Tracing its roots to the 1840s, Humber Summit began as a town lifted up on the backs of sawmills — it would go on to become a resort town as Toronto expanded closer to its borders, and Torontonians built cottages in the area. A massive hurricane swept away many of the cottages in the 1950s, and so began the construction of the modern day neighbourhood.
Humber Summit is divided by train tracks — the west side of the neighbourhood is primarily comprised of residential streets while the east side is largely made up of commercial spaces. Most businesses are located in the east end, where you’ll find a variety of retail stores, restaurants, repair shops, and service based businesses; there’s also additional dining and shopping options on Steeles Avenue and Finch Avenue.
In recent years, this middle class neighbourhood has become popular with first-time home buyers and families. Humber Summit has a large Italian population, and has also been a gathering place for Asian and east-Indian families.
On residential streets you’ll encounter world war II style homes, bungalows, semi detached, and 2-storey detached houses — with natural scenery seemingly around every turn. Humber Summit condos are located in the west end of the neighbourhood near the Humber River, and have the best scenery of all, with sweeping views of the river.
For entertainment, residents have local pubs, recreation facilities, events spaces and banquet halls; plus, sports fields, playgrounds, and walking trails. And being a family neighbourhood, there are many nearby schools and libraries to service residents.
Humber Summit condos are found in traditional mid-rises and spacious townhouses — it’s not as bustling as many neighbourhoods in Toronto, but prospective buyers have some selection. Humber Summit condos are extremely affordable and floor plans are downright generous; buildings like The North Court Condos have great value and it’s entirely possible to find a 1200 square foot 1 bedroom selling for half the price of a 500 square foot unit in downtown Toronto.
Whether you’re looking at a townhome or condo, you’re certain to get great bang for your buck — even for larger townhomes. Humber Summit condos do have some potential drawbacks; amenities are limited, and while townhome developments in the area are modern, mid-rise condos are much older, and in some cases, could be dated.
So, if you’re looking for something move-in ready, you might want to focus your search on townhouses in the neighbourhood.
Humber Summit has a 61 Walk Score — residents with houses may need to use a vehicle to run errands, but condo owners should be able to get things done on foot. Those who require public transit, have bus routes on major roads and some stops in more residential areas as well.
Drivers can get where they’re going in a hurry thanks to the 400 on the eastern edge of the neighbourhood, making it a breeze to reach the 401.