Monday, August 31, 2009
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A trove of gastronomic treasures, the St. Lawrence Market, at Front and Jarvis streets, exactly where the old Town of York was founded in 1793‚ bustles with shoppers every Saturday morning. The neighbourhood surrounding the market is vibrant and colourful. Historic brick buildings, authentic and glowing with the warm patina of age, have been renovated to house offices and shops. New buildings, including rentals and co-ops, blend in beautifully. For homeowners, there are a number of condominium developments near the market. Rentals can be pricey.
Located on sparkling Lake Ontario, this area has everything from public gardens to dinner and theatre in one scenic space. Once a dismal area of factories and warehouses, Harbourfront now features many luxury condominiums with spectacular city and lake views. The nearby lakeside walking trail is ideal for cyclists and joggers. Or, hop on the ferry and spend a day on the islands. Harbourfront Centre offers a host of year-round cultural activities; Queens Quay Terminal supplies great shopping.
Once considered a working-class area, Cabbagetown, with its renovated Victorian homes and local parks and pubs, has become popular with higher-income singles, couples and families alike. Bordered by Sherbourne Street, the Don Valley Parkway (DVP), Bloor Street East and Gerrard Street, Cabbagetown is home to Riverdale Farm, which maintains heritage breed animals, and Allan Gardens, a botanical garden with magnificent Victorian-style greenhouses.
Like Hollywood in the heart of the city, Yorkville is for those who want to see and be seen. This trendy hotspot is the destination of choice for high-end shopping, exclusive dining and celebrity spotting. Local and imported celebrities, business moguls and artists alike shop and take meetings in the local establishments. There are a number of small, private galleries in Yorkville proper, and the Royal Ontario Museum and the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art are close by. Residences include luxury condominiums and some beautiful Victorian houses.
Rosedale is one of Torontos most elegant neighbourhoods. Its leafy green vibrancy, winding streets and magnificent homes lend this posh area its unrivalled charm. Fabulous Edwardian, Victorian, Georgian and Tudor-style homes predominate, some of which have been converted into upscale apartment rentals. This primarily residential community is loosely bound by Davenport Road to the south and St. Clair Avenue to the north, and is within easy walking distance of Yonge and Bloor streets, both of which offer terrific shopping.
Located just north of Rosedale and east of Mount Pleasant Road, Moore Park is a residential community of gracious older homes on quiet streets. The Moore Park Ravine, which follows the route of the former Belt Line Railway, passes through Rosedale Ravine and Mount Pleasant Cemetery ‚ a veritable sanctuary for birds. Moore Park is a short drive away from some fine retail shops located in and around Yonge Street and St. Clair Avenue.
Notoriously an artists haven, the Annex is a mosaic of cultures and classes. Loosely defined by Dupont, Bloor and Bathurst streets and Avenue Road, the Annex borders the University of Toronto St. George campus. It's no surprise many professors and students live here. Housing is a mix of Victorian, Queen Anne, Edwardian and Georgian homes, as well as modern developments and apartment high-rises. Many of the homes have been subdivided into rental apartments. Commerce on Bloor Street is homey and comfortable: little restaurants with affordable fare and inviting patios nestle in with mom-and-pop clothing stores and South American craft shops.
Located between Eglinton and St. Clair avenues, and Oriole Parkway and Bathurst Street, this upscale residential neighbourhood offers the quiet beauty of lush tree-lined streets with the convenience of downtown amenities. The Village, a lively little commercial centre, lies at Forest Hills centre, with its banks, cafes, restaurants, salons and greengrocers. The area is also home to two of Canadas most exclusive private schools: Bishop Strachan School for girls, and Upper Canada College for boys.
Oakwood Village, Humewood Hillcrest and Regal Heights
Along St. Clair West Avenue between Bathurst and Dufferin streets you'll find a colourful commercial mix: Chinese greengrocers, small Colombian and Peruvian eateries, trendy Italian restaurants... This neighbourhood, which extends north and south for several blocks, offers a mix of housing. More upscale homes line tree-lined streets just off St. Clair. Further north and south you'll find more affordable detached or semi-detached houses, along with a few apartment buildings, usually low-rise.