North Toronto was the northern part of the City of Toronto, astride Yonge Street north of Eglinton. The town of North Toronto was incorporated in 1890 when Davisville Village, Eglinton Village, and Bedford Park Village amalgamated. At this time the area was largely farmland, but many parcels were already subdivided for development. The Metropolitan Street Railway began serving the area in 1886, and in 1912 the area voted for amalgamation into the City of Toronto. By the 1940s, this area was completely developed.
When Toronto was reorganized into a megacity in 1998, the community suddenly became a mid-town neighbourhood. Today, there is much condo development in the Yonge & Eglinton area, and the area has earned the nickname "young & eligible" for the hip young demographic that is residing here.
The community is served by 5 elementary schools, 1 Catholic school, 1 private schools, and 2 high schools, and a library. The Upper Canada College private school is about a half-mile to the southwest. Post secondary students are very close to York University's Glendon Campus on Bayview, Seneca College's Denham Campus to the northeast, and can access University of Toronto and Ryerson University via the Yonge-University-Spadina subway.
There are many shops and restaurants along Yonge Street, between Eglinton and Lawrence Avenues. There is a large indoor mall at Yonge and Eglinton Centre, which also has a grocery store and multi-screen movie theatre. There are also many independent stores and restaurants along Eglinton Avenue.
At Eglinton Park, just east of Avenue Road, is a community centre with a gym, squash courts, a track, pool with a water slide. There is also an outdoor ice rink, sports fields, two baseball diamonds, a splash pool and playground, and tennis courts that become an artificial ice rink in the wintertime. Well-forested Sherwood Park, east of Mount Pleasant Road, has walking paths, a playground and splash pool.
Most of the homes in North Toronto's were built from 1910 to 1940, and include semi-detached and fully detached houses, and many bungalows. This area has many low and high-rise apartment buildings in the Yonge and Eglinton area, ranging form rentals, co-ops and luxury condos. Prices in this neighbourhood run form low to high-medium ranges.