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®#:C4729326 Status:For Sale Type:Commercial Community:Forest Hill North - Toronto
2859 Square Feet Of Recently Renovated Space. Gorgeous Corner Unit With Great Signage And Wrap Around Windows. Strong Lease In Place. 4 Years Remaining On Initial Term With Options To Renew. Licensed For 73 Seats. This Is The Perfect Opportunity To Establish Your Brand On This Bustling Stretch Of Eglinton West. A Chef's Dream. All Brand New Equipme....More details
MLS®#:C4725418 Status:For Sale Type:Residential Community:Forest Hill South - Toronto
3500-5000 Sq Ft
This Magnificent And Elegant Classic Home,Custom Built 1994 And Completely Renovated 2003 With The Highest Quality Finishes And Craftsmanship.Bellini Custom Kitchen And Second Floor Bathrooms. Private Backyard Oasis With Gorgeous Pool And Cascading Hot Tub Surrounded By Beautiful Stone Work. Extra Features Include 3 Car U/G Garage W/Direct Access ....More details
MLS®#:C4676441 Status:For Sale Type:Residential Community:Forest Hill South - Toronto
Exquisite Opportunity To Own One Of The Most Coveted Home-South Forest Hill-Mid Town Toronto.Superior Quality Finishes & Attention To Detail.Chef Inspired Gourmet Eat In Kitchen.Palatial Master Bedroom With A Walkin Closet & Luxurious Bathroom.Basement Heated Floor.Wine Cellar,Media Room.The Best School District & Amazing Transportation.Oasis In Th....More details
MLS®#:C4763928 Status:For Sale Type:Condominium Community:Forest Hill South - Toronto
1200-1399 Sq Ft
Spacious And Elegant In The Heart Of Forest Hill This Condo Features Beautiful Hardwood Floors And A Gorgeous South East Penthouse View From The Floor To Ceiling Window. Approx 1206 Sq Ft With A Great Layout. The Den Is Easily Converted Into The Second Bedroom As Units With This Layout Have Done.
MLS®#:C4711060 Status:For Sale Type:Commercial Community:Forest Hill North - Toronto
Dry Cleaning Depot (Reduced Price For Quick Sale: Was $55,000). High Traffic Area And Just In Front Of New Lrt Station. High Income Neighborhood And Professional Offices Area. Full Set Of Sewing Machines Are In Place And Well Organized Working Condition. Weekly Sales $2,000 (Alt. 20-25%), Lots Of Potential To Grow After Completion Of Lrt Const....More details
MLS®#:C4715634 Status:For Sale Type:Residential Community:Forest Hill South - Toronto
5000+ Sq Ft
Forest Hill/Ucc, 4 Amazing Units! Building Renovated 2012/15. Designed For Min Operating Cost Maxcomfort/Efficiency.R40, Safe & Sound Insulation In Walls & Flrs, D/Wall Channels In Ceilings, Dbl D/Wall Ceilings, Sep Heat Control For Main/Upper, Radiant Flr Heating In Bsmt, Led Lights, Sep Wall Unit A/C For Main/Upper, Cat5 Throughout, 5 Gas F/P, 7 ....More details
MLS®#:C4773852 Status:For Sale Type:Residential Community:Forest Hill South - Toronto
5000+ Sq Ft
Poised Majestically On Estate-Sized Lot, This Captivating Landmark Mansion With Its Stately Facade Manifests Understated Elegance. Old World Features Include Oak Herringbone Hardwood Floors, Solid Carved Oak French Doors With Burled Oak Inlay & Hand-Milled Oak Lintels, Wainscoting, Richly Paneled Oak Walls In Library, Original Leaded Glass Pane Wi....More details
MLS®#:C4771731 Status:For Sale Type:Residential Community:Forest Hill South - Toronto
Beautifully Sited On Best Block Of Tree-Lined Street. Classic Home Radiating Timeless Elegance Was Decorated By Brian Gluckstein & Has Been Lovingly Maintained. Impeccable Details Include: Oak Hardwood Floors, Wood-Burning Fireplace, Wainscoting & Elaborate Plaster Crown Mouldings. Perfect Combination Of Kitchen, Breakfast Area & Family Room Enhanc....More details
MLS®#:C4731176 Status:For Sale Type:Condominium Community:Forest Hill South - Toronto
1000-1199 Sq Ft
Forest Hill South, Village Terraces. A Luxury Meticulously Maintained Building. 24/7 Concierge Service, St. Clair W. Subway Entrance Right Next To The Building. Walk To Shopping, School, Church, T.T.C. And More. Enjoy Sitting Outside On Your Covered Open Balcony. Swim Outside In Your Pool, Enjoy Entertaining In The Party Room. Freshly Painted In Th....More details