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Brockton Village Neighbourhood Guide

Welcome to Brockton Village:

Brockton Village is a gem in Toronto’s bohemian west end. Populated by tattooed artists and musicians, first- and second-generation Portuguese and Asian families, and young professionals who’ve rejected the condo lifestyle, Brockton Village is a low-key neighbourhood with some white hot cultural hubs and seriously good restaurants. (Plus, you’ll have access to two No Frills to keep grocery bills low.) If you like brand name shopping, fast food and franchise restaurants, you’re out of luck. Almost every business in Brockton Village is independently owned and operated, which is the area’s undeniable charm.

The lifestyle:

For food, drink and after-work fun, Brockton Village is stellar. Lula Lounge is a great place for world music, Latin soul food and those salsa lessons on your to-do list.  Or if you prefer indie rock, The Baby G (a new venue from the owner of The Garrison) hosts shows by up-and-coming local bands for a reasonable cover charge. Takht-e Tavoos Persian restaurant on College offers a killer brunch, and adventurous dishes such as sheep soup. For all your shopping needs, you can peruse Dufferin Mall, which was renovated a few years ago and rebranded with this curious slogan: The Dufferin Mall, Really.

Neighbours:

The western part of the area (near Lansdowne) is bound by railroad tracks cutting northwest. Bloor defines the northern border, Dufferin marks the east, and the southern section of the neighbourhood tapers to a point near eastern Parkdale. Brockton Village’s diverse residents range from thrifty artists to wealthy professionals smitten with the area’s hip factor. If you’re looking for a neighbourhood that represents Toronto’s cultural melting pot, you’ve found it.    

Slim, Victorian homes line the narrow streets in the classic Toronto manner, but a few buildings have been converted into condos and townhouses to make way for increased demand in recent years. If you keep an eye on new listings, you may be able to scoop up an old house in need of renovations for a bit of a bargain, though many properties have been renovated and refurbished for increased value.  The average price of a house in Brockton Village is about $927,000, but a high-end property could still run you around $2 million. Considering the high pace of development in this neighbourhood, the media attention it’s garnered and its undeniable air of authenticity, one can only imagine that prices will continue to rise. The average cost for a home rental is $2,400.

What you’ll fall in love with:

Between all the options for food and drink – not to mention the excellent coffee at Safehouse Coffee – you’ll never be at a loss for a meal out or an evening with friends. Easy access to the West Toronto Railpath is a bonus for runners and dog walkers, as well as beer lovers and foodies, who can find the newly opened Henderson Brewery and Drake Commissary just off the path.  

The highlight for this area is a tie between neighbouring businesses: Sweet Pete’s bike shop and the Burdock brewery, music hall and bakery. Sweet Pete’s is an especially friendly, spacious bike shop that specializes in Kona bikes and even designs custom bikes for riding in Toronto – such as the cheekily named Door Prize. The Burdock hosts live music in its small but immaculate venue from folk artists such as Doug Paisley and bluegrass bands like The Unseen Strangers. The beer is delicious and the homemade bread extremely addictive.

House style:

In this neighbourhood, you’ll find slim Victorian homes (some already renovated, while others are in need of TLC) , alongside a few condos and townhouses.

Prices:

The average cost of a house in Brockton Village is about $927,000.

A little bit of history:

The village gets its name from James Brock, who was granted the land in 1812. After Brock’s death, the land was sold by his wife and subdivided into 30 lots, which were snapped up and developed by private landowners. The area was incorporated into an official town in 1881 before being annexed by Toronto a few years later (Dufferin Street was formerly the western border of the city). The former town hall still stands at the southwest corner of Dundas and Brock Avenue (it’s leased for commercial use).

Local School:

Bloor Collegiate Institute was recently relocated to the newly renovated Brockton High School as part of a $20 million development program to turn surplus TDSB (Toronto District School Board) land at Bloor and Dufferin into a state-of-the-art school for 900 students, as well as a community hub. The neighbourhood also boasts several junior schools and French and Catholic schools. Whatever cultural values you may have, Brockton Village schools will be able to accommodate you.

The commute:

If you’re biking to Union Station, you’re looking at a little under 30 minutes, or a little over 30 minutes by TTC. Unfortunately, Brockton Village is a bit isolated from the subway, so you will have to rely on streetcars and buses. A traffic-free drive to Union would take only 20 minutes, but since you’ll be driving directly through downtown, you’d need to give yourself a decent buffer during rush hour and other peak periods.

Highlight:

Craft beer fans will especially enjoy the proximity to not one but two breweries: Henderson and the Burdock.

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