Hillcrest Village boasts beautiful tree-lined streets making one feel far away from the buzzing city. Thanks to the many one-way streets and cul-de-sacs minimizing traffic and a high number of multi-functional green areas nearby, including the magnificent Cedarvale Park to the north and Hillcrest Park to the south, these quiet neighbourhoods are often coveted by families. Through the new trend of the so-called “Westward movement” of Toronto’s culture and nightlife, its many commercial streets host new trendy restaurants and shops.

Josie’s results-oriented approach was recognized in 2002 by the Toronto Star when they featured her as “a personality that influences a neighbourhood” and “a real estate agent with a mission.” They recognized that through her hard work over the last 13 years, Hillcrest Village had become a trendy and desirable area. Fourteen months after this article was written, the same newspaper reported that this area was one of two that had appreciated the most in central Toronto that year.

Location

Young professionals, singles, and families now join residents who have been living in the neighbourhood their whole life. Further west along St. Clair is Corso Italia, home to the second largest Italian community in Toronto, infusing the area with Italian culture. There are significant Latin American, Spanish, and Portuguese communities contributing to its growth and making a significant impact as well. Cedarvale to the north and Forest Hill to the east of Humewood are home to large Jewish communities whose children are making their way to Hillcrest Village, joining a large migration of young entrepreneurs, professionals, and young families from various religious and cultural backgrounds who are drawn to the vibrancy of Hillcrest Village real estate.

These two areas, Humewood and Hillcrest, are forever bonded by the new St. Clair Avenue West Streetcar Project which divides these two areas between north and south. The new streetcar project was developed to expedite traffic, to encourage more people to walk the streets, promote new business development and business improvement, as well as to beautify its streetscape. It will, undoubtedly, enhance the desirability and beauty of Hillcrest Village.

Real Estate – Hillcrest Village Bound

The friendly neighbourhood of Hillcrest Village, Toronto has always been a quiet residential area where families live for decades. Loved by its residents, many of Irish and Italian origins, it always remained in the shadow of the more well-to-do neighbourhoods such as Forest Hill, Cedarvale, and the Annex. This started to change when Josie Stern, now a successful real-estate agent in Toronto, got her first listing in the area. Realizing there was great potential in this vibrant community, she started to promote the area and its many advantages. Josie essentially became its ambassador, helping to move things forward. Combining her business skills with personal interest in the lives of its residents, and devotion to the neighbourhood where she sold her very first house, she gradually became more involved in the local community.

Almost 25 years and 1,400 sold homes later, the “Josie Stern” for sale sign is ubiquitous in Hillcrest Village. Today, the area is thriving, injected by entrepreneurial spirit, new business development, an explosion of lifestyle living condominiums, a new railway system, and dozens of new eateries, as well as arts- and community-based programs that cement this vibrant community. Hillcrest Village is finally being recognized for all the great things it can offer, becoming a popular destination for young professionals and singles starting yet another interesting era for the neighbourhood.

Hillcrest Village

Hillcrest Village is defined by the borders of these streets: Vaughan Road to the North, Davenport Road to the South, Bathurst Street to the East, and Oakwood Avenue to the West.

Hillcrest

Hillcrest is among the quieter neighbourhoods in the city and is a perfect getaway. Thinking twice about its name, you probably wouldn’t be surprised to find out that Hillcrest is nestled on the ridge of the Davenport Escarpment. As a result, the rich topography in the area creates particularly charming streets with some great views. Some of the oldest houses in Hillcrest were built in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The detached houses near Hillcrest Park are younger, originating between 1910 and 1930.

Humewood

The locals call Humewood “The Woods“ because of its many streets with lovely names ending with the word “-wood.“ A typical address here could be Cherrywood, Pinewood, or Maplewood Avenue. Highly popular architectural styles among Torontonians as TudorEnglish Cottage, and Edwardian can be found in Humewood real estate. The buildings built between 1910 and 1925 come in various shapes and sizes. The distinct look of a Tudor house is created by the use of decorative half-timbering, steeply pitched roofs, narrow front doors and windows, and large chimneys with decorative brick, stonework, and chimney pots. The much smaller and more streamlined English Cottage style, with asymmetrical shapes, is often adored for its cozy, irregularly-shaped rooms.

