Fairbank is a flourishing area located in the York district of Toronto. Established in the 1920s and 1930s between the first and second world wars, it’s a community with fantastic outdoor spaces, a diverse collection of cultures and culinary treats, and soon, one of the best transit options in the city. Here are just some of the reasons why this has become one of the city’s most sought after neighbourhoods:
The York Beltline Trail
The Beltline Trail is a 9 km walking and cycling trail that stretches through several neighbourhoods, including Fairbank. Built on the former Toronto Belt Line Railway, a commuter line that operated for two years in the 1890s, it now provides the perfect route for a leisurely stroll, a walk with the dog, or a weekend bike ride with the family. The York Beltline portion of the trail begins just west of Caledonia Road to Allen Road. The trail takes you through Walter Saunders Memorial Park where you can stop for a picnic lunch, shoot hoops at the basketball court, join a game of volleyball, or cool off at the splash pad on a hot summer day.
The Castlefield Design District
Nestled right in Fairbank is the Castlefield Design District, a hotspot for local interior designers, decorators, builders and home improvement experts. This small, tucked away area is a one stop shop for furnishing and decorating your home in style from top to bottom, or to pick up supplies for renovations and repairs. Visit Insideout for ideas on creating the perfect outdoor space. The Door Store is a large architectural salvage shop not only sells doors, but fireplace mantels, decorative iron, doorknobs and more. Union Lighting may be Canada's largest lighting showroom, but it also offers fine furnishings and accessories.
A World Tour of Food
The rich mix of cultures in Fairbank is a real treat for foodies, offering a world tour of cuisines. Whether it’s specialty grocers offering products from Europe, Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America, or fine dining and takeout options, the area has something for every taste. Highlights include some of the city’s most loved veal sandwiches at California Sandwiches, the finest jerk chicken at Rap's (1541 Eglinton Ave W), and an assortment of empanadas. Pick up fresh made pasta on your way home from the office for a quick and delicious dinner, or indulge in a Portuguese custard tart from one of several bakeries, or a slice of cheesecake at Carole's Cheesecake Company. For the urban herbivore, one of the world’s best vegan chefs, Doug McNish, has a shop only a short drive away. For those who love a good burger, W Burger Bar on Caledonia is worth checking out.
The Crosstown LRT
The Crosstown light rail transit line (LRT) is currently under construction and will provide a superior transit option in getting across the city’s midsection. Running on Eglinton Avenue between Weston Road and Kennedy Station with a 10 km underground section, this reliable, convenient, high capacity and accessible LRT will improve traffic and and reduce travel times. With its easy to use Presto fare payment system and 25 stops, this will make your commute to work a more pleasant experience.
Live in Fairbank
Now is your chance to live in the heart of Fairbank with this unique custom-built home located at 160 Bowie Avenue.
The 3 + 1 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom home features:
- a beautiful oak staircase with skylight overhead.
- stone/ceramic and hardwood floors throughout.
- a chef's kitchen that includes granite countertops, a center island, and breakfast bar.
- a gas fireplace with stone mantel.
- a fully furnished basement suite with separate entrance.
- other highlights include a BBQ gasline hookup, an oversized 1.5 car garage, and a flagstone front porch with aluminum rail work.
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