Considered one of Toronto's premier neighbourhoods, The Annex is also the city’s most diversified community
Locals who call The Annex home come from all walks of life, including University of Toronto students and faculty, young urban professionals, families with children, and notable artists.
The energy that can easily be felt all across the neighbourhood is drawn not only from the vibrant UofT life, but also from the myriad of bars, restaurants and clubs that line Bloor St.
The Annex neighbourhood is bordered by Dupont St, Bloor St, Bathurst St, and Avenue Rd. While once dominated by rooming houses and multi-unit homes, these complexes have recently been reverted back to single family homes, bringing back the eminence to this historic Toronto community.
The homes in The Annex were originally constructed in the late 1880’s and early 1900’s, resembling quite closely the styles of Victorian architecture. Some of the most distinguished features are common among these homes, including the maroon and pink-hued sandstone, red brick, and terracotta clay tiles. The architectural detail of these properties is undoubtedly among the finest in the city.
The second generation of Annex homes were built in the early to mid-1900’s. While not as embellished as their forerunners, they are still wonderful examples of English Cottage, Tudor and Georgian style architecture.
While The Annex is vibrant at all hours of the day, it really comes alive in the evening when all the area’s bars and restaurants become the social hub for locals and visitors alike. Hotspots like The Scoop & Bean, Guu Sakabar, Playa Cabana, Insomnia, The Original Gyro Grill, and The Harbord Room open their welcoming doors to all those who crave some delicious fare or a refreshing bevvie with buddies. The U of T campus is also a lively spot, particularly for students who need to unwind after their studies.
The main shopping strip in The Annex is located on Bloor St. This stretch of shops includes a a mishmash of clothing stores, bookstores, food markets, eateries, and outdoor cafes. The Mirvish Village shopping district also offers a number of quaint shops, and is located along on Markham St.
Fitness enthusiasts can get their sweat on at Trainers Fitness, Bloor Fitness 24/7, Hart House Fitness Centre, The Yorkville Club, Blast Athletic, as well as the University of Toronto's Athletic Centre and the Jewish Community Centre.
The Annex really is a walker’s paradise. Literally everything can be easily and quickly accessed by foot, including groceries, retail shops, restaurants, and recreational facilities, to name a few.
For those looking to travel to other Toronto neighbourhoods, the TTC serves The Annex quite well. In addition to streetcars and busses at the doorstep of just about every dwelling in the area, subway stations can also be reached by foot. There are subway stations at Spadina and Bathurst along the Bloor-Danforth line, and at Dupont on the Yonge-University-Spadina line.
Commuters travelling by vehicle can quickly access the financial and entertainment districts of Toronto within a few minutes, as well as The Don Valley Parkway and the Gardiner Expressway.