History

The Cricket Club area was originally settled by a Scotsman named Andrew McGlashan who settled here with his family in the early 1800’s. The McGlashan’s operated a tannery on the south-west corner of Yonge Street and York Mills Road up until the 1860’s.

In 1876 the McGlashan property was purchased by Andrew Bathgate. Bathgate’s heirs sold the family homestead in 1907 to William George Gooderham the owner of the Gooderham and Worts distillery.

Gooderham fortuitously discovered a spring of fresh water on the Yonge Street hillside of his property where the York Mills Gardens apartments are now located. He then set up Mineral Springs Ltd., which bottled and sold this water around the world up until the 1920’s.

Gooderham played a key role in the residential subdivision of this neighbourhood during the early 1900’s. He also helped form the Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club which opened in 1925 and has been a neighbourhood landmark ever since.

Borders & Transportation

The Cricket Club is bordered by Wilson Avenue to the north, Yonge Street to the east, Brooke Avenue to the south and Avenue Road to the west.

Cricket Club residents are well served by public transit. Bus services on Avenue Road and Yonge Street connect to the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line. The Lawrence and the York Mills subway stations are within reasonable walking distance of the homes in this neighbourhood.

Motorists can get downtown to Toronto’s business and entertainment districts via Yonge Street or Avenue Road in approximately 25 minutes. For commuters the Yonge Street and the Avenue Road on-ramps to Highway 401 are conveniently located just beyond the north boundary of this neighbourhood.


Homes

The Cricket Club neighbourhood is an established family oriented community. The local residents display a pride of ownership that can be seen on the manicured lawns and pretty gardens found throughout this neighbourhood. There is a relaxed country charm ambience here thanks to an abundance of mature trees and the fact that many of the streets do not have sidewalks.

The Cricket Club neighbourhood contains a mix of detached homes, including bungalows, original two story homes that are updated or renovated, and larger custom built homes with a mixture of traditional, transitional, and contemporary styles. All of the houses in this neighbourhood have private drives and the lot frontage are generous, varying in size from thirty to fifty feet.

Schools

The private schools nearby are Loretto Abbey (Catholic Girls School) on Mason Blvd, Havergal College (girls) on Avenue Rd, Crescent School (boys) on Bayview Ave, and Sterling Hall (boys) on Cartwright Avenue.


The public schools in this area include Armour Heights Public School on Wilson and Avenue Road, Bedford Park Public School on Ranleigh Avenue, and Lawrence Park Collegiate on Chatsworth Rd.


Nearby University is York University's Glendon College on Bayview and Lawrence.


Recreation

Cricket Club homes are in great demand because of all the amenities that this location has to offer including upscale shopping districts, great schools and close proximity to Highway 401.