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Named after its founder John Thomas Moore and nestled in picturesque parkland, Moore Park is the kind of neighbourhood you will want to call home. Surrounded by Park Drive, Moore Park, and the Vale of Avoca Ravines, you will encounter a community known for its beautiful homes on quiet pedestrian-friendly streets, exclusive schools, spectacular shopping, and array of fine cafés and restaurants. With a quick commute in or out of the city, Moore Park is the perfect place for you and your family.


Once upon a time . . .

Thomas Moore was an entrepreneurial chap who was born in 1844. A savvy businessman and politician by the late 19th century, Moore purchased and developed land in the neighbourhood that now bears his name. The success of the Moore Park development was attributed to his bridge-building skills. Moore constructed both the steel structure on St. Clair and the original wooden bridge on Moore Avenue, which increased land value in and accessibility to the neigbourhood. He was also widely successful marketing the development as an upscale, wealthy neighbourhood – a reality that remains today.

Moore’s vision for Toronto’s suburbs included Toronto’s first commuter train. He built both the Belt Railway line and the showpiece Moore Park station, pouring all of his money into a venture that failed despite the success of the neighbourhood for which it was constructed. A depression struck Toronto, resulting in both the delay of the development and, sadly, the bankruptcy of the Belt line. All was not lost (aside from Moore’s fortunes), as Moore Park was annexed by the City of Toronto in 1912, and the desolate rail bed was later converted into the Kay Gardner Beltline Park, a beautiful parkland trail enjoyed by Torontonians today.


Bricks & Mortar

Are you looking for a high-end neighbourhood with homes situated on quiet streets that back onto stunning ravines? Constructed between 1908 and 1930, most of the original Moore Park houses were of English Cottage, Georgian, and Tudor-style architecture and featured large lots. Recent additions to the north include townhouses as well as duplex and multiplex homes, offering a modern alternative slightly more affordable than some of the original estates. Many of the houses have shared driveways; however, there is more than enough parking available along the beautiful, tree-lined streets.


A breath of fresh air

Situated south of Mount Pleasant Cemetery, north of Park Drive Ravine, west of Moore Park Ravine, and east of the Vale of Avoca Ravine, Moore Park’s natural barriers make this neighbourhood’s accessibility to parkland abundant. To the northwest of the Moore Park neighbourhood, Thomas Moore’s failed railway efforts can be enjoyed through the Kay Gardner Beltline – 4.5km of trails running along the rail line from the Mount Pleasant Cemetery west to Allen Road. South of the cemetery grounds, Moorevale Park features five tennis courts, baseball diamonds, and a wading pool, with the beltline trail continuing to the east. Runners, walkers, and cyclist have trails available just steps away from their front doors. The Park Ravine foot path offers another 8km of twisting trails that pass through the Rosedale Ravine, Mount Pleasant Cemetery, and old Don Valley Brickworks. The park area of the Brick Works boasts forest, a field, and three ponds. Many species of birds, turtles, amphibians, and fish have found their home in these wetlands that offer a nature experience not to be missed.


Taxi!

Motorists have easy access to both the Bayview Extension and the Don Valley Parkway linking south to the Gardiner Expressway or north to the 401. Catch a taxi downtown or jump on the TTC – Toronto’s subway service will get you where you need to go at a fraction of the cost. The St. Clair subway station is only a short walk away, while Summerhill and Rosedale stations are great options for Moore Park residents living at the south end of the neighbourhood. Alternatively, bus service is available on St. Clair Avenue, Moore Avenue, and Mount Pleasant Road.


Coffee . . . Where art thou?

