Scarborough Ontario Home Neighborhoods: West Hill Neighbourhood
West Hill is the community along Kingston Rd between a wide bend in Highland Creek and the railway tracks. The community's early settlers were Irish, who came in the 1840s to escape the potato famine, and settled in small shacks near Morningside & Lawrence. By 1906, a streetcar line connected West Hill to Toronto, attracting many new residents. Most of the community was developed during the post-World War II boom.
Motorists access the Highway 401 via Morningside, which connects motorists to the Don Valley Parkways into downtown Toronto. Some commuters prefer to take Kingston Road west to Lakeshore Boulevard East. TTC buses along Lawrence Avenue connects to the Scarborough Rapid Transit line, and busses along Kingston Rd connect to Kennedy station on the Bloor-Danforth subway line. Commuters can also use the Guildwood GO Train station which zips commuters to the downtown Union Station (in about 30 minutes), and the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line.
The community is served by 7 elementary schools, 1 catholic elementary schools, 3 high schools, Centennial College's Progress campus is just southeast of 401 & Markham Rd, and University of Toronto at Scarborough is at Ellesmere & Morningside.
Kingston Road has lots of small shopping plazas with shops, restaurants and services, as well as a string of car dealerships, with the epi-centre at Kingston & Lawrence & Morningside, including the 2-storey Morningside Mall.
The community is ringed around its northern boundary by the Highland Creek parklands, with a paved recreational pathway stretching from the lakefront into the heart of Scarborough and running through the large Morningside Park. The community has many parks, as well as a ravine that separates the residential and light industrial area to the south. There are two significant waterfront parks: East Point, with great recreational and picnic facilities, and Guildwood, which has and indoor and an outdoor pool, an running track and amphitheatre.
Most of West Hill houses were built in the 1940s to 60s, and include mostly bungalows and 1-1/2 storey homes on well-treed lots. There are also newer townhouses and some custom-designed houses. House prices are in the low to low-medium price range