5 Hot and Trending Toronto Neighbourhoods You Want to Live in Now
Toronto is home to many neighbourhoods, from quiet and residential areas to downtown areas bustling with urban excitement. Whether you enjoy the peace of sprawling green spaces or living in a fast-paced environment, there’s something for everyone in Toronto. Here are 5 of the hottest and trending neighbourhoods you want to live in now (and we’re currently building in each of them!):
1. Eglinton and Victoria Park, Bermondsey and the Golden Mile in North York
Eglinton and Victoria Park is ideally located steps away from the new Eglinton Crosstown LRT, the revitalized Eglinton Town Centre, and the planned redevelopment of the Golden Mile. Thanks to the Eglinton Crosstown LRT construction, the Golden Mile, which is currently a car-dependent area with big box stores, a strip mall, and parking lots, will be redeveloped into a vibrant mixed-use community with new residential buildings, commerce centres, and ample green space. Phase one of the Golden Mile redevelopment will include condominium towers, rental apartments, street-level retail storefronts, and office space. New pedestrian walkways, landscaped paths, and parks are planned to increase accessibility and connect residents to their community.
The proposed Golden Mile Community Innovation District will also connect residents with a wide range of opportunities in industry, education, training, art, and culture. Further phases of the redevelopment include more residential and retail space, a new grocery store, as well as amenities and services to meet demands. This will reinforce Eglinton Avenue East as a more urban and dynamic corridor, and make it an even better place to live – close to all the amenities you and your family need.
We’re currently building the sold-out Bartley Towns community of contemporary townhomes in this vibrant North York area.
2. Yonge and Dundas, the Garden District in Downtown Toronto
Downtown Toronto’s Garden District was so named in recognition of Allan Gardens, an indoor botanical garden located nearby at the intersection of Carlton and Jarvis Streets.
This neighbourhood is incredibly vibrant, and is filled with both historic buildings and modern amenities and entertainment. It’s a very walkable neighbourhood and when it comes to downtown Toronto, it doesn’t get more central than this!
This area offers everything from incredible schools and boutique shops to world-class restaurants and top-notch entertainment. Ryerson University is just across the corner, offering impressive educational opportunities to residents and bringing a wide range of educated students from all around the world to the neighbourhood.
Stroll two blocks west and you’ll find yourself at Yonge-Dundas Square, a one-acre outdoor hub for live entertainment and the unofficial epicenter of Toronto’s downtown core. Our version of Times Square in New York City, Yonge-Dundas Square attracts visitors from across the Greater Toronto Area and around the world.
Downtown Toronto and the Garden District are the place to be if you enjoy live music, theatre, art and culture, and other forms of entertainment.
BAZIS is building an upcoming condominium residence in the Garden District, located at 100 Bond St. You can register here to receive priority access, information and updates.
When it comes to accessibility and being in the centre of it all, 100 Bond St. has a nearly perfect score. With a walk score of 99 (scored out of 100), everything you need is within reach and just a short walk away.
3. Mount Pleasant and Eglinton, Davisville in Midtown Toronto
Located in midtown Toronto, amidst boutique shops and trendy restaurants, Davisville is an ideal place to live — a central hot spot with an incredible walk score of 97. It’s less than 200 metres from the Mount Pleasant Station of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT, and just a short walk from the Yonge and Eglinton TTC subway line and Yonge and Eglinton Centre, which includes theatres, shopping, dining and direct access to the TTC.
We’re currently planning a new condominium residence in beautiful Davisville, located at 750 Mt. Pleasant. You can register here for priority information and updates.
750 Mt. Pleasant has an impressive 91 transit score, and is classified by the City of Toronto as a Rider’s Paradise with easy access to world-class public transportation. Davisville is centrally located for both Toronto city workers as well as those who commute to nearby GTA locations. And while it’s close to all the convenient urban amenities and entertainment options you’ll love, it’s also located close to many natural oases where you can relax and retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city.
4. Bayview and Finch, Bayview Village in North York
Bayview Village is an uptown neighbourhood with an upscale condo lifestyle outside of the downtown core. Bayview Village is a modern and chic environment where residents rarely feel the need to travel downtown in order to enjoy the excitement of big city life. The neighbourhood is quiet on weekends, and nearly a quarter of its area is dominated by lush green parks, including the gorgeous East Don Parklands. Bayview Village has a live-work-play-shop attitude. The resident parks, tennis clubs and library see a healthy flow of families, young professionals and retired folks. Restaurants and shops are full to the brim.
Life for Bayview Village residents revolves around the Bayview Village mall. The neighbourhood is home to North York General Hospital. Kids go to excellent institutions like the Earl Haig Secondary School and the Elkhorn Public School.
Bayview Village has three subway stops east of the Yonge-University-Spadina line, along Sheppard Avenue East. From any given point in this area, access to the highway 401 ramp is a two minute drive away. Oriole GO station is another option for area commuters who work in distant GTA locations.
We’re currently planning a new community in this area, at Bayview and Finch. Register on our website for priority information and updates.
5. Queen and Church, Old Town Toronto and Historic Queen Street East
Old Town is a neighbourhood and retail district in downtown Toronto that’s very beloved. It was the first of Toronto’s named neighbourhoods, having acquired the moniker no later than 1815. The site used to be home to Ontario’s first parliament buildings, and still has many buildings dating back to the nineteenth century.
Rich in history, much of the City of Toronto can be traced back to Old Town. This area has recently seen a revitalization as trendy shops and restaurants take over centuries-old buildings. In Old Town you’ll find one of the city’s best foodie destinations, the St. Lawrence Market. The market has existed in some form since 1803, and four years ago National Geographic named it the best in the world. Close by are also the bustling Financial District, the vibrant Gay Village, St. Michael’s Hospital, and the reputable post-secondary institution George Brown College. Rich in history, the arts, theatre and within walking distance of the Distillery District, this is a great neighbourhood for you if you enjoy history, architecture, and a balance of fast and slow life.
