Quirky cafes, unusual boutiques, and excellent food and drink emporiums are always at your fingertips

Summerhill Real Estate

An energetic and bustling community in downtown Toronto
In 1842, Charles Thompson built the Summer Hill House on top of a verdant hill, and within a few decades, a railway station came to the area, and a neighborhood was born. Victorian row houses soon cropped up, followed by more Victorian and Edwardian cottages, many of which are still standing and are coveted pieces of real estate for those lucky enough to grab them. The rest, as they say, is history. Today there are also modern homes, posh townhouses, and luxury condominiums.
Summerhill is a walker’s paradise. There are parks with walking and bike paths and an abundance of open green space. The community has upscale shops, restaurants, and a subway station. This adds to the charm of an old-world neighborhood and makes daily car use optional. Tree-lined streets and green lawns make for pleasant outings on foot. Quirky cafes, unusual boutiques, and excellent food and drink emporiums are always at your fingertips. Locals get the best of old-fashioned living and still have excellent public transportation and easy access to bustling downtown Toronto.

What to Love

  • Quiet, walkable, tree-lined streets
  • Beautiful historic architecture, including Victorian and Edwardian styles
  • Many independent shops, boutiques, cafes, and restaurants
  • Excellent public transportation for quick travel when needed
  • Parks, trails, and playgrounds
  • The Five Thieves retail strip of old-world shops 

Local Lifestyle

Summerhill has an energetic vibe due to the many shopping venues and outdoor activities available. Locals love it for the charming feeling of being in an old European town. Daily trips to the Five Thieves area are common, for places like the Olliffe Butcher Shop, Pisces Gourmet Seafood Specialty Shop, Nadège Patisserie, and don’t forget Harvest Wagon. They have a range of gifts, groceries, bakery items, and prepared food. Life in Summerhill revolves around a meticulously kept community of people who participate in preserving their niche hamlet. 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

For delicious Italian food, there’s Quanto Basta, where the Cornish hen with porcini truffle sauce is a local favorite. Seafood with a Mediterranean flair can be found at Joso’s, and make sure you try the calamari Kornati. For fine dining or an extra-special date night, the Sash Restaurant and Wine Bar will create memories that last a lifetime. Their wine list is out of this world, and do try the chipotle blackened swordfish because you only live once.
A place like Terroni has a little bit of everything. You can dine-in and have the ravioli di zucca, but you can also order out or book a huge event there. For the best wines, beers, spirits, and ciders from all around the world, it’s hard to beat LCBO. The Rosedale Diner serves up American-style food, and it just might make you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time a bit.
Locals enjoy the David Balfour Park Trail with its bike paths and hiking trails in the warm weather and snowshoe trails and skiing in the winter.

Things to Do

Relax or exercise in the 13.7-acre Ramsden Park with playgrounds, basketball courts, hockey rinks, and picnic areas. For a night out enjoying opera, classical music, jazz, and pop, the Royal Conservatory of Music hosts performances and is also a renowned music education venue. Be sure to take in a show at Koerner Hall, known as the “Temple of Tone” and widely acclaimed for its fantastic acoustics and architecture. The Conservatory describes itself as “one of the great centres in the world for performing arts.”


Summerhill is served by the Toronto District School Board and is notable for the following schools:
If you are interested in learning more about Summerhill real estate, contact the Fata Real Estate Group!

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