Beaconsfield is anchored by The Drake Hotel, at it’s southern point. In fact, ‘The Drake’ reigns as one of the very first visible signs of gentrification in the Beaconsfield area – after nearly $6 million was invested in a full face-lift for the building in 2004. It’s a true testament to the classic film saying “If you build it, they will come” (courtesy of W.P Kinsella’s ‘Field of Dreams’). The resulting increased investment, and migration, to this pocket of the city’s west-end, is attributed to the vision, and success stories, of entrepreneurs, immigrants, business investors, and builders, who saw what it could be. Today, young creative professionals, families, ‘hipsters’, artists, and real estate investors, have all planted-ground in Toronto’s trendy Beaconsfield area.
Along Dundas Street, west of Ossington, you will find Rua Acores – a nod to Beaconsfield’s Portuguese influence – where there are beautiful cafes, fruit and veggie markets, bakeries, and gift shops. This colourful street offers residents convenient, local, shopping for everyday essentials. Just shy of the neighbourhood you’re also greeted by West Queen West – another awesome place to shop, scour for vintage finds, or enjoy a dinner or social night out.
Residential streets in the Beaconsfield area are preserved with Victorian row and semi-detached houses. The Toronto Historical Board even recognizes Beaconsfield Avenue for its stunning homes built in the 1880s and 1890s. On any given day families can be seen strolling down tree-lined streets, venturing for coffee, dinner, or running errands. Millennials can be seen toting laptop cases, adjusting hats, and walking in well-heeled shoe choices, en-route home to get ready for a night on the town. And, an older (and very wise) generation can be seen sitting on porches, watching the neighbourhood, planting, pruning, and enjoying the day. The makeup of Beaconsfield is one full of character and the unexpected – the perfect reflection of its city.
With Bloor and Danforth subway lines around your corner, the Gardiner Expressway within accessible distance, arm’s reach for unique shops and worthwhile dining experiences, and tight-knit community ‘vibe’, Beaconsfield is a great place to live in Toronto.
It may even leave you asking: “Is this Heaven?”.
No, it’s not.