Yonge – Eglinton
Yonge and Eglinton, once a part of the old Town of North Toronto, is also affectionately known as “Yonge and Eligible” thanks to the 20-something crowds that settled into the low and high-rise apartment buildings in the 70’s and 80’s. Today that moniker is more about lifestyle than age – while the young crowd is still here, Yonge and Eglinton is especially popular with families raising school-age children. It has everything families are looking for in a neighbourhood including good sized houses, an excellent selection of public, private and separate schools and a multitude of parks and recreational facilities.
Recently, because of its centralized location, there has been massive development, including a number of big-box retailers and high density residential towers. While development has concentrated around the Eglinton subway station, there are still plenty of residential homes in the immediate area. To the north the housing stock includes bungalows, as well as semi-detached and fully detached houses, built mostly between 1910 and 1940. The southernmost neighbourhood, known as Chaplin Estates, is a bit more up-scale with larger lots and grander detached houses.
The area is home to a variety of small retail stores, restaurants, cafés and bakeries, several big box stores and a large indoor mall with a movie theatre complex and dozens of shops and restaurants that get especially active at lunchtime when the office towers empty and high school kids get out.
Yonge-Eglinton excellent public transit access which will get a further boost with the development of the Eglinton–Scarborough Cross-town Line.
A dynamic retail core combined with quiet side streets, highly reputable schools and the nearby North Toronto Memorial Community Centre (which offers tennis, soccer, swimming and water slide, gymnasium, squash courts, a walking track, and dog friendly park), make this not only a sought-after neighbourhood but one that will remain a vibrant and successful focal point of Toronto for years to come.