Also known affectionately as Deer Park, thanks to the great number of deer that lived in the area at the turn of the century, the Yonge – St. Clair neighbourhood is bounded by a section of the Rosedale ravine to the east, Farnham Avenue and Jackes Avenue in the south, Avenue Road and Oriole Parkway in the west, the Belt Line trail in the north on the west side of Yonge Street, and Glen Elm Avenue in the north on the east side of Yonge Street. Besides Yonge and Eglinton to the North, this is another example of how rapid residential and commercial development followed the TTC subway expansion in the 1950’s. Today this neighbourhood is one of Toronto’s busiest midtown intersections and home to prominent companies like Astral Media.
Deer Park has a wonderful mix of detached and semi-detached houses that encompass a variety of architectural styles. Most of the original Deer Park houses were built between 1875 and 1920. Deer Park also contains a fair number of newer townhouses that blend in well with the older homes in the neighbourhood. Like many communities in Toronto, the residential streets of Deer Park feed straight out to the main arteries. In addition to a healthy home stock, the area also has a wide selection on condominium choices. There are several older buildings like the iconic Granite Place, several co-op buildings on Avoca and Rosehill, some newer buildings on Delisle and Yonge Street and further west, near Avenue Road, the city’s latest luxury buildings like One12 St. Clair, The Avenue and Churchill Park condos and the architecturally acclaimed Imperial Plaza, a luxury residence with units priced to $8 million.
This part of the city is also close enough to wealthy neighbourhoods like Forest Hill, Rosedale and Moore Park to support a number of high end restaurants and specialty shops. In fact, the area attracts many shoppers from other parts of the city for its high-profile boutiques and wide selection of retailers in shopping complexes like The Towne Mall and Delisle Court. Residents love how Deer Park’s commercial centre balances so well against a neighbourhood surrounded by lush green parkland, majestic trees, quick access to the Belt Line and the vibrant and urban forest of the Avoca Ravine.
The epicentre of this neighbourhood remains The Rosehill Reservoir, located just steps from Yonge and St. Clair. Together with David Balfour Park this is an oasis in the bustling midtown core. The Reservoir which forms the upper tier of this park includes a very pretty four acre reflecting pool lined with cobblestones. There is also an adjacent waterfall with a small bridge and a maze of stairs on each side, as well as a separate water fountain feature with a dramatic overhead spray that rushes water into the oval pool below. There is also a pretty flower garden and wading pool tucked away at the far end of the park. Wrapped around Rosehill Reservoir is a surfaced path that’s ideal for walking, jogging and cycling. This well treed park has a large children’s playground.