The City of Toronto was growing and “annexed” a big piece of land north of Bloor St. That’s why they call it The Annex.
Housing and Accommodations
If you have to ask how much, you probably can’t afford to live here. But everyone tries anyway. Some people never learn…
A number of mansions were knocked down against local opposition, and apartment towers went up in their place. Architect Uno Prii using simple concrete in unexpected fashion, fashioned the exteriors of the newer apartment buildings into strange and unusual facades. This seemed to make people forget about protesting.
JUST LISTED IN THE ANNEX
ABOUT THE ANNEX
Electricity. Day or night, it’s the word that best describes the feel of what remains one of Toronto’s premier neighbourhoods. Anchored by proximity to public transit and the presence of Toronto’s most prestigious university, the Annex is one of Toronto’s most demographically diverse places to live. A walk along Bloor Street provides a solid look at a student-driven economy where restaurants, cafes, pubs, clubs, shops and fruit markets are open often from morning until late night. Well-known hot spots like Lee’s Palace and Mirvish Village (soon to be redeveloped) give colour to the neighbourhood. A walk through the residential streets on the other hand speaks more to the successful urban professional who may be fine dining at Splendido. Drawing energy from the heavy student demographic, The Annex is home to university faculty, successful entrepreneurs and prominent artists, and is vibrant most any hour of the day.
The Annex is an evolving neighbourhood, currently exploring a push backwards in time to its roots in larger single-family dwellings. Multi-unit homes and student-focused rooming houses are increasingly being scooped up and returned to family homes. Officially bordered by Dupont to the North, Avenue Road to the East, Bathurst to the West, and Bloor Street to the South, the Annex vibe and architecture extends both southwards into Harbord Village aka “South Annex” and westward into Seaton Village and toward Little Italy – good next-best options if the true Annex price tags are too much.
Bohemia and academia meet head on in this lively downtown community surrounding the University of Toronto. Stretching for a kilometre along Bloor Street West the Annex offers visitors an intoxicating blend of beautiful old homes, art galleries, theatres, beatnik coffee shops, bookstores, discount stores, restaurants and bars.
Idle away a few hours during the day, browsing through the terrific book and music stores or strolling the picturesque grounds of the U of T. Philosopher’s Walk, which runs south from Bloor and starts between the ROM and the Royal Conservatory, is an Instagram-worthy locale.
When evening falls, the Annex turns into one of the busiest areas of town, with people flocking to the many restaurants, bars and patios offering food and drink from all around the world. It is a prime example of Toronto’s diversity at its very best.
About this neighbourhood
Annex residents include many well known artists. Many University of Toronto students and faculty live here as the campus is within walking distance. A lot of people say they live in the Annex but they actually live next door to the Annex. They say that because the Annex is the centre of the universe and they want to be cool like us. Heavily treed one way streets filled with Victorian and Edwardian inspired “Annex Style” houses are home to a broad demographic of residents ranging from students to older long-time homeowners. 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 David Suzuki…just to name a few! This kind of company will certainly up your street cred.
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%
- A thriving cultural scene, there are a variety of community events that bring people together from all around the community
- With a wide variety of restaurants you will never go hungry.
- Four subway stations and lots of transit options.
- Froshies – Every September, all neighbourhoods in close proximity to U of T get flooded with froshies. It’s not cute.
- Catching a bus – The Annex is a neighbourhood lucky enough to have several subways within it, but if you’re in need of a bus, you’re not gonna have a good time. The 26 runs once every half hour, and the Bloor bus is a crowded mess.
- Dodging bikes – There’s a disproportionate amount if cyclists in the Annex, and sometimes is can feel like their all riding around outside of your place. Always look both ways!