Run­nymede- Bloor West Vil­lage

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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.

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