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Brockton Village Neighbourhood
Brockton Village is a quiet neighbourhood located in the west side of Toronto’s core. This neighbourhood was a village in its own right, but it joined the City of Toronto in 1884 after accumulating a massive debt. Today, it is home to a vibrant Portuguese population, and is sometimes considered to overlap with the city's Little Portugal. This is a colourful neighbourhood with great markets and restaurants. It also features the BIG on Bloor Festival in the summer, which is an event that gathers local talent and artists.
This region’s origins hail back to the mid 19th century when James Brock - cousin to Canadian war hero Sir Isaac Brock - acquired a large parcel of land to the west of the city of Toronto.
It may have been James who bought the land, but it was his wife Lucy who built Brockton Village. After James died, it was Lucy who inherited the land, and she sold it off piece by piece until the area was sufficiently populated. She also commissioned the construction of a road that cuts through the neighbourhood, today called Brock Avenue.
The settlement became incorporated as a village in 1876, and as a town in 1881. The town of Brockton only lasted for three years after a fast growing Toronto gobbled it up in 1884. Today it is encompassed by Bloor Street to the north, Dufferin Street to the east, High Park to the west, and it follows the railway tracks along the south. The northeast corner of Bloor and Dufferin is the location of the Dufferin Subway Station. This access point connects residents to the entire GTA. There are also streetcars and buses that run along Bloor, Dufferin College, and Dundas. It’s easy to get around when you live here!
This area is residentially diverse. In the past twelve months, semi-detached houses made up the plurality of home sales with 34%, condos, and condo townhouses rounded off the top three each claiming 18% of sales. The average price over the past year here was $803,660, which is a 10% increase from the previous year. This breaks down to the average freehold price being $977,990 and the average condo price being $594,877.
This neighbourhood has a large Portuguese population, and this has informed many of the cuisines, markets, and decorations across the community. The two main shopping stretches are along Dundas Street West and College Street, and you’ll find plenty of Portuguese markets and eateries at both of these locations. One local institution is the Lula Lounge - a venue for local and international jazz, salsa, and world music. This is the local hotspot for a lively night out.
This area also partakes in the exciting BIG on Bloor Festival. This is a two day festival that occurs every year in July. This festival is a celebration of local art, music, theater, and cuisine. It’s a thrilling and colourful event that shouldn’t be missed!
There’s plenty of things to do for the active residents of this neighbourhood. The McCormick Recreation Centre is outfitted with a gymnasium, exercise facility, and indoor pool. Outside of the recreation centre, there’s a baseball diamond, but if it’s outdoor activity you’re looking for, Dufferin Grove Park has a basketball court, playing field, artificial ice rink, and tennis courts.
This quaint Toronto neighbourhood is a good fit for those who are looking for a central but quiet location in Toronto. Its public transit service means that you’ll never be too far from the action, but not in the thick of it either. This is also a great spot for those you love outdoor sports - between McCormick Recreation Centre and Dufferin Park there’s something to do all year round! If residents are looking for something a bit more lively, there’s always Lula’s and the annual BIG on Bloor Festival. This area will soon be recognized as one of the premier neighbourhoods in the city.