Welcome to the area of Casa Loma, a luxurious landscape with lush greenery on every quiet street. The area stretches from St. Clair Avenue West to Macpherson Avenue and from Avenue Road to Bathurst Street, making an almost even square. Behind the museum is the Ardwold Gate, a street that many changemakers used to call home. It still boasts a mix of traditional Georgian and Colonial-styled residences with one or two Modernist designs amid lush surroundings.
This charming area has tree-lined streets and beautiful homes known for their privacy. A favourite neighbourhood among Toronto’s most affluent residents, Casa Loma has a prestigious atmosphere despite being a short distance from downtown. Residents will appreciate its quiet streets that make the neighbourhood family friendly. Casa Loma is home to a expansive park, known as Sir Winston Churchill, which boasts tennis courts and numerous walking and biking trails. With a laid-back atmosphere, this neighbourhood is perfect for those seeking a quiet escape from urban life.
Residents will find enriching academic establishments, such as the Waldorf Academy that nurtures the curiosity and creativity of young minds from pre-kindergarten to middle school, the three-storey Hillcrest Community School that welcomes children at the junior kindergarten level up to the sixth grade, as well as one of the George Brown College’s campuses that allows students to pursue fashion, architecture, and much more.
Residents can use the subway system, getting off at Dupont Station that is down the street from Spadina Park and the Casa Loma castle on the southern part of the area. For residents wishing to reach the northern part of Casa Loma, they travel by subway and get off at St. Clair West Station. From here, they have access to the TTC system on St. Claire Avenue West that has multiple stops going west to Bathurst Street and east towards Avenue Road, both of which also have their own north-south bus lines. Students and faculty can take advantage of the 127 bus that passes right next to the George Brown College Casa Loma campus on Davenport Road and Kendal Avenue as well as the Waldorf Academy on Davenport Road and Madison Avenue.
Activities & Amenities
The northern section features Nordheimer Ravine—located in Sir Winston Churchill Park—where residents will find many ideal picnic spots in this tranquil oasis, as well as ten tennis courts, a children’s playground, and an off-leash area for dogs. Nearby is the Spadina Museum that residents call “Toronto’s Downtown Abbey” as it showcases the Austin family’s various contributions to the city in the first half of the twentieth century, with archives ranging from commerce to culture. If residents are looking to quench their thirst for Toronto history or have a school paper to do, they can turn to the City of Toronto Archives for more documents on the people, businesses, and organizations that have made this city what it is today.
Known for his many projects in Ontario including the development of the Cedarvale area, Sir Henry Mill Pellatt built the castle named Casa Loma around 1912. He named his romantic medieval castle and stables after the 25 lots he had purchased at the start of the project. Despite having to sell it to the city before its completion, Sir Henry’s castle landmark is enjoyed by thousands of visitors when they take the tour of the oak paneled rooms with high chimneys and majestic carvings. Many followed in Sir Henry’s footsteps, building homes in the area that exhibit the same grandeur, but on a smaller scale.