Clanton Park Toronto - Bathurst & Wilson
Clanton Park, also referred to as Dublin Heights or Wilson Heights, was Toronto’s best kept secret - a neighbourhood located in the Central Toronto with generous lots and quiet, leafy-green streets. But now the secret is out! In the last 10 years, home buyers snapped up post-war bungalows at bargain prices and Clanton Park has now achieved up-and-comer status. While detached homes in 2002 used to hover around $350,000, they now go for an average of over $800,000. Clanton Park is known for its greenspace throughout the neighbourhood offering residence trails for walking and biking. The tree lined streets offer a suburbs feel with great space between homes and in most cases large private drives. Close to shopping along Bathusrt Clanton Park offers all the amenities of the downtown area, though keeping the tranquility and family friendly atmosphere of a small town neighbourhood. Clanton Park is bordered on the north by Sheppard Avenue West, on the west by Wilson Heights Boulevard, on the east by Bathurst Street, and on the south by Highway 401.
Clanton Park Homes:
Clanton Park is a quiet, suburban neighborhood located within North York, a district in the north-central part Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It consists predominantly of Ranch-style Bungalows, Split-level, and detached single-family homes that were built back in the late 1950s and early 1960s. There also can be found new medium rise condominiums as well as some low income high rise housing.
The Balmoral subdivision located at on the west side of Faywood at Joel Swirsky Boulevard is a unique collection of newer and larger custom built homes, with smart looking stone and brick exteriors. The entrances to this exclusive subdivision is marked by a stone pillar gateway at both Wilson Heights and Faywood Boulevards.
Originally, the population was mostly Jewish, but more recently includes significant, Italian, Russian, Filipino, and Polish populations.
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Bus service goes through the interior of this neighborhood along Faywood Boulevard as well as along its four periphery roads: Wilson Heights, Wilson Avenue, Sheppard Avenue and Bathurst Street, connecting passengers to both the Spadina Subway line as well as the Yonge-University line.
In 1996, the TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) extended the existing Spadina Subway line at Wilson Station, with the opening of Downsview Station at Allen Road and Sheppard Avenue at the northwestern most point of Clanton Park.
There are seven excellent schools residing in Clanton Park and one just to the north of it. There are three TDSB (Toronto District School Board) public schools including an arts-based elementary school (Faywood) as well as an elementary and middle school (Dublin Heights - which was formed in 1980 when the former Wilson Heights Jr. High School merged with Dublin Elementary School) - both are feeder schools to William Lyon Mackenzie Collegiate Institute High School. There is also a Catholic elementary school (St. Roberts) as well as four private schools ranging from pre-school to middle school.
1. William Lyon Mackenzie C.I. High School - Grades 9-12 (TDSB, MACs and Gifted
2. Dublin Heights Elementary and Middle School - Grades JK-8 (TDSB)
3. Faywood Arts-Based Curriculum (ABC School) - Grades JK-8 (TDSB)
4. St. Robert Catholic (Elementary) School- (TCDSB)
5. The Toronto Heschel School- Grades JK-8
6. Montessori Jewish Day School - Pre-school - Grade 8
7. Yeshiva Bnei Akiva Or Chaim School - Grades 9-12
8. The Kinder Connection - Nursery - SK
Earl Bales Park is located directly across from Clanton Park community bordering on the east side of Bathurst Street (main entrance at Raoul Wallenberg Road, opposite Bainbridge Avenue) and the south side of Sheppard Avenue. It is located at the site of the old York Downs Golf Course in the West Don River valley where tees and greens can still be recognized as you wander through the park landscape. The property was originally owned and farmed by John Bales, great-grandfather of Robert Earl Bales a former Reeve (Mayor) of the Township of North York. The historic Bales homestead, built in 1824, remains intact at the north-west corner of the park.
Special features includes the 1,500-seat Barry Zukerman Amphitheatre and, during the winter season, cross-country skiing on groomed trails. Earl Bales Woods contains Sugar Maple, Black Maple and American Beech and mature Black Walnut trees. This park is also home to the North York Ski Centre (open seasonally) - one of the two Ski & Snowboard Centres run by the City of Toronto. Recent upgrades to the ski chalet and an addition of a quad chair lift have made for a more enjoyable skiing and snowboarding experience on the hills.
Other park facilities include a playground, a dogs off-leash park, picnic sites, fire pits, and snack bar.
The major shopping area is a strip mall called the Sheppard Plaza, located at the northwest corner of Bathurst and Sheppard. It features a newly renovated Metro Supermarket (formerly Dominion), Shopper's Drug Mart, Canada Post Office and Gift Shop, Rogers Store, Healthy Planet, Bank of Montreal, Scotiabank, TD Canada Trust, Dry Cleaners, Pet Valu, and Dollar Store.
Directly across the street to the west of Sheppard plaza is an extremely popular small produce and dairy store called Sunrise offering produce and freshly made food products and bagels daily.
The perimeter strip shopping plazas that line Wilson and Sheppard Avenues and Bathurst Street and the north end of Wilson Heights feature many restaurants including the well-renowned Paese, coffee shops including Starbucks, a large variety of food, bakery, and convenience stores featuring Jewish (Kosher), Japanese, and Filipino as well as a No Frills and a Beer Store. There are plenty of hair, beauty, and nail salons to choose from, fashion wear, as well as drug stores including York Downs Pharmacy. IDA Rexall Pharmacy, and a newly built Shopper's Drug Mart. There are also professional offices including a dentist, SPAs, a travel agency, two fitness Clubs, Veterinarians and pet groomers, and even a dance studio and a dancewear shop.
Another major shopping area is the Smart Centre located just to the southwest off Wilson at Billy Bishop Road. It features big box stores such as Costco, Best Buy, Home Depot, and Michaels Craft Store, as well as George Richards, an LCBO, and a Second Cup.
Sheppard Plaza: Bagel Plus, Dairy Queen, Pizza Pizza, Subway, Starbucks, Wakame Sushi Japanese Restaurant & Take-out, Wimpy's, and Yogurtys.
Along Sheppard: Coffee Time, Domino's Pizza, Le Montmartre French Restaurant, Mr. Eli Shish Kebab House, Omei Restaurant, Orly Restaurant, Rimini Cafe, Tim Hortons, and Wolfie's Delicatessen.
Along Bathurst: King Kosher Pizza, Steve's Family Restaurant, and Szechuan King.
Along Wilson: Bagel World, Pizza Pizza, Kokame Japanese Restaurant, Marcelina's Filipino Restaurant, Subway Sandwich, and Starbucks.
Along Wilson Heights: Country Style Bistro, Pizza Nova, Tim Hortons, and Times Square Diner.