In 1832, Scottish emigrant James Hogg settled in the West Don River valley near what is now the intersection of Yonge Street and York Mills Road. He built a whisky distillery, a grist mill and a hotel to serve the nearby village of York Mills. After his death, his sons John and William subdivided the property and named the district “Hogg’s Hollow.”
Hogg’s Hollow's slow development from the 1920’s to the 1960’s has left it with an eclectic mix of housing styles. A typical Hogg's Hollow house is set on a lot that measures 50' or more in width, with a length that can reach over 200'. It is a magical neighbourhood of detached single family homes set among winding streets and mature trees. Its “otherworldly” feel is increased by the frequent mists from the Don River. However, this beauty places Hogg's Hollow properties in the ranks of luxury real estate, and they are priced accordingly. 2015 sale prices for river valley houses ranged from $1 million to 6.5 million dollars, with an average price of $3.5 million. Local condominium prices spanned $350,000 to nearly $2.5 million, with most properties changing hands for about $900,000.
Hogg’s Hollow is bordered by Yonge Street to the west and York Mills Road to the north. The eastern and southern boundaries are formed by the Rosedale Golf Club. The York Mills subway station and GO bus station are a stroll away. For drivers, Yonge Street provides access north to the 401 or south to the City’s downtown.
The Miller Tavern, at 3885 Yonge Street is a neighbourhood institution. Built on the site of James Hogg’s original hotel, the building has survived incarnations as an inn, a general store and a gambling den. For those seeking outdoor pursuits, the Rosedale Golf Club (members only) and The Don Valley Golf Course (a public course) are within easy reach. The Valley Tennis Club, located in York Mills Park, has five courts available to its members and the public. Two nearby private clubs, the Toronto Cricket Club and the Granite Club, offer recreation and social facilities. The York Mills Valley Association serves as the information hub and voice of the community and holds its annual Valley Fair in Brookfield Park in June.
Two shopping malls are close to Hogg’s Hollow. York Mills Plaza, at Bayview Avenue and York Mills Road, has a supermarket, a pharmacy, and a bank. Further north, the Bayview Village Shops, located at Bayview Avenue and Sheppard Avenue East, offers over 150 specialty stores. There, shoppers can find most items and services sought by today’s consumer.
Hogg’s Hollow has come a long way since the once mighty Don River powered James Hogg’s grist mill. The metamorphosis from an industrial hub into one of the City’s most sought after residential areas is complete.
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