Birch Cliff began to be developed in 1895, when the Toronto Hunt Club relocated here. Fox Hunts were held at this club up until the 1930’s, when golf became the memberships preferred activity. In the late 1890’s and early 1900’s many Toronto residents built summer cottages on the property adjacent to the Toronto Hunt Club. These cottagers were attracted to the area by the magnificent Scarborough Bluffs. The crest of the Scarborough Bluffs was lined with birch trees which prompted a cottager by the name of John Stark to name his cottage “Birch Cliff”. The Birch Cliff name was adopted by the local post office, which opened in 1907 in Arthur Mitchell’s grocery store, which formerly stood at the corner of Kingston Road and Birchmount Avenue. Birch Cliff emerged as a year round residential community beginning in the 1910’s and 1920’s. From 1922 to 1947, it held the distinction of being the meeting place of the Scarborough Municipal Council. Birch Cliff’s residential development was completed shortly after World War II.
I find the neighbourhood attracts many families that have outgrown the small semi's in the Upper Beach and Leslieville but are looking for a community-minded neighbourhood close by with larger homes and yards. Then, of course, as with all great neighbourhoods they stay! So it's a great mix of families, old and young. This stretch of Cornell, in particular has a few young families so you'll see kids running from house to house & biking in the evening on the quiet streets. This is a neighbourhood where you will get to know your neighbours and forge lasting friendships!
The retail corridor along Kingston Road contains a mix of convenience-type stores, neighbourhood bars and restaurants, and professional and medical offices. Kingston Road west of the Toronto Hunt Club, is more gentrified and includes an art gallery, a doggie daycare and apparel store, and upscale restaurants and cafes. You’ll notice many new luxury, low rise condo developments on Kingston Road – these are sure to bring a vibrant change to the retail landscape over to Birchmount as they become occupied. The artsy tone of this shopping district continues west past Victoria Park Avenue and into the Upper Beach neighbourhood; lined with many indepenantly owned small businesses.
Easy access to downtown
While the 'hood might have a very relaxed family attitude, it's easy to get back downtown. The Danforth Road bus connects passengers to stations on the Bloor-Danforth subway line. The Danforth Go Train station situated on Main Street shuttles commuters to Toronto’s Union Station in approximately ten minutes. Motorists can access downtown Toronto in fifteen minutes via Kingston Road which links up with the Gardiner Expressway, Lakeshore Boulevard, and the Don Valley Parkway.
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