For city-dwellers who want to live near downtown Toronto, what the neighborhood has to offer is becoming more important than ever. In addition to the price of the house, it's often a lifestyle choice that makes the decision for those planning a move. There is a big difference in communities, from their character to the physical landscape.
As gentrification moves across the city and touches grungy and worn out areas, a mood and excitement fill these hoods when new energy and new development installs.
The Bloordale Village area, which is part of the Dovercourt-Wallace Emerson Junction District, is one of those rising areas of West Toronto. Running along Bloor Street from Lansdowne Underground Station to Dufferin Station and nestled along the Junction Triangle, this Bloor Strip is becoming a hub for an exciting art scene that is taking shape.
Art workshops and art galleries are turning into once-occupied industrial and commercial buildings in trendy and trendy spaces. The Daniel Faria gallery is now elegant and contemporary, where once at home to an Auto Body Shop. The gallery represents a select small number of artists and with its location out of the way, becoming an even more hip and exciting find. Another hidden gem is the Scrap Metal Gallery, found in an industrial building on a small dead end street, accessed by a driveway at the back. Rare in Toronto, it's a non-commercial gallery with a private art collection displayed. Tomorrow Gallery, which takes contemporary international art to Toronto, is located in another warehouse located off the main street. The Mercer Union, an artist-run center that includes national and international artists, moved into this gentrifying hood in 2009, from its downtown location. On the other side of the street is the Toronto Free Gallery, a non-profit art space that highlights exhibits showing collaboration between creative groups ranging from visual artists to urban planners. With a bohemian-style look, these New York-style "Chelsea" galleries add to the artistic mystique of this region.
With a creative draw in the neighborhood, restaurants and shabby chic boutiques open their doors to the young group of hipsters attracted by this edgy hood. Going down the street, it's tempting to go to the Lansdowne Cone Glacier to savor unique flavors. Locals can choose from a number of Zocalo restaurants with a casual menu at the vintage Bloordale Pantry restaurant. Nothing says more hip and urban than spending a few hours with your friends over a glass of wine and playing board games in the Drift and Three Speed local troughs. Giving a new meaning to recycling, the new decorating style incorporates vintage and salvaged pieces, like bowling wood used as a bar and pint taps made from an old Electrolux vacuum cleaner. Local hipsters moving into condos, townhouses and nearby homes are looking to complement their cushions with a mix of contemporary and fun furniture. They also shop in the hood and find treasures in boutiques such as Style Studio and Pimlico Design Gallery for unique pieces.
Bloordale Village's landscape in some places is still a bit dull, which has kept housing prices affordable and yet still has that trendy atmosphere that hipsters love. This is an excellent opportunity for those looking for a neighborhood on the subway line and just minutes from downtown Toronto.
Like many Toronto neighborhoods, Bloordale Village hosts an annual street festival called "Big on Bloor Festival", where the July weekend becomes a car-free zone with music, shows, vendors and dance. celebrate the artistic culture and community of the region.
The ambiance of Bloordale Village is full of energy and creativity, attracting like-minded people, wanting to work and live in this hood. As this artistic hood grows, newcomers to the scene will add to its welcoming transformation.