LYTTON PARK

 

History

Lytton Park owes its development to the Metropolitan Street Railway, whose single horse-car line began service to this area in 1886.  Prior to the advent of the railway, Lytton Park was a rural outpost with limited access to the City of Toronto.

The Metropolitan Company recognized the impact on land values that their railway service would bring to this district.  Thus in 1888, the Railway purchased the 200-acre Beatty farm, near their station at Yonge and Glengrove.

In 1888, the former Beatty farm became the Glen Grove Park subdivision, and the residential development of Lytton Park was underway.

Lytton Park's major period of growth began in 1912, when it became part of the City of Toronto.  It was during the next 15 years that most of Lytton Park's houses, schools, churches and parks were built.

Overview

Lytton Park is one of Toronto's most exclusive neighbourhoods.  It is home to doctors, lawyers, stockbrokers and corporate executives who value Lytton Park's quiet charm, and its convenient access to transportation corridors leading in and out of the city.

Lytton Park's biggest asset is its highly regarded public schools (listed below) that are smartly located right next door to each other.  These schools are within walking distance of every home in the neighbourhood.  Havergal College, a highly regarded girls' private school, and two Catholic schools, Blessed Sacrament and Marshall McLuhan, provide Lytton Park families with a myriad of outstanding school options.  

Homes

Lytton Park's Tudor-revival, Georgian-revival, and Colonial-style houses were built primarily between 1890 and 1945.  All of the houses are detached, and are situated on large lots with lush gardens.

The interior of a typical Lytton Park house includes traditional accents such as hardwood floors, leaded glass windows and a wood-burning fireplace.

Shopping

Lytton Park is well served by a myriad of upscale shopping districts located along Yonge Street, Avenue Road and Eglinton Avenue West.  These shopping districts are all within walking distance.

The Yonge and Eglinton Centre is anchored by Toys ‘R' Us, HMV, and a Silver City movie theatre. Movie goers can enjoy a pre- or post-movie meal at the Pickle Barrel restaurant located right next to the movie theatre.

Recreation

Lytton Park, from which this neighbourhood takes its name, is nestled in a deep valley and is hidden by trees from the roaring traffic of Avenue Road above. This serene park includes three public tennis courts, and is also home to the North Toronto Lawn Bowling Club. Across from Lytton Park is the Herbert Begg Memorial Garden. This picturesque strolling garden was donated to the city by Herbert Begg's daughters, as a memorial to their father.

Otter Creek Park, on Cheritan Avenue between Chatsworth Drive and Rosewell Avenue, contains four tennis courts that are retrofitted for use as an artificial ice rink in the wintertime. This park also provides access to the Chatsworth Ravine. A nature trail passes through the Chatsworth Ravine on its way through Lawrence Park and the Blythwood Ravine on its way to Sherwood Park.

Schools

 

(P)

John Ross Robertson Jr.

130 Glencairn Avenue West

(416) 393-9400

(P)

 Glenview Sr.

Glenview Sr.

(416) 393-9350

(PH)

Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute

 125 Chatsworth Drive

(416) 393-9500

(PR)

Havergal College

1451 Avenue Road

(416) 483-3519

(C)

Blessed Sacrament

24 Bedford Park Avenue

(416) 393-5226

(CH)

Marshall McLuhan Catholic Secondary

1107 Avenue Road

(416) 393-5561

 

Transportation

Both the Eglinton and the Lawrence Subway stations on Yonge Street are within walking distance of many Lytton Park houses. Yonge Street and Avenue Road both have bus routes that connect to the Yonge subway line.

Motorists can be downtown in 15 minutes. For commuters heading out of the city by car, the Yonge Street and Avenue Road on-ramps to Highway 401 are approximately five minutes from Lytton Park.

Lytton Park Map



Bibliography:
Dunkelman, David, Your Guide to Toronto Neighbourhoods, Copyright © 1997 by David Dunkelman