We’re currently planning a new condominium residence in this area as well, at Queen and Church. Register on our website for priority access and updates.
Which neighbourhood do you want to live in? Connect with BAZIS on social media (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) and let us know!
Bartley Towns’ North York Neighbourhood: Upcoming Features and Exciting Plans
Our latest North York townhome community, Bartley Towns, is ideally situated at Eglinton and Victoria Park within an established residential neighbourhood. Located on Victoria Park just a bit south of Eglinton and just east of the DVP, the community is in the perfect spot to meet the growing needs of families. Close to numerous public and private schools (Bartley Towns has 17 schools within a 20-kilometre radius), libraries, community centres and parks with ample green space and walking trails, Bartley Towns has it all. Amenities are in abundance surrounding Toronto’s newest townhome development, including movie theatres, museums, grocery stores, and several public transit options.
The neighbourhood also has an impressive 55 restaurants, bars and coffee shops, which makes it a great place to explore and to enjoy an evening out. Read our blog post “40+ Shops, Restaurants, and Amenities Near Eglinton and Victoria Park at Bartley Towns” to learn more about the many amenities close to home in this family-friendly neighbourhood.
As we wrote in “Bartley Towns: Why It’s a Great Investment and Everything You Need to Know About the Grand Opening,” Bartley Towns’ neighbourhood is also known as Victoria Village or Victoria Park Village. This multicultural, diverse area features winding streets that are charming and pedestrian-friendly, and feels like a cozy enclave in the middle of the bustling City of Toronto. The area’s quiet streets, well-maintained homes and large lawns make it welcoming and picturesque, and the neighbourhood is highly appealing to young and growing families.
Even more exciting is the fact that this is just the beginning, as the neighbourhood is in the midst of a commercial and residential revitalization. The long-term vision for the neighbourhood is a walkable neighbourhood with street-front retail, bike lanes and excellent access to transit.
Here are some of the upcoming features and exciting future plans that you can expect to see at Bartley Towns:
Eglinton Crosstown LRT
The Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit (LRT) extension will run along Eglinton Avenue between Mount Dennis (Weston Road) and Kennedy station. This 19-kilometre corridor will include a 10-kilometre underground portion, between Keele Street and Laird Drive.
The Crosstown will have up to 25 stations and stops. It will link to 54 bus routes, three subway stations and various GO Transit lines. The Crosstown will provide fast, reliable and convenient transit by carrying passengers in dedicated right-of-way transit lanes separate from regular traffic. With an average speed of 28 kilometres per hour, the new LRT will let travellers get around the city up to 60% faster. The vehicles will use the PRESTO proof-of-payment system and will have multiple entrances and low floors to ensure fast and accessible boarding.
The project’s development and construction represent an $8.4 billion investment, and the LRT is set to be a major Toronto transportation artery in the near future. It’s the largest transit expansion in Toronto’s history.
The new LRT is currently under construction, with a planned completion date of May 2022 – just in time for your new Bartley Towns home to be completed.
Bartley Towns is located just 600 metres from the Sloane LRT stop, so commuting and getting around Toronto will be quick, easy and convenient.
The Sloane Crosstown stop will be at surface. The accessible stop will be a centre platform, with the stop located on the east side of the intersection of Bermondsey Road and Eglinton Avenue East. Between Brentcliffe Road and Victoria Park Avenue, there will be a 0.5 meter wide buffer on both sides of Eglinton to provide additional space between the bike lanes and vehicular lanes.
Eglinton Square, which is a 10-minute walk from Bartley Towns, is going through a major redevelopment. The area, which surrounds the Eglinton Square Shopping Centre, is undergoing a revitalization and densification as designed by renowned architects Quadrangle Architects.
The existing mall will remain in its entirety, while the surrounding area will transform into a mixed-use development, complete with a brand new supermarket and an additional 260,000 sq. ft. of retail space.
The Eglinton Square redevelopment joins a rapidly transforming Golden Mile neighbourhood.
The Golden Mile Revitalization
Named after the Golden Mile – the stretch of Eglinton Avenue characterized by its busy strip malls and parking lots full of shoppers, and so named in the 1950s – the Golden Mile Plaza has the popular Joe Fresh, a hair salon, a gym, and more. The Golden Mile Shopping Centre is currently undergoing an extensive and exciting revitalization, as part of the vibrant new mixed-use community that is now evolving there. A total of 11 new buildings are proposed in the master plan, bringing together prime retail and commercial space, high and mid-rise residential, and inviting public spaces.
The project includes ten new residential towers, a huge new central park, a series of publicly accessible open spaces, community-oriented retail, office uses, and a new food store.
This will reinforce Eglinton Avenue East as a more urban and dynamic corridor, and make it an even better place to live – close to all the amenities you and your family need.
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The Top 5 Toronto-Area Fall Attractions and Getaways
Fall is a beautiful, fleeting season in the Greater Toronto Area. Between the hot, sticky days of summer and the biting cold of our long winters, autumn is the best season to get outdoors and enjoy the perfect sweater weather.
There are so many great activities do in the fall, from pumpkin picking to cider sipping to enjoying breezy hikes with breathtaking views of the changing leaves. Whether you’ve just moved into one of our new North York townhouses, or are a seasoned local, enjoy our top 5 favourite Toronto-area fall attractions and getaways to enjoy this season:
#1: Go Apple Picking
Apple picking is fun, festive and COVID-friendly. There are many farms and orchards in the Greater Toronto Area that offer pick-your-own apple adventures.
Some great options are Downey’s Strawberry and Apple Farm in Caledon (a beautiful drive!), Dixie Orchards in Inglewood (you can also get pumpkins here!), and Carl Laidlaw Orchards in Brampton, which also features apple picking, wagon rides, and a quaint barn market.
Once you’ve stocked up on apples, you can bake an apple pie or make some spiced apple sauce or apple cider – after all, there’s nothing that says fall like the smell of warm apples and cinnamon.
