Summerhill’s turn of the century houses, winding tree-lined streets, and abundance of parkland have made it one of Toronto’s most preferred neighbourhoods. Its luxurious appeal has drawn in many who are looking to settle into a safe neighbourhood with an ideal location and close proximity to the downtown core. Named after Summer Hill house, a regency cottage built in 1842 by Canadian transportation baron Charles Thompson, the property the cottage was situated on the crest of the hill from the present day Yonge Street to Mount Pleasant Road. Thompson used his property to host an amusement park before the property was sub-divided by his heirs in the 1860’s. The neighbourhood consists mainly of semi-detached and detached Victorias and detached Edwardians, most without driveways, dating back to 1880 to 1915. Now you will find these historic beauties mixed with modern townhouses and a handful of low-rise luxury condo apartments. There are many public and private schools to choose from in the area, including Rosedale Junior public School, Branksome Hall, which is a private all-girls school and The York School. It’s a beautiful area of the city, that is perfect for affluent families.