SPOTLIGHT - Summerhill
Toronto’s Summerhill neighbourhood, situated just north of Bloor along the Yonge Street corridor is considered to be one of the city’s most preferred areas to live. Defined by its winding residential streets with old trees, proximity to parklands and lush greenery, Summerhill has a peaceful aura.
The community of Summerhill was built around the Railway Station in 1916. Although the railway station closed only 15 years later, today this historic and restored, clock tower building remains a landmark. Now converted into the neighbourhood liquor store (picture above), this location is visited from patrons all over the city and houses some of the best vintage wines and craft beers.
Large beautiful Victorian and Edwardian style turn-of- the-century builds line the residential streets in Summerhill. Luxury low-rise condominiums and townhomes are a newer addition to the area offering smaller families and young professionals a space to call home.
There is no shortage of shops to discover, wines to sip and fare to taste in the Summerhill area. Specialty markets include The Harvest Wagon for fresh produce and flowers, Olliffe for the finest butchered meats and Pisces Gourmet for fresh seafood; Also known as the five thieves!
The Summerhill area also boasts incredible cafes and gastro pubs. The Nut Bar is a ‘superfood snack café’ that offers house-made cashew milk for their lattes. Boxcar Social is a coffee shop by day and whiskey bar by night with a back patio that was once the backyard of an old Victorian home. The Monks Table is a staple gastropub in the area offering 19 European draught taps. Order the guilt-free option of fries AND salad with your burger, and then try the award-winning sticky toffee pudding!
Shops in the neighbourhood include upscale furniture stores, art galleries, and luxury retail clothing stores. Boutique hair salons and spas are also plentiful. Just south of Summerhill you can take advantage of the Bloor-Yorkville area for some of the best shops and dining in Toronto.
This central Toronto neighbourhood is just two stops north of Bloor; it is situated in the heart of Toronto and makes getting around a breeze. The subway station is within walking distance of every home in Summerhill, and this area can also easily connect motorists to the downtown core and major highways.