~ a growing and changing community
Rockcliffe–Smythe was born of a working class neighbourhood in the York district of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. However,the times are changing (2016) and now welcomes young families and first time home buyers.The real estate market is hot right now!
The area rubs shoulders with Baby Point (Jane/Annette) and The Junction (Runnymede/Dundas)
It was part of the former City of York before the amalgamation of Toronto in 1998.
The boundaries as defined by the city are Eglinton Avenue West to the north, from the Humber River to Jane Street. It then proceeds south along Jane to Lambton, and follows Lambton past Weston Road to the north-south railway lines to the east.
The boundary follows the railway south to The eastern boundary then veers south and west along neighbourhood streets until it reaches St. Clair Avenue West, then south along Runnymede Road to the east-west railway line. The boundary then follows the railway line to the Humber River, and follows the Humber River north to Eglinton.
It is in Ward 11 (York-South Weston) of the City of Toronto.
The area had been farmed since the 1800s. One of the first large-scale developments in the area was the opening of the Smythe gravel pit in the 1920s, by Conn Smythe.
Conn Smythe, the former Leafs owner and for whom the Conn Smythe Trophy is named.He is best known as the principal owner of the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1927 to 1961 and as the builder of Maple Leaf Gardens.
After World War II, after the gravel pit was used up, the pit and surrounding area was sub-divided and developed. Smythe made homes available to returning servicemen and families, losing money on each. The neighbourhood has retained the Smythe name ever since. Smythe Park exists today on the site of the pit and is the site of the Smythe Park Recreation and Community Centre where you will find dog lovers/walkers,marshland and wild green space home to many varieties of birds as well as baseball diamonds,a playground,outdoor swimming pool and a splash pad. Cars can enter off of Scarlett Rd, By foot you can enter into the park at Jane St at Haney Ave.
The area is predominately residential in nature, and mostly single-family detached homes. There are apartment buildings in developments along Jane Street, Scarlett Road and Humber Boulevard. There is industry along the rail lines to the east and south and in pockets.
There is some retail along St. Clair Avenue and Weston Road. Recently,the Stockyards Mall has made itself home at the northeast corner of Keele and St.Clair to many diverse shops.Whatever you are looking for you will find it there.It is an area of big box stores with Canadian Tire,Home Depot,Walmart and Rona and Lowes nearby as well as Loblaw’s,Freshco and Metro. If you need a car or your car fixed there are plenty of dealerships and autobody shops along the St.Clair west street.
This neighbourhood has large amounts of green space including the centrally located Smythe Park. The entire western boundary is green space including Lambton Park, and Lambton and Scarlett Woods golf courses. Black Creek meets the Humber in the neighbourhood.
The Black Creek enters the neighbourhood from the north-east, travelling through a concrete culvert in the center of Humber Boulevard and through concrete through parks and to the Humber.
You will notice this following map is not up to date. Our neighbourhood now includes Keele/Old Weston Road to St.Clair W.