Forest Hill was incorporated as a village in 1923 and was one of the last two villages to be annexed by the City of Toronto in 1967. Previously known as Spadina Heights, Forest Hill South is among the city's most prestigious neighbourhoods. Old building codes and by-laws dating back to the 1920's and 30's, require that all Forest Hill homes be designed by an architect and that a tree be planted at the front of each property, leaving a legacy of beauty that preserves its reputation as one of Toronto's wealthiest and exclusive communities.
The 'forest' in the name has long since disappeared but there are gentle hills along with curving roads, large brick and stone homes on large lots, and quaint parks. The Upper Village is occupied by mostly Georgian and Tudor styles, but there is also architectural styles ranging in English Country Manors and French Colonial. Gated entrances and sculpture gardens are not unknown in the wide variety of homes in the neighbourhood.
Boasting two of the country's most prominent private schools: Upper Canada College and Bishop Strachan School for boys and girls respectively, Forest Hill South also has a Montessori school for the younger end of the student spectrum and Forest Hill Collegiate, a public high school. The neighbourhood has a unique piece or Toronto's green-space in The Kay Gardner Beltline Trail; once the track of Toronto's first commuter train, in its place now is a 14.5 km nature and fitness trail fit for walking, jogging and other outdoor recreation. It's one more example of the green and pleasant legacy that is preserved in the name and geography of Forest Hill alike.
For amenities, Yonge and Eglinton has two movie theatres connected by an underground mall that offer many things in a short jaunt. Yorkdale Shopping Centre has all the major retail chains (and a movie theatre); conveniently located just to the north of the neighbourhood, it also has its own dedicated TTC station on the subway line. It's clear that the formerly seen as 'old guard' neighbourhood of Forest Hill is still in step with the times, not to mention just a few steps away from all you need. For big box shopping, local residents go to Fortinos at the Allen Road and Lawrence Avenue, the Metro at Bathurst and Lawrence, or the Loblaws at St. Clair and Bathurst. Clothing and home décor shops as well as pricey specialty boutiques can also be found along Eglinton Avenue West.
Currently, the City of Toronto's Social Development & Administration division splits Forest Hill into two neighbourhoods: Forest Hill North and Forest Hill South. This can be confusing, as the entire area known as Forest Hill Village is also subdivided into two more categories: The Upper Village, officially part of Forest Hill North and running roughly from Briar Hill Avenue to Heath Street, and the Lower Village, officially the major part of Forest Hill South along Spadina Road between Bathurst Street or the Cedarvale Ravine (whichever is further east) and Avenue Road.
Forest Hill North extends from Briar Hill Avenue in the north to Eglinton Avenue West in the south, and from Latimer Avenue in the east to Allen Road and Marlee Avenue in the north-west and south-west, respectively. As the name would imply, Forest Hill South is directly south of Forest Hill North. It extends from Eglinton Ave West in the north to Tichester Road in the south, and from Bathurst Street in the west to Elmsthorpe Road in the northeast and Avenue Road and the Oriole Parkway in the east.
Forest Hill Village is a part of Forest Hill occupying most of the original area of the village. The Village extends roughly from Briar Hill Avenue in the north (the Upper Village, officially part of Forest Hill North) to Heath Street in the south (the Lower Village, officially the major part of Forest Hill South along Spadina Road between Bathurst Street/Cedarvale Ravine (whichever is further east) and Avenue Road. The designations Upper and Lower are based on height of land and not on positions on a map or along a watercourse.
Forest Hill South, like Rosedale, is considered one of the finest and most prominent neighbourhoods in Toronto. While the Forest has long been replaced by luxury residences, the neighbourhood, with its undulating topography, remains one of the prettiest and most appealing places to live in Toronto.