Auto Service- Edmar's
Auto Service - Hercules
Acappella Men's Clothing
All About Tech
Angel Interiors & Custom Upholstery
BAM! Dogwash & Pet Boutique
Beauty Lounge Salon & Spa
Bicycles At St. Clair
CFH Studio (Hapkido)
Cute Kids Cuts
De La Mer Market
Dental-Arlington
Dental - Bitehaus
Dental - Clairhurst - Dr. Bob Adler
Dental - Schecter
Dental - Wychwood
Dismount Bike Shop & Cafe
Durango's Beauty Salon
EcoExistence
Evergreen Natural Foods
F45 Training
French Hair Stylists
Hair Play Beauty & Supply
Home Hardware
Hone Fitness
House N' Home Furnishings
Mandala Design
Midas Auto Service
Moberly Natural Foods
Modern Edge Salon
Modo Yoga
Optical - Clairhurst Eye Care
Optical - Hakim Optical
OrthoSmiles
Parpar Boutique
Philosophy Fitness
Planet Jewellery
Playful Minds Toys
Revive Health Centre - Multi-disciplinary health clinic
Robert Ashley Hair Design
Robyn Clarke + Co
Rocket Cycle
Runners Academy- Hybrid service provider for Runners
Speedy Auto Service
The Pilates Group
Voulez Beauty Boutique
Gypsy Found Objects
Italy at Home
Macelleria Atlas Butcher
Mary's Beauty Salon
Mignon Cuts
Olive Oil Emporium
Pharmacy-Glenholme
Pharmacy-The Medicine Shoppe
Pharmacy - Saba
Pharmacy - Shoppers Drug Mart
Roast Fine Foods
St. Clair Printing
The Friendly Butcher
Nino's Hair Styling
The Pretty Rugged Hair Co.
Topcuts
Tiger Dragon Martial Arts Centre
Toronto Tool Library
Twice as Nice - Resale Children's Wear & Goods
Tracey Nail & Beauty Spa
Uber Dog
Village Gate Animal Hospital
Vital Physiotherapy & Wellness - Pre & Post natal
Voulez Beauty Boutique
Wax Studio
Wychwood Park Animal Hospital
Wireless Warehouse
Yellow Gazebo Clinic - full service health clinic
Young Choung TaeKwonDo
Northern Karate
Women’s Fashion
Mandala Design

(647) 346-6225

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Parpar Boutique

(416) 657-3333

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Gypsy Found Objects

(647) 346-1205

Men’s Fashion
Acappella Men's Clothing

(416) 653-8285

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Children’s Fashion
Twice as Nice - Resale Children's Wear & Goods

(416) 656-9969

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Home Décor
Angel Interiors & Custom Upholstery

(416) 537-9169

Home Hardware

(416) 656-9700

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House N' Home Furnishings

(416) 535-5000

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Robyn Clarke + Co

(416) 653-9983

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Services
Auto Service- Edmar's

(416) 658-9100

Auto Service - Hercules

(416) 960-0400

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BAM! Dogwash & Pet Boutique

(416) 546-6999

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Beauty Lounge Salon & Spa

(647) 351-8388

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Cute Kids Cuts

(647) 341-2520

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Dental-Arlington

(416) 658-1658

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Dental - Bitehaus

(416) 520-6007

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Dental - Clairhurst - Dr. Bob Adler

(416) 532-6689

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Dental - Schecter

(416) 665-1145

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Dental - Wychwood

(416) 653-6004

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Durango's Beauty Salon

(416) 652-3269

Hair Play Beauty & Supply

(416) 656-6600

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Modern Edge Salon

(647) 748-3343

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Optical - Clairhurst Eye Care

(416) 516-3937

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OrthoSmiles

416) 656-0995

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Philosophy Fitness

(416) 509-9146

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Revive Health Centre - Multi-disciplinary health clinic

(416) 640-1000

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Robert Ashley Hair Design

416) 653-0067

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Runners Academy- Hybrid service provider for Runners

(437) 889-5440

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Voulez Beauty Boutique

(647) 346-6661

Mary's Beauty Salon

(416) 653-3208

Mignon Cuts

(416) 656-5115

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St. Clair Printing

(416) 656-2988

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Nino's Hair Styling

(416) 652-7773

The Pretty Rugged Hair Co.

(416) 653-7751

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Topcuts

(416) 530-1300

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Tracey Nail & Beauty Spa

(416) 652-1623

Uber Dog

(416) 619-9212

Website
Village Gate Animal Hospital

(416) 588-9889

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Vital Physiotherapy & Wellness - Pre & Post natal

(416) 551-0900

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Voulez Beauty Boutique

(647) 346-6661

Wax Studio

(416) 792-3883

Website
Yellow Gazebo Clinic - full service health clinic

(416) 909-2334

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Other
All About Tech

(416) 923-1523

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Bicycles At St. Clair

(416) 654-6187

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CFH Studio (Hapkido)

