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Moving to Bayview Woods-Steeles: A complete neighbourhood guide

Bayview Woods-Steeles is a picturesque residential community located along the northern border of the City of Toronto. The neighbourhood is known for its amazing selection of houses and access to scenic nature trails along the Don River and the German Mills Creek. The area has become extremely popular with young families who appreciate the tight-knit community feel of Bayview Woods-Steeles and the wonderful selection of schools in the area.

Where is Bayview Woods-Steeles?

Bayview Woods-Steeles is situated between Bayview Avenue and Leslie Street with Steeles Avenue East acting as the northern boundary and Finch Avenue East acting as the southern boundary. One of the most prominent geographical features of the Bayview Woods-Steeles neighbourhood is the Don River, which runs right through the center of the neighbourhood. The heavily wooded area surrounding the Don River provides the neighbourhood with an ample amount of green space. Bayview Woods-Steeles is part of the larger neighbourhood of Newtonbrook, which extends west to Dufferin Street.

Getting around Bayview Woods-Steeles

The Bayview Woods-Steeles neighbourhood has excellent access to transportation options. Highway 404 is just a few minutes east of Bayview Woods-Steeles and Highway 401 is just a few minutes south. Motorists can easily reach the two major highways, which can take them to just about anywhere in the city in under an hour. The Old Cummer Go Station is located on Leslie Street and Old Cummer Avenue in the heart of Bayview Woods-Steeles. The station is a stop on the Richmond Hill line train service and offers service to Union Station in Downtown Toronto. The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) also has several bus routes that service Bayview Woods-Steeles along Steeles Avenue East, Bayview Avenue, and Finch Avenue East.

The types of homes in Bayview Woods-Steeles

The Bayview Woods-Steeles area was initially founded in the early part of the 19th century by settlers who operated saw and grist mills along the east and west branches of the Don River. In the 1950s, the area was subdivided for a massive residential development; this is when most of the housing stock in Bayview Woods-Steeles was built. Most of the residential area in Bayview Woods-Steeles is occupied by houses built on long winding tree-lined streets. The houses available in the area are a mix of detached and semi-detached split-level and storey-and-a-half houses as well as a few modestly sized bungalows and townhomes. The houses in Bayview Woods-Steeles are built on generously sized lots. In recent years, many of the smaller bungalows in the area have been replaced with new custom-built homes with modern amenities.

There are also several condominium complexes sprinkled around the Bayview Woods-Steeles area to provide some diversity to the housing options in the neighbourhood. The Gates of Bayview located on Garnier Court is one of North Toronto’s most exclusive apartment rental addresses. The Gates of Bayview offers one, two and three bedroom rentals with extensive amenities, beautiful shrubbery, mature foliage, and stunning floral displays. The Bennett on Bayview is another great condominium complex located on Bayview Avenue across the street from the Bayview-Finch Medical Centre. The Bennett is luxury condominium complex with a modern design aesthetic, large suites, and amazing local green spaces.

New residential developments in Bayview Woods-Steeles 

Bayview Woods- Steeles is one of the older and more well-established neighbourhoods in North York but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any new developments happening in the area. An exciting new residential development is underway in the center of Bayview Woods-Steeles. The new development is called the Ivy Hall and is a unique collection of just 30 palatial homes located along Lonergan Crescent and Ballyconnor Court. Each 60-foot lot will feature a new single detached home of over 4000 sq ft, carefully designed and built by Country Wide — one of the most respected homebuilders in the GTA. These homes will feature brick, stone, and stucco exteriors with tall solid wood doors, and fully interlocked stone driveways.

Making the move to Bayview Woods-Steeles

The popularity of Bayview Woods-Steeles has grown tremendously over the last few decades and demand for property in the area is skyrocketing. The neighbourhood is ideal for young families looking to move into their first home. The neighbourhood has beautiful houses, wonderful schools, and is removed from the hustle and bustle of the big city while still being close to commercial hubs like Fairview Mall. Moving into a new home can be a daunting task especially when you also must worry about selling your previous home. When you are selling your home, staging is an invaluable tool that helps potential buyers better envision themselves living in that space. Whether you are staging your home for sale, moving into your new family home, or you just want to declutter your garage, self-storage can be a great solution.

