What a year 2012 has been!
Hillcrest Village is where everyone wants to live. It's sizzling with new cultural events, new restaurants, new condominium construction, new school openings and our very own Village Living Magazine catering to a community that is stronger and more vibrant than ever.
The year started with the hugely successful launch and marketing of The Rise condominium, bringing hundreds of new residents into our neighbourhood. This was soon followed by the announcement of the redevelopment of the Hungarian Centre at St Clair Ave. W. and Winona Dr. into a condominium project which will infuse the area with even more growth.
The much anticipated opening of Leo Baeck Day School injected a boost to the southern and western part of Cedarvale. This new building offers state of the art educational and cultural opportunities for students and will serve as a beacon, by sharing its ultra-modern facilities with the Toronto Jewish community. The first non-school user will be The Koffler Centre of the Arts which will hold its Sunday ceramics program in the premises.
Also in Cedarvale, JR Wilcox Public School, is continuing the expansion of its enriched curriculum with a global focus through the implementation of the Primary Years International Baccalaureate Program. JR Wilcox has enjoyed a huge boost in its scholastic achievement results for reading and writing in the lower grades for the last 2 years, significantly exceeding provincial board averages. For years we have promoted this pocket as "up and coming" and we are optimistic it is the area to watch for increase in real estate values in the future.
Project Give Back, a privately funded program, designed to promote empathy among children and reduce bullying has been a huge success at Humewood Public School and has now expanded its program to Regal Road Public School. Josie Stern Team is proud to be the sponsor of this program and give back to the community we love so much. We want to promote community minded children and there is no better time to start than in grade school.
Artscape Wychwood Barns continued to deliver on its promise to become a major cultural destination. It brought Music in the Barns closer to the community by delivering a one of a kind Classical Revolution at our favorite farmer's market. Having brunch in the STOP cafe, visiting the greenhouse, experiencing the creativity while shopping at our farmer's market, while classical music plays in the background, has never been more enjoyable. The Kids Art & Music camp has been hugely popular and enriches the lives of the children who participate.
Construction is underway for the new Temmy Latner Forest Hill Jewish Centre at Spadina and St Clair which will be called the Glassman Jazlo Complex. The new facility will be a 27,000 square foot building that replicates the facade of The Great Synagogue in Jaslo Poland destroyed by the Nazis in 1939. The purpose of the Jewish Centre is to nourish individual and communal Jewish connection through learning, living, and the celebration of Jewish life.
In the midst of Hillcrest Village resides the finest dining in the city with Maclean's Magazine including Catch and Stockyards on their list of the top 50 restaurants in Canada for 2012. We are immensely proud and grateful that new eco stores, spas, yoga centres, arts programs and restaurants have opened here. These business owners have great confidence in our neighbourhoods and want to be a part of an exciting future. Furthermore, we have a strong and loyal community committed to buying locally and keep our neighbourhoods economically strong.
It's been an exciting year for our community and we foresee further expansion to include more development of the retail strip, more modern construction to reflect the taste of a youthful urban community, a more exciting night life scene and a community that will continue to engage and participate in its growth.
We believe these developments will build on the already strong demand for housing in our neighborhoods.
The Josie Stern Team wishes you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah and a new year filled with meaning, health, the support of a great family, friends and community.
Originally printed in the Village Living Magazine in November, 2012.