#2: Enjoy a Fall Hike
Toronto is renowned for its beautiful parks and green spaces, and fall is the perfect time to enjoy a hike in nature. The leaves are changing and the red, orange, and yellow foliage is absolutely beautiful to enjoy up close. Best of all, fall is the perfect temperature for hiking – and you can warm up afterward with a hot apple cider!
Some great places to enjoy a hike in Toronto are High Park, Rouge Park, Scarborough Bluffs, and Leslie Street Spit. You can also take a drive out of the city to see the leaves up north in Muskoka – what a breathtaking show!
#3: Take a Wine Tour
Driving or biking through wine country and stopping at all the different wineries along the way is an enjoyable fall activity. Harvest, or “crush”, is in full swing in the fall, so you may even get to see the grapes being crushed – a unique experience!
Niagara-on-the-Lake is perhaps Ontario’s most renowned wine region. If you haven’t visited yet, it’s definitely worth the trip. The town is picturesque and charming with its flower-filled, tree-lined old town featuring 19th-century buildings. Often referred to as the prettiest town in Ontario, Niagara-on-the-Lake is the heart of Ontario Wine Country, with a wide variety of wineries, breweries, and distilleries. Another great option is Prince Edward County, which boasts several wineries and delightful restaurants. Vineland, near St. Catharines, is another excellent option that’s a bit closer to the Greater Toronto Area and less crowded.
#4: Go Camping
Camping isn’t just a summertime activity – camping is also a perfect way to spend a fall weekend! Head to Algonquin Park – Ontario’s most famous provincial park – for a classic camping experience, or take a trip out to Tobermory to explore the famous Bruce Trail and discover the stunning Flower Pot Island. You can book a camp site or rent a cabin or a yurt, which will be more cozy and comfortable than a tent. Who said you have to rough it when camping?
#5: Try Mountain Biking
If you’ve never been mountain biking before, fall is the perfect season to try it – and there are many great hills and bike rental spots close to the Greater Toronto Area. One particularly great place to try mountain biking is at Blue Mountain, where you can enjoy the fun downhill trails all the way until Thanksgiving weekend. Get ready for a rush of adrenaline!
We wish everyone a beautiful fall and hope you enjoy this special season!
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Bartley Towns: Why It’s a Great Investment and Everything You Need to Know About the Grand Opening
This weekend, the Grand Opening of Bartley Towns, BAZIS’ newest Toronto townhome community, is officially here. Bartley Towns is ideally situated at Eglinton and Victoria Park within an established residential neighbourhood and near an area that’s in the midst of a commercial and residential revitalization. It’s a great community and neighbourhood to invest in, and it’s now open for sale.
Everyone knows the number one rule and mantra of buying real estate: location, location, location. BAZIS prides itself on building in prime neighbourhoods throughout the City of Toronto, and Bartley Towns is no exception. This community of just 84 townhouses is located in close proximity to the DVP north and south highway and minutes away from the new Eglinton LRT, perfectly situating the community for ease of commuting and getting around Toronto.
Read on to learn why buying a Bartley Towns townhome is a great investment and all the details you need to know about the Grand Opening this weekend.
Making a Good Real Estate Investment in Toronto
When it comes to making a solid real estate purchase and investment in the City of Toronto, there are a few key factors that come into play:
Bartley Towns is a sure winner in the location department. The townhome community is located on Victoria Park just a bit south of Eglinton and just east of the DVP, 600 metres to the Sloane LRT stop and about a 10-minute walk to Eglinton Square. Eglinton Square is going through a major redevelopment, which adds to the “potential” quality. And BAZIS is a renowned, reputable builder known for building high-quality, luxurious living spaces with the utmost attention to detail. Location, quality and potential: check, check and check.
Let’s explore each category closer.
Bartley Towns’ neighbourhood is also known as Victoria Village or Victoria Park Village. This multicultural, diverse area features winding streets that are charming and pedestrian-friendly, and feels like a cozy enclave in the middle of the bustling City of Toronto.
The area’s quiet streets, well-maintained homes and large lawns make it welcoming and picturesque, and the neighbourhood is highly appealing to young and growing families. The community boasts numerous public and private schools (Bartley Towns has 17 schools within a 20-kilometre radius), libraries, community centres and parks with ample green space and walking trails as well as movie theatres, museums, grocery stores, and several public transit options, all of which add to the appeal for families. The neighbourhood also has an impressive 55 restaurants, bars and coffee shops, which makes it a great place to explore and to enjoy an evening out. Read our blog post “40+ Shops, Restaurants, and Amenities Near Eglinton and Victoria Park at Bartley Towns” to learn more about the many amenities close to home in this family-friendly neighbourhood.
Neighbourhood Walk Score
The neighbourhood also has a strong bike score of 57, an excellent walk score of 69 and a solid transit score of 68. Residents will benefit from the brand new LRT, which is scheduled to be completed by May 2022 (well before Bartley Towns move-ins begin). The Eglinton Crosstown LRT’s development and construction represents an $8.4 billion investment and is set to be a major Toronto transportation artery in the near future. Victoria Village residents can also take advantage of the 24-hour bus service along Victoria Park Avenue, which connects to the Bloor-Danforth subway line.
Explore this family-friendly Toronto neighbourhood further.
This prime location makes Bartley Towns a great community to invest in.
When investing in a real estate property, quality is also a key consideration. Choosing a house or townhouse built by a reputable builder with a long history of excellence is a safe choice to make sure you get the most value for your investment.
BAZIS has a long reputation of designing luxurious living spaces with the utmost attention to detail. Being able to successfully combine visionary architecture and design with marketing and construction has turned BAZIS into a reckoning force in pronouncing the city’s landscape.
The company is known for the unique architecture and high standards of luxurious finishes of its various residences. Knowing that each of BAZIS’ developments is crafted with exquisite design, superior location and elaborate amenities will give you peace of mind.
