Lytton Park is a charming and prestigious Toronto neighborhood. The area is part of the North Toronto municipality and gets its name from the park around which it’s centered. Bound by Briar Hill Avenue to the south, Lawrence Avenue to the north, Yonge Street to the east, and Mona Drive to the west, the neighborhood houses some of the city’s most beautiful Georgian and Tudor Homes that are extremely well-kept with outstanding lawns and gardens.
The area made its debut in the early 19th century as a Toronto suburb. Consisting of a 200-acre farmland, the area was given to United Empire Loyalist John MacDougall. The first house on the land was built in 1828 by the Sniders. Upon starting a service to the tiny community in 1886, the Metropolitan Street Railway realized the financial potential of the area and acquired the farm. Shortly after, the company turned the land into the Glen Grove Estate subdivision.
A few years later, more houses began to be erected in the subdivision prior to its annexation by the city of Toronto in 1912. This spawned a residential construction rush, as well as the building of schools, churches an recreation parks, most of which remain part of Lytton Park to this day, notably the John Ross Robertson Public School. Other schools in the area are Glenview Public School, Lawrence Park Collegiate Public School, Havergal College Girls School and St. Clement’s School.
The area offers a variety of casual and upscale shopping venues, all within walking distances for the majority of residents. Yonge Street, Eglinton Avenue and Avenue Road offer an abundance of shopping destinations including The Gap, Luludemon and Roots. The area knows no shortage of gift shops, home improvement stores, restaurants, general stores, as a well as a multitude of professional service providers.
Outdoor activity lovers will find plenty of spots to satisfy their need. Lytton Park, the park itself, features an excellent picnic area that is surrounded with trees and luscious greenery, as well as three tennis courts. Located next to the park is the Herbert Begg Memorial Garden, a quaint and charming garden which was acquired by the city through a donation from the Begg daughters as a memorial to their father.
Residents of Lytton Park who prefer not to drive can benefit from a variety of public transportation options. Bus routes that run along Avenue Road and Yonge Street are always available as a means to get downtown in no more than 15 to 20 minutes. For even quicker rides, the subway can be accessed from the Lawrence and Eglinton stations.