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 two hundred 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 fifteen years that most of Lytton Park’s houses, schools, churches and parks were built.
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 other assets include beautiful homes on large lots, outstanding recreational facilities, and a close proximity to excellent public and private schools.
HOMES IN LYTTON PARK
Lytton Park’s Tudor and Georgian style houses were built primarily between 1890 and 1930. 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.
SCHOOLS IN LYTTON PARK
(P) John Ross Robertson Jr, 130 Glencairn Avenue West, (416) 393-9400
(P) Glenview Sr, 401 Rosewell Ave, (416) 393-9350
(PH) Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute, 125 Chatsworth Dr, (416) 393-9500
(PR) Havergal College, 1451 Avenue Rd, (416) 483-3519
(P) Public School (PH) Public High School (CA) Catholic School (PR) Private School (PC) Private Catholic School (PJ) Private Jewish School (C) College (U) University
LIFESTYLE IN LYTTON PARK
Lytton Park is a pedestrian friendly neighbourhood with excellent convenience to amenities. Popular shops and restaurants abound on Yonge Street and Avenue Road and along Eglinton Avenue which are all within walking distance. Pusateri’s Fine Foods on Avenue Road, and Sporting Life on Yonge Street are destination points. Plenty of coffee shops and boutique independent retailers as well as national brands like The Gap, Roots, and Lululemon are part of the shopping mix.
RECREATION IN LYTTON PARK
Lytton Park, from which this neighbourhood takes its name, is nestled in a deep valley, 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 located off Rosewell Avenue has a twin outdoor skating rink that is used for skateboarding in the summertime. The public schools adjacent to Otter Creek provide access to a running track, baseball diamond, basketball court and popular tobogganing hills.
TRANSPORTATION IN LYTTON PARK
Business executives, stockbrokers, doctors, lawyers, and University of Toronto professors are all attracted to this neighbourhood as it is a very convenient twenty minute commute either by car or public transit to downtown Toronto’s financial, business, medical and university districts. Highway 401 is just five minutes north of the neighbourhood connecting you to all parts of greater Toronto.
Both the Eglinton and the Lawrence subway stations, located 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 fifteen 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.
PARKS AND GREENSPACES IN THE LYTTON PARK AREA
Chatsworth Ravine – 900 Duplex Ave
There is a path from the Glenview Public School grounds east into the Chatsworth Ravine. Look for Discovery Walk signs. We first encounter an area naturalized by the Task Force to Bring Back the Don and its partners. Larger trees, especially on upper slopes, include Black Locust, White Pine, Norway and Manitoba Maples, and Cherries. Larger Willows are seen on lower wetter ground. Smaller, recently planted trees, include: Tamarack, Walnut, Elm, Hemlock, White Spruce, White Pine, Ash, and Sugar Maple, plus volunteer Black Locust, Manitoba Maple, and many vines.
Lytton Park – 200 Lytton Blvd
1.7-heactare park on Avenue Road south of Glencairn Avenue that features three lighted outdoor tennis courts with a club house, 2 lighted lawn bowling greens with a clubhouse and a children’s playground. The park is home to the North Toronto Tennis Club and the North Toronto Lawn Bowling & Croquet Club.
This 9 hectare park on Eglinton Avenue West just west of Yonge Street features 5 multi-purpose sports fields, 4 tennis courts, 2 ball diamonds, a children’s playground and a wading pool. In the winter months there are two artificial ice rinks. Eglinton Park wading pool is the centrepiece of a remarkable play area. Adjacent to the wading pool is the large playground, several soccer fields, baseball/softball diamonds, and public bathrooms. Free parking can be found on the side streets or for a small nominal fee there is ample parking underground located at North Toronto Memorial Community Centre. The wading pool is a short walk away.
LIBRARIES IN THE LYTTON PARK AREA
- Toronto Public Library – 3083 Yonge Street, (416) 393-7730
- Barbara Frum Library – 20 Covington Road, (416) 395-5440
- Forest Hill Library – 700 Eglinton Avenue West, (416) 393-7706
- Mount Pleasant Branch Library – 599 Mount Pleasant Road, (416) 393-7737
- Toronto Public Library – 165 McRae Drive, (416) 396-3835