Come along with us for our #AgentInsider, as we explore hidden gems, the best dining options, our favourite shops, and more across southern Ontario! This month, we’re featuring the Yonge-St.
Bosley Real Estate Agent Insider: Yonge + St. Clair
Dated: January 18 2023
Come along with us for our #AgentInsider, as we explore hidden gems, the best dining options, our favourite shops, and more across southern Ontario! This month, we’re featuring the Yonge-St. Clair neighbourhood with Bosley Real Estate Agent Susie Sabapathy, who has lived in the area for over 22 years!
The Yonge-St. Clair neighbourhood is the heart of midtown Toronto, where culture and commerce combine for an emerging lifestyle destination unlike any other!
European immigrants initially settled in the area in the 19th century, and the neighbourhood began to develop rapidly after World War II during the housing boom. Fun fact: on the Corner of Welland and Rose Park Drive, you will see two pillars and unique lamp posts, originally the entrance and driveway to one of the first homes built in Moore Park!
In the late 20th century, the neighbourhood underwent further redevelopment, and many of the older houses were replaced with newer, larger homes and apartment buildings. Many historic buildings, like the Imperial Oil Building and 99 Foxbar Building, were also restored and converted into condo high-rises and townhomes.
Today, this coveted neighbourhood is known for its tree-lined streets and well-maintained homes. The area is also home to several parks and green spaces, including St. Clair Park, with a playground, sports fields, and a wading pool. The Yonge-St. Clair neighbourhood is considered one of the more affluent areas in Toronto and has a high concentration of professionals and families.
A fun fact about this neighbourhood - it’s home to famous artists Frances Loring and Florence Wyle! The two met as art students in Chicago in 1907 and moved to Toronto in 1913. Their works have gone on to be included at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the National Gallery, and the War Museum in Ottawa. This husband and wife duo’s original home is located on Glen Road and is signified to the public today with a memorial plaque. To commemorate their art and history in the neighbourhood, you can also find statues of them inside the Loring-Wyle Parkette.
Read on to continue to learn more about the fantastic neighbourhood of Yonge-St. Clair, and check out a few of Susie's favourite spots!
DINE IN YONGE + ST. CLAIR
Mary Be Kitchen
21B St Clair Ave W, Toronto
Mary Be Kitchen is a neighbourhood staple with fresh, whole food for the soul. The menu features fantastic vegetarian and vegan options and delicious coffee and baked goods. Everything on the menu is made from scratch and is available for dine-in, take-out, and/or delivery. Bosley Real Estate Agent Susie highly recommends the roasted sweet potatoes or the marsala cauliflower.
1450 Yonge St, Toronto
Holy Chuck is the GTA’s #1 spot for burgers and milkshakes! This fast food joint offers innovative burgers where they grind the beef right in front of you! Their menu also features original shakes, desserts, and poutine. Holy Chuck is home to the “Go Chuck Yourself” Challenge, where participants have six minutes to finish a burger and milkshake. If successful, your picture gets placed on the Holy Chuck Wall of Fame, and winners receive a memento t-shirt. Holy Chuck!
1 Balmoral Ave, Toronto
Barnsteiner’s, owned by husband and wife team Herbert and Michelle Barnsteiner, boasts modern Mediterranean fare with upscale versions of rustic, pan-European dishes served in a contemporary, art-accented setting. Herbert is the restaurant’s Executive Chef and has years of experience cooking in some of the best restaurants across Europe and Canada. Michelle runs the front-of-house of this family-owned establishment and is also an acclaimed singer/vocal coach. Popular dishes on the menu include the Cornish Hen, Oysters, and Wild Mushroom Soup!
2 St Clair Ave W Suite 100, Toronto
The King Street Food Company, who own popular Toronto restaurants Buca, La Banane, and Jacobs & Co. Steakhouse, have opened their latest concept Cucina Buca, at the corner of Yonge Street and St. Clair Avenue. Cucina Buca celebrates classic Italian fare in an elegant, contemporary space. The next time we visit, we’ll be trying the Burrata Pizza and Bigoli!
PLAY IN YONGE + ST. CLAIR
The Badminton & Racquet Club of Toronto
25 St Clair Ave W, Toronto
The Badminton & Racquet Club of Toronto (B&R) is a long-standing club in the neighbourhood, known for its multi-generational members, loyal staff, and personal touches. The B&R was founded in 1924 by a small group of badminton enthusiasts in a historic former streetcar barn on St. Clair Avenue at Yonge Street! Today, the Club is the ideal place for anyone with a passion for racquet sports, wanting to learn a new activity or simply wanting to be part of a vibrant social scene.