The potential of an area is also important, because you want to make sure that your investment will increase exponentially over time. While Victoria Village is an established community, it also has heaps of potential as it’s undergoing a period of major growth and revitalization. Nearby Eglinton Square is going through a major redevelopment, the brand new Eglinton Crosstown LRT is under construction and set to open in 2022, and the stretch along Victoria Park Avenue is undergoing a major period of commercial revitalization.
Bartley Towns’ Grand Opening Is This Weekend!
Bartley Towns represents a great investment opportunity and offers beautiful townhouses in a prime location that your family will love. The community is now open for sale, but act fast as there are just 84 townhomes available.
Interested in learning more about Bartley Towns? Explore our website to discover the home designs, explore the beautiful features and finishes, and to book your private appointment with our sales team today. You can also contact our sales rep John Ly at email@example.com or 416-639-8788 if you would like to make a virtual or in-person private appointment at our Sales Office (located at 250 Shields Court, Unit 1, in Markham). Signing of documents is available via DocuSign or in person. Deposits can be made via wire transfer or by bringing cheques to our Sales Office.
Make sure to follow BAZIS on social media (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) for more news, info, and the latest updates on Bartley Towns and other communities.
40+ Shops, Restaurants, and Amenities Near Eglinton and Victoria Park at Bartley Towns
BAZIS’ latest upcoming Toronto townhome community, Bartley Towns, is ideally located at Eglinton and Victoria Park, within an established residential neighbourhood in the midst of a commercial and residential revitalization thanks to the planned Eglinton Crosstown LRT transit extension currently under construction.
The community is perfectly situated to meet the growing needs of families. Close to numerous public and private schools, libraries, community centres and parks with ample green space and walking trails, Bartley Towns has it all. Amenities are in abundance surrounding Toronto’s newest townhome development, including movie theatres, museums, grocery stores, and several public transit options.
Upcoming plans for Eglinton and Victoria Park
What’s more, this is just the beginning. The plan for this area includes a brand new supermarket and an additional 260,000 sq. ft. of retail space. The long-term vision for the neighbourhood is a walkable neighbourhood with street-front retail, bike lanes and excellent access to transit.
Current Neighbourhood Amenities:
In the meantime, take a look at all the existing amenities in the family-friendly neighbourhood of Eglinton and Victoria Park:
- Silly Goose Pub
This laid-back local tavern offers wings and other casual meals, and it boasts karaoke nights and a pool table. A great spot for a casual family evening out.
- Ruby’s Mediterranean Cuisine
Craving Mediterranean flavours like olive oil, tomatoes, parsley and onions with hummus, shawarma and falafel? Ruby’s is the place to go. Located in Eglinton Square, Ruby’s is the local favourite in the food court.
This family-operated restaurant is known for having the best Jamaican food in the east of the city. Check it out for mouth-watering jerk chicken, ox tail, rice and peas, and much more.
The Thai street-style food at Jatujak is authentic and delicious. This hidden gem is highly-rated and it just may become your go-to spot!
This mellow bar offers tacos, burritos and other Mexican street fare, plus a seasonal patio. The friendly vibe, great atmosphere and delicious cuisine will have you coming back again and again.
- Frog and the Crown Restaurant and Bar
This friendly restaurant and bar often features live music, making it a lively and fun place to head out for a casual meal. It’s also well-known for its tasty meals and especially its delicious Greek food.
- The Veggie Thali
This popular vegan restaurant is bright and modern, and specializes in vegan Indian combo meals. The food is delicious and the ambiance is cute and cozy.
- Tim Hortons
You can’t go wrong with a local Tim’s walking distance from home! Take a leisurely Saturday morning stroll to pick up a double double and some Timbits for the kids.
- Eglinton Square Shopping Centre
With nearly 100 different shops and restaurants, Eglinton Square is a convenient and accessible hub. From department stores and clothing stores to beauty, books and stationery, electronics and media, financial services, health and wellness, home décor, and professional offices, Eglinton Square probably has what you’re looking for.
- The Golden Mile Plaza
Named after the Golden Mile – the stretch of Eglinton Avenue characterized by its busy strip malls and parking lots full of shoppers, and so named in the 1950s – this plaza has the popular Joe Fresh, a hair salon, a gym, and more. The Golden Mile Shopping Centre is currently undergoing an extensive and exciting revitalization, as part of the vibrant new mixed-use community that is now evolving there. A total of 11 new buildings are proposed in the master plan, bringing together prime retail and commercial space, high and midrise residential, and inviting public spaces.
- SmartCentres Scarborough
This mall, located at Eglinton Avenue East and Warden Avenue, has a Winners, a SoftMoc, a Mark’s, an LCBO and many more conveniences. It also includes banks, nail salons, restaurants, a Starbucks, and a Walmart Supercentre.
- Eglinton Corners
For those who love to shop, Eglinton Corners is the place to go. This shopping centre has a Sport Chek, a designer shoe warehouse, clothing shops and more.
- CF Shops at Don Mills
The Shops at Don Mills is a refined outdoor shopping centre that features luxury retailers such as Anthropologie, Aritzia, Frank and Oak, and Michael Kors. It’s an enjoyable spot to do some shopping or to pick up lunch at one of its premium restaurants, like JOEY or the Bier Markt.
Schools, Daycare and Education
- O’Connor Public Elementary School
This public elementary school – the home school for future residents of Bartley Towns – has just over 200 students and an excellent scope of school-wide leadership activities, a student council, full-day childcare, before and after school programs, and recreational programs.
- Gordon A Brown Public Middle School
This public middle school – which is also the home school for Bartley Towns – covers grades 6 through 8 and is affectionately known as GAB. It’s a dynamic and excellent school where students, teachers, parents and administration work together to help students reach high levels of achievement. Your kids will love this school because it has its very own swimming pool!
