Yorkville is characterized by first rate shopping (Holt Renfrew, Hazelton Lanes, designer boutiques), unique restaurants and top hotels (Four Seasons), and proximity to top attractions like the recently-renovated Royal Ontario Museum. Yorkville was subdivided in the 1830s, a project shared by local brewer Joseph Bloor and by Sheriff William Botsford Jarvis, who also developed Rosedale. Yorkville was incorporated as a Village in 1853, and in 1883 was annexed by the City of Toronto. Yorkville was getting run down by the 1960s and became the focal point of Toronto's counterculture and hippies. Over the 1980s, the Victorian homes were converted for today's shopping & dining mecca. And today the area has many condominium apartment buildings, commercial office towers.
The community is served by 1 elementary school, 1 public high school, 1 private school, and 2 public libraries, including the Metropolitan Toronto Reference 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 in walking distance and Ryerson University is accessed via the Yonge-University-Spadina subway.
Yorkville's unique stores and restaurants are in the Victorian homes along Yorkville, Cumberland, and Scollard streets, with additional shopping at Hazelton Lanes (on Avenue Road) and along Bloor, where Holt Renfrew's flagship store and many top designer boutiques are located.
Ramsden Park (north of Davenport Rd) has 12 tennis courts, an outdoor ice rink, a playground, and a wading pool. The area's best recreation is cultural, with the nearby Royal Ontario Museum, George R. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, and the Bata Shoe Museum. The area has two theatres, the multi-screen Cumberland and the even larger Varsity cinema in the Manulife Centre.
The Victorian homes in Yorkville date to between 1870 and 1895, and all have been substantially renovated, if not converted to retail or restaurant premises. Many of Yorkville's houses are listed on the Toronto Historical Board's Inventory of Heritage Properties. There are a number of high-rise luxury condominiums in the area, and house prices run from low-medium up to luxury levels.
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