Blackfriars area is a small older neighbourhood that backs onto the west bank of the North Thames River. It enjoys popularity for the character of its older houses and its close proximity to both the downtown and the University of Western Ontario.
There are numerous homes in Blackfirars rented out to students and the areais said to have a bit of an "artsy" flair to it. It has easy acess to services and a network of parks. For real estate purposes the neighbourhood also encompasses the area known as "Cherry Hill," a grouping of apartments surrounding the Cherry Hill mall. The area tends to attract a high number of seniors and as a result there are number of accompanying services, such as medical practices, that have come to the area to service the population. The area is also home to four cemeteries, Mount Pleasant Cemetery being the largest.