Head north on Mount Pleasant Road and you will discover a wide variety of favourite cafés. Starbucks, Timothy’s, and several Second Cup franchises are complemented by local originals. Thobors Boulangerie Patisserie Café comes highly recommended, where you will enjoy hot fresh croissants, breads, pastries, savouries, hand-made artisanal chocolates, as well as imported French jams and gourmet teas. For breakfast, lunch, or afternoon tea, Parisian born and trained owners Marc and Sylvie Thobor will be sure to send you away satisfied. If you prefer the taste of Italy, why not head south on Yonge Street to Caffe Doria. This much-loved Italian café is a favourite for locals and coffee lovers for its espresso, lattes, and authentic lunch and dinner fare including soups, salads, pizza, and panini. Finally, for a Summerhill option, Petite & Sweet is a unique, multi-purpose space – gift shop, flower store, and café all in one. From French Fauchon tea and authentic Italian espressos to delectable sweets and treats, this café’s signature style will have you coming back for more. Try a rich Americano paired with a mini cupcake or macaroon. Ah, bite-sized bliss!


Date Night!

Theatres abound in the Moore Park neighbourhood, and what better destination for a relaxing evening or date night. Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue offer several fantastic viewing venues (the Canada Square and Silver City movie theatres), while the gorgeous streetscape of Mount Pleasant Avenue boasts some great dining options as well as the heritage landmark Mount Pleasant and Regent Theatres. Why not stop into Café Pleiade first? This small Mount Pleasant restaurant (near Manor Road) features a cozy and romantic venue with first-rate Mediterranean dishes that make this hidden gem one of Toronto’s best kept secrets. Whether you opt for fresh tilapia, roast pork tenderloin, or poached chicken, the food is out of this world, fresh and flavourful, and by far a fantastic pre-theatre fare. If you prefer to traverse Yonge Street cuisine, Cava’s eclectic dinners feature authentic Iberian and Latin American flavours. This destination restaurant is charming, yet traditional, and offers over 40 wines by the glass. Cheers to a memorable night out all in walking distance for Moore Park residents!


Does that come in a size 7?

With more than three shopping districts to choose from, your shopping needs will be met along the Yonge Street stretch from Rosedale to Eglinton Avenue, with St. Clair and Davisville particularly convenient. A range of upscale options from high-end fashion to home décor and specialty food shops add to the lively cafés and restaurants along this Yonge Street stretch. Style 2 Boutique features one-of-a-kind finds for females, while Roots will dress you and your family from head to toe in authentic, true to the North, Canadian fashion. One street west along a picturesque stretch of Mount Pleasant Road (north of Davisville), you will encounter a collection of antique stores, boutiques, services, cafés, restaurants, bars, and bistros. Discover the beauty, elegance, and fine craftsmanship of heritage pieces perfect for your home at Bernardi’s Antiques where 18th, 19th, and 20th century English and French furniture, porcelain, pottery, and more await you. Finally, if you live in the south-east part of the neighbourhood, Summerville Avenue hosts a collection of excellent retail shops to meet your day-to-day needs. The Summerville Market is a local favourite, with plentiful produce, fresh fish, marinated meats, bountiful baked goods, and sumptuous sweets.


Where to take the kids. . .

If you are a resident of Moore Park, consider your children’s calendar filled as they will have no reason to complain about being bored. Located at 146 Crescent Road, the Mooredale House Recreation Centre was a joint venture between Moore Park, North Rosedale, and South Rosedale. Since the1940s this top-notch centre has provided social, recreational, and extra-curricular activities for local children at more than reasonable rates. There are programs for toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarten kids as well as fantastic after school and weekend programs. Year-round recreational programs include swimming, sailing, tennis, soccer, karate, snowboarding, softball, rugby, football, basketball, and hockey, as well as music, dance, art, and theatre programs; also, school holiday camps will provide your little camper with dynamic experiences that will create lifelong memories.

When it comes to your children’s education, Moore Park has some great options. For example, Whitney Junior Public School is known as one of Toronto’s top public schools. Most Toronto schools (whether Catholic or public) have definite enrollment boundaries, so it’s always a good idea to contact the school you have in mind to ensure your new home falls within its boundaries. For more information, visit the Toronto District and Toronto Catholic School Boards websites.


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