Exploring Toronto Real Estate: Bayview Village Homes

If you are looking to buy a home in the Toronto area, explore the various neighborhoods to discover all Toronto has to offer.  Deciding which neighborhood is best for you is a personal decision.  Some families are looking for good schools.  Other couples are interested in a fast-paced nightlife and boutique shopping opportunities.  Still, other people crave the anonymity the city has to offer.  Each Toronto neighborhood is filled with unique features.  You are bound to find one neighborhood that is just right for you and your family.  

Introduction to Bayview Village: The Basics

Bayview Village is about 25 minutes from downtown via Highway 401.

Bayview Village is part of Don Valley North and Willowdale.  It is bordered by Finch Avenue East to the north.  Bayview Avenue and Leslie Street provide the west and east boundaries respectively.  To the south, Bayview Village is bound by Highway 401.  Bayview Village hosts North York General Hospital in the southeast corner.  Almost 25 % of Bayview Village is green space and parks.  Child-friendly parks include Blue Ridge Park, Clarinda Park, and Bayview Village Park.

Bayview Village is one of Toronto’s planned neighborhoods.  Laid out in 1954, Bayview Village was hailed as “contemporary living in the countryside, at the doorstep of the urban concentration of Metropolitan Toronto.”  Bayview Village hosts Bayview Village Shops, a shopping centre filled with upscale shops and luxury retailers located at Bayview and Sheppard Avenues.  There are also outdoor shopping plazas on Leslie Street, Finch Avenue, and Sheppard Avenue, featuring mostly independent retailers, as well as many restaurants and some professional offices.  If you are looking for big box stores, you will find many of them on Sheppard Avenue. 

The East Don Parklands Trail runs through Bayview Village from Finch Avenue to Sheppard Avenue.  

Bayview Village Homes

Because the neighborhood was developed between 1954 and 1964, the houses include ranch style bungalows, Georgian Revival style homes, and split-level houses.  There are also new houses built to replace older ones.  Condominium development is occurring in the southern area of the neighborhood.  There are also affordable condominium townhomes on the west side of Leslie Street.

Bayview Village Schools

Bayview Village has two public schools.  These include Elkhorn Public School and Bayview Middle School.   Most Bayview Village high school students attend Earl Haig Secondary School, which is located west of Bayview Village.

Public Transportation

Bayview Village has Bayview and Bessarion subway stations.  The Line 4 Sheppard subway line serves these stops.  Buses service Finch and Sheppard Avenues.  To a lesser extent, buses also serve Bayview Avenue and Leslie Street.  All bus lines can be used to connect to stations on the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line. 

If You are Looking for a New Home

If you are looking for a new home, contact us.  At Hallmark ReMax Realty, we pride ourselves on our ability to match our clients to neighborhoods they love.  Let us help you find the perfect neighborhood – and the perfect house for you!

Selling a home can seem like a monumental task.  For those of us in the business, we know there are steps you can take to not only sell your home but generate multiple offers for your home.  Of course, no technique works every time, however, there are things you can do to contribute to encouraging multiple offers.  

Consider Pricing for a Bidding War

Your realtor makes recommendations on the value of your home, based on your neighborhood, your home’s assets and drawbacks, and the sale of similar homes in the neighborhood.  This is a science, but it is not an exact science.  You will not, for example, be told, “Your house is valued at $247,500.”  Instead, your realtor will value your home, for example, between $235,500 – 260,000.  Many homeowners feel the urge to list the home at the high end of the range.  But recall, the home’s range is based on the factors discussed above.  If you list your home on the low end of the range, you increase the number of people who will come see your home.  This increases the number of people who will bid on the home.  Multiple bids generate bidding wars.  This can result in your home selling at the higher end of the range, even though you listed it at a lower price.

Provide Generous Access to Your Home

Recall that not everyone has the same schedule as you.  When people are looking to buy a home, they generally set aside a chunk of time to tour homes with their realtors.  If your home is only available for viewing between 2 pm and 5 pm on Tuesdays, you may decrease the number of people who can view your home.  Consider instead, opening your home for generous periods of time every day to allow as many showings as possible.  

Set Expectations

Consider listing your home on a Wednesday or Thursday.  Plan an open house over the weekend.  Make it clear in your listing there will be a review date, a day or two after the open house.  At that time, all offers will be reviewed and considered.  Publishing a timeline for your home’s market exposure puts buyers on notice that this is a limited time opportunity.  This tends to generate more interest as there is a sense of urgency.

Selling Your Home?

If you are considering selling your home, contact the realtors at RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Ltd.  Our experienced realtors meet with you to discuss your home, your needs, and your future plans.  Let us help you determine a reasonable price for your home, and develop a strategy for selling it quickly and to your satisfaction.


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