Bloor West Village is a neighbourhood in Toronto, Ontario, Canada located north of Bloor Street West between Jane Street and Runnymede Road north to Dundas Street West. It is located directly north of the former village of Swansea and west of the High Park North neighbourhood. The immediate area around Bloor Street is commonly known as Bloor West Village after the shopping area along Bloor Street, whereas the area to the north is considered the Bloor West Village neighbourhood.
Bloor Village West is known for its quiet, leafy streets. It has plenty of restaurants and bars and lies about 30 minutes from Toronto's commercial district by subway. Bloor West Village has been extremely successful in its development, such that it now attracts people from all over Toronto to its boutiques, cafes, delicatessens, pubs, and various community events. One such event is the annual Bloor West Village Ukrainian Festival, which is testament to the Eastern European presence that continues to thrive here.
The buzz along Bloor Street is certainly an attraction, however the homes in Bloor West Village themselves are the impetus for so many to want to live in the community. Built in the early 1900's, most Bloor West Village homes are Edwardian or Tudor influenced, with lots of wood trim and accents throughout. Solid oak staircases and big front porches are mainstays in these houses, which are typically four-bedroom, two-storey, and detached in design. There are however more affordable options with semi-detached homes and even a scattering of attached homes.
Another strong point for Bloor West Village is its close proximity to nature. With High Park and the Humber Valley Ravine resting on either side of the community, one can find wildlife, sporting facilities, biking and hiking trails, and so much more, all within walking distance.