Scarborough Home Neighborhoods: Birch Cliff Neighbourhood
Birch Cliff overlooks the Scarborough Bluffs and Lake Ontario, at the extreme southwest corner of Scarborough. It is built on both sides of Kingston Road, with the area southwest of the Toronto Hunt Club (golf course) called Fallingbrook, and the area northeast of the Hunt Club called Birch Cliff Heights. The Hunt Club was founded in 1985, and hosted fox hunts until the 1930s, when it converted to a golf club. Over that period, Torontonians built cottages to be close to the club, and to the bluffs overlooking the Lake. The community is named for the forest of birch trees which use to line the bluffs, and was developed as a residential community after 1910 and fully built-up around the end of World War II. The neighbourhood's west end is characterized by the art deco R.C. Harris Filtration Plant at the base of Victoria Park.
Motorists are 15 minutes from downtown via Kingston Road, Lakeshore Boulevard & the Gardiner Expressway, or from the Don Valley Parkway. TTC riders can take the Danforth Road to the Bloor-Danforth subway line. The Danforth GO Train station (on Main Street) rushes commuters non-stop to Union Station in about 10 minutes.
These communities are served by 5 elementary schools, 1 Catholic elementary schools, 1 public high school, and 1 public libraries. Centennial College's Warden Woods Campus is at Warden & Danforth, the University of Toronto is easily accessible via the Bloor-Danforth subway, and Ryerson University is quickly accessible by GO Train.
Kingston Road has a retail corridor, staid between Hunt Club and Victoria Park, becoming more eclectic west of Victoria Park. The community is also close the Queen Street East shopping district, serving the Beaches neighbourhood west of Victoria Park.
Birchmount Park, nestled west of the Danforth-Kingston Junction has 2 indoor pools, 2 baseball diamonds, a tennis dome, and an ice arena (home to the Scarborough Wexford Raiders Jr. "A" hockey team), a running tack and soccer field. Across Kingston Rd, overlooking the bluffs, is the scenic Rosetta McCain Gardens. The filtration plant marks the eastern end of the "Beaches Boardwalk"
Birch Cliff has houses built over a range of years from 1910 to the 1950s and has a mix typical for the period of bungalows, 1-1/2 and 2 storey. The Fallingbrook neighbourhood has hilly terrain, and many houses overlook either Lake Ontario or the Toronto Hunt Club. House prices in Birch Cliff run the full range from low to luxury price ranges.