The first thing that comes to mind when one thinks about Toronto is hardly ever its rivers. Lake Ontario may be synonymous with the city, however the rivers that feed this lake are often ignored. This couldn’t be less true, however, for Humber Heights & Westmount residents living in Toronto condos for rent and single family homes in the neighbourhood, who often spend their days off exploring the shores of the Humber River. And while residents living in the neighbourhood likely buy their fish at the Metro on Royal York Boulevard, it’s interesting to think that the animal life in the Humber River has fed Toronto residents since as early as 10,000 BC.
Humber Heights sits directly north of Westmount, with the two neighbourhoods intersected on a diagonal by the Humber Creek. Humber Heights reaches as far as Dixon Road, while Eglinton makes up the southernmost border of Westmount. And while the creek and river are picturesque, it’s the green spaces surrounding these waterways that really provide entertainment for those living in Westmount condos for rent.
Residents hoping to spend a day in the sun have their pick between Riverlea Park, with its outdoor bocce court and greenhouse, or Raymore Park, which boasts an off leash dog area. Those in need of a swim, on the other hand, can visit the outdoor pool at Westmount Park. Then there’s the Canadian Ukrainian Memorial Park near Eglinton Avenue, a nod to the Eastern European population living in the neighbourhood. The park also sits fairly close to the Holomodor Memorial: a sculpture established in memory of the 1932-1933 genocide in Soviet Ukraine.
Evidence of the European population in Westmount and Humber Heights can also be found by looking to the businesses in the neighbourhood. La Rose Bakery is a real giveaway, with its house-baked panzerottis, and cannolis for dessert.
Quiet residential streets are abundant in Westmount and Humber Heights, as are the single-family homes that populate them. Multi-residential buildings are a different story, however: only 6 condos are situated throughout the two neighbourhoods. In fact, five out of the six buildings are situated in Westmount, within close reach of Eglinton Avenue West.
The only condo north of the Humber Creek in Humber Heights is the Silverbrook Homes, a wise choice for renters interested in something that resembles a traditional house. The 7 townhouses in the complex all measure in at around 2,300 square feet, which is plenty of space for a family.
Prospective residents looking for something relatively new can check out the The Royal York Grand Condos, which was constructed by H&R Developments in 2009. The 15-storey building contains upwards of 200 units, meaning renters interested in the Royal York Grand actually have a chance at scoring a suite here.
Driving around the Westmount and Humber Heights neighbourhoods is a breeze, as wider roads lead to lighter traffic than is common in the downtown core. Eglinton Avenue West is useful for drivers attempting to reach midtown Toronto, and a ride west on this arterial road will also land drivers at the intersection of the 427 and the 401. Alternatively, those heading south toward the west end of Toronto can use major roads like Jane and Weston to do so.
Even residents living in Westmount condos for rent who prefer not to drive are in luck, thanks to their proximity to Royal York Station on the Bloor-Danforth line. All it takes to reach this station is a ride on Royal York Road, which takes all of about 10 minutes. Anyone heading into downtown Toronto can also use the Eglinton West bus to reach Eglinton West Station, from which they can hop onto subway trains heading south along the University-Spadina line. And the forthcoming Eglinton LRT line will only make life easier for residents: the westerly terminal station will be Mount Dennis, which is just a short bus ride away from the Westmount neighbourhood.
The Locals: Italians, Ukrainians, and outdoorsy types.
Code of Conduct: It’s perfectly fine if residents can’t decide on a favourite riverside park.
What You’ll Find: A vast river and a petite creek.
What You Won’t Find: Tiny, congested one-way streets.
The Homes: Mostly single-family houses, plus a handful of modestly-sized condos.
Sealing the Deal: The cannolis.