An amalgamation between three villages in 1890 has evolved North Toronto from its own town, to a northern part of the City of Toronto in 1912, to a central subdivision in the Greater Toronto Area in 1998, and as such maintains that city within a city feeling.
The houses in the area were mostly built between 1910 -1940, though a number of low and high rise apartment buildings are located near Yonge/Eglinton. With spacious houses, a large selection of public, private and separate schools, easy access to the TTC and the quantity of parks and recreational facilities in the area, this neighbourhood is popular with families.
The diversity of the shops along Yonge Street between Eglinton and Lawrence Avenue is second to none. The Yonge and Eglinton Centre has a huge selection of major retailers, and the bars, restaurants, nightclubs, and movie theatres in the immediate area keep it vibrant at all times.
The North Toronto Community Centre offers such facilities as a gymnasium, squash courts, a walking track, and a water slide. Beside the NTCC is Eglinton Park, boasting multiple sports fields, a baseball diamond, wading pool, playground and tennis courts that are converted to an artificial ice rink in the winter. Travelling into or out of the city is convenient with about a 10 minute drive to downtown or Highway 401 and the Allen Expressway, and the Eglinton subway station on the Yonge/University line is accessible by several TTC surface routes operating in the area.