About Danforth Village/Upper Beaches
The band ‘Rush’ reference the Danforth in their instrumental “La Villa Strangiato” from the album Hemispheres (1978) and The Barenaked Ladies throw-out a nod to the Danforth in their song “The Old Apartment” from the album Born on a Pirate Ship (1996). Now that we’ve bestowed you with these groovy ‘dinner party facts’ let us digress…
Danforth Village (often referred to as ‘Greek Town’, or the ‘Upper Beach(es)’) is bordered by Leslieville to the south and Bloor Street to the west. It is a lively, shop-local neighbourhood with a well-spring of European and predominantly Greek influences. The charms of this neighbourhood are not only in its: patio-centric atmosphere, delicious culinary delights, artisanal cheese shops, speciality stores, bakeries, beautiful clothing boutiques, health food varieties, and yoga studios, but it’s well-crafted, and immaculately maintained residential streets.
A highly-coveted area to live in the city, homes in Danforth Village are impressive, with well-manicured lawns and foliage, tree-lined walkways, pedestrian-friendly walkability, local parks for play, and classic architecture. Residents enjoy walking to pick up fresh produce, ripe cheese, smoothies, rich coffees, and trinkets. A simple day outside can be anything from a walk to the park, to a yoga class, to get groceries, or to lay-low with neighbours on a patio (maybe even their own!). This is the type of neighbourhood where people say ‘hello’ and local shops know you by name. It’s proximity to Toronto’s east-end stretch of sandy beach(es) and the waterfront is just another bonus to an area where, otherwise, everything you could ever need is right outside your front doorstep.