5 reasons to rent an apartment at Bay and Boor

Our city expands out from the core. The more central you can find an apartment to rent in Toronto, the more access you have. That’s especially true if you’re on the subway line, and doubly so if you’re in the centre core where the two subway lines intersect.

That’s where we are. And for over 30 years, our residents have raved about the convenience of living where they do, and a few comments kept coming up.


Window shopping

They call our stretch of Bloor Street the Mink Mile because it’s lined with ultra-high-end boutiques including the new Hermes flagship store. Of course, Yorkville’s just north of Bloor and you could daydream through there all day. And on days where you need a different kind of escape, one of Toronto’s best movie theatres is just steps away at Manulife Centre.


Indoor winters

The buildings on the east side of Bay Street (including 44 Charles Street) are connected to the mid-town underground. Residents love that they can get to Yonge or Bay subway stations without going outside, and that they can get a lot of their shopping done without needing to bundle up. Of course, with Manulife Centre below us, our residents have it particularly good. And when Eataly arrives, they’ll have it really good.


Highway access

Routes to Rosedale Valley Road are just a few blocks away. It’s one of the easiest and fastest ways to cut across to the Don Valley Parkway, and by far the prettiest.

Incidentally, according to City of Toronto figures, congestion at around the Bayview/Bloor ramps is over 20 percent lighter in both directions so getting on and off the highway is rarely an issue. Our residents appreciate this, and also appreciate our underground parking lot with an in-house car detailer.


Long walks

The best of Toronto is accessible by foot from Bay and Bloor. North takes you to Yorkville/Cumberland and into Ramadan Park and mansion-lined Rosedale. East is the fun Yonge Street and the super-duper fun of Church Street. West is U of T, one of Canada’s premier universities (and university campuses), along with the tree-lined student village complete with cheap eats, great bars and energy. South is the core: the financial district, the CN Tower and many of Toronto’s biggest attractions and our beautiful lake.

Our residents also get to enjoy Toronto from the comfort of home. When you live in our high-rise tower you get to enjoy fabulous east, south and west views from the pool deck on the 51st floor!


Space to move

Crowded sidewalks aren’t a problem around here, mostly because of how wide the sidewalks are ¾ especially so on Bloor Street. The city recently completed a massive pedestrian experience enhancement project and we can absolutely feel the difference. Our residents come in and out on Charles Street, a pretty side street just south of Bloor. Here, there’s always room to stretch your arms.

Thinking about Bay and Bloor for your next home? Have a look at our floor plans and give us a call at 416-961-4998.

Saturday fun with the kids at Bloor & Better

When you think of the Mink Mile on a weekend, “a fun place to bring the kids” is probably the furthest thing from your mind. And given what the area’s known for, who’d blame you?

But in and among the high-end shopping, dining & entertainment in the area, you’ll find a few hidden gems guaranteed to entertain you and the kinder.

Williams-Sonoma – Junior Chef Classes (100 Bloor Street West)

Free and suitable for kids ages 5–13, these 45- to 60-minute classes teach new cooking skills and recipes each week, from mains to desserts to snacks between meals.

The instructors genuinely love cooking and it comes through in the instruction. Your little ones will learn how to use kitchen appliances safely. They’ll have the opportunity to work on their culinary creativity. And they’ll come to appreciate that, despite what the local pizzeria has behind the counter, there’s nothing like a home-cooked meal.

The best part of these classes: they’re seasonally themed. That means you’ll have your very own sous-chefs for summer barbecues and holiday dinners when all-hands-on-deck is a must for pulling it off in style.

To see what’s on the course menu this week, call the store.

Indigo Books, Gifts and ToysStory Time (55 Bloor Street West)

If you have young kids, you know how helpful it can be to have someone else entertain them for a few minutes. That was the idea behind Story Time, and now it’s a Saturday tradition.

At 11 am, the Kids section turns into a stage for 15–30 minutes depending on attendance. The floor staff choose different books every week, and sometimes they even mix it up with special guests and puppet shows. What makes it so special is how committed the “performers” are. They genuinely love to make the kids smile and it’s easy to see.

Indigo runs a host of other children’s activities throughout the year as well. Check their event listings to see what’s happening.

Varsity Theatre (55 Bloor Street West)

Even though we can stream practically anything now, there’s still nothing like the big screen and big sound of the theatre — especially for a kid. There are normally at least a few kid-friendly films on the Varsity lineup at any given time, and there are always kid-friendly concessions at the snack bar.

The ROM (100 Queens Park)

With tons of Saturday events and programs offered year-round for both kids and parents, the ROM is always a great place to spend some family time. Want some you-time instead? Drop them off at the Saturday Morning Club between 9 am and 12 pm, park here at Manulife Centre and treat yourself to a mani-pedi at Haartek Salon or a latte and good read at Indigo.

Pro Parking Tips

Manulife Centre offers two-hour validated parking on any combination of purchases over $25. And the Varsity Theatre will give you four hours for $3.00.

Next time you’re looking to peel your kids away from their own technology on a Saturday (and maybe do a little shopping for yourself), keep the corner of Bloor & Better in mind.