Our City Spotlight series explores the neighbourhoods that make up Toronto and the GTA. Each month, we take a look at what makes these areas unique and what we love most about them. Join the discussion on our  social media  to share your favourite things about each of our featured neighbourhoods!

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This month we're featuring Bathurst Manor, a quiet neighbourhood with a strong sense of community. Part of the North York district, the area is bordered to the north by Finch Avenue West, to the south by Sheppard Avenue West, to the east by the west branch of the Don River, and to the west by Dufferin Street. 

This diverse residential neighbourhood is popular with families due to its great schools, parks and community centres as well as its proximity to highways for commuters.

A snapshot of typical Bathurst Manor homes.

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Housing in Bathurst Manor

The majority of houses in this neighbourhood were built in the late 1950's and the 1960's, with a mix of housing including ranch-style bungalows, split-level and semi-detached homes, townhouses, and contemporary style houses. Many of these homes are situated on generous lots with an average of fifty- to sixty-foot frontages, bordering quiet, leafy-green streets.

   The average property price over the past 12 months is $1,036,748 - an increase of 38% over the same period last year.

The average freehold price over the past 12 months is $1,416,424, while the average condo price over the same time has been $407,244.

The Balmoral subdivision located at Faywood and Joel Swirsky Boulevards is a nice collection of newer custom built homes with smart looking stone and brick exteriors. The entrance to this exclusive subdivision is marked by a stone pillar gateway at Faywood Boulevard.

There are also a number of apartments and condo developments in the neighbourhood.

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Condos in the Bathurst Manor neighbourhood.

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Education & Recreation in Bathurst Manor

In addition to its top-rated schools including Wilmington Elementary School, Northview Heights Seconday School and William Lyon Mackenzie Collegiate Institute, the Bathurst Manor neighbourhood also includes six local parks, two greenbelts, two hospitals, a community centre, local bus service and close proximity to Toronto's commuter highways.

The Irving W. Chapley Community Centre features a tot's play area, meeting rooms and an outdoor pool and water play area. Wilmington Park, located next to the community centre features swimming pool, ice rink, tennis, basketball courts and a baseball diamond.

The Bathurst Jewish Community Centre BJCC is a multi purpose facility with cardiovascular conditioning equipment, indoor and outdoor pools, indoor and outdoor track, and tennis and basketball courts. 

The Koffler Centre of the Arts located at the BJCC houses the Koffler Gallery, visual arts studios, music and dance schools, and the Leah Posluns Theatre which is a 444-seat facility offering opera, theatre, dance, music and other cultural events. The Jewish Book Fair is held at the Centre annually.

Skiing was popular during the 1950s at a ski hill located adjacent to what is now Blue Forest Drive. In the summer of 1956, the valley below the ski hill was the site of Bathurst Manor Day Camp, later Forest Valley Day Camp, and now a part of the Forest Valley Outdoor Education Centre. At its peak, it was the largest privately owned summer day camp in Canada, with over 900 campers, and operated through 1993. Beginning in 1998, Camp NAORCA summer camp operated by Toronto Parks and Recreation moved here from its previous location at Seneca College, King Campus, and the Toronto District School Board uses this space during the school year to educate 21,000 students per year.

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Shopping & Dining in Bathurst Manor

Sheppard Plaza is the area’s major strip mall, and is a popular destination for day-to-day conveniences. It is anchored by a large Metro supermarket, and includes a Dairy Queen, Starbucks, Dollarama, Rogers, a brand new Healthy Planet, a gift shop/post office, Shoppers Drug Mart,  two banks, a convenience store, and several other services, dining spots, professional offices and amenities. 

Smaller shopping plazas such as the Bathurst Manor Plaza feature a large variety of food stores, restaurants, beauty salons, fashion wear, convenience stores and professional offices. There are several grocery and restaurant options including Kosher and Filipino food shops and bagel joints in these areas.

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Why We Think You'd Love Bathurst Manor

Bathurst Manor is the perfect neighbourhood for families and active seniors looking for larger, well-maintained homes with easy commute to the downtown core. Families would especially appreciate the excellent schools and recreational facilities and programs in the neighbourhood.

This is a highly desirable area with a fantastic selection of well-maintained homes along quiet, tree-lined streets. The diversity of shops and resturants add to the appeal of this neighbourhood.

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Now is the ideal time to get in to the area - talk to us if you're interested in finding a home in the Bathurst Manor neighbourhood!

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Source: Wikipedia, Toronto Neighbourhood Guide