A popular neighbourhood for young professionals, Yonge & Eglinton is sometimes jokingly referred to as “Young and Eligible”. Another nickname is “Yonge & Eg”. The district is actually sort of a “Downtown North”, featuring a good variety of night life, shopping and dining, and has built itself up at a major north/south, east/west crossroad.
The area is a mix of well-established neighbourhoods with tree-lined streets, set against a new urban cityscape of condo development. Literally hundreds of restaurants and stores up and down Yonge Street keep the area bustling with activity. You’ll also find the Yonge-Eglinton Centre with over 60 stores, Silver City theatres, and a 24-hr Metro and North Toronto Arena, which is great for football, soccer, baseball, frisbee, dog walking and other activities. Also interesting to note is a unique relationship where the Toronto District School Board partnered with Tridel Developers to rebuild the school in exchange for land for two condo towers. The resulting state-of-the-art school features a beautiful artificial turf sports field.
Numerous public high schools dot the neighbourhood, including North Toronto Collegiate Institute, Northern Secondary, Forest Hill Collegiate Institute, several private schools, and the TCDSB (Catholic board) Marshall McLuhan Catholic Secondary School and St. Monica’s Catholic Elementary School. Public parks in the area include Eglinton Park, Oriole Park and the Belt Line Railway.
Yonge and Eglinton features numerous condominiums along the two major streets, from buy-in to luxury, plus affordable family housing along the backing roads. In recent years, its north-central location has spawned development, concentrated around the Eglinton subway station, and has resulted in a mixed-use neighbourhood with a mix of detached houses, townhouses, and high rises. The Eglinton–Scarborough Crosstown line is expected to further boost development.