Bloor West Village is a very trendy location know for it's excellent shopping and close-kint community. The area runs from just west of High Park to the corner of Jane and Bloor streets. Originally settled by Eastern Europeans, the area is now a microcosm of Toronto's diverse demographics. Housing stock is generally from the beginning of the last century with most homes being close to 100 years old. As such, the homes vary tremendously in terms of their condition and state of repair. The best homes in the area have been extensively renovated with such popular items as central air conditioning, insulation, wiring plumbing, and windows being the most common items to be upgraded. The lots are typically narrow (25' or less) but long (often over 125') and feature mature trees where present.
The area is particularly sought after by young families for the excellent schools that are in this catchment area. In particular, the French Immersion school Runnymeade Junior School, is highly sought after due to it's excellent EQAO test scores. This school, combined with the quaint shopping available on Bloor Street, are the main reasons this area's prices have risen so dramatically. Bidding wars are very common place in this area, with buyers sometimes overpaying for their properties just to get into the area. The region is also host to little know Ursula Franklin Academy, which only the takes the best and brightest young minds for its academically enriched program.
Bloor West Village is filled with a variety of great homes, but you also need to ensure that you get the opinion of a knowledgeable home inspector to help you determine some of the rather expensive problems that may be hiding just underneath the surface.
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you would like any assistance in locating a desirable property in Bloor West Village.
The area is served by several schools including Runnymeade Junior School which has the popular french immersion program and outstanding EQAO scores.
Another option for those interested in a catholic shool would be St. Pius located right on Jane St near the subway station.
Please visit the Toronto District School Board School Locator website to find out more about schools in this area.
The Old Mill is an Inn, jazz bar, restaurant, convention centre, and wedding venue located at the edge of the Bloor West community. Located on the site of Toronto's first saw mill (c. 1793), this structure orginally started out as a tea house in 1914 by the founder of the Baby Point and the Kingsway Park community, Robert Home-Smith. Home-Smith was a lawyer, turned businessman who made most of his money in railroads and northern mining speculation. Home-Smith was also a tireless civic leader who was part of the city-beautiful movement which was formed to transform Toronto into a beautiful city in the vein of "Paris or London instead of Pittsburgh or Birmingham". This lead to the developement of the Toronto waterfront as well as a huge tract of land he acquired near the Humber River. This ulitimately lead to the Old Mill Restaurant being built in 1914.
Queens Pasta Cafe - An Italian cafe which makes their own pasta from scratch. Truly delicious casual dining in a great location.
Amber European Restaurant - Sometimes you just want good food for a good price. Forget the pretence and the ambience. This is a no-nonsense restaurant that serves up good quality, homemade style food. Bloor West Village was founded my largely Eastern European immigrants and their heritage is on display in this restaurant from the furnishings to the menu.
The Bloor West Village Business Improvement Association has links to several restaurants and shops in the area.