Moore Park Tennis Club
175 Moore Ave, Toronto
The Moore Park Tennis Club is a community organization in Moore Park. The facilities include five hard courts, lights for evening play, a recently renovated clubhouse for members, and online court booking. The Club has a fantastic pro tennis teaching team, social tennis and events, as well as men’s, women’s, intercounty, and intra-club mixed league teams. Game, set, match!
Moore Park Lawn Bowling
1073 Millwood Rd, Toronto
The Moore Park Lawn Bowling Club, located in beautiful Moorevale Park, was established in 1925. Today, this recreational club is perfect for people of any age who want to be involved in a low-impact, social, and fun sports community! We’ll see you on the lawn!
Mount Pleasant Cemetery
375 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto
Even though it is a final resting place, the Mount Pleasant Cemetery is a beautiful park for walking all year round. It runs from Yonge and Heath to Bayview, with a walking path under Mount Pleasant. The Cemetery also borders the Kay Gardner Beltline Trail. There is a variety of tree species, and the well-maintained paths make it a peaceful space for family and dog walks.
Kay Gardner Beltline Trail
Entrance near Yonge + Eglington intersection near Davisville Station
The Kay Gardner Beltline Trail is a 9-kilometre-long cycling and walking rail trail with multiple access points in the neighbourhood. Established in 1989, the trail is built on what used to be the Toronto Belt Line Railway, a commuter line that opened in the 1890s to service residents of suburbia. Explore scenic bridges and travel tree-lined paths as they lead you through Rosedale, Forest Hill, Moore Park, and more!
Rosedale Ravine Trail
Entrance near Yonge + St. Clair
One minute, you’re in the hustle and bustle of the city, and the next, you're immersed in the forest, walking along babbling creeks at the Rosedale Ravine Trail. There’s multiple access points to the Ravine, either at the Yonge-St. Clair intersection or through Moore Park near the Heath + Hudson intersection. The Rosedale Ravine Trail is perfect for an early morning or afternoon walk - we suggest leaving your AirPods at home and taking in the sounds of the Ravine, birds, and crackling leaves under your feet!
12 St Clair Ave E, Toronto
For as long as Susie can remember, this Goodlife Fitness location has kept the neighbourhood fit! A central location with all the fitness amenities you need makes this the perfect spot for your next workout.
SHOP IN YONGE + ST. CLAIR
St. Clair Greetings Post Office and Gifts
1421 Yonge St, Toronto
St. Clair Greetings, founded in 1977, is owned by husband and wife Karen and Kevin. One of Susie’s favourite local, heart-warming gift shops in the area, St. Clair Greetings is the perfect spot for gifts, trinkets, and even postage! The store's full collection includes products from Maison Berger, Staub, Zwilling, Royal Doulton, Wedgewood, Moleskine, Hue Leggings, Lug, and their fantastic selection of cards, fit for any occasion! Bring your parcels - St. Clair Greetings is a postal office too!
Paperboy Cards and Gifts
7 Pleasant Blvd, Toronto
Paperboy Cards and Gifts is an independent boutique gift and card shop owned by Steven Gerry that's established itself as a shopping destination for the neighbourhood! The store is known for its unique items, personalized service, and a love for the Yonge + St. Clair neighbourhood. Plus, it’s the perfect place to find beautiful, handcrafted cards for almost every occasion.
b-Stretched St. Clair West
30 St Clair Ave W Suite 101, Toronto
Are you looking for an adjustment? b-Stretched is a fantastic spot in the neighbourhood with chiropractor, massage therapy, physiotherapy, acupuncture, and personal training services. It’s rated one of the highest in the area for knowledgeable staff, a high level of care, and friendly service. Your perfect partner to take along with you on your wellness journey!
2149 Yonge St Unit 201, Toronto, ON
The stunning Farm Boy, a Canadian grocery chain originally started by Jean-Louis and Colette Bellemare, is a new addition to the neighbourhood. They opened the doors to their first modest store in 1981 with one goal: to bring their community the freshest produce possible at the best value. From humble beginnings to the present day with over 45 market stores (and growing loyal fans across Ontario), Farm Boy has remained dedicated to keeping true to their roots and providing our customers with quality products, great value, exceptional customer service, and a wonderful shopping experience. Plus - this location has complimentary underground parking! Happy (grocery) shopping!
Bosley Real Estate Agent Susie Sabapathy adores the Yonge-St. Clair neighbourhood and wants you to too! Reach out to Susie for a tour around the neighbourhood and to discuss relocating to this area. Please contact her directly: firstname.lastname@example.org and 416-322-8000.
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