Every city has it’s celebrated denizens and among its most illustrious, Toronto’s Sir Henry Pellatt stands tall. He gained fame as the man who harnessed the power of Niagara Falls and brought electricity to the city. But he later contributed one of the city’s most significant landmarks – Casa Loma.
Casa Loma is one of Toronto’s most grandiose attractions. Once intended as a private residence, it is now a public attraction and event space that towers over the local landscape. But the effect of Casa Loma on the development of surrounding neighbourhood is undeniable, as living near it automatically includes the castle itself as part of the experience.
The Castle is situated at Spadina Road, on Davenport Hill, an escarpment that runs above Davenport Road on what was the shoreline of Lake Iroquois, (which has since become Lake Ontario, further down the hill.) Casa Loma affords views down the escarpment and Spadina Avenue into the heart of Toronto. The area is served by St. Clair West Station and Dupont Station on the Yonge–University–Spadina line of the Toronto subway.
The neighbourhood above the castle, up to St. Clair Road, enjoys the glow of proximity and the appeal of some pretty nice architecture.The houses here tend to be larger and individualistic, as original owners planned and built in relation to grandness in relation to the Castle. As a result, many of them now feature the possibility for basement apartments or larger family groups.
The parks in the neighbourhood also invite a plethora of outdoor activities. A major green space running through the area is always busy with runners, dog walkers, baby strollers, ultimate frizbee-ers and others.
People looking in the Casa Loma area can expect to be a little surprised and a little charmed by mix of housing and amenities, but the overall feel of the place is quite appealing.