- Victoria Park Collegiate Institute
This public high school – for Bartley Towns students in grades 9 through 12 – is located in a quiet residential neighbourhood and is truly a community school. Its supportive and dynamic staff provides students with a wide range of academic and co-curricular opportunities. The school also offers a diverse range of programs in mathematics, science and technology, the arts, languages, the humanities, social sciences and business education.
- Victoria Village Children’s Services (Muppets Preschool Centre)
This renowned child care centre is well-known and beloved in the neighbourhood, and provides childcare for children from 18 months to 12 years of age. The centre’s Early Childhood Educators guide, nurture, facilitate and encourage children as they grow and learn, ensuring that children have opportunities to explore their interests and develop at their own pace by providing a learning environment where children feel valued and respected.
- EYES (Early Years Education System)
This is another daycare centre that offers care for children from 6 weeks to 12 years of age. The centre’s goal is to educate and empower children, developing emotional intelligence and values along with social, physical, cognitive and intellectual skills.
- Abacus Montessori Learning Centre
For parents who prefer the child-centered educational approach of Montessori schools, Abacus is a great local option. Its mandate is to offer students an academic program that arouses their natural curiosity, compels them to question, and challenges their intellectual abilities, thereby instilling a lifelong love of learning.
- Ontario Conservatory of Music
Located just minutes away from Bartley Towns, the Ontario Conservatory of Music has two floors of teaching rooms for music lessons, including piano, guitar, drums, violin, voice, and much more.
- Stride Conditioning Muay Thai and Fitness
If you want your kids to get the discipline and physical fitness that martial arts provide, Stride Conditioning is a great option close to Bartley Towns. The centre offers classes for all ages and levels as well as one-on-one training.
- Eglinton Square Branch
Located just south of Eglinton off of Victoria Park Avenue, the Eglinton Square Branch of the Toronto Public Library is convenient and accessible. This branch features a book discussion group, free parking, quiet study rooms, equipment for people with disabilities, internet workstations, and books in several different languages.
- Victoria Village Branch
As another option located close to Bartley Towns, the Victoria Village Branch of the Toronto Public Library is also available. This branch has a large auditorium for lectures and also periodically features various programs.
- Broadlands Community Centre
This friendly local community centre offers programs for preschoolers, children, adults, and older adults alike, including summer camps, swimming, skating, and more.
- Working Women Community Centre
The Working Women Community Centre is a women-focused settlement agency that provides support to newcomers in Toronto. Whether you need support or would like to volunteer, it’s a great way to get involved in the community.
- O’Connor Community Centre
With a large swimming pool, a gym, fitness classes, summer camps and more, the O’Connor Community Centre is a great place to visit to be active and to socialize with local community members.
- Victoria Village Recreation Centre and Arena
Victoria Village Recreation Centre and Arena is located in the Victoria Village community south of the Eglinton and Bermondsey intersection. On-site and satellite programs are provided for all ages from preschool to older adults in the areas of arts, sports, social clubs, creative playtime and leadership. The centre’s indoor rink makes it a popular venue for hockey and skating.
- Cineplex Odeon Eglinton Town Centre Cinemas
Everyone’s favourite movie theatre, Cineplex Odeon, is close to home at the Eglinton Town Centre. This modern multiplex cinema chain screens the latest Hollywood films, plus new independent releases.
- IMAX at the Ontario Science Centre
If you want to see a 3D film on the big screen, the IMAX at the Ontario Science Centre is an amazing option close to Bartley Towns. The selection of films playing always includes options that are both educational and awe-inspiring.
Museums and Attractions
- Aga Khan Museum
The Aga Khan Museum is a museum of Islamic art, Iranian art and Muslim culture. It presents and collects art from historically significant Muslim civilizations as well as contemporary Muslim communities and diasporas around the world. The museum has a permanent collection as well as various special exhibitions.
- The Ontario Science Centre
This is a favourite for kids of all ages and adults of all ages, too! With all kinds of interesting exhibits, science demos, shows and more, the Science Centre is a great place to learn about science in a fun, hands-on and interactive way.
- Scarborough Museum
This local history museum is an amazing place to learn more about Scarborough, from its founding and early settlement to its growth and emergence as a major suburb in the 20th century. Scarborough Museum offers visitors an opportunity to connect to the past through youth programming, camps, school trips, exhibits and special events.
- Birchmount Fire Hall Museum
Just a short drive from Bartley Towns, the Birchmount Fire Hall Museum offers a wonderland of fun for kids interested in firefighting. Originally Scarborough’s first fire station, Birchmount Fire Hall is now a museum featuring different varieties of fire trucks from various periods of history including an early fire apparatus. Since the firehouse was shared with Toronto Police, there’s an old jail cell which dates from the early 1920s and was used through the ’80s.
Having a Costco close to home doesn’t happen often when living in Toronto! For busy families, bulk shopping at Costco can save time and money. And from food to clothing to appliances, health and beauty, electronics and more, Costco truly has everything you need.
Located in Eglinton Square, Metro is a convenient go-to grocery store that has a bakery, fresh to-go food and prepared dishes, a fish counter, a full-service floral counter, sushi and more.
This incredible grocery store was named after a Greek god for a reason! Adonis is fully stocked with an amazing variety of culinary delicacies. The store focuses on Middle Eastern, Lebanese and Mediterranean inspiration, so you can enjoy a rich culinary experience that will make your taste buds drool.
- No Frills
For a more “no frills” experience (literally), No Frills is also close to home. No Frills offers affordable basics and is always accessible and convenient.
- Saks Fine Foods
It’s hard to tell by the name, but Saks Fine Foods is actually a huge convenience store – and convenient it is! Saks has everything from snacks and grocery items to greeting cards and personal care products, and it’s open 24/7.
- Bulk Barn
Bakers, rejoice! Bulk Barn is a great place to stop by for your baking needs and other bulk food purchases, such as sweets, drink mixes, teas, herbs and spices, and more.
