Highland Creek is both north and east of West Hill; Lake Ontario is to the south; and West Highland Creek runs along the western border of the neighbourhood.
West Hill is a highly populated neighbourhood with one of the largest neighbourhoods in the Greater Toronto Area. It has a high rate of families with children (19%) and youth (15%), and a low population of working age people. The neighbourhood residents’ top languages are Tagalog (Filipino) and Tamil, and their top ethnic origins are English, Jamaican, East Indian, and Scottish. The median after-tax household income here is $46,803, considered low to the City of Toronto average of $52,149. West Hill has a crime rate of 282 crimes per 10,000 people per year, higher than similar neighbourhoods in the GTA.
The West Hill neighbourhood has a high number of single-detached houses (34%), row houses (13%), and duplexes (7%), and has a low number of high-rise apartments, semi-detached houses, and low-rise apartments. West Hill has very low home prices, averaging around $308,229, compared to the City of Toronto average of $600,000. The neighbourhood has a high level of green space and lot of trees for residents to use and enjoy.
There is no shopping malls close to this area; the nearest mall is Scarborough Town Centre, about 10 km away. Grocery stores in the neighbourhood are Food Basics and No Frills, while Walmart is located 4 km away. There are a number of parks to enjoy in the area, including Greenvale Park, Heron Park, Janellan Ravine Park, Asterfield – Plumrose Blvd. Parkette, St. Margaret’s Parkette, Manse Road Park, Megan Park, Peter Secor Park, West Hill Park, and Woodgrove Ravine Park. Also located near the neighbourhood are Rouge Valley Centenary Hospital, Morningside Library, and West Hill Collegiate Institute’s swimming pool, located on Morningside Ave.
HWY 401’s main exit to the neighbourhood is Morningside Avenue. Lawrence East Station is 7 km away for access to the subway, and GO Guildwood is located within the neighbourhood for the nearest GO station.
Landmarks in West Scarborough
The major neighbourhood landmarks are Guildwood GO Station, Ken Morrish Softball Complex, Highland Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, Melville Presbyterian Church, and Miller Lash House.
Schools and Childcare in West Scarborough
Neighbourhood elementary schools are St. Margaret’s Public School, West Hill Public School, William G. Miller Public School, Galloway Road Public School, and Eastview Public School. Secondary schools in the neighbourhood are Maplewood High School, Sir Robert L. Borden Business and Technical Institute, and West Hill Collegiate Institute. The nearby childcare centres are Eastside Child Care Centre, W.G. Miller School Age YMCA, Waabanong-Child Care, Absorbent Minds, Absorbent Minds 2, Eastside Club, East Scarborough – St. Martin De Porres, Morningside Children's Centre, Native Child and Family Life Centre, and Kids Love Day Care.