The nature of Bayview Village has strayed considerably from its original plan. In the mid-1950s, a group of developers came together to create a neighbourhood that would offer its residents “contemporary living in the countryside.” Yet today, Bayview Village feels anything but rural.
Bayview Village spans the area between Finch and the 401, and from Bayview to Leslie. The two major attractions in the neighbourhood are quite different from one another: a rugged ravine system and a high-end shopping mall. Condos for sale in Bayview Village are surrounded by plenty of ravines that follow the Don River and the creeks surrounding it. In fact, the winding residential streets were designed to fit in amongst the East Don Valley Parklands without disturbing this natural landscape. Urban explorers can start at Alamosa Park, crossing the river numerous times before landing themselves at the East Don Parkland.
Quite the opposite, Bayview Village Shopping Centre is situated in the southwest corner of the neighbourhood, where those who can’t stand the thought of hiking hang out. This upscale mall contains an array of boutiques and specialty shops, as well as an LCBO, a Pusateri’s, a Loblaws, and even a Toronto Public Library branch. The larger plots of land in this North York neighbourhood have also allowed for a couple of big-box stores to set up shop here. Shoppers from all over the city visit Bayview Village for its massive IKEA, as well as the recently opened Mountain Equipment Co-op store.
But Bayview Village is about so much more than just shopping and nature walks — it’s also a neighbourhood with an extremely tight-knit community. The Bayview Village Association has been around since the neighbourhood’s conception, and around half of the neighbourhood’s residents participate in one way or another. The association is made up of residents who volunteer their time to making sure the neighbourhood is as comfortable as possible: they deal with everything from traffic and safety to public space and new developments.
The Bayview Village Tennis Club is just one example of a neighbourhood amenity that was conceived of by the Bayview Village Association. Clearly, those who purchase condos for sale in Bayview Village are also buying into a welcoming, efficient, and ever-improving neighbourhood.
Fun fact: racehorses were trained in the area before residential properties existed in Bayview Village. As a reminder, a number of streets in the neighbourhood have been named after famous horses. Besides their equestrian-inspired names, many of the streets in the neighbourhood also happen to be culs-de-sac. These quiet, dead-end streets contain sizeable single-family homes, most of which were built between the mid-1950s and the mid-1960s.
In addition to these homes, those looking for Toronto condos for sale in Bayview Village will be glad to hear there are 30 residential buildings spread throughout the neighbourhood. Most of these are concentrated just north or south of Sheppard Avenue East, and while they’re spread out from Sheppard to Bayview, there’s a higher concentration in the west end of the neighbourhood. In fact, One Watergarden Way Condos is the only condo situated in the north end of the neighbourhood, near Finch.
Those attracted to the neighbourhood for its shopping will want to check out condos for sale in Bayview Village near the intersection of Bayview and Sheppard. For example the Bayview Village Condos is situated directly above the mall, as the name suggests. The ARC Condos at 2885 Bayview is also conveniently located beside the mall, as well as the Bayview subway station.
Condos for sale in Bayview Village don’t always take the form of high-rise towers, though. A handful of townhouse complexes can also be found throughout the neighbourhood. The Park Towns at 784 Sheppard are ideal for those who still want to live directly on a major road, while buyers who prefer peace and quiet can check out the Bayview Sheppard Manors Condos, tucked away on Greenbriar Road, or the Greystones Townhomes at 7 Dervock Crescent.
The Sheppard subway line might be the TTC’s shortest, but it sure does make life convenient for residents living in the Bayview Village neighbourhood. Operating only since 2002, three of the Sheppard line’s five stations can be found in Bayview Village: Leslie, Bessarion, and Bayview. After a short ride west, passengers can connect onto the Yonge line, from which they can head south toward the downtown core in no time.
Those who drive, on the other hand, are also well-situated when living in Bayview Village. The 401, the busiest highway in the city, happens to comprise the southern border of the neighbourhood. From the 401 drivers can head west toward the Allen Expressway or the 427, while the first exit east of Leslie offers the choice between transferring onto the northbound 404 or the southbound Don Valley Parkway.
The Locals: Fashion-forward types, nature aficionados, and those who straddle both worlds.
Code of Conduct: Bayview Village residents know better than to drive on the 401 during rush hour.
What You’ll Find: Charming culs-de-sac on either side of the Don River.
What You Won’t Find: Art galleries and nightclubs.
The Homes: Mid-century houses with large driveways and contemporary condos with subway access.
Sealing the Deal: Access to both the subway and the city’s busiest highway.