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Rich in history, Beaconsfield Village used to be comprised of mainly first generation Portuguese and Italian families. Over the past 10 years however, it has changed tremendously. Now it is the young urban professionals and the arts community that are congregating in Beaconsfield.
Beaconsfield is popular with members of Toronto’s arts community who have gradually migrated westward along Queen Street to the affordable houses and studios found in this neighbourhood. This downtown neighbourhood also has a large Portuguese population that is centred around the Rua Acores shopping district on Dundas Street West.
Beaconsfield Village consist of a splendid array of Victorian homes along treed Old Toronto streets. In the northern part of the neighbourhood, closer to Dundas West, you will find of reach-to-the-sky semi-detached homes and skinny rowhouses of Gothic Victorian design. Further south, closer to Queen West, are larger semis and grand detached homes in 2 and 3-storey designs. Full of warmth and character, homes in Beaconsfield feature charming details of a previous age including dormer windows, gingerbread accents, and even turrets.
Captain John Denison was the owner of “Brookfield”, built around 1815, at the north-west corner of Queen and Ossington. Henry Scadding recounts in his book Toronto Of Old, “Brookfield house was shaded by great willow trees and surrounded by flower gardens and lawns, no mean feat in an area of virgin forest.”
The Denison heirs sold Brookfield in the 1850s. By the 1870s a network of streets had been laid out on the former Brookfield estate. Beaconsfield Avenue became the signature street in the neighbourhood. It is named after former British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, who was given the title of Lord Beaconsfield by Queen Victoria.
The Beaconsfield Village homes are circa the 1880s and 1890s. The namesake Beaconsfield Avenue has been designated by the Toronto Historical Board for its magnificent collection of Victorian houses. The majority of homes in this neighbourhood are Victorian row and semi-detached houses. Many of these houses have been extensively renovated and converted into two and three family dwellings.
For the hip and young at heart, Beaconsfield has so much to offer. The influx of branded store chains to Queen and Spadina has spurred many of the Queen Street fashion boutiques to gradually migrate west, and are now just steps from Beaconsfield Village. In these shops you will find all of the latest trends including one of a kind pieces from a multitude of talented Toronto designers. Beyond fashion, you will encounter stylish purveyors of interior design, antique, and vintage wares.
Last but not least, Beaconsfield Village is home to the West Queen West Art and Design District, a stretch of Queen Street that is unrivalled for its art galleries. The propagation of these vibrant, modern, expansive galleries has put the New Queen West on the map.
Consider the homes in Beaconsfield Village in you want a classic Victorian house with character and a front seat to Toronto’s hub of art and style, minutes on the streetcar or bicycle from everything downtown.
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Laurin & Natalie Jeffrey are Toronto Realtors with Century 21 Regal Realty.
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