History of Bayview Village

Bayview Village is located in Toronto, Ontario (in what was formerly the City of North York). The boundaries of the Village are Sheppard Avenue on the south, Finch avenue on the north, Bayview Avenue on the west and the East Don River on the east (see Map).

The neighbourhood was first laid out in 1954 on what had been farmland by real estate developer Alexander Farlinger and town planning consultant Eugenio Faludi. Streets and lots were laid out to take advantage of the rolling countryside and many ravines and tributaries of the East Don River. Instead of the usual five houses per acre, Bayview Village featured less than three houses per acre on sixty foot lots with a depth of ninety to a hundred feet. Lots cost over $10,000 and houses, mostly split-level bungalows sold for over $25,000 to $30,000 each. The area was completely developed by the early 1960s.

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Left: Bayview Village in 1959 (Photo courtesy of Robert and Eva Wong)
Right: Bayview Village Mall 1959 (Photo courtesy of Loblaws)

For more on the history of Bayview Village (and some of the surrounding areas), purchase the book :" Bayview Village- from farmland to one of Canada's most picturesque communities." by Jeanne Hopkins