More About Bloor West Village
The area itself not only boasts an excellent neighbourhood as well as community, but also a rich history in Toronto, but also the rest of Canada. During the 1850’s, this west end neighbourhood was the property of Lieutenant Colonel William Smith Durie, the first commanding officer of the Queens Own Rifles. The neighbourhood that exists today began development in 1909 when the district became part of the city of Toronto. The first residents of the area were immigrants of Eastern European background. These were the original residents that helped found the Bloor West Village Business Improvement area, the first of its kind in Canada.
The homes located within Bloor West Village are of very similar size and style, built between 1912 and 1923. These deep front poached homes surrounded by majestic oak and patriotic maple trees lining the streets provide the homey and welcoming atmosphere of this neighbourhood. Local residents are well served in their shopping needs with the over 400 businesses located right in their neighbourhood, making this not only an ideal and convenient place to live and raise a familiar but also a great neighbourhood to invest in if you’re looking to work close to home and have minimal commute times. Although this area has been described as a village within a big city and is completely self sufficient, the Jane and Runnymede subway stations are both within walking distance of the homes in Bloor West Village for an easy commute into the downtown area.
Bloor West village not only boasts a wonderful residential and commercial areas, it also plays host to High Park, a nearly 400 acre parkland within walking distance of most of Bloor West Village. This 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. This wonderful addition to the neighbourhood is perfect for a fun afternoon excursion fro the family, a good morning run, or even a quiet place to enjoy lunch during the work day.