Armour Heights, Lansing - Westgate is a neighbourhood in Toronto, Ontario, in the district of North York. It is bounded by Hwy 401 to the south, Bathurst Street to the west, and the west Yonge Street to the east and York Downs north of Sheppard to the north.
Part of the area is named after John Armour, a farmer who was granted a concession to the area sometime before 1837. He sold the eastern part of his land to the Hogg brothers in the middle of the nineteenth century, and it later became Hogg's Hollow. The rest of his property remained in the Armour family until just before the First World War when it was purchased by developer and speculator Colonel F.B. Robins. Robbins built a large estate for himself named Strathrobyn, but his development plans were put on hold by the war. He decided to loan out the lands to the military and an air training facility was established. It mostly trained American pilots and among other figures saw Amelia Earhardt work there.
After the war the airfield became the base for Bishop-Barker Aeroplanes Limited, operated by war heroes Billy Bishop and William George Barker. It was at this site that Bishop had one of the most dangerous crashes of his career. The company folded in 1921 and the airfield was abandoned. Some development occurred during the 1920s, but the area was still too far from the centre of the city to attract many buyers.
The air force returned to the area in 1942 when it leased Strathrobyn as an officer's mess and training school. It remains in service today as the Canadian Forces College, one of the main officer training facilities of the Canadian Forces.
The post-war years saw the steady development of the neighbourhood, and all the farmland was transformed into middle class suburban housing by the beginning of the 1970s. It has become an important Jewish area of Toronto. It is just to the east of Bathurst Manor the most Jewish neighbourhood in Toronto. Bathurst Street is lined with a number of Jewish stores and restaurants and synagogues such as Adath Israel. According to the 2001 census 12% of the population is Jewish An important landmark is Toronto's Holocaust Memorial, which is located just north of the community in Earl Bales Park.
Armour Heights Real Estate
Armour Heights has become one of Toronto's most desirable neighbourhoods over the past 10 years. Tops schools, excellent shopping and proximity to transportation has increased the value of real estate over this time. The majority of the homes here are 3 and 4 bedroom detached. Known for its larger lot size and newly renovated features. We have seen the prices continue to grow in Armour Heights. In the north east quadrant the prices of a 3 or 4 bedroom home are over a million. Though, there are still great deals in the south west area where you are able to buy a property for over $700,000.
Lansing- Westgate is a similar neighbourhood to Armour Heights though you are able to still find bungalows and infill properties in this area. Over the past 20 years we have seen major changes in this area where buyers have bought and torn down smaller homes and built more luxury houses. The main reason for this is the size of lots and proximity to Yonge Street.