Even if it is situated just on the cusp of downtown Toronto, there’s something very urban about the atmosphere in the Yonge and Bloor neighbourhood. While surrounding neighbourhoods north of Bloor like Rosedale and Summerhill are more residential in nature, there’s nothing quite like the hustle and bustle of Yonge and Bloor.
The neighbourhood covers more ground than the name implies: Toronto condos for sale in Yonge and Bloor include homes as far south as Isabella, as far north as Rosedale Valley Road, and in between Yonge Street and Parliament. St. James Town is also included in this portion of Toronto, a particularly dense area with a large concentration of high-rise buildings.
While Torontonians typically associate Bay Street with power suits and briefcases, the lunchtime rush in the Yonge and Bloor neighbourhood is proof that plenty of important work gets done in this neighbourhood as well. In fact, besides being home to its namesake department store, the headquarters for the Hudson’s Bay Company is also situated in the tower Hudson’s Bay Centre at 2 Bloor Street East.
Speaking of department stores, fashion addicts interested in Yonge and Bloor condos for sale will be glad to hear that Toronto’s renowned ‘Mink Mile’ is just around the corner. Technically beginning at the western edge of the neighbourhood, the ‘Mink Mile’ is the city’s go-to spot for browsing luxury boutiques. With Yorkville also right next door, residents living in Yonge and Bloor can pop over to this neighbouring area for special occasions that call for dinners at Café Boulud or Sassafraz.
Casual restaurants are also aplenty in Yonge and Bloor. Inexpensive, eclectic eateries line Yonge Street, where residents can satisfy cravings for Indian, Thai, Japanese, or even Korean food. Daring diners can even visit Onoir, a restaurant where meals are served in complete darkness restaurant by blind waiters.
Condos for sale in Yonge and Bloor aren’t hard to come by, between the 26 buildings in the neighbourhood. What makes it even easier to find a home here is the sheer height of some of the towers. It’s almost as if developers working in the neighbourhood are competing for who can build the tallest condo. For example One Bloor Condos at 1 Bloor Street East soars to an incredible 75 storeys, and contains nearly 800 units. Built in 2017 by Great Gulf, prospective buyers looking for something quite sizeable can check out the largest units in the building, which span over 5,000 square feet.
Not to be confused with One Bloor, the One at 1 Bloor Street West is currently going up across the street. Slated for completion in 2023, the largest condos in the building will reach to 5,700 square feet, and the building itself will span an impressive 82 storeys.
Yet the award for most interesting building in the neighbourhood doesn’t go to a soaring tower. The James Cooper Mansion consists of a 33-storey, contemporary condo built by Tridel in 2011. What makes this condo unique is the amenities space, which is situated within an estate built back in 1881.
Yonge-Bloor is the busiest subway station in the city, connecting the Bloor-Danforth and Yonge lines. The station has been around since 1954, although its creators probably couldn’t have predicted that 400,000 riders would eventually pass through it each day. Alternatively, residents living toward the east end of the neighbourhood might start their journeys at Sherbourne Station, on the Bloor-Danforth line.
Drivers living in Yonge and Bloor are in luck, as they can use major arterial roads such as Jarvis and Yonge to reach the Entertainment District, St. Lawrence, or other neighbourhoods to the south. Those heading out on longer journeys can use Bloor Street East to quickly reach the Don Valley parkway, from which they can head south toward the downtown core or north up to the 401.
Bloor-Yonge is also a highly walkable neighbourhood. The ‘pedestrian scramble’ at the intersection of Yonge and Bloor was one of the first three crossings of its kind in Toronto. Here, one stage of the traffic light cycle allows pedestrians to cross the intersection in any direction — including diagonal. Streets in the neighbourhood also go entirely car-free on some summer Sundays, during an event known as Open Streets TO.
The Locals: As diverse as the businesses that surround them.
Code of Conduct: There’s nothing wrong with enjoying Indian buffets one day and fine French dining the next.
What You’ll Find: Department stores, office towers, and authentic food from around the world.
What You Won’t Find: Sizeable green spaces.
The Homes: The condos seem to be growing upwards at an astonishing rate.
Sealing the Deal: Getting to straddle the line between midtown and downtown Toronto.