(416) 819-9540

Website
De La Mer Market

647-649-3912

Website
Dismount Bike Shop & Cafe

647-351-4030

Website
EcoExistence

(416) 652-0808

Website
Evergreen Natural Foods

(416) 536-2932

F45 Training

(647) 729-1288

Website
Hone Fitness

(647) 925-1271

Website
Midas Auto Service

(647) 557-4842

Website
Moberly Natural Foods

(647) 351-8068

Website
Modo Yoga

(647) 343-8811

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Optical - Hakim Optical

(416) 656-3520

Website
Planet Jewellery

(416) 651-5824

Playful Minds Toys

(416) 651-4028

Website
Rocket Cycle

(416) 410-7746

Website
Speedy Auto Service

(416) 657-1726

Website
The Pilates Group

416) 651-4747

Website
Italy at Home

(416) 651-3042

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Macelleria Atlas Butcher

(416) 654-0777

Website
Olive Oil Emporium

(416) 902-9060

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Pharmacy-Glenholme

(416) 656-8881

Website
Pharmacy-The Medicine Shoppe

(416) 538-7788

Website
Pharmacy - Saba

(416) 652-9171

Pharmacy - Shoppers Drug Mart

(416) 538-1155

Website
Roast Fine Foods

(416) 657-6278

Website
The Friendly Butcher

(416) 519-9717

Website
Tiger Dragon Martial Arts Centre

(647) 430-8904

Website
Toronto Tool Library

(647) 498 4087

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Wireless Warehouse

416-410-3331

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Young Choung TaeKwonDo

(416) 652-0000

Website
Northern Karate

(416) 651-6000

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Albert's Real Jamaican Foods
Baker and Scone
Booyah Ice Cream
Barista & Chef
Chamsine - Syrian (Halal)
Chinese Dumplings
Dutch Dreams
El Rincon Mexicano
Emma's Country Kitchen
Mezzetta Restaurant & Tapas Bar‎
Nama Sushi
Cocoa Latte
Chai Pochana
Churrasco of St. Clair - takeout
DaMaria Pizza
Dave's...on St. Clair
Eastern Twist
Dona Luz - Peruvian
Dragon Delight Chinese
FK
Ferro Bar and Café
Gerry's Fast Foods - Jamaican
Green Pepper (Vietnamese)
Helen's Coffee shop
Hunter Coffee
Joyful House-Chinese
Kay Pacha - Peruvian
Kibo Sushi
Kizoku Sushi
Koiya Izakaya
Krave Coffee
Kurtis Coffee
LASA by Lamesa (Filipino)
Leah’s Bakery
Lion Coffee
Mi Tierra
Moong Sushi
Nodo Restaurant
Piper's Pub & Grill
Pizza E Pazzi
Pukka Indian Cuisine
Restaurants
Albert's Real Jamaican Foods

(416) 658-9445

Website
Barista & Chef

(647) 344-1216

Website
Chamsine - Syrian (Halal)

(416) 782-0870

Website
Chinese Dumplings

(416) 651-6363

Website
El Rincon Mexicano

(416) 656-1059

Website
Mezzetta Restaurant & Tapas Bar‎

(416) 658-5687

Website
Nama Sushi

(416) 652-0711

Website
Churrasco of St. Clair - takeout

(416) 658-0652

Website
DaMaria Pizza

(416) 653-1043

Dave's...on St. Clair

(416) 657-3283

Website
Dona Luz - Peruvian

(416) 652-7430

Website
Dragon Delight Chinese

(416) 657 1448

Website
FK

(416)-551-9731

Website
Ferro Bar and Café

(416) 654-9119

Website
Green Pepper (Vietnamese)

(647) 343-2878

Website
Kay Pacha - Peruvian

(647) 350-5007

Website
Kibo Sushi

(416) 651-8302

Website
Kizoku Sushi

(416) 651-4217

Website
Koiya Izakaya
LASA by Lamesa (Filipino)

(647) 343-1110

Website
Mi Tierra

(416) 654-8886

Website
Nodo Restaurant

(647) 748-1559

Website
Piper's Pub & Grill

(647) 748-6800

Website
Pizza E Pazzi

(416) 651-9999

Website
After Dark
Emma's Country Kitchen

416-652-3662

Website
Cafés and Bakeries
Baker and Scone

(416) 657-2663

Website
Booyah Ice Cream

(647) 347-2001

Website
Dutch Dreams

(416) 656-6959

Website
Cocoa Latte

(416) 792-8696

Website
Gerry's Fast Foods - Jamaican

(416) 652-0605

Website
Helen's Coffee shop

788 St. Clair Ave. W

Hunter Coffee
Website
Krave Coffee

(416) 652-9929

Website
Kurtis Coffee

(416) 505-5244

Website
Leah’s Bakery

(416) 785-4711

Website
Les Moulins La Fayette - Boulangerie

(647) 352-5168

Website
Lion Coffee

(416) 303-8208

Website
Pukka Indian Cuisine

(416) 342-1906

Website
Hillcrest Community - JK-6
Humewood Community - JK - 8
McMurrich Junior PS - JK-6
St. Alphonsus Catholic - JK-8
Oakwood Collegiate Institute
Winona Drive Sr. Public
Schools
Hillcrest Community - JK-6

