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Bloor West Village unlike High Park and The Annex has kept itself immune from prospective investors buying up most of its real estate in order for the sole purpose of converting it into multi unit homes. Most of these homes were built between 1880 and 1920 with some grand Victorians on smaller lots; others were built in a more modest manner.
When I say it's no hit and miss for this great Toronto neighborhood is because some of the residents call it High Park living due to how close the two neighborhoods are from one another. Both span along Bloor St West, one begins at Keele and the other ends at Islington Ave.
I can say comfortably that living in either Bloor West Village or High Park would be easy for me; I have been selling real estate in both communities for years now and I have seen the great transformation especially in High Park. Anyone who lives there would say the same thing and those who had the pleasure of living there; I would be so bold in predicting that most of them regret leaving.
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Bloor West Village is a shopping district in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Located along Bloor Street, it encompasses all businesses along Bloor Street between Jane Street and Ellis Park Road, consisting of more than 400 shops, restaurants and services. The mix of stores include specialty clothing stores, book stores, restaurants and cafes. The businesses organized in 1970 into the first mandatory business improvement district, an idea that has spread to numerous other commercial streets in Toronto and to cities around the world.
Bloor West Village is located between two neighbourhoods. To the north is Runnymede, a former streetcar suburb and to the south is Swansea, a former village dating to the 19th century. Bloor West Village is also considered the name of the immediate vicinity of Bloor Street.
In 1967, the new Bloor-Danforth subway line opened in the area, allowing shoppers to shop downtown instead of the businesses along Bloor Street. Competition was also developing from enclosed shopping centres. Businessmen of the district attempted to set up a business association to pay for improvements to the area, but received only partial support from businesses in the area, and not enough to pay the estimated expenses to renovate and market the area. The businessmen lobbied the Toronto and Ontario governments for legislation to compel all business owners within a designated area to pay towards improvements, as directed by an elected body. The Ontario Municipal Act was amended in 1970 and the Bloor West Village Business Improvement Association (BIA) was founded as the first of its kind in the world, first chaired by Alex Ling.
In 1980, Ling founded the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA), an organization that now represents 66 BIAs across Toronto. Ling was chairman of the Bloor West Village BIA for 24 years. The organization promotes business activity in the area by holding several annual events and festivals. It also puts efforts into the beautification of the area.
The BIA hosts:
Vincent La Fiura
Toronto Real Estate, Condos, Lofts, Townhouses, MLS Broker
RE/MAX West Realty Inc.
Brokerage, Independently Owned and Operated
1678 Bloor Street West, 4th Floor
Toronto, Ontario. M6P 1A9.