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Brockton Village, Little Portugal, the area in between Beaconsfield, Parkdale and Roncy… no matter what you call it, this area is on the verge of some serious gentrification. Bordered by Bloor Street on the north, Dufferin Street on the east, Landsdowne on the west and Queen Street to the south, Brockton was in fact an actual town before it was annexed by the City of Toronto in 1884.
The town encompassed the area from Bloor Street on the north, Dufferin Street on the east, High Park on the west and ranged from Queen Street, along Roncesvalles Avenue, Wright Avenue and Dundas Streets to the south. The section south of the rail lines became part of the Village of Parkdale. The section to the west of Lansdowne has become better known as Roncesvalles, around Roncesvalles Avenue.
Over the last half of the 20th century, the area south of College Street saw the influx of Portuguese immigrants and is also known as part of the Little Portugal neighbourhood. Today’s ‘Brockton Village’ encompasses that section north of the rail lines between Dufferin and Lansdowne, south of Bloor Street.
Long overlooked by home buyers and investors, Brockton homes are attracting more interest as the availability of affordable homes with easy access to downtown diminishes. Prices remain reasonable for first-home buyers — particularly for those prepared to invest in some updating of an older home, in preference to a newer suburban home with lengthy commute into the city.
Tall and skinny are what comes to mind when thinking of homes in Brockton Village. Neatly aligned Victorian rowhouses and semis are de rigeur, many with reach-to-the-sky pointed third-storey rooflines. There is a certain warmth to the homes in Brockton, with colourful painted brick and pillared verandas from a century ago greeting you to the neighbourhood.
The traditionally modest and overlooked homes of Brockton are attracting more interest these days, as the stock of affordable homes close to downtown diminishes. Home buyers appreciate Brockton’s easy access to the downtown core, both by driving and via the Bloor Subway.
First-time homebuyers are looking to Brockton for its reasonable house prices. In addition, homebuyers are increasingly willing to invest a bit of effort to update older homes with character, instead of buying newer homes in the suburbs that require an ever-increasing commute into Toronto.
Overall, Brockton Village’s affordable homes and convenient location make it a highly desirable community in which to live. Though the neighbourhood is now more culturally diverse, there is still a very strong Portuguese influence, as witnessed by the local food shops and the annual Portugal Week Parade along Rua Acores.
First settled by Irish immigrants in the early 1800s, Brockton was incorporated as a village in 1881 and amalgamated with Toronto in 1884. Today, this quiet, unassuming west downtown neighbourhood encompasses the area from High Park in the west to Dufferin Street in the east, and south from Bloor Street West along Queen Street, Roncesvalles Avenue and Dundas Street.
Brockton Village got its name from Brock Avenue which was commissioned The Brock Family and built in 1850. They sold off parcels of land for the purpose of development. It gained the moniker “Brockton” over time and the area was ultimately annexed by Toronto City.
Today, remnants of the former Brockton still exist, including its former town hall. The hall was converted to commercial usage, and is located at the south-west corner of Dundas Street West and Brock Avenue. Until recently, there was a Brockton High School, which closed. For a time it was used by the Royal Conservatory of Music but it is now vacant. It is located at Brock Avenue and Croatia Street, near Bloor Street.
Easy access to the mid-town and downtown commercial and entertainment districts and workplaces of the city — by car or by public transport — is another reason for considering Brockton Village homes.
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Laurin & Natalie Jeffrey are Toronto Realtors with Century 21 Regal Realty.
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