- The Beer Store
The local beer store is located just south of Eglinton Avenue East off of Victoria Park, so picking up a few Heinekens for a Friday night is just a short stroll.
The local LCBO near Bartley Towns is located in the SmartCentre, and it’s a great store with friendly staff and a large selection of items.
This neighbourhood truly has it all!
Learn more about living at Eglinton & Victoria Park
To learn more about Bartley Towns, make sure to register for the community (registrants get first selection of units, so make sure you’ve signed up!) and follow BAZIS on social media (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) for the latest updates.
Don’t miss our exclusive Webinar Presentation for our registrants tomorrow (July 16th) at 11am sharp! Register for the webinar today. This will be the first opportunity to learn all about this exciting new townhome community at Eglinton and Victoria Park.
The Top 5 Activities to Do This Summer in Toronto
With the sun shining and the official beginning of summer just days away, Torontonians are looking forward to this magical time in Toronto.
Summer in Toronto means hot days spent on the beach or in parks, fun adventures with the whole family, and relaxing evenings spent sipping a cold beer or homemade craft cocktail on the porch or balcony. It’s the time when Torontonians come out of hibernation and enjoy the feeling of the hot sun on their skin and the beautiful blooms and lush landscapes that are so prevalent in this beautiful city. Summertime just makes everything better.
This summer will be different compared to the past summers, with many attractions and events closed or cancelled due to COVID-19. Regardless, there’s plenty to see, do, and enjoy in Toronto this summer.
Here’s a Round-up of Our Five Favourite Things to Do This Summer in Toronto:
Explore a Park or Conservation Area
Ontario Provincial Parks and Conservation Areas are open during the day, although beaches within them aren’t open. All parks located within the City of Toronto are also open. A visit to the park is a great opportunity to get some fresh air, relax in nature, explore a new ravine or forested area, and take pleasure in the sunshine. Enjoy a walk, hike, bike ride, or afternoon spent bird-watching.
Head to the Beach (Safely!)
From Sunnyside Beach to Cherry Beach, Toronto has several beautiful stretches of sand on Lake Ontario. Although they’re all closed until at least the end of June to limit the spread of COVID-19, Toronto residents are still able to stroll along boardwalks and waterfront trails, provided that physical distancing can be maintained. So lace up your shoes or put on your sandals and head to Lake Ontario to enjoy the crisp waterfront air. Visit The Swim Guide for the latest updates on beach closures.
Go on an Epic Bike Ride
Toronto’s Waterfront Trail allows Torontonians to cruise across the city, from Etobicoke in the west, right through downtown Toronto and to Scarborough in the east. Between Woodbine Beach and Balmy Beach, there’s a beautiful asphalt pathway for cyclists and in-line skaters. The downtown section of the Waterfront Trail along Queen’s Quay is newly-constructed and user-friendly, with wide dedicated bike lanes. This scenic route is safe and offers gorgeous views of Lake Ontario. Other places for an epic bike ride include parks, conservation areas, or even your local neighbourhood.
Enjoy a Frozen Treat
Ice cream, popsicles, paletas, Thai ice cream rolls and churro ice cream cones – the variety of delicious, sugary frozen treats in Toronto is truly impressive. And what’s a hot summer day without a tasty frozen treat? Check out Summer’s Ice Cream in Yorkville, Punto Gelato in the Yonge and Eglinton neighbourhood, Sweet Jesus near Yonge and Sheppard, or D Spot Dessert Café near Victoria Park and Eglinton.
Create a New Summer Tradition
Your favourite summer activity may be cancelled this summer (such as a visit to the CNE or a music festival), so why not create a new tradition? Get creative and brainstorm with your partner or family members to create a new activity that you can enjoy for years to come. Backyard BBQs, picnics, scavenger hunts, arts and crafts projects, your own family Olympics, movie nights, book clubs, kitchen dance parties… the options are endless.
We wish you all a fun and sunny summer full of adventure!
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The Benefits of Living in a Toronto Townhome
Townhomes are like the Goldilocks of living in Toronto. You get your own home – including all the roominess and outdoor space of a detached home – with all the convenience and ease of condo living. With a townhome, you get the best of both worlds.
Townhomes typically include multiple floors, designated parking spaces, and a shared wall with another home or homes. Townhome communities usually include shared communal spaces and are generally regulated by a homeowners’ association, which ensures that community maintenance and upkeep are taken care of and that everyone in the community abides by certain rules or guidelines.
If you’re considering buying a new home or condo in Toronto, townhomes are an excellent option to consider. Here are the top five benefits of living in a townhome.
Affordability and Cost Savings
Townhome living offers unparalleled affordability. Townhomes take up less land than single-family homes and are more cost-effective to build, so they’re more affordable to buy. This has great benefits for families as it allows them to get more home for less.
Townhomes also boast lower property taxes than detached homes and lower utility bills, since the shared walls between townhomes help to prevent heat loss and conserve energy.
Owners of townhomes also typically enjoy cost savings when it comes to home maintenance costs. While single-family homes can have many maintenance fees – everything from landscaping to roof repairs to driveway maintenance must be taken into consideration in the budget – many of these concerns don’t apply to townhomes or are covered by the homeowners’ association.
Townhomes are often less expensive than single-family detached homes in the same area, so they let homeowners live in great neighborhoods for a lower cost. Townhomes tend to be centrally located close to transit, shopping, restaurants, schools, entertainment options, and more.
Our upcoming Bartley Towns luxury townhome community, for example, is ideally situated in an ideal Toronto neighborhood at Victoria Park and Eglinton East. This established residential neighborhood in North York is amid a commercial and residential revitalization thanks to the planned Eglinton Crosstown LRT transit extension currently under construction. Best of all, Bartley Towns is close to numerous public and private schools, libraries, community centers, and parks with ample green space and walking trails, making it a perfect place for families to live and grow.
