Bloor West Village
Bloor West Village is a popular neighbourhood for families. It has many excellent schools and is within walking distance of High Park Toronto’s biggest and best-known park. This west end neighbourhood is highlighted by the Bloor West Village retail district, which attracts shoppers from all over the city. In the 1850s, the area now known as Bloor West Village was the property of Lieutenant Colonel William Smith Durie, the first commanding officer of the Queens Own Rifles. The street that ran through his estate is now known as Durie Street. The present day neighbourhood began to be developed in 1909 when…
In the 1850s, the area now known as Bloor West Village was the property of Lieutenant Colonel William Smith Durie, the first commanding officer of the Queens Own Rifles. The street that ran through his estate is now known as Durie Street. The present day neighbourhood began to be developed in 1909 when this district became part of the City of Toronto.
Soon after amalgamation with Toronto, Bloor West’s roads were paved and city services were made available. Bloor West’s first residents were immigrants of Eastern European background. These are the residents who helped found the Bloor West Village Business Improvement Area, the first of its kind in Canada. This shopping district has helped make Bloor West Village one of Toronto’s most popular neighbourhoods.
Bloor West Village homes are all fairly similar in size and style, having been built in a relatively short period of time between 1912 and 1923. Bloor West Village houses feature deep front porches that are well shaded by the majestic oak and maple trees that line the streets of this neighbourhood. The majority of houses feature decorative oak accents, hardwood floors and fireplaces.
The Bloor West Village shopping district is as much about eating as it is about shopping. It’s a virtual smorgasbord of bakeries, delicatessens, specialty food shops, cafes and restaurants. Convenience stores, fruit and vegetable markets, dry cleaners, video stores, and other shops catering to everyday household needs, can also be found on Jane and Annette Streets.
High Park, a 399-acre park, is within walking distance of Bloor West Village. This Toronto landmark contains picnic areas, flower gardens, animal paddocks, a restaurant, an outdoor amphitheatre, sports facilities, a trackless train, an adventure playground and a large pond. Annette Recreation Centre is attached to the Annette Street public school. This Centre has an indoor pool, a small gymnasium and a baseball diamond. A bit east of the Annette Centre is the Annette Street Public Library, which offers programs for adults, children, and preschoolers.
Runnymede Jr. & Sr. Public School, 357 Runnymede Road, (416) 393-9055
Annette Jr. & Sr., 265 Annette Street, (416) 393-9040
Humberside Collegiate Institute, 280 Quebec Ave.,
Western Technical Commercial School, 125 Evelyn
Cres. (416) 393-0500
St. Cecilia, 355 Annette St., (416) 393-5218
St. Pius X, 71 Jane St., (416) 393-5237
The Jane and Runnymede subway stations are part of the Bloor Danforth subway line. They are both within walking distance of the homes in Bloor West Village. The Annette Street bus connects passengers to the Dupont subway station on the Yonge-University Spadina subway line. There are additional bus routes on Jane Street and Runnymede Road. Motorists are approximately 10 minutes from the Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevard. Both these routes provide quick access into and out of the city.
Bloor West Village Listings
502 Glenlake Avenue
502 Glenlake Avenue - Andrea Morrison Quintessential Bloor West Village home… Boasting 4 + 1 bedrooms, exceptional master with skylit ensuite, main floor family room with walk out to deck, elegant and spacious living room with...View
373 Durie Street
373 Durie Street - Andrea Morrison Sensational family home in the heart of Bloor West Village. 3250 square feet of living space!! Come and be wowed by the welcoming and open kitchen/family room. Spacious, warm and...View
292 Evelyn Avenue
292 Evelyn Avenue - Andrea Morrison Fabulous character filled home with 5 bedrooms and main floor family room. Welcoming foyer, hardwood floors, stained glass, french doors. Perfectly located within a block of Annette Street Public School,...View