Yorkville was originally founded in 1830 by Joseph Bloor, namesake of the street, and it began as a residential suburb for those who preferred the cleaner air away from the then City of York's centre. The population grew to a thousand people in 1853 and as the cost of delivering services outgrew the village's capacity, it petitioned Toronto for annexation and got its wish on February 1, 1883. Yorkville was once a bustling mecca for young musicians who wished to hone their crafts in the 60's as it was well attended by live venues; many of Canada's musical stars found their start in the area at that time.
Many of the Victorian-era homes and quiet residential streets remain as a testament to when 'Toronto's Fifth Avenue' was originally the City of York's quaint suburb. The love-ins and coffee-houses have given way to chic boutiques, first-class art galleries and salons; the low-rises gave way to office towers and high-end condos along Bay and Bloor. There are not many schools in the Yorkville area but the ones that are, are well-respected. Jesse Ketchum is both a Junior and Senior Public School. Jarvis Collegiate is a public high school that is nearby and University Of Toronto Schools have their smaller private secondary academy just off Bloor.
With many parks nestled between the boutiques and condos, Yorkville - Annex has some surprising green patches in its environs. Centred around a 650 tonne and 1 billion-year-old piece of The Canadian Shield, the Village Of Yorkville Park's layout is based on the history of Yorkville and the Canadian landscape; a representation that it has won numerous design awards for. The Royal Ontario Museum is perhaps the best known attraction in the area and rightly so, the ROM contains forty galleries and approximately six million items and it's a wonder-filled day-trip for all ages.
You'd be hard pressed to find a bigger contradiction in neighbourhoods than the center of the counterculture in Toronto becoming the third most expensive real estate in North America but both titles belong to the same street about fifty years removed. Now, it's the place where Prada, Gucci and Swarovski have set up shop making it one of Canada's most expensive shopping districts and exclusive neighbourhoods.