In the last five year, the stretch of Bloor Street between Dufferin and Lansdowne has transitioned from having a less than desirable reputation, to being coined ‘Bloordale Village’. Now, this increasingly trendy neighbourhood is marked with banners displaying its new title along the Bloor streetlamps.
Young families are buying and renovating homes in this historic area, and building a vibrant community. As the demographics change so has the main thoroughfare. New restaurants, bakeries, galleries, and shops now line this section of Bloor.
3 Speed bar/restaurant may be able to take credit as one of the first establishments to set up shop along this revitalized strip. The local pub and eatery features a great selection of beer and wine, as well as reasonably priced (and good) food. As 3 Speed opened its doors, a domino effect appeared to take shape. New businesses continue to move in and upgrade old worn out storefronts.
Now local residents boast about the menu selections in their neighbourhood. From Ortalon, voted 5th best restaurant in 2012 by Toronto Life, to Swedish smoke house Karelia Kitchen (a must for brunch and smoke platter treats), Bloordale is serving up excellent cuisine.
Aside from restaurants, there are also a number of art galleries interspersed along Bloor, and some side streets. The Mercer Union Gallery, an artist-run centre for contemporary art is one of the bigger name galleries; however, there are an increasing number of smaller art spaces and galleries popping up.
Vintage clothing, specialty foods, card and paper shops, and a DIY sewing store all offer variety yet practical shopping options for residents.
In addition to shops, restaurants, coffee houses and bars the neighbourhood has also witnessed the transformation of parkettes and green space. The recently revitalized Susan Tibaldi parkette just north of Bloor, between Brock and Margueretta, now features an exciting new playground. Neighbourhood schools have also experienced increased enrollment and parent involvement, and the schoolyards continue to be hubs of activity.
Bloordale has certainly undergone major improvements over the past five years and continues to welcome increased community involvement. House prices have reflected this change, and will continue to do so as the area grows. Housing stock ranges from detached homes on large lots, to semi-detached and row housing. This is a rapidly gentrifying neighbourhood that provides solid investment opportunities for first time and established homebuyers.
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