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Among Toronto neighbourhoods, Dovercourt Park is something of an unsung hero. Not sketchy enough to attract rising chefs with cult followings, nor trendy enough to send real estate values through the roof, it’s long been an area where people find community, twentysomethings can rent a decent apartment and first-time buyers can buy an old semi to renovate and make their own.
There is even a real Dovercourt Park at the centre of it all. North of Bloor, south of Dupont and loosely between Dufferin and Ossington – depending on who’s sketching the boundaries – on real estate maps it’s also known as Dovercourt-Wallace Emerson. The name Dovercourt comes from the name of the home of the Denison estate, located west of Dundas and Ossington.
In previous years, the neighbourhood developed a solid, lunch-bucket reputation as industrial plants built up close to the Canadian Pacific Railway line just north of Dupont and Italian and Portuguese workers moved in on the side streets to the south.
In today’s hot real estate market, eye-popping asking prices above $900,000 are starting to appear on the big fully-renovated houses. More typical are the semi-detached houses, with some row houses and a few condos added to the mix. In the recent past, a lot of the housing stock has changed hands in the more affordable $350,000 to $500,000 range – which makes the area a draw for first-time buyers. Church-to–loft conversions are popular with buyers and builders continue to buy up every old pile of bricks they can get their hands on (watch for a bunch of new church conversions in the next year or two).
Originally, the Village of Dovercourt was founded in the 1870s. Its first residents were poor immigrants from England, living in dozens of one and two bedroom tar and paper shacks which initially resulted in the village being called a shantytown. The village was annexed by the old City of Toronto in 1912 resulting in city services being extended to the neighbourhood helping stimulate its growth and development by 1923.
The neighbourhood contains a mix of land-uses. The main thoroughfare of Bloor Street consists almost exclusively of mixed-use residential and commercial buildings. The Bloorcourt Village BIA posts its streetlamp banners on Bloor between Dufferin and Montrose.
The buildings along Bloor Street are typically two or three stories tall, with retail commercial on the main floor, and offices or rental housing above. These structures are the oldest in the neighbourhood and are often in poor repair. At Dovercourt Road, a large, high-rise apartment complex houses lower-middle-income tenants on the southwest corner.
Businesses centered around the intersection of Dovercourt Road and Hallam Street have formed their own BIA, the ‘Dovercourt Village’. The boundaries stretch from Dupont south to Shanley and east-west from Salem to Ossington Avenue.
The residential area north of Bloor Street is primarily single-family dwellings. Many of the larger houses have been converted into apartments, housing up to eight separate units. Side-streets increase in zoned density as they approach Bloor. Low and medium-rise apartments occupy the majority of these zones.
The Bloor-Gladstone Library (dating from 1912) is situated at Bloor and Gladstone Avenue, one block east of Dufferin Avenue. From 2006 to 2009 the library was closed for renovation. It reopened to the public – and many accolades – in July 2009.
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Laurin & Natalie Jeffrey are Toronto Realtors with Century 21 Regal Realty.
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