Years ago, as the City of Toronto was expanding, the growth led the city to “annex” a large piece of land north of Bloor Street and west of Avenue Road. Today, this vibrant neighbourhood is still known as The Annex.
Housing and Accommodations
The Annex is a well-established area with large homes built in the late 1800s, set on lush, tree-lined avenues. Over the years, many older mansions were knocked down and apartment towers went up in their place. Architect Uno Prii used simple concrete in an unexpected fashion to create interesting contemporary exteriors of the newer buildings. The Annex continues to evolve and its multi-unit homes and student-focused rooming houses are increasingly being lovingly restored to their original single-family design.
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ABOUT THE ANNEX
Anchored by its close proximity to public transit, the downtown core and the presence of the University of Toronto, the Annex is one of Toronto’s most historic and demographically diverse neighbourhoods.
The businesses on Bloor Street provide a look at what a student-driven economy inspires where the restaurants, cafes, pubs, clubs, shops and fruit markets are open from morning until late night, while a walk through the Annex’s residential streets reveals the prescence of urban professionals who eat at fine dining restos, like Piano Piano on Harbord Street. With its culturally eclectic vibe, the Annex is home to university faculty members, entrepreneurs, prominent artists, and young families.
Bordered by Dupont Street to the sorth, Avenue Road to the east, and Bathurst Street to the west, the Annex’s architecture and personality also extends further south into Harbord Village and further west into Seaton Village.
Bohemia and academia mix perfectly in this lively downtown community surrounding the University of Toronto. Stretching for a kilometre along Bloor Street West, the Annex offers residents an appealing blend of stately homes, art galleries, theatres, atmospheric coffee shops, bookstores, restaurants and bars.
Strolling the picturesque grounds of the University of Toronto’s famed Philosopher’s Walk, which runs south from Bloor Street between the ROM and the Royal Conservatory, is an Instagram-worthy way to spend an afternoon. And in the evening, the restaurants, bars, and lively patio scene turn the Annex into one of busiest areas of Toronto and one that showcases so well Toronto’s incredible harmony and diversity.
Annex residents include well-known creative artists, along with many University of Toronto students and faculty, as the campus is within walking distance. Notable members of the local community, past and present, include the Eaton family, George Gooderham, Toronto-based rockers Sloan, author Margaret Atwood, former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, former MP Belinda Stronach and celebrated environmentalist David Suzuki.
Huron Junior Public School, 541 Huron St., (416) 393-1570
Jesse Ketchum Public School, 61 Davenport Rd., (416) 393-1530
Palmerston Junior Public School, 734 Palmerston Ave., (416) 393-9305
Central Technical School, 725 Bathurst St., (416) 393-0060
University of Toronto School, 371 Bloor Street West., (416) 978-3212
Royal St. Georges College, 120 Howland Ave., (416) 533-9481
University of Toronto, St. George Campus, (416) 978-2011
Area: 3km Population: 29,180
Kids: 8% Visible Minority: 20.6%
Youth: 13% Average Family Income: $203,150
Lower Education: 15% High Education: 31.4%
Owned Homes: 36% Tenanted Homes: 64%
- Culture: A thriving cultural scene brings the community together through year-round events.
- Great food: Plentiful choice of restaurants provides endless options for cuisine.
- Transit: Four subway stations and lots of transit options service this city-centre neighbourhood.
- Froshies: Every September, all neighbourhoods close to U of T are flooded with first-year students and their antics. Luckily, it doesn’t last that long.
- Catching a bus: In the Annex the subway has you covered, but if you’re in need of a bus, you may be disappointed. The 26 runs once every half hour and the Bloor bus is a crowded mess.
- Dodging bikes: There seems to be a disproportionate number of cyclists in the Annex, keeping residents and drivers perpetually on their toes.