(416) 393-9700

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Humewood Community - JK - 8

(416) 394-2383

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McMurrich Junior PS - JK-6

(416) 393-1770

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St. Alphonsus Catholic - JK-8

416-393-5326

Website
Oakwood Collegiate Institute

(416) 393-1780

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Winona Drive Sr. Public

(416) 393-1680

Website
Artscape Wychwood Barns
Cedarvale Park
Humewood Park
Hillcrest Park
Sir Winston Churchill Park
Graham Park
Roseneath Park
Tichester Park
Parks

Artscape Wychwood Barns

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The new community centre is surrounded by lovely green areas that include a beach volleyball court, a natural ice rink, a greenhouse, a fenced in off-leash dog area, a playground, picnic and chess tables, and paths, some of which trace the former streetcar tracks. With a stage in the area, the multifaceted meeting point provides many activities and is home to various seasonal festivals for the local community. The Saturday farmers’ market is highly popular, delivering fresh produce, specialty items, baked goods, cheeses, and jams, making it a one-stop-shop for all kinds of cravings.

Cedarvale Park

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One of the biggest parks in Toronto, Cedarvale Park is a highly praised feature of this midtown neighbourhood. It creates the natural border between the mansions of Cedarvale to the north and the trendy neighbourhood of Hillcrest Village to the south. Cut diagonally by the Cedarvale Ravine and once part of the historic Beltline Railway Path dating back to the 1880s, this beautiful green oasis is used for many forms of recreation — from cycling, jogging, dog walking, children’s camps, and bird watching in the summer to tobogganing and cross-country skiing in the winter. With more than enough space for multiple teams on the many playing fields and soccer pitches, there is also the Phil White Arena and tennis courts in the nearby community centre.

Humewood Park

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This park, located between Humewood Drive and Pinewood Avenue, was originally part of Sir William Hume Blake’s old estate grounds. Believe it or not, the Humewood Drive you are now free to walk on was once a private lane way to his estate, currently the Humewood House. It is one of the many green areas in the district. You can walk under the trees and contemplate the good old times, imagining Torontonians of the 19th century once walking the very same paths.

Hillcrest Park

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If you’ve ever wondered where the most spectacular views of the city skyline and the Lake Ontario are, Hillcrest Park, nested atop the Davenport escarpment, is your spot. Located near Christie Street, this park serves the neighbourhood well. When the four tennis courts of the Wychwood Tennis Club are closed for the season, the whole area opens for off-leash dog walking. For those with children, there is a playground with swings, climbing equipment, and a splash pad for the summer.

Sir Winston Churchill Park

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Sir Winston Churchill Park is located at the southeast corner of Spadina Road and St. Clair Avenue. If running is your thing, this park offers a popular jogging route of a little less than two miles that starts on Spadina with a number of stairs to test your fitness. Running down the gravel path, you pass along a big, fenced-in dog park, a busy tennis court, and a little playground. Wrapping all around the park is the Nordheimer Ravine, which offers some quality picnic spots and a rustic wood path for a lovely walk.

Graham Park

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Graham Park is found just north of St. Clair Avenue West. Enter this small park off Atlas Avenue, and you will find a children’s playground. This is a great place for local children to come and play.

Roseneath Park

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There is a playground here.

Nearby Park

Tichester Park

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This local park is tucked in behind St. Michael’s College School. The mature trees provide shade for park users and benches provide a spot to sit and listen to the sounds of the City. There is a playground for children to spend time playing and having fun outdoors. Bicycle rings are available to secure bikes while using the park. Tichester Park is found north of St. Clair Avenue, within walking distance of the subway station.

Transportation

The Hillcrest Complex

The TTC’s Transit Control Centre and all the maintenance work that is ever required for the public transport vehicles (including overhauls, repairs, and repainting) is done from the Hillcrest Complex located at 1138 Bathurst Street. The complex has long served as one of the main facilities for streetcar and bus garages, maintenance shops, and offices.

By Car

For car owners, Downtown Toronto is just minutes away, and the Allen Expressway can be reached in about 15 minutes, providing commuters with quick access to Highway 401.

By Bus

There are regular bus services along Oakwood Avenue, Bathurst Street, and Vaughan Road that bring you directly to Bathurst Station on the Bloor-Danforth subway line. The Eglinton Avenue Road West buses connect to Eglinton West Station on the Yonge-University subway line and other buses bring you to St. Clair West Station.

By Streetcar

Streetcars run regular service all along St. Clair Avenue West.

By Subway

Good access to public transportation is provided by two local subway stations: Eglinton West Station and St. Clair West Station.

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