Living in Regal Heights
The Regal Heights neighbourhood is situated on the western crest of the Davenport escarpment. This neighbourhood has many distinguishing characteristics including very large turn of the century houses, winding tree- lined streets, and an elevation atop the Davenport escarpment that offers many home owners unparalleled views of the Toronto skyline.
History of Regal Heights
Regal Heights was settled in 1818, by an Irishman from Tipperary County, by the name of Bartholomew Bull. Bull was responsible for building Davenport Road, which was originally known as “Bull’s Road”. Bulls’ second house, built in 1830, was called “Springmount”. This was the first brick building in York Township, and as such was considered quite a novelty in its early years. Springmount was descriptively named after a water course that once meandered down the Davenport escarpment in front of the Bulls’ homestead. Springmount remained in the possession of the Bull family until the estate was sold to developers in 1910. The Springmount name has been perpetuated in Springmount Avenue, which is one of the signature streets in the Regal Heights neighbourhood.
Homes in Regal Heights
Regal Heights detached and semi-detached three storey houses were built between 1912 and 1923. These homes feature many traditional charms including oak trim, beamed ceilings, stained and leaded glass windows, hardwood floors, and fireplaces. Some of the larger Regal Heights homes have been converted into multi-plex dwellings.
Lifestyle in Regal Heights
Regal Heights is located at the edge of the ïCorso Italia’ shopping district along St. Clair Avenue West. This area has a lively Italian atmosphere that features some of the city’s best Italian restaurants and cafes. ïCorso Italia’ is also known for its fashion and accessory stores.
Recreation in Regal Heights
Hillcrest Park, located at the north-west corner of Davenport Road and Christie Street, features four floodlit tennis courts, a children’s playground and a wading pool. This park also has a spectacular view of the Toronto skyline and Lake Ontario. Earlscourt Park and Recreation Centre, located at St. Clair Avenue West and Caledonia Park Road, is one of Toronto’s largest multi-use recreational facilities. This recreation centre includes a large gymnasium, an outdoor pool, soccer fields, tennis courts and an artificial ice-skating rink. The Dufferin/St. Clair Public Library, contains the largest collection of Italian books in the city’s public library system. It also offers a variety of programming for children and preschoolers.
Transportation in Regal Heights
The Regal Heights neighbourhood is well served by public transit. The St. Clair streetcar is within walking distance of every home, and additional bus service is available on Oakwood Avenue, Dupont Street, and Bathurst Street. Motorists are approximately ten minutes from downtown Toronto and from the Allen Expressway which links commuters to Toronto’s major highways.