Storwell Self Storage is currently offering my clients an exclusive offer of 4 weeks of free self-storage at any of their facilities. Storwell has locations in Etobicoke, Mississauga, and one location in Scarborough near Markham Road and Highway 401, which is just a short drive east of Bayview Woods-Steeles. If you need storage to help with home staging or moving into your new home, you can call a Storwell representative or visit a facility in person to demo a unit.

Storwell Self Storage

85 Executive Ct, Scarborough, ON M1S 5W9

Phone: 416-534-5555

Parks and recreation in Bayview Woods-Steeles

One of the main benefits of living in Bayview Woods-Steeles is having access to amazing parks and large swathes of green space allowing you to get closer to nature. There is an extensive network of walking, hiking, and biking trails that follow the flow of the Don River and German Mills Creek. These heavily wooded trails are perfect for scenic afternoon walks or early morning runs. If you continue along the Bayview Woods-Steeles bike path southwards, you can follow it through the entire city and end up at the waterfront in Downtown Toronto.

Bestview Park is a small park located on Bestview Drive, which has a baseball diamond, a children’s playground, and three public tennis courts. The Willowdale off-leash dog park is in the southwest corner of Bayview Woods-Steeles and is a great place for your dog to run around freely and play with other dogs in a controlled environment. Right next to the dog park is the Bayview Arena, which has an indoor ice rink, an auditorium, and an outdoor BMX bike park.

One of the largest parks in the Bayview Woods-Steeles neighbourhood is Cummer Park located on the corner of Cummer Avenue and Leslie Street. The park has two full-sized soccer fields, two basketball courts, a baseball diamond with flood lighting, and four newly renovated tennis courts. A unique feature of Cummer Park is its skate park, which has a wide variety of obstacles for skate boarders of every skill level. The Cummer Park Community Centre is located right next to the park and has several amenities including a fitness studio, a pool, a track, and a squash court.

The best schools in Bayview Woods-Steeles

Bayview Woods-Steeles is home to some of the best schools in the entire GTA. The Toronto District School Board and the Toronto Catholic School Board both operate several schools in the area. There are two excellent options for high school students in the Bayview Woods-Steeles neighbourhood. AY Jackson Secondary School is located on Francine Drive and St Joseph Morrow Park Catholic Secondary School is located on the corner of Bayview and Cummer Avenue. Both secondary schools received extremely high marks in the Fraser Institute’s Annual Report Card for 2020 and were each ranked in the top 100 secondary schools in Ontario out of nearly 800 other schools.

Bayview Woods-Steeles also has a wonderful collection of elementary schools. A standout was Bayview Glen Public School located just north of Bayview Woods-Steeles on Limcombe Drive, which received extremely high marks from the Fraser Institute and was ranked as the 70th best elementary school in all of Ontario out of over 3000 other schools. Some other great elementary schools in the Bayview Woods-Steeles area include:

  • Lester B. Pearson Elementary School
  • Zion Heights Middle School
  • Pineway Public School
  • Steelesview Public School

The best places to eat in Bayview Woods-Steeles

Bayview Woods-Steeles has a large Chinese community and as a result the neighbourhood has a tremendous amount of wonderful restaurants specializing in Chinese and East Asian cuisine. Finch and Leslie Square is a popular shopping mall known for its great selection of dining options including Congee Wong, Sushi Legend North, He He Long BBQ, and Petit Potato, which is a busy local hangout that prepares a wide selection of bubble teas plus Chinese desserts and snacks. For amazing Japanese food, you can head over to Bayview and Cummer Avenue and visit Kaikaki Japanese Cuisine. On Steeles Avenue and Bestview Drive you will find Myoungdong Chammat Kalguksu, a Korean restaurant with a casual modern setting featuring daily all-you-can-eat menus of sushi favourites and grilled entrees. If you have room left for dessert, drop by Café Maxim’s on Finch Avenue East to try some of their delicious cakes and pastries.

