Thorncrest Village is named after the former summer home of Sir William Pearce Howland, one of Ontario’s first Lieutenant Governors. Thorncrest house, built in 1854 is still standing today, set back from the street at 36 Rathburn Road.
Developer Marshall Foss built the Thorncrest Village neighbourhood modelled after the renowned Kansas City Country Club subdivision in the United States. Thorncrest Village is credited with being Toronto’s first modern suburb. It has a strong homeowners association, neighbourhood zoning and building restrictions, winding street patterns, culs-de-sac and the preservation of trees.
As one of Toronto’s most exclusive west end neighbourhoods, Thorncrest Village offers residents upscale family sized houses on winding tree-lined streets. This neighbourhood is home to just over two hundred homes which adds to the areas small town country charm.
Original houses include ranch style bungalows and century modern homes built in the later 1940’s to 1950’s. Newly built houses in the area tend to be large brick and stone multi-storey mansions.
Residents have convenient access to the Thorncrest Plaza and a short drive to the Humbertown Shopping Centre. Neighbourhood schools include three public elementary schools, 1 public high school and a Catholic school as well.