Armour Heights Neighbourhood Real Estate
Armour Heights is an elegant, established neighbourhood located in the district of North York.
Armour Heights was originally settled in the 1830's by John Armour whose homestead was situated where Armour Heights Community Centre is located today.
After many years, the Armour family sold their farm to a Colonel F.B. Robins in 1911. Colenel Robbins envisioned a high-class neighbourhood with its own polo field and bridle path. While the polo field was never built, the bridle path is now today's Yonge Boulevard.
When the first World War broke out, Colonel Robins' plans for a thriving subdivision changed, and he instead donated his land to the air force as a training school for American and Canadian pilots. American aviation pioneer Amelia Earhardt, was a regular visitor to the airfield while she was stationed in Toronto with the Canadian Red Cross.
In 1929, plans for the Armour Heights subdivision again began to gather steam when the land was sold to R. J. Lillico & Associates in what was described by local papers at the time as 'one of the largest real estate transactions ever in Toronto.'
As an interesting side note, the new owners tried unsuccessfully to rename Armour Heights as Beverley Hills.
Armour Heights is framed to the south by Wilson Avenue, to the west by Bathurst Street and to the north and east by branches of the Don River. Highway 401 cuts through the area and is directly accessible for communuters.
The residential tone of Armour Heights was inspired by Colonel Robbin's magnificent Tudor stone home, which was located on the north-east corner of Yonge Boulevard and Wilson Avenue. The home is now owned and operated by the Canadian Armed Forces as a staff college.
Most of the homes in Armour Heights are comprised of two-storey, three bedroom structures with the homes at the north end of the neighbourhood, just south of Earl Bales Park, representing prime examples of the popular Modernist architectural styles of the 1960's and 1970's.
There are several elementary, secondary, Catholic and private schools nearby, including Armour Heights and Summit Heights public schools, St. Margaret Catholic School, Loretto Abbey, Cardinal Carter Academy For The Arts and Avondale Secondary Alternative School.
Medical care is excellent with The North York General Hospital being located at Sheppard Ave and Leslie and the Branson extension at Bathurst Street and Finch Avenue West.
The Don Valley Golf Course is nearby in the 401 and Yonge Street area and Donalda Golf Club is just East of Leslie Street South of York Mills Road. Earl Bales Park is the home of the North York Ski Centre and a community centre with a parent and tot activity centre, games and meeting rooms and a banquet hall. The park also includes a seniors centre, amphitheatre and is a wonderful place to enjoy a family picnic.
For shoppers, Bathurst street contains drug stores, banks, a large supermarket, Jewish specialty shops, delicatessens and bakeries. A little farther west is the upscale Yorkdale.
Avenue Road and Wilson Avenue buses connect to stations on the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line while the Bathurst Street bus connects to the Bloor-Danforth subway station. The York Mills subway station located inside the York Mills Centre at the north-west corner of Yonge Street and York Mills Road also provides Go Transit service with an express bus to the airport
Motorists can travel directly downtown in approximately twenty- five minutes by way of Avenue Road. The Avenue Road on-ramp to Highway 401 can be immediately accessed at the south end of this neighbourhood.
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