Cliffcrest is a family oriented community that looks and feels more like cottage country than a big city neighbourhood. The lushness and natural beauty of this area emanates from the spectacular Scarborough Bluffs, whose towering sandy cliffs peer out over the Lake Ontario shoreline.
The Cliffcrest neighbourhood was named in the 1960's by city planners who were making obvious reference to the Scarborough Bluffs land formation that skirts the southern boundary of this neighbourhood. The Scarborough Bluffs are a natural wonder that was formed following the last ice age, some twelve thousand years ago. Archaeological evidence gathered in this area during the early 1900's shows that the First Nations people established settlements along the Scarborough Bluffs dating back 10,000 years, making this one of the oldest inhabited sites in Toronto.
The Toronto and York Radial Railway established the sixty acre Scarborough Heights Park on the crest of the Bluffs in 1912. This park was created for business purposes by the railway in order to attract more passengers to their line. Scarborough Heights Park closed in 1929 and the streetcar line was discontinued in 1936. Following the dismantling of the streetcar Kingston Road was widened to cater to the automobile age which ultimately led to the residential development of Cliffcrest in the 1940's and 50's.
There are two fantastic school systems in the neighbourhood, Catholic and Public. Schools in the area include:
(P) Anson Park Public School :
30 MacDuff Cres., 416-396-6030 : Jr. Kindergarten to Grade 8
Principal - Teri Molnar
Website - www.tdsb.on.ca/scripts/schoolasp.asp?schno=4318
(P) Bliss Carman Sr. Public School :
10 Bellamy Rd., South., 416-396-6075 : Grade 7-8
Principal - Neil Runnalls
Website - http://schools.tdsb.on.ca/blisscarman/
(P) Fairmount Public School :
31 Sloley Rd., 416-396-6240 : Jr. Kindergarten to Grade 8
Principal - Amanda Sinclair
Website - http://schools.tdsb.on.ca/fairmount/
(P) H.A. Halbert Jr. Public School :
31 McCowan Rd., 416-396-6300: Kindergarten to Grade 6
Principal - Jennifer Hunt
Website - http://schools.tdsb.on.ca/hahalbert/welcome.asp
(PH) R.H. King Academy :
3800 St. Clair Ave., E., 416-396-5550 : Highschool Grade 9-12
Principal - Tommy Jutcovich
Website - http://schools.tdsb.on.ca/rhking/
(CA) St. Agatha Catholic School:
49 Cathedral Bluffs Dr., 416-393-5302 : Jr. Kindergarten to Grade 8
Principal - Bela Matyas
Website - www.tcdsb.org/schools/stagatha.asp
(CA) St. Theresa Shrine Catholic School:
2665 Kingston Rd., 416-393-5248 : Jr Kindergarten to Grade 8
Principal - Sheila Flood
Website - www.tcdsb.org/schools/sttheresashrine.asp
(CA) Cardinal Newman Catholic Highschool:
2675 Kingston Rd., (416) 393-5519: Highschool Grade 9-12
Principal - Joan Tschernow
Website - www.tcdsb.org/schools/cardinalnewman.asp
(P) Public School (PH) Public High School (CA) Catholic School
(PR) Private School (PC) Private Catholic School (PJ) Private Jewish School
(C) College (U) University
Please note that the schools listed above have very definite enrolment boundaries. Prior to buying or renting, you should phone the school you are interested in enrolling your child, in order to confirm that they will accept children from the address you are considering moving to.
WHAT'S HAPPENING IN CLIFFCREST?
The renovation market is BOOMING in the Cliffcrest area! The majority of the homes in the area were built between 1952 & 1957. Many proud original home owners are starting to leave the neighbourhood. This means many new families are moving into the neighbourhood and are spending thousands of dollars to renovate their homes. Builders have also noticed how great this neighbourhood is and have started to renovate homes or rebuild new.
PRICES: Original bungalow or 1 ½ story homes start at $375,000 where renovated 2 story homes on a good street go for between $750,000 - $1,000,000+. Special homes on special streets in the neighbourhood start at around $1.5 million. Lot sizes on average are 40’ x 120’ but can go up to 1+ acres.
RESTURANTS AND PUBS:
Cliffcrest is starting to see some of that good food come this way. Vei Pei is an excellent restaurant with huge portions and great prices. Ikki Sushi Japanese Cuisine is an excellent local restaurant. You can find fantastic take out Pizza at Pizza L’Amore. A short drive away you will also find 3 very nice PUBS including The Working Dog Saloon, The Tara Pub, and The Stone Cottage. Duckworth’s Fish and Chips has been in the neighbourhood for years and is rated one of the best Fish and Chips in the city. If you want to drive just a bit further The Beach is only 10 minutes by car and has some of the best restaurants to dine in the city.
There are tons of places to pick up everyday items near by. Top of the neighbourhood you have Cliffcrest Plaza. All of these stores are less than 5 minute drive. Stores include:
1) Shoppers Drug Mart
2) Banks: CIBC / Scotia / TD-Canada / RBC
3) Cliffside Hearth Bread Company
4) Grocery – Metro / No Frills
5) Hardware stores: Canadian Tire / Home Depot
6) Public Library
7) Seraphia – great homemade food
8) BelAir Travel Agency
9) The BUTCHER Shop – best meat in the city!
10) GOLF – Scarborough Golf Club and The Hunt Club are both private clubs but have some excellent options for new members. Scarborough Golf Club has even hosted a Canadian Open and is a A.W.Tillinghast the designer of the notable U.S. Open courses Winged Foot and Baltusrol design.
TRANSORTATION by TRANSIT:
Access to everything is fast and convenient. The GO TRAIN is minutes away by car and will whisk you to downtown Toronto within 20 minutes. TTC is very accessible with the bus at the top of the street; and Kennedy or Warden Station just 1 bus away.
TRANSPORTATION by CAR:
Downtown Toronto in rush hour takes about 30 minutes. The 401 East or West is only about 10 minutes away. It also takes about 10 minutes to get to the heart of The Beach.