This community is to the north and east side of its namesake park. The area has gentle hills, and is well-treed and popular with families attracted by the park's features. The area south of Bloor was bought in 1836 by John Howard, Toronto's first surveyor, who named his estate High Park for its views of Lake Ontario, and in 1873 he deeded it to the City of Toronto, which preserved his Colborne Lodge residence as a museum. The community used to part of the Town of West Toronto Junction, which was annexed by the City of Toronto in 1909.
Motorists are minutes from downtown vie Lake Shore Boulevard and the Gardiner Expressway. TTC riders can access 3 stations (Runnymede, High Park, and Keele) on the Bloor-Danforth subway line or can take the King Street streetcar right into downtown.
The community is served by 4 public elementary schools, 1 Catholic elementary school, 2 private elementary schools, 2 secondary schools and 2 public libraries. University of Toronto is accessed via the Yonge-University-Spadina subway, and Ryerson University is accessed via Lakeshore/Kings Street streetcar going east and Humber College's Lakeshore campus is accessible via the Lake Shore Blvd bus westbound.
This community is served by several shopping areas: 'Bloor West Village' and 'Bloor By The Park' along Bloor, and Little Poland along Roncesvalles. which all feature good shopping and European bakeries, delis and restaurants. There's also the heritage decorated 'Junction Gardens', along Dundas Street West, highlighting it railway history.
The area is on the west side of 161 hectare (399 acre) High Park, which has a large pond, picnic areas and gardens, an outdoor amphitheatre, a restaurant, an outdoor pool, various sports facilities (tennis, baseball, soccer, lawn bowling), and for the kids, a trackless train, a small zoo, and a playground. The paved recreational pathways along the Humber connect to the Martin Goodman Trail along the city's waterfront.
The community has many impressive Victorian, Edwardian, and Tudor-style homes, many built around the turn of the last century. Some larger homes were divided into multiple-family dwellings. The neighbourhood has a wide range of condominium apartment buildings, north of Bloor Street, many affordably priced and with great views of High Park and Lake Ontario. There are also a number of walk-up apartments in the community. House prices here range from low to medium-high levels.
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