Single Family Living Without the Maintenance
Owning and maintaining a detached home can be a lot of work, and it can be both time-consuming and expensive. From yard work such as pulling weeds, trimming shrubs, and cutting the grass to landscaping to seasonal outdoor work like cleaning eavestroughs and shoveling snow, the list of tasks and chores can be endless. And then there are the bigger maintenance items and repairs to consider, like roof and driveway repairs or repainting your home’s exterior to keep it looking fresh.
With a townhome, you don’t have to worry about any of that. In townhome communities, the homeowners’ association typically handles all maintenance to your home’s exterior as well as to shared outdoor amenities such as parking lots, driveways, and other common areas.
Maintenance-free living is ideal for today’s busy families. It gives you more time to focus on what matters most: spending time with your family. Whether cooking a special meal together, playing sports, or a board game together or simply enjoying each other’s company, you’ll be grateful for the opportunity to relax with your family instead of attending to a never-ending chores checklist.
A Community Vibe
Townhome communities are vibrant, fun places to live because they foster a sense of community and togetherness. As neighbors live close to each other, they tend to get to know each other and to become quite friendly. Townhome living is a great way to make new friends, to meet playmates for your children, and to add a touch of safety and friendliness to your everyday life. Even living in a big city like Toronto, you’ll find yourself bumping into your neighbors and sharing a smile and a chat. Being part of a community is a wonderful feeling and is good for your mental health.
This sense of community also contributes to security, as neighbors know each other and will be more likely to notice and alert each other of any unusual noise, activities, or suspicious visitors. You’ll also have friendly neighbors nearby should you need someone to pick up your mail or keep an eye on your home while you’re out of town on a work trip or family vacation.
Stunning Shared Spaces
Another benefit of townhome living is that you get to enjoy beautiful common areas and amenities, including yards and parks. These are more expansive and luxurious than they would be if they were owned and used by just one family alone, and you don’t need to worry about any of the maintenance.
Townhome living offers all the luxury and spaciousness of single-family living at a lower cost than living in a detached home, and with a more carefree, maintenance-free lifestyle. It’s the perfect way to get all the benefits of living in a great neighborhood while also getting to enjoy more precious time with your family.
If you’re interested in the BAZIS’contemporary townhome community at Victoria Park and Eglinton East, make sure to register now for Bartley Towns to receive the latest news and updates.
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Everything You Need to Know About Yorkville’s Boutique Fitness
If you purchase a new condo at BAZIS’ luxury condo residence 1 Yorkville in the trendy Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood, you’ll know that it comes with its own fitness gallery, complete with the newest weight and cardio training machines, as well as CrossFit and Pilates studios. From the level of the fitness gallery, 1 Yorkville condo residents can also enjoy the sprawling view of the spa lounge located just below, with hot and cold plunge pools, aqua massages, and a generous steam room and sauna – not to mention the outdoor pool with private cabanas, a wading pool and a hot tub.
Dedicated health and fitness enthusiasts like to have options, though, and the Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood is the perfect spot to be for wellness buffs.
Fitness Classes for Yorkville Condo Owners
Fitness classes are a fun and motivating way to get – and stay – in shape. Group exercise has been shown to be better for your mental health than working out solo. A recent study found that people who took group exercise classes were less stressed out and reported more physical, emotional and mental health benefits than those who exercised alone or didn’t exercise at all. The social atmosphere coupled with the well-known benefits of physical activity is an added component that creates increasing health benefits for fitness enthusiasts. Group fitness classes also often include music, upbeat energy and choreography. All of these factors help to increase motivation and boost mood.
If you’re into boutique fitness classes, there are plenty of excellent options in the Yorkville neighbourhood. Read on for a compilation of our favourites.
The World’s Fastest Growing Functional Training Community
Functional training is a great way to get in shape fast. Functional training is defined as exercise that involves training the whole body for the activities performed in daily life. Translation? Engaging in functional training will make your day-to-day life easier and more pain-free. Back and joint pain will decrease or disappear, carrying groceries will be incredibly easy and you won’t bat an eye at the prospect of scaling a few flights of stairs.
Because functional training primarily targets the core muscles of the abdomen and the lower back, you’ll also end up looking as fit and shredded as you feel.
Functional training often includes gym equipment such as kettlebells, dumbbells, medicine balls, resistance tubes, balance discs and more.
A great option for functional training in the Bloor-Yorkville area is F45. The “F” stands for functional training. F45’s mix of circuit and HIIT style workouts are geared toward everyday movement. The “45” refers to the length of the workout – just 45 minutes of sweat-dripping, heart-pumping fun and you’re done for the day.
As explained on its website, F45 is specifically designed to provide a functional full-body workout while improving energy levels, metabolic rate, strength and endurance. The team mentality at F45 Training helps members transform their lifestyle physically and mentally while encouraging community growth and a no-ego attitude.
F45 is also one of the most time-efficient ways of training. Participants can burn up to 750 calories per 45-minute session.
Get Your Dance On
For dance enthusiasts, FYF (Find Your Fierce) is an amazing option in the Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood. It offers a cardio party “workout” as well as monthly dance choreography pop-up classes so you can get your groove on and have fun while getting fit.
The classes include a mix of 80% cardio and 20% toning and stretching so you can burn calories and tone your muscles, all in just 50 minutes. With a killer playlist, the classes at FYF are an endorphin high. Come once and you won’t be able to resist coming back! Experience is not required.
Enjoy the Full Package
A personalized approach to health is a great way to find out what works for you and what areas you need to work on and to get all the assistance and support you need.
At Catalyst Health Yorkville, personalized experience is what’s on the menu. Its vision is to serve the clients and community in the highest standard with unparalleled health care and enthusiasm.
Everyone has a personal fitness goal, and no two people are alike. Catalyst will assign you to a certified personal trainer who will initiate you on the path to realize your goals. Whether you want to reduce body fat, improve lean muscle mass or increase your mobility for a specific sport, Catalyst’s personal training staff, know what it takes from a physical and mental standpoint to push through the barriers to accomplish what you initially embarked on.
