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Bayview Village

Bayview Village is bounded by Bayview Avenue to the west, Highway 401 to the south, Leslie Street to the east and Finch Avenue East to the north. The neighbourhood has been described as “contemporary living in the countryside, at the doorstep of the urban concentration of Metropolitan Toronto”, with its design and layout very similar to that of the East Don Valley Parklands.

Almost a quarter of Bayview Village is green, with winding streets and cul-de-sacs flourishing with mature birch, willow, cedar, pine, spruce and maple trees. Bayview Village is also home to a popular upscale shopping centre – Bayview Village Shopping Centre, which is centred on the northeast corner of Bayview and Sheppard Avenues.

Homes within Bayview Village range from raised and executive range style bungalows, Georgian Revival-styled homes and split-level houses; many of which have undergone transformation and landscaping in order to fit into the park-like neighbourhood. High rise condominiums are also in development along Sheppard Avenue.

Davisville

Davisville Village is an mid-town area that is located near the Davisville subway station at the intersection of Yonge Street and Davisville Avenue. Davisville is a densely populated neighbourhood with a large number of medium to high-rise buildings and the neighbourhood is considered to be relatively wealthy.

Davisville Village is separated into two neighbourhoods. The first being Mount Pleasant West which is located on the west at Mount Pleasant Road, on the south at Keewatin Avenue, on the east at Yonge Street and on the north at Merton Street. The second area within Davisville Village is Mount Pleasant East. This area is bounded by Moore Avenue to the south, Bayview Avenue to the east, Blythwood to the north and Yonge Street to the west.

Forest Hill

The neighbourhood of Forest Hill, a formal village, is located just north of downtown and is one of Toronto’s wealthiest neighbourhoods. Suitably, Forest Hill Village is well known for its upscale shopping and dining and its attraction has meant widespread residential development, especially apartments. The village is the commercial centre of the Forest Hill neighbourhood and it is bounded roughly by Briar Hill Avenue in the north and Heath Street to the south. These two ends are respectively known as ‘Upper Village’ and ‘Lower Village’.

Many of Forest Hill’s houses and other buildings are built with different architectural styles, which is what makes the area unique. Forest Hill’s Upper Village is mostly made up of Georgian and Tudor styled homes, with the architectural styles ranging from English country manors with sweeping lawns to French Colonial with terracotta tiles. Luxury condos in Forest Hill can also be found west of Spadina Avenue on Lonsdale Road.

Leslieville

Leslieville is a neighbourhood in Toronto located on the east side of the Don River and is bounded by Empire Avenue to the west, Eastern Avenue to the south, Coxwell Avenue to the east and the Canadian National Railway line and Gerrard Street to the north.

Leslieville has emerged as Toronto’s hippest place to dine, drink, shop and live, according to a 2005 article in the New York Times. It is currently one of Toronto’s best destinations for brunch and is home to great cafes, fashion and design stores, and vintage furniture shops.

The eastern end of Leslieville makes up part of the South Riverdale neighbourhood. South Riverdale was once home to light industry. The former industrial areas are now abandoned and awaiting redevelopment. Between 2000 and 2010 Leslieville gentrified rapidly with several of the industrial buildings being converted into condominiums and lofts.

Little Italy

Little Italy is an area in Toronto that is sometimes referred to as College Street West. It is populated with Italian restaurants and businesses, hence the name Little Italy. There is also a significant Latin and Portuguese presence in the area. Centred at the intersection of College and Grace Streets, the neighbourhood is located on a strip along College Street that is heavily occupied by restaurants, bars and shops.

There is an abundance of sidewalk cafes; such as Café Diplomatico, Bitondos Pizza, Riviera Bakery and Sicilian Ice Cream; that extend from Manning Avenue to the east to Shaw Street to the west. The Italian Walk of Fame is a popular tourist attraction in the district, where granite and brass stars are laid out along the sidewalk with names of notable Italians.

The homes in Little Italy are mainly detached or semi-detached Edwardian styled family homes that date back to the early 1900s, with front porches and smaller lots.

