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Our Quick Toronto Neighbourhood Companion, Vol. 2

You asked for it, so here it is: the second instalment of PSR’s quick Toronto neighbourhood companion—once again described in a sentence or less.

Last time, we covered 15 of Toronto’s 239+ stomping grounds. That formula was a recipe for success. So we figured why not offer up exactly 15 again on this go around? After all, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Plus, sticking to that magic number guarantees another 13 or 14 future editions of this charming little series down the road. Smart planning for a rainy day!

Baby Point neighbourhood. [Via listandselltoronto.com]
Baby Point

This wealthy residential neighbourhood in Toronto’s York District is pronounced by locals as “Babby Point”—to rhyme with tabby or cabbie—in a nod to how its earliest settler James Baby enunciated his surname.

Baldwin Village

A commercial enclave in the west of the city’s downtown core—restaurants and small shops that sell arts, crafts and knickknacks have taken the place of the modestly-sized homes which used to line the streets here.

Bayview Village

Planned by a group of developers in 1954, this locality has been hailed for offering contemporary living in Toronto’s countryside, while still residing at the doorstep of the city’s urban concentration.

Cabbagetown

“The largest continuous area of preserved Victorian housing in all of North America” (at least according to the Cabbagetown Preservation Association), these parts are characterized by—what else?—ageless semi-detached Victorian houses.

Corso Italia

Considered Toronto’s second Italian neighbourhood after Little Italy on College Street, this community is home to not only several cafés, restaurants, food markets, clothing and shoe shops, but a number of bakeries and gelaterias as well.

The Entertainment District

Concentrated around King Street West—between University and Spadina Avenues—this hub is Toronto’s premier destination for theatres, performing arts centres and cultural attractions, plus Toronto’s four major-league sports teams… oh, and most of the nightclubs in Toronto, too!

Welcome to Greektown during the Taste of the Danforth. [Via bertstravels.blogspot.com]
Greektown

Also known as Greektown on the Danforth—or just The Danforth—the area was one of the major settlement areas for Greek immigrants after World War I, and it currently boasts amongst the highest concentrations of restaurants per kilometre in the world.

 

Kensington Market

One of the city’s older and most vibrant neighbourhoods, the Market is known for its eclectic shops, cafes, and other attractions—plus has been touted as the most photographed site in Toronto.

Little Portugal

The area is primarily residential—with Portuguese businesses along Dundas Street West and College Street—and populated by a fine stock of mid-century homes.

Pleasant View

This North York neighbourhood is marked by a huge percentage of home ownership, as well as its middle income status—in fact, MoneySense recently listed it as one of Toronto’s top five neighbourhoods in regards to the value you’re getting here relative to the rest of the city.

The revitalization of Regent Park. [Via Regent Park Life on YouTube.]
Regent Park

Gentrification, gentrification, gentrification—built in the late 1940s as a public housing project, this neighbourhood’s evolution from a transitional community to residential one has resulted in a higher quality of life for all its long-term residents.

Seaton Village

Sometimes referred to as the “West Annex”, this neighbourhood may share its architecture with the actual Annex (which is directly eastward), but is preferred by many for being considerably quieter, more family-oriented and flush with smaller, less expensive homes.

St. Lawrence

Synonymous with the large retail vendor market which is the neighbourhood’s focal point, this popular downtown residential community is home to some of the most interesting architecture in the city—take the Flatiron building for example, known for its distinct narrow, wedge shape where Wellington and Front Streets merge.

Woodbine Heights

A neighbourhood that straddles parts of Old East York and Old Toronto, the housing stock and street patterns in this area are of primarily Edwardian design—typified by distinctive, narrow-lot variants of the Dutch Colonial Revival, Classical and Cotswold styles.

York Mills

Once linked to the saw and grist mills that dotted the Don River, the area is home today to luxury condos and high-end homes.