Home Built To Modern Standards In The 1970'S. Quality Construction Offers A Solid Foundation For Inexpensive, But Transformative, Cosmetic Updates Or Complete Reimagination. Impressive Family Room. Sunroom. Sensible Layout. 52 Ft Frontage Extends To 57 Ft....More details
MLS®#:C4284619 Status:For Sale Type:Residential Community:Forest Hill South - Toronto
Prime Large Lot On Most Desired Block In Coveted Forest Hill South - Build Your Dream Home Here! Rare Opportunity To Acquire A Building Lot In High Demand Neighborhood Of Forest Hill. Minutes Away From Prestigious Private Schools Ucc And Bss, The Village, Shops, Restaurants, Parks And Public Transit. Current Home Is In A Livable And Rentable Condit....More details
MLS®#:C4249775 Status:For Sale Type:Condominium Community:Forest Hill South - Toronto
Here Is Your Chance! Parking Space Available For Sale & Immediate Occupancy. Hurry - These Do Not Come Along Frequently. *** Please Note**** Only Available To Owners With\\in 500 Or 530 St Clair West **** Spot Is On The First Level Opposite The Elevators *** Seller Also Has An Additional Space Available Side By Side***Can Be Leased For $150-$200 Pe....More details
MLS®#:C4316555 Status:For Sale Type:Condominium Community:Forest Hill South - Toronto
900-999 Sq Ft
Fabulous Boutique Building On A Quiet St In The Heart Of Forest Hill. Stunning Reno Few Years Ago .New Baseboards ,New Drs,Open Plan Kit W/ Centre Island & Granite Counters, Stainless Appl & Pot Lights. Upgrd Heating & Air Conditioning! Upgraded Laminite Flring 4 Piece W/R & Ensite Laundry Beautiful Shared Rooftop Oasis. Steps To Shops & Restaurant....More details
MLS®#:C4288109 Status:For Sale Type:Commercial Community:Forest Hill South - Toronto
Well Established Pizzeria. Famous Franchise Mamma\'s Pizza.Located In Southern Forest Hill In A Middle Of Multi Million Dollars Homes With High Traffic Area. Renovated Store With New And Upgraded Equipment. Net Sale $10,000 Wk, Rent $5,200 Mo Tmi Included. Lease 10 Years. Low Royalty & Advertising. Some Financial Assistance Available
MLS®#:C4315431 Status:For Sale Type:Residential Community:Forest Hill South - Toronto
Beautifully Sited In The Heart Of The Forest Hill Neighbourhood. Impeccable Renovation & Graceful Design Are The Hallmarks Of This Charming Home. Natural Light Freely Cascades Through Expansive Picture And Bay Windows Creating Ambiance Of Spacious Flow. The Formal Living & Dining Rooms Are The Perfect Space For Grand Entertaining, While The Family ....More details
MLS®#:C4307721 Status:For Sale Type:Condominium Community:Forest Hill South - Toronto
1000-1199 Sq Ft
Circa's Contemporary 8 Unit Townhouse Each With Private Elevator In The Heart Of Forest Hill Has A Unit Available Just For You! 1,120 Sq Ft Of Bright, Open Concept Luxury Space W/Top-Of-The-Line Materials: Scavolini Custom Kit W/Centre Island, Quartz Counter, Spa Baths W/Natural Stone, Sound Proofing, Energy Efficient, In Floor Heat, Wide Plank Har....More details