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Dufferin Grove Neighbourhood
This central Toronto neighbourhood is one of the most desirable locations in the entire city. It is surrounded by some of Toronto’s best regions, but it is also a lively area in its own right. It is bordered to the north by Bloor Street West, which, among other things, means that it has excellent options for public transit. This area is also loaded with local amenities that will ensure residents always have something to do. Of these amenities, one particular highlight is the eponymously named park that sits at the neighbourhood’s western side.
Dufferin Grove is encircled with some of the most vibrant communities in the entire GTA. Little Italy is located to the east, and it is certainly the go to destination for the best italian food in Toronto, but it also has a thriving night life. The same can be said of the Little Portugal community to the southwest. This is where Torontonians go when they’re craving some famous Portuguese baked goods.
The surrounding neighbourhoods seemed to have rubbed off on Dufferin Grove, as it's developed an exciting nightlife as well. College Street, which bisects this neighbourhood, is lined with a variety of restaurants. There are upscale pubs, fine dining fare, and even the Bairrada Churrasqueira Grill, which hosts weekly all day pig roasts. If you venture a little east on College Street, you'll find Bar Isabelle, which is commonly regarded as one of the best restaurants in the city.
Bloor Street West on the neighbourhood’s northern border has a lively atmosphere too. Vegan restaurants, craft beer bars, and trendy cafes make this a major pull for many young professionals. This is also the stretch of Bloor known as Bloor West Village, which has the reputation for being one of the city’s premier shopping destinations. It is rife with boutique shops, some of which are sure to grab your attention.
When locals are looking for more mainstream stores, however, they head west towards the Dufferin Mall. This shopping centre has the local grocery store, clothing stores, and large department stores. It’s doubtful you’ll have to venture too far from your home to pick up what you need when you live here.
Another advantage to living along Bloor is the subway line. There are subway stations on either of the northern corners of this neighbourhood, and they connect residents to the entire GTA. If you’re interested in getting around locally, College Street and Dundas Street are heavily serviced by street level public transit. Drivers are also able to make it around the city rather easily because they’re only a short ride away from the Gardiner Expressway. From this arterial roadway, motorists can get anywhere in the GTA via the Highway 427, Queen Elizabeth Way, or Don Valley Parkway, all of which connect directly to the Gardiner.
Most home sales in this area over the past year were for semi-detached homes, accounting for 38% of sales. Condos were the second most commonly sold homes with 26%, followed by detached homes at 23%. These statistics are representative of how vibrant and diverse this neighbourhood is. The average price over this time was $1,155,955, which translates into an average freehold home price of $1,407,389, and an average condo price of $732,386.
Those who are looking to live in condos don’t typically expect much of a yard, but that isn’t the case here. The city recently performed a major overhaul of Dufferin Grove Park, and neighbourhood locals have been extremely grateful - going on to call the park their Big Backyard. It basically acts as an open field community centre, and its amenities have to be seen to be believed. They include a community bake oven, fire pit, kitchen, basketball court, picnic site, playground, skateboard park, sport field, and wading pool.
This area is a dynamic and well rounded neighbourhood that has something for everyone. For families, it has one of the greatest parks found throughout the entire GTA. For young professionals, it has a series of restaurants and bars that exude energy. For culture lovers, there’s the surrounding neighbourhoods of Little Italy and Little Portugal. For all of the above, there’s the amazing public transit options that streak through the community, in addition to the fantastic proximity to major arterial roadways for drivers. There aren’t many chances to invest in neighbourhoods like this one, and you should definitely look into your options now.