North Toronto

North Toronto is a township located in the north of the Old Toronto district. The area has seen a rise in the construction of residential condominium buildings which has meant that the neighbourhood is rapidly changing from a mixed-density design to one of greater density. The southern end of the neighbourhood is currently very densely populated, with the section between Mount Pleasant road south of Davisville and Yonge Street being heavily made up of high-rise apartment and condo buildings.

North Toronto is served by an east-west strip on Eglinton Avenue, and also by north-south commercial strips along Yonge Street, Mount Pleasant Road and Bayview Avenue offering a wide variety of shopping and dining aimed mainly at the local market. The Yonge Eglinton Centre sits on the corner of Yonge and Eglinton and includes a shopping mall, multiplex cinema as well as residential and office towers. There is also the Canada Square, a smaller shopping concourse. Both of these are connected to the Eglinton subway station.

Riverdale

Riverdale is a large, thriving neighbourhood in Toronto’s east end which is bounded by Danforth Avenue to the North, Jones Avenue and Leslieville to the east, Lake Shore Blvd to the South and the Don River Valley to the West.

The neighbourhood is made up of mainly 19th Century Victorian and Edwardian homes that were constructed as boarding rooms for working people. Since then many of these buildings have been redeveloped into homes for young families.

This is a very vibrant and multicultural area. Danforth Avenue, commonly known as “The Danforth”, is highly concentrated with Greek restaurants. Further South along Broadview Avenue at Gerrard Street is Toronto’s second Chinatown where Chinese and Vietnamese restaurants and stores dominate the area. There are three large recreational parks within Riverdale; Withrow Park, Riverdale Park and Jimmie Simpson Park – all of which serve as great places for residents when it comes to various activities such as swimming in the warmer months and tobogganing in winter.

Rosedale

Rosedale is a wealthy neighbourhood within Toronto, which is located north of Downtown Toronto. It is one of Toronto’s oldest and more established suburbs. Known as the area where the city’s ‘Old Money’ lives, Rosedale is home to some of Canada’s wealthiest and most famous citizens. Rosedale is bounded by the CPR railway tracks to the north, Bayview Avenue to the east, Bloor Street to the south, and Yonge Street to the west.

Split into north and south portions, Rosedale is built among three ravines, preserved as parkland. Although the neighbourhood is located in the middle of Toronto, the abundance of trees and foliage that surround the area has meant virtually no vehicular traffic can be heard, making the neighbourhood a peaceful attraction for families. Homes are mostly single family detached dwellings.

Rosedale is also known for its annual spring park party, Mayfair, held at Rosedale park every first Saturday in May.

The Beaches

The Beaches (or “The Beach”) is a neighbourhood located in the east of “Old” Toronto City. The Beaches is bounded by Victoria Park Avenue to the east, Lake Ontario to the south, Woodbine Avenue to the west and Kingston Road to the north.

The area features four different beaches; Scarborough, Kew, Balmy and Woodbine. Queen Street East’s commercial district runs through the heart of The Beaches. The area consists of a large number of specialty stores and the streets are mainly lined with semi-detached Victorian, Edwardian and contemporary homes. There are also a few low-rise apartment buildings and row houses. The Beach itself is a continuous long stretch of sandy shoreline bounded by Woodbine Park to the west and the R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant to the east. The boardwalk that runs along The Beach is also a popular place for cyclists, joggers and dog walkers. The Beaches is one of Toronto’s great neighbourhoods for raising a family with a good variety of parks and schools.

Yonge and Eglinton

Yonge and Eglinton is a neighbourhood that was formerly part of the old Town of North Toronto and has enjoyed rapid development due to its central location. This includes the recent appearance number of big-box retailers and tall, high-density residential towers. The neighbourhood has a mix of detached houses, townhouses and high rises.

Home to a wide variety of restaurants, retail stores, malls, a multiplex cinema, numerous public and private schools and parks has meant an increase in popularity among young professionals and families.