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…

History

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.

Homes

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.

Shopping

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.

Recreation

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.

Schooles

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.,
(416) 393-0000
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

Transportation

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...

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50 Evelyn Avenue

50 Evelyn Avenue - Andrea Morrison Bloor West Village! Character! Space! Private drive and rare 2 car garage! Larger 4 bedroom on picturesque and winding street with easy access to subway, High Park and renowned local...

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135 Colbeck Street

135 Colbeck Street - Andrea Morrison Magnificent opportunity! Prime Bloor West Village! Oversized home! South garden and private drive! Wonderful lower level man cave or teenager hangout. 4 spacious bedrooms, 2 baths, perfectly located just one block...

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470 Willard Avenue

470 Willard Avenue - Andrea Morrison Beautifully appointed Bloor West Village character home with many improvements to suit today’s lifestyle. Renovated kitchen with Italian quartz counters and walk out to large bi-level deck, spacious master bedroom...

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472 Willard Avenue

472 Willard Avenue - Andrea Morrison Quintessential Bloor West Village 4 bedroom home. Fabulous open-concept renovated kitchen with caesarstone countertops, breakfast bar, solid wood cabinets and walkout to fenced west garden and large deck for entertaining....

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