The benefits of personal training are endless, whether you need the initial spark to start a fitness program or add variety and specificity to an already existing regime.
In addition, if you’re looking for a full suite of fitness and wellness services – including chiropractic care, acupuncture, massage therapy, nutrition packages and counselling, active care rehab, physiotherapy and fascial stretch therapy – then Catalyst Health is the place for you.
Located in the heart of the city’s most luxurious area, the Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood, Catalyst Health houses state-of-the-art equipment and functional space to help you achieve any fitness or wellness goal. Achieving your New Year’s resolutions has never been so easy.
Barre and Pilates
For those looking to build a long, lean dancer’s body, barre and Pilates are popular choices. The Mindful Movement Centre is a great place to explore Pilates class, whether it be a class on the reformer, suspension Pilates, or a flow class. New students can also begin with a one-on-one session to receive a detailed assessment and an informed recommendation on what classes will be best suited to you.
The Mindful Movement Centre boasts a beautiful studio, small class sizes and some of the most highly-trained teachers in the city. You’ll be in good hands here!
Try Something a Little Bit Different
Looking to try something a little different – and highly technologically advanced? GoGo Muscle Training offers Toronto’s finest electric muscle stimulation (EMS) training facility. This zero-impact exercise allows you to gain explosive strength and to build muscle in record time. You can also improve your posture, achieve a toned body, relieve joints and balance out the muscular system with EMS training.
In EMS training, impulses are generated by a device and delivered through electrodes to the skin surface above the muscles to be stimulated. The impulses cause the muscles to contract, so the result is similar to the actual movement and regular contractions of the muscles.
GoGo offers EMS muscle training and also EMS cardio training, allowing you to build unbelievable endurance in just a few weeks with 25 minutes of training. Unlike conventional spinning classes or training which only focuses on your legs, GoGo EMS cardio training gives you full-body cardio and helps you to burn approximately 1,000 calories in just one session.
Whatever kind of fitness class you enjoy, the trendy Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood has a boutique fitness class to suit your style.
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1 Yorkville: Toronto’s Most Luxurious New Condo Development Is Nearly Complete
Construction is coming along beautifully at BAZIS’ 1 Yorkville luxury new condo development in downtown Toronto’s Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood, and the building is nearing completion!
1 Yorkville now stands at its full height of 58 storeys, and the suites and amenity spaces are in the process of being finished. The building is coming to life, and we’re looking forward to completing construction and welcoming homeowners to this gorgeous new development.
Since our last construction update of this exciting new Toronto condo development, a lot has been done at 1 Yorkville. Read on to learn more!
Construction Updates at 1 Yorkville
The roof slab has been completed at 1 Yorkville, which means that the condo’s incredible rooftop amenity space is now under construction too. The rooftop at 1 Yorkville will allow residents to entertain their guests in one of the condo’s gracious party rooms or to watch a movie in an intimate outdoor theatre. It’s all coming to life, at this very moment!
The exterior of the stunning condo development is coming along well, with the heritage building steel framing fully completed all the way up to the 4th floor, as well as all windows completed. The exterior wall, drywall has been completed up to the 56th floor – just two more storeys to go!
Inside, the suites are in their final finishing phase. Drywall has been completed up to the 54th floor and painting is well underway, as are tiles (which have been completed up to the 49th floor). Kitchens, countertops and backsplashes as well as suite doors, trim and hardware are also making swift progress – we’re almost there!
The ground floor lobby is also in full construction mode and is coming along well. The beautiful double-height lobby will feature an original art installation, convenient free WiFi, exquisite interior design and a 24-hour concierge.
The amenity spaces are making progress too. 1 Yorkville’s 4th and 5th-floor amenity floors, which are now each 50% complete, offer a functional environment that will inspire the most dedicated health enthusiasts while also embracing those who prefer a more meditative and relaxed ambiance. A spa with a sprawling outdoor pool, hot tub and hot-and-cold plunge pools will offer an incredible opportunity to unwind and enjoy all the benefits of hydrotherapy. A Cross Fit studio with top-tier equipment and a fitness gallery stocked with top-of-the-line weight and cardio machines will allow residents to optimize their health and performance in comfort and style.
A New Condo That’s Changing Toronto’s Landscape
1 Yorkville is already making its mark on the Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood, with its iconic design becoming a memorable and irreplaceable landmark.
The building is wrapped in crimped bands of white metallic ribbon to produce a unique interplay of shadow and light, and to emphasize a glittering effect embedded in the cityscape. This distinctive, unique exterior cladding now extends all the way from the ground floor to the top of the building’s 58th floor, producing a striking, dazzling effect.
The elegant condo fits in perfectly in the luxurious Yorkville neighbourhood, nestled amidst the likes of Hermes, Gucci, Holt Renfrew, and the Four Seasons across the street.
1 Yorkville’s singular, alluring exterior architecture isn’t all that is making the new condo development such an iconic new part of downtown Toronto’s landscape. The condo’s exquisite interior finishes are also designating a new standard of luxury.
Open-concept layouts, premium European-style kitchens and designer finishes, some with Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, are stunning and perfectly suited for the most discriminating buyer.
The condo’s lavish amenities are also superbly designed and highly enviable. Style cannot exist without substance, after all.
Of course, the finishing touch to 1 Yorkville is the royal treatment and ultimate luxury provided by its signature concierge services to handle all of life’s little tasks, such as errands, personal shopping and appointment-booking.
Suites Available at 1 Yorkville
There is still a limited selection of suites available at 1 Yorkville, including a one-of-a-kind penthouse that offers 360 degrees of Toronto views in an incredibly spacious, luxurious 7,256 square feet. The principal rooms of this lofty home feature a southern view with the great Lake Ontario beyond.
If you’re interested in calling the luxury new condo development 1 Yorkville home, get in touch with us to learn more. Follow BAZIS on social media (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) to learn more about our communities and the latest updates at 1 Yorkville.