This is one of Toronto's most exclusive and wealthy neighbourhoods, with only two hundred homes. It has a country feel with winding tree-lined roads and cast-iron street lamps, and all homes have a warming south exposure (all the streets run east-west). This community is named for the 1854 summer home (at 36 Rathburn Road.) of Sir William Pearce Howland, an early Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. The community was developed after World War II, and was one of the first to implement neighbourhood zoning and building restrictions, and an emphasis on the preservation of the original trees.
Downtown Toronto is a half hour away via Bloor Street, and Highway 401 is 10 minutes away via Islington Avenue. TTC bus service along Islington Avenue connects passengers to the Islington station (Bloor-Danforth subway). From the Kipling station, you can connect to GO Transit, the Pearson Airport express bus service, and to the Mississauga Transit system.
The community is served by three public schools, a Catholic elementary school and one high school.
Residents shop at Thorncrest Plaza (Islington Avenue & Rathburn Road) or drive 5 minutes to the upscale Humbertown Shopping Centre (on The Thorncrest north of Dundas). They area also close to the quaint Thorncrest Village and Bloor West Village shopping districts, both along Bloor Street West
The Thorncrest Homeowners Association owns & operates its own clubhouse and recreational facilities, which includes a pool and tennis courts. The St George's and the Islington golf courses are jut to the north and south, respectively.
Thorncrest has large homes on expansive lots. Older homes are 1940s/1950s ranch-style bungalows and modernist-style homes, but these are gradually being replaced by larger brick & stone executive-style houses. All houses are subject to three site-specific zoning by-laws that are the legacy of a former building covenant on every Thorncrest property deed. Homes are at the medium to high price ranges.