From The Toronto Life Real Estate Guide:
Many neighbourhoods in the city are collections of streets in search of a centre. Dufferin Grove, with its eponymous 14-acre park, is an exception. The park creates a focal point for this very local-minded neighbourhood, and has given rise to a wide range of services and neighbourly camaraderie—including potluck suppers, year-round farmers’ markets and a communal outdoor oven (there’s even park-wide Wi-Fi for afternoon bench surfing). A natural extension of that community mindset, the Grove Community School opened in 2009 and touts a curriculum based on social justice and the environment. Streets such as Rusholme offer an impressive degree of serenity and boast a surprisingly high number of detached homes so close to the city core. The neighbourhood is fairly family-heavy, and Portuguese remains the dominant language in some areas. Brockton Village, which occupies the western half of the district, draws artists with affordable prices. On the western front, Sterling Road is home to industrial buildings, some of which have been converted into furniture stores, play space for sporting clubs and even the headquarters of the Toronto Backyard Axe Throwing League. The lands off the railway tracks, stretching outside the neighbourhood boundaries beyond Bloor, could see big change in coming years. Developers are floating plans to turn the area into a mixed-use neighborhood in the vein of Liberty Village or the Distillery District.