Humber Valley Village
A family oriented, upper middle-income neighbourhood is Humber Valley. This area is well known in Toronto for its scenic winding streets, rolling hills, and abundance of mature trees. All of this beauty is owing to its location near the Humber River Valley, forming the eastern boundary of the Humber Valley neighbourhood.
In the Humber Valley Village two dominant geographical landmarks are James Gardens, and the St. George’s Golf and Country Club. James Gardens, located along the banks of the Humber River Valley, are a picturesque strolling garden. The St. George’s Golf and Country Club is an 18 hole course that can be found running parallel to Islington Avenue.
The neighbourhood of Humber Valley is located with Eglinton Avenue West to the north, Bloor Street West to the south, the Humber River to the east, and Islington Avenue to the west.
In the 1930’s Home Smith and Company built the first homes in the Humber Valley Village neighbourhood, which was developed as part of the “Humber Valley Surveys”. This development was built on 3,000 acres of prime real estate running from Queensway North to Eglinton Avenue, stretching along the Humber River. Later, the Humber Valley Surveys land assembly built the Princess Anne Manor/Gardens, Baby Point, the Kingsway, and Old Mill neighbourhoods. The infamous St. George’s Golf Club was also developed by Home Smith and Company.
Robert Home Smith, a graduate of law from the University of Toronto, was the president of Home Smith and Company. Smith was an extremely skilled individual who was the president of many North American railway companies, aided in the pioneering and development of Northern Ontario Mines, and served as Chairman of the Toronto Harbour Commission.
The first homes in Humber Valley Village were built along the Humber Valley near James Gardens. Robert Home Smith died long before the Humber Valley Village neighbourhood was completed, in 1935. He never saw the neighbourhood he designed come to fruition when it was completed in the 1960's.