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My Neighbourhood Picks in West Toronto

February 2, 2018 - Updated: February 2, 2018

 

The best thing about living in Toronto is that every neighbourhood comes with bragging rights. Rosedale has prestige schools. Trinity-Bellwoods is the where the hipsters shop. Etobicoke has low crime rates, downtown has the best transit. Every neighbourhood has something going for it. 

Here are some my picks for Toronto west neighborhoods:

 

The Junction Triangle

 

Over the last few years the Junction Triangle has undergone a major revitalization that has seen much of its former industrial core and gentrfied by residential lofts and townhomes. This neighbourhood has attracted the attention of developers, first time Buyers and Hipsters - due to its close proximity to High Park and its easy access to the Bloor subway line and 24 hr. street car not far away.

The Junction Triangle is already a great place to live—and its best years are still ahead of it. A three-hectare ex-­industrial site, recently snatched up by the developer Castlepoint Numa, is in the early phases of being transformed into more than a million square feet of new office and residential space. The Museum of Contemporary Art will open early next year in a repurposed aluminum plant. And Metrolinx is building an elevated GO rail line over the freight tracks, with a nearby station to match. In the meantime, new businesses are sprouting all over the place. There are at least four microbreweries in and around the neighbourhood, and two supermarkets. The schools are good, too.

Sterling Road is experiencing a resurgence. The Drake Commissary has moved in and changed the vibe from an industrial no man's land to funky bakery, bar and larder.

 

 

The Junction

 

It's called the Junction because it was a junction. Originally two First Nations trails and then of the Canadian Pacific Railway's Ontario and Quebec lines with the Toronto, Grey and Bruce and Credit Valley lines. 

The Junction is not the Junction Triangle, may people who are not famillair with the area can get these neighborhoods confused. The Village of West Toronto Junction was founded in 1884 at the intersection of Dundas and Keele and merged with the nearby villages of Carlton and Davenport in 1889.

Italian, Polish, Macedonian, Croatian, Irish and Maltese immigrants moved to the area from 1900 and 1920. Now it's one of the fastest growing communities of young families and hipsters, with galleries and condo developments and a burgeoning food scene. 

Formerly a dry neighborhood, the Junction is now a thriving area with many great resturants and shops..

 

 

 

Lansdowne - Wallace & Emerson

 

The west-end Toronto neighbourhood of Dovercourt-Wallace Emerson is not far from the centre of downtown Toronto and includes a number of smaller communities, such as Bloordale Village, Bloorcourt, Dovercourt, Wallace Emerson and the Junction Triangle. 

It is situated just east of Dundas Street West along Bloor Street to Christie Street and jogging north of Dupont. 
It boasts walkable, tree-lined streets with local cafes and markets only a short distance away. Dovercourt-Wallace Emerson Junction got its start in the late 1800s as an industrial area close to the railways and factories. It was originally home to many immigrants and later became popular with Portuguese, Italians, Spanish, Asians and Ethiopians. The neighbourhood has a mixed income and multi-cultural combination found amongst its residents. 

There is an array of cafes, eateries and established restaurants, vintage shops, galleries and fruit markets.  The local residents and businesses participate in an annual street festival called ‘Big on Bloor’ featuring art, music and international food.

 

Roncesvalles Village

 

Toronto's Little Poland, Roncesvalles Village is a popular place to raise a family and sports dozens of restaurants and cafes, as well as the Revue Cinema.

Roncesvalles village offers you some beautiful home buying opportunities, on the rare occasion that they come available. Turnover here is low, and bidding wars common in recent years. “Families, not flippers” is the more common trend here these days, and the families making the jump are digging deep to move into the definition of a family-friendly neighbourhood.

Most of the homes are attached or semi detached, with rare fully detached homes appearing on some of the residentially focused side streets. Well-maintained Victorian and Edwardian homes line the streets with pretty porches and beautiful gardens. In recent years a few condo buildings have appeared broadening the demographic of the neighbourhood slightly.

