Oakwood-Vaughan is a neighbourhood that has gentrified and become widely known for it’s family-friendly, welcoming, and neighbourly vibe. It is highly walkable and locally convenient. A strong european influence is easily seen in the area’s bustling sports cafes, Italian restaurants, and local businesses. Oakwood-Vaughan has more recently been known as ‘Oakwood Village’. Which is no surprise to us.
A residential neighbourhood that offers tree-hugged streets, local parks, schools, bakeries, and specialty shops, is not what you might immediately expect driving past the area north-bound on Dufferin. But ironically, despite being bordered by some of Toronto’s busier commuter roads – Eglinton Avenue (west), Dufferin street (west) and St.Clair Avenue (west), its residential streets are calm enough for child’s play: biking, running, skipping rope, climbing trees, playing in the yard, and chatting with neighbours on front porches. That’s because people in the Oakwood Village area generally have that ‘neighbourliness’, that friendliness, that you don’t find everywhere this day and age. When someone cooks too much food, it’s not uncommon to see if passed over the fence, to a welcoming hand. Tomato canning is also a family affair. The best minestrones, sauces, and casseroles are made at home and from scratch, after all.
This welcoming, and warm, vibe comes from the area’s Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, and Filipino, roots. This diverse cultural makeup, European influence, and friendly energy has been at the root of attraction for many young families, and new buyers, into the neighbourhood. Another allure for buyers is the location. Locals float seamlessly from Oakwood Village to the Wychwood Park area (closer to St.Clair & Christie) – where it is very easy to see a variety of fancier new additions like spinning studios, Italian restaurants, scone shops, and specialty stores. And, as luck would have it, families also have access to 3 highly rated public schools: JR. Wilcox, Arlington Middle School, and Vaughan Road Academy. New builds, modern renovations, topped-up bungalows, immaculate lawns, and booming investment from local businesses, are all signs that this area will only continue to prosper.