Bayview / Sheppard
Bayview and Sheppard or Bayview Village is an uptown neighbourhood that offers an alternative to downtown living. While it has been ideal for families with its detached homes and tree littered streets, the area has definitely witnessed a boom in condos, which makes it perfect for executives and 1st time buyers.
The Bayview Village Shopping Centre
, located at the north-east corner of Bayview and Sheppard, offers a refined shopping experience. The 440,000 square foot space is airy and uncluttered. The wide hallways allow space for comfortable seating, for you and man’s best friend (no matter the size). While the mall contains a handful of casual stores (Gap, New Balance, Roots), the majority are upscale boutiques. Among them are Pink Tartan, Judith & Charles, Mendocino and Stuart Weitzman. Pusateri’s Fine Foods
is a gourmet grocery destination that offers a scrumptious selection of organic foods and succulent, grain fed meats.
There is also a Loblaws and an oversized LCBO and Vintages. No need to shop ’til you drop. Get your energy back at the Village’s trendy food court, with restaurants such as Il Fornello
and Oliver & Bonacini Cafe Grill
. To top it off, Origin North
is the uptown counterpart to its King Street location.
The neighbourhood literally has transit left, right and centre, with three TTC subway stations that run along Sheppard (Bayview, Bessarion and Leslie). For commuters working outside the GTA, the Oriole GO station is nearby.
The infamous IKEA and Canadian Tire are right down the road (at Leslie and Sheppard). North York General Hospital is just east of Leslie and Fairview mall is a stone throw away at Don Mills and Sheppard.
For all you health and fitness fanatics, the Toronto Sheppard YMCA Centre
is located directly on the south-east corner of the Bayview and Sheppard. In addition to camps and child-care programs, it has two swimming pools, an indoor track, gym and dance studio.
The neighbourhood boasts several elementary schools, including Bayview Middle School, Elkhorn Public School and St. Gabriel Catholic School. Earl Haig Secondary School
is home to the highly regarded Claude Watson Arts program, for students involved in dance, drama, music and visual arts.