Cedarvale Neighbourhood Real Estate
Residential development in Cedarvale started in 1912 when Sir Henry Mill Pellatt, the industrialist behind the construction of Toronto's famed Casa Loma, registered a plan of subdivision for the south end of this neighbourhood under the name "Cedar Vale". Vale was a reference to the luxurious ravine, which runs through the middle of this neighbourhood. Cedar refers to the numerous cedars that used to grow in the wet lowlands of the ravine.
The Cedarvale Ravine, the centre of this neighbourhood, was threatened in 1966 when the planned Spadina Expressway was scheduled to go directly through the ravine on its way downtown. Although a few Cedarvale houses were expropriated and the floor of the ravine was clearcut to make room for the expressway, a strong opposition to the expressway was voiced throughout the city and in 1974 the decision was made to stop the Spadina Expressway (officially called the W.R. Allen Road) at Eglinton Avenue.
The majority of homes in Cedarvale are Tudor and Georgian style and were built mostly between 1920 and 1950. The bigger and more expensive Cedarvale homes are on premium lots overlooking the ravine.
Cedarvale's interior streets comprise of a variety of good size family homes as well as robust smaller starter homes. There are also a number of multi-plex houses and walk-up apartment buildings located on the periphery of this neighbourhood.
The shopping access and choice in Cedarvale is stress-free and lavish, as residents enjoy a multitude of glamorous and ritzy shops along Eglinton Avenue West, which also happens to be one of Toronto's most stylish districts. Included in the mix are high end fashion stores, gift and home improvement stores, specialty food shops, professional services and an excellent variety of restaurants.
For more shopping selections, the district that is further west along Eglinton Avenue and on Vaughan Road between Oakwood Avenue and Dufferin Street features the biggest concentration of Caribbean shops, restaurants, and services in Toronto.
Cedarvale transportation is easily accessible to residents, with bus service on Bathurst Street, and Vaughan Road, which connects passengers to the Bathurst station on the Bloor-Danforth subway line. The Eglinton Avenue Road West bus connects passengers to the Eglinton station on the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line.
Motorists are just minutes from the Allen Road Expressway at Eglinton Avenue. This expressway feeds into Highway 401 and its network of commuter highways. Bathurst Street is a main arterial road that provides quick and convenient access into the core.
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