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Bloor West Village, Toronto
The Bloor West Village neighbourhood is located on both sides of Bloor Street in the west end of Toronto, just east of the Humber River. It is best known for its very popular shopping district, with its cafes, bakery, fish & butcher shops, restaurants, fruit & vegetable markets and flower shops. Bloor West Village has a distinct East European flavor. Its Business Improvement Association, founded by the late Alex Ling, was the first of its kind in the world, and has since been emulated throughout Canada, the United States and across the globe.
About Bloor West Village and Real Estate
Neighbourhood streets in Bloor West Village are tree-lined and populated by young families, seniors and singles, making it a diverse and engaging community. Bloor West Village residents can attend at top-rated local schools, including Runnymede public school, Swansea public school, St. Pius X Catholic elementary school, Ursula Franklin Academy and Humberside Collegiate. There are also well-established Montessori schools in the area.
To the north of Bloor Street, the Bloor West Village neighbourhood extends from Jane Street to just east of Runnymede Road, and north to Dundas Street. This land was originally owned by Lt. Colonel William Smith Durie, the first commanding officer of the Queen’s Own Rifles, and his estate was situated on a road now known as Durie Street. The area became part of the City of Toronto in 1909. The homes in this part of Bloor West Village were built mostly in 1920s and 1930s. They display Arts & Crafts architecture and rich period details, such as leaded and stained glass windows, oak and gumwood trim, high baseboards, backbend door and window casings, and ornate French doors with beveled glass.
The Bloor West Village Real Estate Market
There are some older (1970’s/1980’s) condominium buildings in Swansea and, in recent years, there have been several new condominium apartment & townhouse complexes erected near the lakeshore and on Bloor Street. A new development on the site of the old Swansea Plaza near Windermere and The Queensway will likely come to fruition after more than 10 years, as will another new development at Jane & Bloor, currently the home of the Humber Cinemas. As in many other parts of Toronto, new condominiums are changing the makeup of the Bloor West Village neighbourhood as well as its real estate market.
Real estate prices in the Bloor West Village neighbourhood have increased by approximately 70% for both homes and condominium apartments over the past 10 years. The total number of sales has remained roughly constant, however, the proportion of condominium sales has increased from 35% to 44%.