When looking to buy a new home, there are many factors to be considered — price of the house itself, its location with regard to work and schools, and the home’s quality of construction are what immediately come to mind. But there are other important factors to be considered when buying real estate — such as the quality of its neighbourhood. And one of the most talked-about and sought-after neighbourhoods in Toronto is the historic Bloor West Village. Bordering neighbourhoods include: High Park to the south and The Junction Triangle to the north.
Bloor West Village’s roots extend far back into Canadian and Toronto history. Back in the 1890s, Canadian railway representatives visited Ukraine and offered its farmers free land in Canada’s prairie states if they would come homestead here — and the railways’ recruitment programs were a big success. Soon many skilled Ukrainian farmers were busy growing wheat and raising families and becoming upstanding Canadian citizens.
Around this same time, a healthy Ukrainian community also began springing up in Toronto, along Bloor Street West. Ukrainian immigrants began opening shops, cafes, specialty clothing stores, restaurants and building distinctly and skillfully designed Bloor West Village real estate in the Old World tradition, and generally making this area blossom and become unique. Over 100 years later, this unique quality of Ukrainian skill and flair and enthusiasm still gives Toronto’s Bloor West Village community its flavor, making it a popular, relatively inexpensive and viable place to live.
In addition to its distinctive Ukrainian roots as demonstrated each year by the exciting and fun Ukrainian Festival, the Bloor West Village area is also an easy commute to downtown Toronto via the convenient Bloor-Danforth subway line. You will see a blend of many different varieties of Bloor West Village real estate scattered throughout the neighbourhood. Old Victorian Tudors, smaller semis and larger multi-million dollar homes as well. Bloor West Village is also a great place to raise children because the community goes out of its way to offer family-centreed events such as its Halloween Festival, July Festival and enthusiastic participation in Toronto’s city-wide Cavalcade of Lights. There are approximately nine public and private schools within walking distance of Bloor West Village as well.
If you are looking to buy the perfect home, here’s some bottom-line statistics regarding this area: An average home in Bloor Village West is a two-story three-bedroom detached house, costing around $635,000. Bloor West Village real estate is on the expensive side, but its a small price to pay to be part of this great neighbourhood.