About the Neighbourhood
- The striking silhouette of Casa Loma provides a romantic backdrop to this posh Toronto neighbourhood.
- Nestled on the brow of the Avenue Road Hill, and surrounded by ravines and parkland, this residential enclave looks and feels more like an enchanted forest filled with storybook homes, than the big city neighbourhood it really is.
- The sightlines and majestic beauty of the Avenue Road Hill have, over the years, inspired many of Toronto's wealthiest citizens to build their homes here.
- The one home that stands out above all the others is Casa Loma, a real life medieval castle. Casa Loma was built in 1911, by Sir William Henry Mill Pellatt, a prominent financier, industrialist, and military man.
- It took three hundred men nearly three years to build Casa Loma, at a cost of $3,500,000, which at that time was an unprecedented amount of money to pay for a home. Sir Henry enjoyed his dream home for less than ten years before mounting debts forced him to turn Casa Loma over to the City of Toronto.
- In the 1920's, shortly after Sir Henry's departure from Casa Loma, the extensive grounds and greenhouses to the north of the castle were subdivided, and the current neighbourhood began.
- Casa Loma's large Tudor, Georgian, Edwardian, and English Cottage style homes were built mostly between 1905 and 1940.
- The houses on the south side of Lyndhurst Court enjoy a spectacular view of Toronto's skyline and Lake Ontario.
- Many homes in this neighbourhood back onto the Nordheimer ravine, a virtual forest of mature oak and maple trees.
- In addition to single family houses, the Casa Loma neighbourhood contains a mix of duplex and triplex houses, luxury townhouses, condominiums and co-ownership apartment buildings.
- Hillcrest Jr. School, 44 Hilton Ave., (416) 393-9700 (Public School)
- Oakwood Collegiate Institute, 991 St. Clair Ave. West, (416) 393-1780 (Public High School)
- Forest Hill Collegiate Institute, 730 Eglinton Ave. West (416) 393-1860 (Public High School)
- Bishop Strachan School, 298 Lonsdale Rd., (416) 484-4325 (Private School)
- Upper Canada College, 200-220 Lonsdale Road, (416) 484-4325 (Private School)
- St. Michael's College, 1515 Bathurst St., (416) 653-3180 (Catholic Schools)
- Sir Winston Churchill Park has ten floodlit tennis courts, a children's playground, and a popular makeshift running path that skirts the perimeter of the park.
- Wrapped around Sir Winston Churchill Park is the Nordheimer Ravine. This quiet oasis features a rustic wood path with many excellent picnic spots, and a large variety of trees, plants and wildlife.
- Wells Hill Park contains a children's playground and a wading pool. Across the street from this park are the Wells Hill Lawn Bowling Club and the Wychwood Public Library.
- The local community centre operates out of Hillcrest School and includes an indoor pool and a gymnasium.
- The closest shopping for Casa Loma residents is the Bathurst and St. Clair shopping district. These are mostly convenience type stores that cater to everyday household needs.
- Gourmet food shops, high end boutiques, and all kinds of professional services are available on Spadina Road, north of St. Clair, in the heart of Forest Hill Village.
- Casa Loma-(Spanish for Hill House) is now a museum and landmark in midtown Toronto, constructed in the Gothic Revival style. It was originally a residence for financier Sir Henry Mill Pellatt. Casa Loma was constructed over a three-year period from 1911-1914. The architect of the mansion was E. J. Lennox, who was responsible for the designs of several other city landmarks.
Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) District: C02
Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) Communities: Casa Loma (0840)