Hogg's Hollow is an enchanted place set in the rustic beauty of the Don River valley. The neighbourhood is famous for its expansive properties, century old trees and lush landscape. All of these trademarks form the perfect backdrop for the executive-style houses found in this neighbourhood. Here you will find winding crescents and private cul-de-sacs lined with a colour guard of majestic Maple, Birch, Pine, Spruce and Willow Trees. There is even a stone bridge in the middle of this neighbourhood under which the Don River gently flows on its winding course towards Lake Ontario.
History of Hoggs Hollow / York Mills
"York" makes reference to the former Town of York - the forerunner to modern day Toronto and "Mills" refers to the grist and saw mills that churned in this valley from 1804 until 1926. During this period of industry York Mills was a busy place. It included a distillery, a tannery, a blacksmith shop, three churches, a school, a post office, a toll gate and the Jolly Miller Tavern which is still standing today at 3885 Yonge Street. Another York Mills landmark is St.John's Anglican Church which began in 1816. The original log church was replaced by the present day white brick church in 1844. The church bells of St.John's still ring out over the valley every day at noon cheerfully piercing the monotone roar of the traffic below on Yonge Street.
York Mills' transition from a rural hamlet to a residential neighbourhood began in the 1930's on the ridge of the hill near St. John's Church, and in the Hedgewood Road area south of York Mills Road. St. Andrew's College, a venerable boys private school owned the land east of Old Yonge Street over to Bayview Avenue during the early 1920's before moving north to Aurora in 1924. The former St. Andrew's College grounds were then purchased by St. Andrew's Estates which operated a championship golf course at this site until the 1950's when the club was sold to developers. St. Andrew's Park, Tournament Park and local street names including Foursome and Lower Links, are reminders that this part of York Mills was once a golf course.
Hoggs Hollow's idyllic charm comes with a huge price tag as this is one of Toronto's most expensive neighbourhoods. Hogg's Hollow houses are set in a lush landscape with a hill and dale topography that is left unfettered and in its original state without the intrusion of sidewalks.
Hoggs Hollow houses were built over a long period of time between the 1920's and 1960's, which accounts for the curious mixture of English Cottage, Tudor, Colonial, Georgian and Modernist architecture found here. Freshly painted window shutters adorn many of these houses and picket fences are also popular.
Hoggs Hollow also has its share of luxury condominium townhouses and apartment buildings that have been built on the well treed hills around the Yonge Street and York Mills Road intersection, overlooking the valley.
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The oldest and most prestigious municipal course, Don Valley has a classic Howard Watson design, a traditional variety of holes, and a reputation for its exciting, natural setting. It's a challenge to even the most skilled of golfers. Don Valley is located at 4200 Yonge St., just south of Highway 401.
Hoggs Hollow is home to Valley Tennis Club (1000 + members strong) with 5 lit hard courts, 2 practice walls, a bright clubhouse and deck and several programs, teams, house league, ladders, clinics, tournaments and socials. Families can also enjoy modern playgrounds with recreational equipment and green spaces in abundance.
The Northern District branch of the Toronto Public Library, is located on Orchard View Boulevard. This branch offers programs for seniors, adults, and children.
Hoggs Hollow residents can walk to the York Mills subway station entrances at either Old York Mills Road or inside the York Mills Centre. The York Mills station is also a Go Transit station that includes an express bus service to the Pearson International Airport.
Yonge Street provides motorists with a direct route downtown in only twenty minutes. For commuters the Yonge Street on-ramp to Highway 401 is just a few minutes north of Hoggs Hollow.
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