Once a down-and-out stretch of Bloor Street West, this up-and-coming neighbourhood runs along Bloor from Dufferin Street to the West, and Montrose / Crawford to the East. Born out of the Canadian Pacific and Canadian National railway lines and known for its mixed-use structure with many large factories from the 1800’s, much of the neighbourhood’s former industrial areas are witnessing residential revitalization, including many warehouse conversions into loft condominiums as well as the major redevelopment of the Galleria Shopping Centre.
This neighbourhood is home to a varied mix of shopping, furniture stores and vintage stores in such communities such as Bloordale Village and Bloorcourt Village. While Bloordale Village is quite sleepy by day, young people have begun to flock to its many new restaurants and bars on most evenings. This once-depressed stretch of Bloor Street between Lansdowne and Dufferin has recently enjoyed a renaissance as businesses and homeowners take advantage of the lower-priced real estate available on the subway line.
Born out of the construction of Dufferin Plaza Shopping Centre in 1956, the Bloorcourt neighbourhood grew quickly with the introduction of the Bloor-Danforth subway line in 1966. Its population consists of diverse households that include both single and family residents. The neighbourhood is now home to a great mix of cafes, restaurants, bars and vintage shops.