What’s it like living in The Junction, Toronto?
Toronto’s West Side has a hip hood that has been drawing creative spirits, urban professionals as well as young families. They all want to live in one of the coolest hoods – The Junction!
This trendy neighbourhood is found just north of High Park and the eastern Junction Triangle. It has a vibrant yet grounded and organic vibe while being surrounded by century brick homes, historic buildings, and tree-lined streets.
The Junction has changed from a gritty “dry area” with less that desirable stores along Dundas Street West, to an exciting area that has become known for its design stores, art galleries, organic shops, boutiques, fab eateries, antique shops, bars, and craft breweries.
This area’s hot pulse with gentrification has led to rising real estate prices and an influx of trendy food spots and boutiques. It offers both a quiet area to live in as well as being steps from a lively nightlife with choices of bars and restaurants. Hole in the Wall, Famous Last Words, 3030 Dundas West, Junction Brewery, Indie Alehouse, Playa Cabana, Bothams, Isaan Der Thai, Nodo and The Alpine are just some of my fave’s! The Dundas West strip also offers fab gift stores, “Take Note” a shop for those of us who still enjoy paper and journals, MJOLK designs, Honest Weight a fish monger’s delight and dinner spot, Yoga & Pilates studios, Good Neighbour and Claudia’s coffee which are where locals go for a cup of mocha, and all of this is found in a quiet community that is still not far from the bustling streets of Toronto’s downtown core.
The Museum of Contemporary Art on Sterling Road in the lower Junction was recognized in the New York Times for its artistic value to the city. This area which once only appealed to artists and bohemian types is broadening its scope of attracting new residents. Transportation choices range from UP express, Dundas West Runnymede Station and St. Clair-Old Weston Go for navigating around the city and out of it.