 

Little Italy

 

Little Italy is now demographically more of a mix, however the vibe is still Italian. This lively neighbourhood is packed with trattorias, trendy restaurants, cafés, pool halls and some of the best bars in Toronto. Little Italy is buzzing with nighlife on weekends.  The summer is very popular with locals and visitors because of the number of outdoor patios and variety of trendy cafe's

The local trattorias, known for their family-style, casual dining, are as much about the social atmosphere as the food itself. If you’re not that hungry, but looking for a night out, head to one of College St. bars or billiard halls for music and latin dancing. For a quieter venue, check out some of the coffe shops and lounges. 

If you are palnning a night out in LIttle Italy, take the street car, Uber or cab. Walking down College Street on a late Saturday night in August can be so busy you may feel like you haven’t made it out the bar’s front door yet. Finding parking is difficult and making your way home can be slow when streetcars are running both directions with only one lane available.

 

West Bend (Bloor - Dundas)

 

This never talked about nieghborhood has a mix of residential, retail, commercial and institiutional uses. Flanked by the CPR railway, Roncesvalles Village end the Junction, this little pocket is fast growing and is still floats under the radar.

Historically, the West Bend united the original City of Toronto and the Village of West Toronto Junction. Founded in 1884 at the intersection of Dundas and Keele Streets, the Village of the West Junction operated independent of the City of Toronto until it was annexed in 1909. Though both have grown together over the last 100 years the community remains loyal to their Village of West Junction identity.

The West Bend has the privilege of enjoying a rich history owing to its role as a manufacturing centre and settlement for new immigrants to Toronto. As more people flocked to this area for work or to live, the West Bend has carved out an identity for itself due to its unique and diverse character.If you take a stroll around this neighbourhood it is possible to see its rich past reflected in the architecture of factories and residences built in the early 20th century. Currently, a revival in the neighbourhood is brewing among developers and potential residents.

 

 

Brockton Village

 

Brockton Village is a bustling residential pocket just west of Little Portugal with a mix of restaurants and shop dotting College St. and Dundas West. 

A former town, and now the name of a neighbourhood, in Toronto. It comprises a section of the old Town of Brockton which was annexed by the City of Toronto in 1884. The town encompassed the area from Bloor Street on the north, Dufferin Street on the east, High Park on the west and ranged from Queen Street, along Roncesvalles Avenue, Wright Avenue and Dundas Street to the south. The section south of the rail lines became part of the Village of Parkdale. The section to the west of Lansdowne has become better known as Roncesvalles, around Roncesvalles Avenue. Over the last half of the 20th century, the area south of College Street saw the influx of Portuguese immigrants and is also known as part of the Little Portugal neighbourhood. Today's 'Brockton Village' encompasses that section north of the rail lines between Dufferin and Lansdowne, south of Bloor Street.

 

 

Parkdale

 

From the trendy shops, cafés and bars that line Queen Street West to the beaches of Lake Ontario, Parkdale is a neighbourhood that has much to offer its residents. Many new immigrants to Toronto find their first home in Parkdale adding to the vibrancy of the neighbourhood. The budding presence of artists and galleries contribute to the distinct character of Parkdale and to the beautification of our public spaces. Besides the strong cultural presence, Parkdale also benefits from a dedicated cast of community groups. The combination of new immigrants, active cultural scene and community groups contribute to a robust and energetic public realm in Parkdale.

 

High Park & Bloor West Village

 

High Park and Bloor West Village is a popular neighbourhood for families. It has many excellent schools and is within walking distance of  Toronto's biggest and best known park. High Park to the west and Bloor Street to the south, this neighbourhood is named after the junction of four significant railway lines. Originally known as The Village of West Toronto when it was founded in 1884 at the intersection of Dundas and Keele ...

This west end neighbourhood is highlighted by the Bloor West Village retail district which attracts shoppers from all over the city. 

Neighbours are genuinely chummy, moms trade intel on good nannies and bad teachers (between Pilates and Yoga classes in the park), and the main drag offers almost everything - a charming little neighbourhood, almost a small town unto itself, but in terms of the exotic it fails to deliver like some other neighbourhoods in the city do.

 

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