Toronto Home Neighborhoods: Deer Park & Summerhill Neighbourhoods
These communities are north of the railway tracks, and east of Avenue Road to the ravines of David Balfour Park. Deer Park's homes on street nestled between the busy Avenue Road/Oriole Parkway and Yonge Street corridors. Summerhill is south of the De La Salle College and stretches east to Balfour Park. Deer Park was called "Mushquoteh" by the First Nations people, which means roughly, meadow where deer come to feed. The name was kept when in 1837, the Heath family purchased forty acres of land here. By 1850 a rural community clustered around Yonge & St. Clair. Deer Park was annexed to the City of Toronto in 1908. Deer Park filled in very quickly after annexation. By the 1930's the Deer Park neighbourhood was established as one of Toronto's finest residential districts. Summerhill neighbourhood is named for the 1842 hillside cottage on a 200 acre estate of transportation baron Charles Thompson. His heirs subdivided Summer Hill in the 1860s, and by the 1880s the area got the North Toronto Railway station on Yonge Street, driving area development. In the 1920s the CPR made Summerhill their main Toronto station, until everything centralized at Union Station.
Motorist have excellent access to downtown via Avenue Road and Yonge Street. These communities are served by 3 subways stations on the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line, with most homes in easy walking distance of a station.
The community is served by 2 elementary schools, 2 public high schools, 3 private schools, and 1 public library. Nearby colleges includes De La Salle College on Avenue Road at Farnham, George Brown College just south of Davenport, St Michael's College nearby at Bathurst & St Clair. University of Toronto is close by and Ryerson University is accessed via the Yonge-University-Spadina subway.
The community has great shopping around Yonge & St. Clair, around Yonge & Summerhill Avenue. The high-end Bloor-Yorkville shopping district is also nearby.
Next to the Rosehill Reservoir Park is the David Balfour Park which includes a surfaced hiking trail through the wilderness of the Vale of Avoca Ravine, which continues to a paved recreational pathway into the Don River Valley. The paved Beltline recreational trail extends northwest from the Mount Pleasant Cemetery. The community has an indoor ice arena and several tennis courts in Ramsden Park
Deer Park's original houses were built between 1875 and 1920, and Summerhill's homes between 1880 and 1915, and are largely Victorian and Edwardian style. The area also has some modern townhouses, low-rise luxury condominium buildings, and high-rise condos (especially along the top edge of Mount Pleasant Cemetery, and at Yonge & St Clair) built in the 1980s and 90s. The high rises have great views of parkland, ravines or city skylines. Home prices run from low-medium up to luxury levels.