If you’re looking to make your next move and the Bayview Woods-Steeles sounds like it might fit your lifestyle, contact our team today. We’d be happy to show you the best that the neighbourhood has to offer.

Neighbourhood Spotlight: Meditation + Yoga + Art in Bayview Village

With so many talented residents in Bayview Village, it is no surprise that Carol Knowlton-Dority, a local artist, is sharing her skills and experience in an upcoming workshop that combines yoga with contemporary visual art. On January 24, 31 and February 7, please join Carol and yoga instructor Jessica Cheung at the Jaya Yoga Centre for a guided meditation session through one of her many works of art. Carol has kindly shared her own experience through this journey with us:


I asked my friend, expressive arts collaborator and Yoga teacher, Jessica Cheung, to lead me through a guided meditation using one of my own paintings: Contemplation, #1. I found myself humbled and amazed by the experience of gaining something new and profound from something so familiar.

After helping me to attain a sense of calm, Jessica asked me to look at the painting, encouraging me to let my gaze move softly over the image. I saw a young man, looking backwards over his shoulder and gazing up into the sky. I saw openings of blue sky amid the clouds. I observed the colours, the clouds and how the light moved over the figure. Then she asked me to imagine myself stepping into the young man’s body.  Adolescent.  Shirtless.  She prompted me with questions:  What are you standing on?  What are you looking at?  How do you feel?  I explored the answers to these questions quietly, within myself.

Within the young man, I felt that I seem to be longing for something: guidance, an answer or some comfort. I realized that I felt vulnerable and that I was looking for help from something beyond myself.  My inner distress felt more difficult than I knew how to manage. I was wondering, hoping, looking for direction.

When Jessica then asked me to look around and see what else I saw, my gaze moved from the sky above to what lay before me.  The scene changed in a way that I hadn’t anticipated it would.  Before me I saw a salt marsh.  It was a salt marsh that I recognized.  My husband and I have been to this place a number of times; it is one of our “happy places”.  My gaze was focused on the upright reeds.  The vibrant, green reeds of the salt marsh were strong and flourishing.  I realized that I was entirely at peace in this setting; as if time itself was standing still.  My feelings changed from those of tension and vulnerability to a restful sense of calm.

Gently, Jessica brought me back to where I began the meditation, in the living room of my own home.

The image of the robust reeds stayed with me and I pondered them over the next few days.

This experience helped to clarify for me one of the most beautiful things about meditating on a painting: the experience can help to change one’s perspective.  The image of the salt marsh was peaceful and powerful even though the salt marsh lives in a world that can, at times, threaten its survival.  I realized that like the young man in the painting, I was feeling vulnerable and threatened as a result of my husband’s ongoing struggle/recovery from a health crisis.

When reflecting on the experience I had of looking out over the salt marsh, I was struck by its strength. Even though one cannot see the ocean floor from which the salt marsh grows, its vitality is linked to its roots in the nourishing power of the ocean: ancient and sustaining.  I realized that I too could be nourished and sustained in times of vulnerability.  Like the salt marsh, I must drink deeply from the ancient and sustaining practices that bring me peace.

I find that having a guided meditation on a painting is a comforting and enriching experience.  I would like to invite you to join Jessica Cheung and I, as we offer a unique workshop series that brings together yoga practice with contemporary visual art, to explore how the skills of mindfulness and heightened awareness support meaningful engagement with the world around us and in our relationships with others.

Yoga & Visual Art: An Explorative Meditation

January 24, 31, February 7, 2016   |   Location: Jaya Yoga Centre   |   Registration:

Carol Knowlton-Dority

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