Yorkville, Toronto is an amazing neighborhood and truly is a great place to live. Yorkville once was a hippie haven where guitar strumming folk rockers like Joni Mitchell, Gordon Lightfoot and Neil Young held court in the local coffee houses. Today the neighborhood has been transformed into a maze of upscale boutiques, trendy art galleries, quaint restaurants, grand hotels and comfortable condos. Sweet, soothing sounds created by talented students and guest artists at the Royal Conservatory of Music fills the air. One can experience the Philosophers Walk, a lovely leafy footpath which meanders through the University of Toronto’s downtown campus. There modern students sit in the shade of centuries old trees and meditate on the classics. Yorkville real estate is precious.
Yorkville is the epitome of diversity. There is a park which features a billon year old piece of granite from the Canadian Shield and grand old Hart House built in 1919 with its stained glass windows, wooden ceiling and famous theatre which launched the careers of Canadian greats Donald Sutherland, Lorne Michaels, William Hurt and many others. But there are also brand new multi-million dollar condominiums, fabulous ultramodern hotels and innovative new office buildings owned by business powerhouses including Twentieth Century Fox, IBM Canada, Paramount Pictures and MTV Canada.
The shopping opportunities in Yorkville are beyond compare. Gucci, Burberry, Prada, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Vera Wang, Cole Haan, Bulgari, Cartier, Tiffany & Co., Swarovski, Ferrari, Maserati, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars all maintain stores there. Yorkville’s Bloor Street is North America’s third most expensive retail street. It is on par with Los Angeles’ Rodeo Drive, Chicago’s Magnificent Mile and New York’s Fifth Avenue. Yorkville is the place to see and be seen. It is Toronto’s most popular celebrity hang-out. International stars of stage, screen, television, the world’s top athletes and super-rich business magnates are often spotted at the bars, after-hours clubs and entertainment district in Yorkville. The neighborhood continues to evolve and Yorkville real estate prices continue to grow. Gardens, green spaces and great public art are being installed and sidewalks are being expanded all to enhance the quality of life in Yorkville. Adding to the value of Yorkville, is the fact that the neighbourhood is located in close proximity to so many other great neighbourhoods including: The Annex, Rosedale and Summerhill.