Mid & High-Density Developments Around The Bayview-Leaside BIA

Bayview Village, City Living, Housing & Politics


Welcome to my blog on housing, culture, and design! I’m Steve Fudge and I’m celebrating over 3 decades as a realtor and property consultant in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Our gorgeous ‘City of Neighbourhoods’ has been built on the strength and vitality of the many unique communities within its borders. It currently has 120 official neighbourhoods to its name. Unofficially? The total is probably closer to 240.

Each of these ‘pockets’, either symbolically or literally, represents a unique history, culture, or class of residents, and those distinctions are reflected in the amenities, food, architecture, and infrastructure found there. Some great examples are Korea Town, The Danforth, China Town, The Fashion District,  Little India, the Distillery District, or even arteries like Avenue Road!

City of Toronto urban planners and those in the development industry have long agreed that increasing the population along arterial roads is key to the city’s future growth. If you increase the size of new buildings for higher density, continue its mix of residential and commercial uses including encouraging smaller storefronts for local entrepreneurs, and allow as-of-right new construction consistent in scale, setback and height, communities blossom and will be better able to accommodate the waves of immigration that Canada experiences annually.



Let’s take a look at a stretch of Bayview Avenue – home to the Bayview-Leaside BIA – from Moore to just north of Eglinton Avenue East that serves as the high street for Davisville Village and Leaside. This encompasses two very desirable neighbourhoods that were developed in the 1920s (Davisville Village) through the 1930s and 40s (Leaside). Here’s what’s in store for the densification of this major avenue.


Under Construction

Here are 2 developments on Bayview Avenue – the first is located just north of Merton and the second is located just south of Eglinton Avenue East that are already under construction:


1410 Bayview – Under Construction

• An 8-storey mixed-use building (100 feet tall)
• 57 Units – Residential Condo/Commercial
• Designed by architects-Alliance for Gairloch Developments
• Situated on Bayview, just north of Merton Street


1718 BayviewUnder Construction

• A 9-storey mixed-use building
• 197 Units – Residential Condo/Commercial
• Designed by BDP Quadrangle for Gairloch Developments
• Situated on Bayview, just south of Eglinton



Here are 5 proposed developments on Bayview Avenue.

Note one of the proposed developments is 8 floors – similar to the two under construction – while the other four range from 27 to 46 stories high. This is because the City of Toronto is required by provincial law to set minimum density standards around Major Transit Station Areas (MTSAs) which encompass the area within a 500- to 800-metre radius around a transit station. In this instance, the new Leaside Station on the Eglinton Crosstown LRT will soon be open at the intersection of Bayview Avenue and Eglinton Avenue East.


1500 BayviewPre-Construction – between Davisville and Millwood

• An 8-storey mixed-use building
• 154 Units Residential Rental/Commercial
• Designed by BDP Quadrangle for Medallion Corp
• Situated on Bayview, just north of Davisville


1779-1787 BayviewPre-Construction – just south of Eglinton Avenue East

• A 35-storey mixed-use residential building
• 436 Units – Residential Condo/Rental
• Designed by Arcadis for Condor Properties Ltd.
• Situated on Bayview, just south of Eglinton


1802 BayviewPre-Construction – north of Eglinton Avenue East

• A 46-storey mixed-use building
• 419 Units – Residential Condo/Commercial
• Designed by architects—Alliance for Gairloch Developments
• Situated on Bayview, just north of Roehampton


1837 BayviewPre-Construction – north of Eglinton Avenue East

• A 27-storey mixed-use building
• 314 Units – Residential/Commercial
• Designed by Arcadis for Gupta Group
• Situated on Bayview, just south of Broadway


1840 BayviewPre-Construction – north of Eglinton Avenue East

• A 29-storey mixed-use building
• 318 Units – Residential/Commercial
• Designed by architects—Alliance for Skale Developments
• Situated at the corner of Bayview & Broadway


With so much development happening across the City, some are worried that ubiquitous towers will not only dampen the vibrant personalities of Toronto communities but also erase the ethnic and cultural histories of many neighbourhoods. On the one hand, yes, the once-contrasting pockets of Toronto are looking more and more alike.

Indeed, the cultural and economic differences between neighbourhoods – once quite distinct and deeply felt – have begun to evaporate as the city’s population has grown, commuting times have ballooned, and the dominant shelter typology in the central core has seen condominium housing surpass freehold dwellings. As a result, freehold dwellings in all locations have become more coveted and desirable in the downtown core. At the same time, the premiums or discounts that in early times were based on the particular blocks of any street have all but disappeared.

As for the preservation of diasporic communities that helped to build Toronto, that’s a more sensitive issue. However, Canada’s need for more housing is in large part to accommodate immigration. So while the demising lines between cultural enclaves may fade, aren’t we creating a stronger cultural melting pot of a City where those of all different ethnic backgrounds are represented everywhere? And isn’t that better? The debate is fierce and ongoing.

Instead of some urban neighbourhoods being coveted, and others not, everywhere is now considered premium. What property is worth tends to now be calculated based on its value as land (size, features, highest and best use) and the structures on it (age, size, condition, and architectural merit). And most every city street has properties that may be considered strictly as ‘land value’, while others may be deemed ‘executive pedigree’.

And each will find its Buyer!



Because the City of Toronto is required by provincial law to set minimum density standards around Major Transit Station Areas (MTSAs), there are currently four 27- to 46-storey high-rises proposed on Bayview Avenue north of Eglinton Avenue East. While we believe densification on main streets is a great way to create different housing options for single and 2-person households – like first-time Buyers or those who are downsizing and want to stay in their neighbourhood – we much prefer the 8 and 9-storey mid-rises being proposed or under construction on Bayview south of Eglinton to Davisville. Regardless, more residents will ensure the beloved Bayview-Leaside BIA can continue to thrive providing life-enhancing amenities to the local community.
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415 Belsize Drive is situated in the highly-coveted enclave of Davisville Village, which – being in the centre of the city – boasts a WalkScore of 97 out of 100! Located 4 blocks south of Eglinton East (and the new Leaside LRT stop) and 10 houses west of Bayview Avenue, this quality renovated detached residence is steps to South Bayview’s urban village high street. You can see Starbucks from the foot of the driveway!





Did you enjoy this? Here are some of other posts on Neighbourhood and City development:

Dear Urbaneer: Are More High-Rise Towers Coming To My Neighbourhood?

The Imminent Transformation Of Moss Park & The Garden District – Upcoming Developments

Why More Condos On The Danforth Is Good

From Brownfield To Playing Field: A Brief History Of Toronto’s Davenport Village

A Brief History On The Intensification Of The Danforth In Toronto

Garden City: The History And Revitalization Of Toronto’s Regent Park Neighbourhood

• Gentrification, Densification, And The History Of Toronto Real Estate



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