Ever since the mid-1880s, The Annex has remained to be one of Toronto’s most affluent and most elite neighborhoods. Despite many of the highly recognized tenants moving to Forest Hill and Lawrence Park, The Annex still remains synonymous with prestigious urban living in Toronto.  Annex residents are a diverse crowd consisting of executive working professionals, young families and University of Toronto students. 

 

Today, The Annex stands as a testament to as a success to preserving historic family homes within the downtown area. Examples of prime 19th-century architecture can be found on Admiral Road, Lowther Avenue, and Bloor Street. 

 

 

 

This vibrant neighborhood largely derives its energy from the many post-secondary students who call The Annex their home, as well as the bars and nightclubs that crowd together on Bloof. Shoppers will find refuge along Bloor Street West with a seemingly never-ending variety of shops and cafes to pique your interest as you window shop. The Annex is also close to three major TTC stations in Bloor, Spadina, and Bathurst, giving you a clearly accessible neighborhood to live in close to the downtown core.

 

 

The Annex offers a comfortable and relaxed setting where Torontonians can enjoy lush green spaces such as St. Alban’s Square, Joseph Burr Tyrrell Park, and Taddle Creek Park. Nearby in the area you can also find multiple yoga studios, athletic centres, and martial arts studios.

 

 

Like many affluent Toronto neighborhoods, The Annex consists largely of high-rise apartment buildings and single-family homes with Victorian and Edwardian architecture as the inspiration.  The exterior of the homes are decorated with plum and pink credit river sandstone, red brick, and terracotta clay tiles. The detail in this area is something to behold with pyramid roofs, turrets, grand archways, and wooden spindled porches. During the 1950s and 1960s, apartment buildings began popping up to meet the needs of this diverse community.

 

Christie Pits Park is a wonderful recreational area where you can attend pickup soccer and baseball games, as well as attend an outdoor movie screening in the summer. In this winter, Christie Pits is the perfect spot for tobogganing and outdoor skating. 

 

 

This vibrant neighborhood draws its energy from the University of Toronto, as well as the many bars, cafes, indie bookshops, and restaurants that line the bustling urban Bloor Street. With many prestigious Toronto venues nearby such as the Royal Ontario Museum and the Toronto Hot Docs Cinema, there is no shortage of things to do in this lively Toronto neighborhood.

 

 

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