Old South is one of the pre-eminent residential neighbourhoods in the city. Everyone here knows where it is. Most of us have many friends who live there. It is also one of the larger intact residential neighbourhoods in the city.
At the heart of the neighbourhood lies Wortley Village – a small, secondary business district (really, a “high street”) with an interesting mix of eclectic businesses, restaurants, cafes, and pubs. And a grocery store. And a library. The Village itself also contains the residential homes within a 5 minute, or so, walk radius of the commercial district.
To get a sense of the appeal of the Old South neighbourhood, especially to younger folks raising families, it is probably enough to say that Wortley Village has recently been named one of the Canada’s favourite neighbourhoods. It is walkable and friendly, with good schools and an exceptionally strong and vibrant neighbourhood association. The Gathering on the Green, a large summer neighbourhood festival, is but one of the social activities available to residents of Old South. Others include Art in the Park and the annual Halloween in the Village.
In the late 19th century, many early London business families built their mansions here. Many of these still exist along the main streets, but the predominant housing style is the late-Victorian one-and-a-half and two-storey brick home with at least 3 bedrooms on narrow but deep lots, interspersed with frame bungalows on similar lots. There are also a number of 3-5 storey apartment buildings located, for the most part, within the Village itself.
In 2012, the average selling price of homes in the Old South neighbourhood was $266,552 on sales of 197 properties, excluding private sales.