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From New Dream Homes and Condos Magazine
In the 1850s, the area now known as Bloor West Village was the property of Lieutenant Colonel William Smith Durie, the first commanding officer of the Queens Own Rifles. The street that ran through his estate is now known as Durie Street. The present day neighbourhood began to be developed in 1909, when this district became part of the City of Toronto. Soon after amalgamation with Toronto, Bloor West‘s roads were paved and city services were made available.
Bloor West‘s first residents were immigrants of Eastern European background. These are the residents who helped found the Bloor West Village Business Improvement Area, the first of its kind in Canada. This shopping district has helped make Bloor West Village one of Toronto’s most popular neighbourhoods.
This is also a popular neighbourhood for families since it is home to many excellent schools and is within walking distance of High Parkâ€”Toronto’s biggest and best-known park. Covering 399-acres, this Toronto landmark contains picnic areas, flower gardens, animal paddocks, a restaurant, an outdoor amphitheatre, sports facilities, a trackless train, an adventure playground, and a large pond.
Other local attractions include the Annette Recreation Centre, which is attached to the Annette Street public school. This centre has an indoor pool, a small gymnasium, and a baseball diamond. A little bit east of the Annette Centre is the Annette Street Public Library, which offers programs for adults, children, and preschoolers.
Bloor West Village is also home to The Humber, a movie theatre that is conveniently located on Bloor Street, just west of Jane Street.
Homes in the area are all fairly similar in size and styleâ€”having been built in a relatively short period of time between 1912 and 1923. Most houses feature deep front porches that are well shaded by the majestic oak and maple trees that line the streets of this neighbourhood.
Although known for it’s great selection of stores, the Bloor West Village shopping district is as much about eating as it is about shopping. It’s a virtual smorgasbord of bakeries, delicatessens, specialty food shops, cafes, and restaurants.
Convenience stores, fruit and vegetable markets, dry cleaners, video stores, and other shops catering to everyday household needs, can also be found on Jane and Annette streets.
The Jane and Runnymede subway stations are part of the Bloor-Danforth subway line and are both within walking distance of the homes in Bloor West Village. The Annette Street bus connects passengers to the Dupont subway station on the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line and there are additional bus routes on Jane Street and Runnymede Road.
Commuters are only about ten minutes from the Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevardâ€”providing quick access into and out of the city.
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The Globe and Mail
Following the sellout success of Daniels’ NY Towers condominium community in Bayview Village, the builders will host a preview sales event for its latest development in the neighbourhood.
Over 6,000 people have registered to attend the launch of the 15-storey building called Arc, which will be situated on the northeast corner of Bayview and Sheppard avenues, adjacent to Bayview Village Shopping Centre and steps to Sheppard subway station.
“Owing to the prominence of that location, it’s not surprising,” vice-president Niall Haggart says. “People love the aspect of living at Bayview, as opposed to Yonge Street, and they want to be located on the subway line.”
Since Arc will also rest on one of the highest vantage points in the area, its curvilinear glass faÃ§ade will maximize the panoramic vistas in all 447 suites, Mr. Haggart says. “Looking south on Bayview Avenue will be unbelievable,” he says. “Bayview [Village] has all this pristine nature.”
One of the best views offered at Arc will be available to residents in the eighth-floor amenities area, called Club 8. There will be a two-storey multipurpose room with full-height windows and a south-facing terrace, plus a theatre, games rooms and a lounge with wireless Internet access and a coffee bar.
“People looking to buy a condominium are as much looking for a lifestyle,” explains Mr. Haggart of the young, hip crowd the project aims to attract. “These are really great spaces that are used in a variety of different ways. It’s also an opportunity for socialization and to meet other people in the building.”
On the ground floor, there will be a two-storey aquatic centre with a pool, raised whirlpool and co-ed steam room viewed through frosted glass. A high-tech gym will be even feature boxing equipment.
All these interior spaces will have a luxurious and modern feel, courtesy of Mike Niven Interior Design, which many will first experience in the two-storey lobby. It will have a waterfall feature, wood panelling and textured stone and concrete elements contrasted with stainless steel, backlit glass and stone materials.
On site, there will be 24-hour concierge, an ambassador (for personal assistance with groceries, large deliveries and other tasks) and a recreation co-ordinator.
Suite sizes will range from studios to two-bedroom plus den models, in traditional or open concept plans.
Each condo will have nine-foot ceilings, a balcony and interior bedrooms to allow for expansive windows in the principal room, Mr. Haggart says. “So the whole length or width of the unit takes advantage of this wonderful light penetration.”
Decor will be contemporary, from hardwood floors to en suite bathrooms with cultured marble counters and square sinks. Kitchens will have stainless steel Energy Star appliances, granite counters and porcelain tile or mirrored backsplash. In some cases, there will be islands.
Each unit, except studios, will include parking. The monthly maintenance fee, which includes hydro, will be 43 cents a square foot.
As a bonus, purchasers will receive a package with special offers from local retailers. Details will be unveiled at the preview sales event.
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