Yorkville is the place to go if you want to see luxury cars, experience upscale dining and shop high-fashion. There is a dynamic, eclectic mix of luxury condos and apartments, commercial office towers and four star hotels, theatres, gourmet restaurants, and prestigious shopping. These commercial shops are located on Yorkville Ave. and Cumberland Street. Yorkville is an exciting neighbourhood in Toronto that attracts an affluent crowd.
Subdivided in the 1830’s by a prominent brewer named Joseph Bloor and Sheriff William Botsford Jarvis who founded Rosedale, Yorkville was named after the town of York. It was incorporated as a village in 1853, and was annexed by the city in 1883. In the 1960’s Yorkville gained notoriety first as a hippie haven, and then it became known as a shopping mecca in the 80’s and 90’s.
You will find many beautiful Victorian homes in Yorkville, which were mostly built between 1870-1895. The homes are decorated with features such as ornamental brick patterns, gingerbread gables and cast iron fences. Many of the homes are listed on the Toronto Historical Board’s Inventory of Heritage Properties. There are both new and older condominium projects in the area, as well as the new Four Seasons Hotel and Condominium Residences.
If you are looking for shopping, Bloor-Yorkville is acclaimed as Canada’s pre-eminent shopping district. Many specialty stores, fashion boutiques, jewellery, antique and art galleries are all great destinations for tourists, locals, and Torontonians alike. Yorkville Public library is great for the local community meeting the literary needs of both children and adults alike. The Metropolitan Toronto Reference Library is close by.
There is so much to discover in Yorkville. It’s a vibrant, classy place to live, full of character and charm.