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Forest Hill South
Forest Hill South is a neighbourhood positioned to the north of downtown Toronto. The area is full of single-family homes and mixed used developments, including highrise apartments and condominiums.
Though many families in this area have already seen their children off to college or university, younger broods also like the area for its abundance of nearby schools, tree-lined streets and exceptional recreational features.
Forest Hill South is also home to numerous retirees, who have downsized to smaller homes, as well as singles and young couples looking for something away from the chaos of downtown. The area's main streets - such as St. Clair West, Bathurst and Eglinton West - are all lush with amenities, including shopping options, restaurants and entertainment.
Many of the single-family homes in the neighbourhood are large and beautiful, which translates to expensive. Condos and apartments provide an affordable entry point for the majority of newcomers looking to make their home in Forest Hill South.
Who lives in Forest Hill South?
Forest Hill South is a well-to-do area, which includes a good number of older couples and families. But because the neighbourhood also hosts several apartment and condo buildings, younger people have managed to find an entry to the real estate market. Here's a look at the demographics for Forest Hill South.
The following data was obtained from the 2016 Forest Hill South neighbourhood census profile, and the City of Toronto Ward 21 and 22 profiles. Average prices are determined by the realestatecondos.ca listings.
Population growth: -1.8%
Rent/Own: 59% / 41%
Median Age: 41
Average household income: 159,504
Average condo sale price: $3,939,278.57
Average condo rent price: $11,648.33
Average family size: 2
Population density: 4,380 people per square km
Forest Hill South is nestled among four major roads - Bathurst Street, St. Clair Avenue West, Eglinton Avenue West, and Avenue Road. The neighbourhood is a short drive east to the Don Valley Parkway, and an even shorter drive north to Allen Road, which will connect you to Highway 401.
Residents in this area benefit from quick access to bus routes, streetcars and subway stations, along with close proximity to major highways serving the city. Because it’s such a residential area, Forest Hill South’s Walk Score is capped at 76/100. The Transit Score fares better, at 84/100. Nearby TTC stations include St. Clair West, St. Clair, and Eglinton West.
There are numerous bus and streetcar routes connected to all of these stations. Noteworthy lines include the 512 St. Clair streetcar, which sparkles on a dedicated traffic lane in both directions along its route; the 33 Forest Hill bus; the 7 Bathurst bus; and the 34 Eglinton bus.
The Eglinton Crosstown LRT is scheduled for completion in September 2021, and will run along the northern border of the neighbourhood. It's expected that this line will include 15 underground stops.
Forest Hill South amenities
Just because Forest Hill South avoids the chaos of downtown life doesn’t mean the area is boring. There are hundreds of shops along St. Clair West and Eglinton; from independent boutiques to neighbourhood essentials like Loblaws, LCBO and Shoppers Drug Mart.
To the north, you can visit Yorkdale Mall on a short commute and catch a movie or shop at one of the many designer retailers. Yorkdale is what some would call ‘the best mall in Toronto.’
Well-known restaurants and cafes
The Forest Hill South neighbourhood is surrounded by restaurants and cafes on both its northern and southern borders. St. Clair supplies good grub to the south, but Eglinton is where you'll find the majority of options. There, you can get the full gamut of cuisine, with an emphasis on Italian and Chinese. There are also a handful of bagel places that offer their goods in a variety of styles.
In the heart of the neighbourhood, Forest Hill Village is a quaint little gathering spot on Spadina, with some fast-food places and cafes of its own. It has some pretty good sitdowns as well, including EDO-ko, which is Japanese, and Sofra, which is Mediterranean.
The same areas that supply the food supply the entertainment for residents of Forest Hill South. The intertior of the community is mostly residential, so bars and theatres are positioned along its borders. Good access to transit really opens up your options, though, making it easy to get anywhere in the city fairly fast.
Schools in Forest Hill South
Forest Hill South is essentially surrounded by schools. Whether you’re looking for a reputable public school or independent private school, you will be able to find the perfect place for your family’s needs.
Public schools nearby include (but are not limited to) Deer Park Junior and Senior; Forest Hill Junior and Senior; Forest Hill Collegiate Institute; and Oakwood Collegiate Institute. All of these schools range from pre-kindergarten to high school.
Private or specialty schools in the area include (but are not limited to) St. Michael’s College School and Upper Canada College, two prestigious boys schools; along with Bishop Strachan School, a prominent private girls school.
Forest Hill South is also only a short commute from George Brown College, Casa Loma Campus and University of Toronto, St. George Campus.
Parks in Forest Hill South
Greenspaces and tree-lined streets characterize this neighbourhood with a variety of parks, accessible ravines and tennis courts.
Take Sir Winston Churchill, a huge public park along St. Clair Avenue West at Spadina Road, which has enough space for joggers and dog walkers, tennis players and soccer stars.
Immediately to the south of this expansive site is the historic Casa Loma, a gothic castle that serves as a restaurant, event space and museum. Casa Loma hosts community events from Halloween haunts to classical garden symphonies inspired by Vivaldi.
Cedarvale Ravine Park also runs through the neighbourhood from St. Clair West to Eglinton Ave West. It’s a huge natural valley defined by dedicated outdoor exercise areas, dog parks, plus running, walking and biking trails. The Beltline trail on the north end, and the Nordheimer Ravine on its south, connect with Cedarvale Ravine to form a large trail system traversing right through midtown Toronto.