Bloor West Village
Bloor West Village is a popular neighbourhood for families. It has many excellent schools and is within walking distance of High Park - Toronto's biggest and best known park.
This west end neighbourhood is highlighted by the Bloor West Village retail district which attracts shoppers from all over the city.
H I S T O R Y
In the 1850's, the area now known as Bloor West Village was the property of Lieutenant Colonel William Smith Durie, the first commanding officer of the Queens Own Rifles. The street that ran through his estate is now known as Durie Street.
The present day neighbourhood began to be developed in 1909 when this district became part of the City of Toronto. Soon after amalgamation with Toronto, Bloor West's roads were paved and city services were made available.
Bloor West's first residents were immigrants of Eastern European background. These are the residents who helped found the Bloor West Village Business Improvement Area, the first of its kind in Canada. This shopping district has helped make Bloor West Village one of Toronto's most popular neighbourhoods.
H O M E S
Bloor West Village homes are all fairly similar in size and style having been built in a relatively short period of time between 1912 and 1923.
Bloor West Village houses feature deep front porches that are well shaded by the majestic Oak and Maple trees that line the streets of this neighbourhood.
The majority of houses feature decorative oak accents, hardwood floors, and fireplaces.
S H O P P I N G
The Bloor West Village shopping district is as much about eating as it is about shopping. It's a virtual smorgasbord of bakeries, delicatessens, specialty food shops, cafes and restaurants.
Convenience stores, fruit and vegetable markets, dry cleaners, video stores, and other shops catering to everyday household needs, can also be found on Jane and Annette Streets.
R E C R E A T I O N
High Park, a 399 acre parkland, is within walking distance of Bloor West Village. This Toronto 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.
Annette Recreation Centre is attached to the Annette Street public school. This Centre has an indoor pool, a small gymnasium and a baseball diamond. A little bit east of the Annette Centre is the Annette Street Public Library which offers programs for adults, children, and preschoolers.
Bloor West Village also has one movie theatre Ü the Humber Ü which is conveniently located on Bloor Street, just west of Jane Street.
S C H O O L S
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Annette Jr. & Sr., 265 Annette Street., (416) 393-9040
Humberside Collegiate Institute, 280 Quebec Ave., (416) 393-0000
(Public High School)
Western Technical Commercial School, 125 Evelyn Cres., (416) 393-0500
(Public High School)
St. Cecilia, 355 Annette St., (416) 393-5218
St. Pius X, 71 Jane St., (416) 393-5237
(P) Public School
(PH) Public High School
(CA) Catholic School
(PR) Private School
(PC) Private Catholic School
(PJ) Private Jewish School
T R A N S P O R T A T I O N
The Jane and Runnymede subway stations, are part of the Bloor-Danforth subway line. They are both within walking distance of the homes in Bloor West Village. The Annette Street bus connects passengers to the Dupont subway station on the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line. There are additional bus routes on Jane Street and Runnymede Road.
Motorists are approximately ten minutes from the Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevard. Both these routes provide quick access into and out of the city.
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