Bordering Toronto’s midtown and the city’s west end, Dovercourt-Wallace Emerson is situated between the Junction Triangle and Christie Pitts neighbourhoods. This pocket of the city boasts strong community ties, a mix of families from different backgrounds, and is a wonderful place to raise children. The area is rapidly developing as the old industrial buildings and land are being transformed into renovated homes and commercial spaces.
Why you’ll love it here
There are many shopping options in the area, from the variety of amenities along the Bloorcourt Village shopping district to the Dufferin Mall retail hub and the Galleria Mall. Bloordale Village along Bloor Street West doubles as this area’s southern border, and it’s the scene for the annual BIG On Bloor street festival which takes place every July, celebrating the community’s wide array of international restaurants and local artists and their work.
Walking distance from the West Toronto Railpath and steps from major subway stations and bus stops, Dovercourt-Wallace Emerson provides residents with excellent transit access. Commuters can swiftly get around the city and easily reach Pearson International Airport and Union Station within minutes. The neighbourhood is also situated just north of Toronto’s downtown, so you’re never far from the excitement that the city centre has to offer.
Families choose this area to settle in for the tight-knit atmosphere as well as the abundance of recreation opportunities. Wallace Emerson Park is complete with a tennis court, bike paths, ice rinks where many community programs take place, and is situated next to the Wallace Emerson Community Centre. Here, residents can access the community pool, games room, playground, and seniors lounge.
Dovercourt Park is 6 acres and features campfire pits, playgrounds, sports fields, off-leash dog park and more. The Boys and Girls Club Dovercourt Club is located within the park and provides neighbourhood kids with access to a pool, games room, and arts and technology programs. Living in Dovercourt-Wallace Emerson you’ll also be steps from neighbouring Dufferin Grove Park and Christie Pits Park.
Dovercourt-Wallace Emerson real estate
Properties in the Wallace Emerson area tend to be detached and semi-detached brick homes built mostly between the late 1800s and early 1900s, situated on narrow lots on narrow streets.
Homes in the Dovercourt area were built between 1900 and 1925, though many have been converted into apartments. In recent years, these apartments have started to return to their original use, so there are more single-family homes becoming available. Many two and three-storey brick homes with welcoming front porches populate the area on narrow, well-kept lots under a mature tree canopy.
If you’re visiting in the summer, try to make it to the BIG On Bloor festival or enjoy a day of family fun and take your kids to the BGC Dovercourt Club where they can enjoy a swim and plenty of activities.