Tall and skinny are what comes to mind when thinking of homes in Brockton Village. Neatly aligned Victorian rowhouses and semis are de rigeur, many with reach-to-the-sky pointed third-storey rooflines. There is a certain warmth to the homes in Brockton, with colourful painted brick and pillared verandas from a century ago greeting you to the neighbourhood.
The traditionally modest and overlooked homes of Brockton are attracting more interest these days, as the stock of affordable homes close to downtown deminishes. Home buyers appreciate Brockton's easy access to the downtown core, both by driving and via the Bloor Subway. First-time homebuyers are looking to Brockton for its reasonable house prices. In addition, homebuyers are increasingly willing to invest a bit of effort to update older homes with character, instead of buying newer homes in the suburbs that require an ever-increasing commute into Toronto.
Overall, Brockton Village's affordable homes and convenient location make it a highly desirable community in which to live.
Brockton is where lived for several years when growing-up. My neighbourhood friends, who were mostly Portuguese, and I used to spend much of our free time at The McCormick Recreation Centre, attending arts classes and playing various games. Though the neighbourhood is now more culturally diverse, there is still a very strong Portuguese influence, as witnessed by the local food shops and the annual Portugal Week Parade along Rua Acores*. And although youth have many more entertainment options these days, McCormick's is still a great draw in the community.
* Rua Acores is the name for the stretch of Dundas Street West running through Brockton Village.
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Brockton Village spans from Dufferin Street to just west of Lansdowne Avenue, and from just above Queen Street West up to Bloor Street. Homes in Brockton Village can be found in Toronto Real Estate District W01.