The Junction is a tucked away pocket in the west-end of Toronto filled with history going back to the 1800’s. This area covers from Runnymede Road to the C.N. Railway corridor to the east, and north of Annette to south of St. Clair Road.
The Junction neighbourhood, a former industrial area, is clearly in the upswing with a small-village feel that is both a benefit to the current community and a draw to home buyers and new artsy shops that are opening. It’s close to High Park and The Bloor West Village with its own unique character. The Junction also offers easy access to transit with buses and the Bloor-Danforth subway line or a quick route can take you to the Q.E.W. & Lakeshore Blvd. There are great schools offered within the neighbourhood for young families. Along with being so conveniently close to High Park it boasts another unique green space called the West Toronto Railpath. It opened in 2009, as a multi-use asphalt trail for pedestrians and cycles that runs from the Junction towards Dundas and Lansdowne. It’s a wonderful example of urban rails to trails projects that transforms former rail lines and the future plans include expanding the trail to Liberty Village.
Even the “New York Times” has mentioned The Junction, that many have predicted will become the next “Queen West”. This funky hood is already attracting artists and entrepreneurs with its cheaper rents and converted industrial, warehouse spaces and loft conversions. January 2016, The "New York Times" named Toronto as the 7th top place to visit in the world, with "The Junction" being the most stylish hood for it's bars, coffee shops and live music!
The main strip along Dundas Street houses character vintage buildings that today are coming to life with organic eateries and grocers, alternative health options, raw food and multi-cultural restaurants, bars, café’s, art schools and galleries, Pilates and Yoga studios to antique shops. People stroll along the streets stopping off at different eclectic shops ranging from arts and crafts to yummy organic chocolate and to die for ice cream. Two awesome cafe's for a fabulous coffee and desert are Crema and Good Neighbour, with Starbucks having just moved into the hood. Organic and locally grown food are found at Sweet Potatoe for your grocery needs. There are a number of amazing restaurants where you can find both live entertainment and art exhibits. The Junction is also becoming known for its “furniture, design and vintage interior” stores with an artistic and unique edge. The Junction is a wonderful community of friendly people that love and support their hood.
Many of today’s buyers looking at the Junction area are attracted by the reasonable real estate values. For those that have been priced out of the core of downtown Toronto and the already established west end neighbourhoods such as Roncesvalles Village, High Park and even The Bloor West Village, The Junction with its small village feel makes a great option. Also, residents seem to prefer the relaxed vibe found in the Junction, as well as the fab design and organic options available. Many of the homes in this area go back to the 19th to early 20th century with the original features of leaded and stained glass windows and wood accents. Mixed throughout are semis and detached houses with a number of Victorians as well. There’s a blend of both renovated and original properties, appealing to different types of buyers. Recently there have been converted lofts and condos being built adding another appeal.
Part of the community charm attracting hipsters and delighting the residents are the number of neighbourhood attractions.
The Junction Summer Solstice Festival, celebrates the longest day of the year and has sparked interest throughout Toronto and beyond. Visitors enjoy art, design and music while experiencing the hood's passion for healthy lifestyle choices and awesome food. Kids can take a spin on the Ferris Wheel and at the same time the event is "Green" powered!
The Junction Farmer's Market and Outdoor Cinema is found at the epicenter for many events, the “Junction City Square” at (Dundas & Pacific) which is a replica of a CPR station platform.
The Junction Music Festival celebrates local up-and-coming talent. A number of stages with an array of music to grab your interest, food, drinks and nightlife, making The Junction hood worth visiting for yet another great event!
The Contact Photography Festival is the largest of its type festival in the world with over 200 venues sprinkled throughout the Greater Toronto area. For yet another year, the Junction continued to distinguish itself as hosting the largest concentration of venues of the photographic art in the area.
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