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®#:C4218036 Status:For Sale Type:Residential Community:Forest Hill South - Toronto
2000-2500 Sq Ft
Welcome To Luxury Living In The Middle Of Forest Hill Village. This Exceptionally Renovated Home Has All The Luxuries You Will Want. High End Appliances, Luxury Bathrooms, Smart Home Options And One Of A Kind Finishes. Don\'t Miss Your Opportunity!!
MLS®#:C4107610 Status:For Sale Type:Commercial Community:Forest Hill North - Toronto
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MLS®#:C4186442 Status:For Sale Type:Residential Community:Forest Hill South - Toronto
5000+ Sq Ft
Rare Offering Of A Landmark Estate On The Most Prestigious Street In The Heart Of Forest Hill.This Majestic Mansion Has 6 Bedrms, 10 Bathrms, Private Oasis On A 3/4 Acre Lot. Extensive Renovation Completed In 2013 Incl. New Heated Stone 3 Car Garage & Resort Style Pool W/Waterfall, 3rd Flr Home Theatre W/Vaulted Ceilings.This Extensive Remodel Incl....More details
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®#:C4249775 Status:For Sale Type:Condominium Community:Forest Hill South - Toronto
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MLS®#:C4279584 Status:For Sale Type:Residential Community:Forest Hill North - Toronto
*A Lovely Family Home In Allenby School District On A Beautiful 33.33' X 131.5' South Facing Lot* 2-Storey, Plus Lower Level, Rear Addition (Circa 1993) Provides A Family-Sized Eat-In Kitchen, Main Floor Family Room, 2Pc + Spacious Bedrooms* (2435 + 1150 Sq Ft)* Much-Loved & Well-Kept- Ready For Its Next Family's Updates* 5 Bedrooms, With Ensuite M....More details
MLS®#:C4251094 Status:For Sale Type:Residential Community:Forest Hill South - Toronto
2000-2500 Sq Ft
Quiet Mid Block Location On East Side Of Richview. Light Airy Home With Original 30\'S Features. Attractive Bay Windows, Spacious Halls, Wainscoting And Coved Ceilings. Lovely Serene Leafy Garden. Property Sold \"As Is\"