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West Hill is a Scarborough neighbourhood that on the east end of Toronto. It is bordered by Lake Ontario and the CNR railway tracks to the south, Highland Creek on the northeast, a section of Highland Creek and Scarborough Golf Club Road to the west. The name originated from its elevated situation on the west side of Highland Creek, a deep glacial gorge. West Hill’s naturally beautiful with Colonel Danforth Park and Morningside Park expressing it.
Among the different landmarks of West Hill, these few stands out: West Hill Library, West Hill Community Center, C.N. Railway tracks and the University of Toronto’s Scarborough Campus.
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The West Hill Real Estate is a family-oriented and culturally diverse community in the southeast part of Toronto. Its natural splendor comes from The two largest ravine parks: Colonel Danforth Park and Morningside Park. Both make the green atmosphere around Well Hill to be evergreen and lively. Despite the robust amenities in the neighbourhood, real estate prices are affordable. A section of the West Hill community, around Manse Road, is sometimes referred to as the Manse Valley community. It has more industrial development and less commercial developments.
The history of West Hill began in 1879 when a post office was opened in the community by the federal government. Before that time, West Hill was considered part of the Highland Creek neighbourhood. The earliest settlers of West Hill were Irish immigrants from the County of Cork. They arrived the community seeking refuge from the worst potato famine that ravaged their homeland in 1840. They quickly settled in two-room shacks in the then “Corktown,” Morningside and Lawrence Avenue area.
In 1906, there was a wave of attraction to West Hill after West Hill was connected the radial streetcar line that connects the rest of Toronto. With the entrance of many new families, the West Hill Public School was opened in 1921. The present day West Hill neighbourhood was developed mostly between the 1940’s and 1960’s.
- West Hill Collegiate Institute
- Poplar Road Junior public school
- Jack Minor Senior Public School
Regarding shopping, West Hill is all round. The Morningside Mall has lots of shops and professional offices totaling above sixty stores and businesses. Kingston Road is loaded with shopping plazas with food, restaurants, convenient stores, motels and car dealerships. To add to the mix is the West Hill Shopping Center that houses a bank, electronics store, pharmacy store, and so much more. Residents and visitors have plenty shopping options in West Hill.
Entertainment & Recreation
The Heron Park Community Centre, (4285 Lawrence Avenue) is a multi-purpose recreational center with a swimming pool, a wading pool, an indoor ice arena, a baseball diamond, and a playground. Colonel Danforth Park, in the deep ravine valley, is popular with joggers, walkers, and cyclists. The park is accessible through Kingston Road and Old Kingston Road.Morningside Park on the western boundary of the neighbourhood offers a mix of the upper open meadows, hardwood forests, and the remnants of an old apple orchard. With its Paved trails, the park is also popular with pedestrians and cyclists. In winter, there are lots of Cross-country skiing in the park, and its main access is from Morningside Avenue, a bit south of Ellesmere Road.
In West Hill, the Lawrence Avenue bus links passengers comfortably to the Lawrence East subway station on the Bloor-Danforth subway line. The West Hill neighbourhood is well serviced by public transit as the Kingston Road bus moves residents to the Guildwood Go Train station. The ride to downtown Toronto’s Union Station is less than thirty minutes. Motorists are five minutes from the Morningside Avenue on-ramp to Highway 401. Kingston Road offers a more scenic route into the city.
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