The Yonge St. Clair neighbourhood, also known as Deer Park gets its name from the First Nations word 'Mushquoteh', which means 'an opening in the wood where deer come to feed.' In 1837, the Heath family came to purchase forty acres of land in this area and aptly named it. By 1850, the area had grown to have its own handful of country villas, a general store, a school, a race track, a cemetary and a hotel that sat at the intersection of Yonge and St. Clair that purportedly still had some namesake deer that roamed the grounds freely. Deer Park was annexed by the City of Toronto in 1908 and had become a middle-class residential district by the 1930's as it remains today.
Unique in Toronto in that the homes of Yonge - St. Clair are not ringed around the outside, the streets link up with Yonge St. or St. Clair Ave., straight in to the middle of one of the city's busiest retail districts. Most of the original homes were built in the period between 1875 and 1920 and the area contains a mix of detached and semi-detached homes that comprise a wide section of architectural styles. There is also a significant number of newer townhouses that fit well with the original homes built for the area. Yonge - St. Clair boasts one of the largest selections of luxury condo apartment buildings in Toronto and most of them have spectacular views of the park, cityscape or the ravine off their balconies.
Yonge - St. Clair has several private schools, chief among them is Upper Canada College-- an illustrious name for over a century. Brown Public School offers a French Immersion program and both of these schools have summer camp programs with a variety of sports and activities. There are many parks and recreational green spaces in Yonge - St. Clair; Oriole Park has a wading pool, tennis courts and a playground, all of this within access of the Belt Line, a convenient bike path that was once a railway line. The Rosehill Reservoir is a stunning oasis in the neighbourhood with such unique features as a reflecting pool with cobblestones and a flower garden. The larger David Balfour Park that contains it has a path for cycling and jogging trail, a hiking trail and a creek among other natural attractions.
The area of Yonge - St. Clair attracts many shoppers from other parts of the city for its high-profile boutiques and wide selection of retailers in shopping complexes like The Towne Mall and Delisle Court. The area has seen a surge in fine dining establishments that are well worth a look. In Yonge - St. Clair, the amenities are within a few blocks and the city core is only ten minutes away by car or subway.