Runnymede- Bloor West Village
In 1970, a handful of Bloor West Village business owners, wary of losing customers to suburban shopping malls, banded together to create Canada’s first BIa. Outside their shops, they hung string lights, planted flowers and laid the groundwork for what has, almost 50 years later, become Toronto’s top neighbourhood. for residents, it’s the perfect Goldilocks district: bustling but cloistered from downtown, hip but not as precious as Roncesvalles, classy but not as pricy as Baby Point. It scores well in virtually every metric: it’s safe and accessible (Jane and Runnymede stations are nearby), and its charming old homes are relatively affordable (you can still get one for less than $1 million). The main drag is more quaint than happening, but trendy Bloor and dundas West bars and restaurants are just a short walk away, as are a number of highly ranked schools and, of course, the sprawling high Park.