North of Bloor and west of Dundas as it bends toward Keele.
Humberside Ave and Indian Grove.
historic, dog-friendly, lawn bowling, curving streets, mostly historic, century homes.
DID YOU KNOW?:
Though there are many new restaurants and businesses popping up along the commercial streets, the longest standing institution has to be the West Toronto Bowling Club. Established in 1912, it is still going strong and openly welcomes new members at a reasonable price during the green grass season.
West Bend is a hybrid of sorts. In some ways, it’s a more affordable High Park, with large historical homes and big lots, but it also has some of the grittiness and cool factor of the nearby Junction neighbourhood as well.
The housing stock is fantastic. Big brick century homes on curving streets. There are some businesses on Bloor West. Not bad, and getting better. The place to watch is along Dundas West. Going north past Bloor, this was once a hopeless stretch with train tracks on one side and drab businesses on the other. Now, there’s Hula Girl, a thriving espresso bar, and even a Ravi Soup, a tasty option with several locations throughout the city. Dundas Street bends to the west toward Keele, there is a number of great options popping up in this portion of the strip as well. There’s Channel Zero, an indie Canadian broadcaster, Honest Weight Fish Market, the classy Cajun restaurant, Roux, a vegan bakery, an non-vegan bakery (Mable’s), and some excellent take-out at the small but mighty Valis Foodcraft.
Location-wise, it’s pretty good. Depending on where you are, you’re not too far from the practical Bloor subway line or the bohemian chic of the Junction. And if you happen to be a lawn bowling fan, this neighbourhood even has that too.
Developers have expressed more and more interest in the area including a proposed high rise just north of Bloor, on the east side. The Duke, a mid-size boutique-style condo is one of the best new condos of last few years to emerge, as far as I’m concerned. It’s designed by Tas Designs at Indian Grove and Dundas West. Coming soon we’ll also see Junction House and likely a few more.
All and all, there’s still room for improvement here on the commercial strip. The homes are just as nice as High Park, just north of Bloor. So if you want big, but still situated in the city, this could be your neighbourhood.