One of Toronto’s most well-known and beloved neighbourhoods, the High Park lifestyle centres on its namesake green space, Toronto’s largest public park. This is a safe, family-friendly community with a ton of amenities, close to the subway. It's a great neighbourhood choice for buyers who want to be far enough out from downtown to get a smaller, community feel surrounded by lots of green space yet stay within a 20-minute subway or bus ride away. With it's plethora of trails, High Park Toronto is a particularly popular choice among runners and cyclists.
High Park offers a range of property types and price points which gives the area an equally wide-ranging demographic including students in High Park rental apartments, young professionals in condominiums, retirees in smaller houses and seniors’ homes as well as affluent professionals and families in the large Victorian, Edwardian and Tudor-style houses for sale in High Park that the area is best known for.
High Park runs from The Queensway to Annette from Roncesvalles Avenue west to Runnymede.
Although there are a range of property sizes and types in this popular west-end neighbourhood, High Park is best known for its large, character homes for sale along heavily-treed streets. Not surprisingly, detached houses near the park fetch the highest prices but original condition, semi-detached homes can still be found at much more reasonable prices for buyers looking for an entry into this coveted Toronto neighbourhood.
It's not unusual to find large four and even five bedroom homes in High Park–a rarity in most parts of Toronto. The most stately homes can be found along High Park Boulevard, set back from the road, overlooking the eastern edge of the park. There are some absoultely stunning homes along Glendale and Glenlake Avenue, also.
There are also great Toronto apartments for rent in High Park both in the form of condo buildings and older homes that have been divided into multiple units. With close proximity to the TTC and areas with great amenities and nightlife like The Junction and Roncesvalles Village, this is a highly desirable area for students and young professionals.
North of Bloor, you’ll find high-rise condominiums buildings with views of the park including 70 High Park Avenue, an affordable condo residence built atop an historic church. There are also glitzy, newer High Park condominiums at Bloor just west of Keele opposite the park.
For loft lovers, the Gothic Lofts north of Bloor at 32 Gothic Avenue offer charming spaces and a slice of history. With just seven units in this converted mansion, once home to west Toronto’s first mayor, you’ll have to move fast to secure a unit here when one comes up for sale. Beside it at 20 Gothic Avenue is an 8-storey newer condominium building with all the fixings.
The Abbey Lofts, an intimate church-conversion building located south of Bloor on Sunnyside Avenue, is an exquisite buildingfor those with higher budget. Units here retain original features like cathedral doors and archways, stained glass windows and exposed stone walls.
Many locals and tourists are drawn to High Park for one week each May when the cherry blossom trees are in bloom. Cherry blossoms are not native to Canada. The iconic garden started in 1959 when Toru-Hagiwara, the Japanese ambassador to Canada, presented the citizens of Toronto with 2,000 Japanese Sakura trees on behalf of the citizens of Tokyo, in appreciation of Toronto welcoming many Japanese-Canadians following World War II.
Why We Love High Park
High Five to High Park
If you choose to call this neighbourhood home, it really is all about the park. High Park is what great public parks should be–a combination of cultivated and wild space. You can hike the natural forests for hours spotting wildlife before spending an afternoon amongst the beautiful Sakura trees (Japanese cherry trees) or having a picnic by Grenadier Pond.
High Park is widely used by the city, tourists and local residents for everything from outdoor fitness classes to popular annual events like the Canadian Stage Company’s Dream in High Park and the fall Harvest Festival. Plus, it has an off-leash dog park, a zoo, playgrounds, greenhouses and more for a great day out for the family.
You can learn more about High Park including it's full event listings on this website run by a not-for-profit organization, the High Park Grenadier Fund.
Pedestrians and Motorists Can Agree on It
Although High Park itself is centred on the park and its leafy, residential streets, it’s just a short walk, TTC ride or drive to some of the best shopping, nightlife and entertainment in the city.
Motorists can head down Parkside to connect with the Gardiner and Lakeshore to avoid downtown congestion or hop on the Queensway westbound for a night out at the cinemas and restaurants in Etobicoke. TTC riders have their choice of three subway stations to get around the city–Runnymede, High Park and Keele–as well as the Dundas West streetcar. And pedestrians can walk to the great shopping in nearby Bloor West Village as well as the trendy restaurants and bars in The Junction.
You Can Go Back In Time
Colborne Lodge in High Park is one of our favourite City-run museums for kids. There are a ton of family-friendly programs and exhibitions here throughout the year including seasonal events like the haunted tour of High Park at Halloween and wreath-making at Christmas. It's also a popular spot to host kids' birthday parties.
A rare example of Regency architecture in Toronto, this cottage stands in monument to John and Jemima Howard, the couple who built it in 1837 and founded High Park. John Howard was one of Toronto's first architects and worked as a City engineer and surveyor.
- 58thLeast expensive out of 116 neighbourhoods in West End$1.17millionAverage home value in High Park11.52%Year over year change in values
Historical Average Home Price in High Park