Homes in this neighbourhood are generally two story brick houses, however renovations are becoming popular and many of the traditional homes are being torn down to create larger, more modern homes.
The tree-lined streets in this area, which was annexed by the city of Toronto in 1909 make this a popular residential neighbourhood. Much of its development is owed to the creation of a streetcar line along Bloor Street, which the TTC later replaced by the Bloor-Danforth subway line, built in the 1960s with stations at Runnymede and Jane Streets.
The neighbourhood's first residents were largely Irish and Anglo-Saxon, followed eventually by immigrants of Eastern European origin. These are the residents who helped found the Bloor West Village Business Improvement Area, the first of its kind in Canada. This shopping district with over 400 shops, restaurants and services has helped make Bloor West Village one of Toronto's most popular neighbourhoods.