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®#:C5295137 Status:For Sale Type:Residential Community:Forest Hill South - Toronto
Attention Investors, Builders, Renovators & End Users. Rarely Offered Detached Home Lot Located In The Exclusive And Sought After Chaplin Estates. Home Is In Original State And Completely Livable. Featuring Complete Original Hardwood Flooring Throughout, Stone Fireplace, Kitchen, Eat-In Breakfast Area, And 4 Bedrooms Upstairs. New Builds Already Pr....More details
MLS®#:C5293455 Status:For Sale Type:Condominium Community:Forest Hill South - Toronto
900-999 Sq Ft
Welcome To 10 Tichester Rd. Luxury Living In The Heart Of Forest Hill. This Reno'd 1+1 Converted To Lrg 1 Bed W/ 2 Baths Is Beautifully Appointed Thru-Out. Open Concept Living & Dining Rooms Are An Entertainers Delight. Large Primary Bdrm W/ Spa Like 4Pc Ensuite Is The Perfect Place To Unwind. Designer's Own Home! With A Dream Like Reno'd Kitchen, ....More details
MLS®#:C5310979 Status:For Sale Type:Condominium Community:Forest Hill South - Toronto
700-799 Sq Ft
Newly Re-Staged! Spacious 2 Bedroom Corner Unit W/Beautiful High End Finishes Throughout. 9Ft Ceilings/Open Concept/Serene Balcony W/Green View/Floor To Ceiling Windows. Many Building Amenities, See Feature List. Pet Friendly Building W/Pet Spa On Main Floor. Owner Currently Renting Parking Spot Within The Building/Toronto Street Parking For Permit....More details
MLS®#:C5295535 Status:For Sale Type:Condominium Community:Forest Hill South - Toronto
1200-1399 Sq Ft
This 1390Sf Charming End Unit In The Historic Hemingway Building Boasts 3 Large Bdrms,2 Sunrms, Fully Renovated/Expanded Kitchen (One Of The Largest Kitchens In Building), Upgraded Bathrm &Brand New Laundry Rm. Expect Sun All Day &Year Round W/ East, West & South Exposures. Bus Stop @ Doorstep, Mins To St Clair W Station,Bathurst Station &Future Fo....More details
MLS®#:C5247725 Status:For Sale Type:Residential Community:Forest Hill South - Toronto
Midtown Opportunity On Eglinton Avenue West On A Historic Forest Hill Main Street. Charming Solid Brick And Stone Brownstone Style Has 6 Self Contained, 2 Bedroom Units. Located Next To The Shiny New Chaplin Crescent Light Rail Transit Entrance. Months Away From Bike Lanes, Planters, Sculptures And Street Furniture. Stroll To Specialty Food Stores,....More details
MLS®#:C5245937 Status:For Sale Type:Commercial Community:Forest Hill North - Toronto
Established Restaurant Available For Sale. Includes A Full Kitchen, With Fryer, Grill, Ovens, Fridges And More. A Well Established Clientele In The Area And Toronto. Currently Is A French Bistro Which Is Kosher
MLS®#:C5304126 Status:For Sale Type:Residential Community:Forest Hill South - Toronto
Welcome To 33 Gardiner Road. Forest Hill Luxury, 5500 Square Foot Brand New Modern Interior With A Gorgeous Castle Like Original And Rare Exterior Facade. This Home Is Full Of Character And Space, With 3 Bedrooms On The Second Floor And 2 Large Bedrooms On The Third Floor. As Well As A Large Den/Living Area. All Bedrooms Include A Private Washroom.....More details
MLS®#:C5309790 Status:For Sale Type:Residential Community:Forest Hill South - Toronto
3500-5000 Sq Ft
Set Back On One Of The Most Coveted Streets In Forest Hill This Home, Featured In Toronto Home Design, Has Been Renovated With An Eye On Design While Keeping The Property's Character And Charm. Flawless Design Choices Combined With Warmth And The Most Lush And Tranquil Back Garden In The Neighbourhood, Complete With An Amazing Pool, Hot Tub & Wate....More details
MLS®#:C5303481 Status:For Sale Type:Condominium Community:Forest Hill South - Toronto
900-999 Sq Ft
Charming Boutique Art Deco Building In Forest Hill/Cedarvale Neighbourhood, 2 Bdrm Sunny Corner Unit, Eat In Kitchen, Ensuite Laundry, Close To All Amenities - Shopping, 24/7 Transit, Park, Schools, Soon-To-Be Eglinton Crosstown, Hardwood Flooring, 4 Pc Bath, Wood Fireplace (Only One In Building) Wett Insp., New Sun Deck On Bld. Roof, Custom Heat C....More details
MLS®#:C5278582 Status:For Sale Type:Condominium Community:Forest Hill South - Toronto
1600-1799 Sq Ft
Simply The Best...Better Than All The Rest! Truly Exceptional 2 Bdrm, 2 Washroom, 1745 Sq Ft Condo With Huge Balcony & Incredible Views Of Prime Forest Hill Village! This Meticulous Sun Filled, Open Concept Space Has Been Completely Professionally Renovated From Top To Bottom Sparing No Expense To Achieve The Highest Quality Finishings... Ever! See....More details
MLS®#:C5296060 Status:For Sale Type:Residential Community:Forest Hill South - Toronto
2500-3000 Sq Ft
Set In The Highly Coveted Forest Hill Neighborhood,34B Coulson Ave Is Reinventing The Idea Of Elevated Living.This 4 Bed + 3 Bath Suite - 2963 Sq.Ft. Modern Contemporary Design Provides A Very Minimalist Yet Warm Feel To The Space. High-End Fixtures & Finishes Throughout. Open Concept. Designer Kitchen W/Large Waterfall Countertop Island & W/O To P....More details
MLS®#:C5277379 Status:For Sale Type:Residential Community:Forest Hill South - Toronto
5000+ Sq Ft
Contemporary Style Home Defined By Its Eclectic Style Sited On Estate-Sized Lot (100 X 170.50'). Wealth Of Expansive Windows, French & Sliding Doors & Skylights Allow Natural Light To Freely Cascade Thruout Creating Ambiance Of Spacious Flow. (Approx 7,500 Above Grade). Elegant Marble & Teak Entry Hall. Grand Principal Rooms For Stately Entertainin....More details