Yorkville Neighbourhood Real Estate
Yorkville is not only one of Toronto's most prestigious shopping districts, it is also one of its most vibrant neighbourhoods.
Yorkville (named after the Town of York) was first originated in the 1830s by brewer Joseph Bloor and Sherriff William Jarvis Botsford who also founded the Rosedale neighbourhood. It was incorporated as a village in 1853 and its coat of arms is now proudly displayed on the tower of the Yorkville Fire Hall, can be seen simply by visiting 34 Yorkville Avenue.
In 1883, Yorkville became the first village to be annexed by the City of Toronto and has since always maintained its own identity. In the 1960's, the neighbourhood became home to a freewheeling, free-spirited group of hippies before turning into a shopping mecca in the 1980's and 1990's.
Yorkville is a relatively small community, and is tightly bordered by Bloor Street to the south, Davenport Road to the north, Yonge Street to the east and Avenue Road to the west. It hosts a thriving mix of luxury condos and hotels, office towers, gourmet restaurants and shopping. Lots and lots of shopping.
While the area is a thriving nest of activity, with both Yorkville Avenue and Cumberland Street taking most of the traffic, it also hosts a quiet and welcoming residential pocket.
Most of the homes in the Yorkville area are listed on the Toronto Historical Board's Inventory of Heritage Properties and were built between 1870 and 1895.
As a shopping mecca, the area is known as Canada's pre-eminent shopping destination and is often compared to New York's Fifth Avenue, Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles, or even the Magnificent Mile in Chicago. So if you're looking for labels like Burberry, Prada, Gucci or Galliano, or retailers like Holt Renfrew or William Ashley China, this is the area for you.
The Hazelton Lanes shopping centre located at 55 Avenue Road features over 100 exclusive shops and restaurants.
Hailing back to the 1960's the area maintains its artistic flair and showcases many galleries and art dealers selling all manner of awe-inspiring pieces.
The Village of Yorkville Park on Cumberland Street has won numerous design awards and showcases a 1 billion-year-old, 650 tonne rock taken from the Canadian Shield. It was transported to Toronto in pieces and reassembled to minimize visible joints.
The Metropolitan Toronto Reference Library and the Royal Ontario Museum are nearby and well within walking distance.
Yorkville is ideally located within walking distance of the Bloor/Yonge subway station on the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line and the Bay station on the Bloor-Danforth subway line.
For those commuting by car, the Don Valley Parkway is approximately five minutes from Yorkville.
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