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.
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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Huron Street Junior Public School
Palmerston Avenue Junior Public School
Jesse Ketchum Junior/Senior Public School
St Raymond Catholic School
St Joseph’s College School
Harbord Collegiate Institute
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.