(Click on 'Schools in the list above to see which ones fall within The Annex)
The Annex is one of Toronto’s most distinctive neighbourhoods, a focal point of its multiple downtown regions. Peppered with parkettes and tiny one-of-a-kind boutiques, the Annex has something for everyone, but skews towards its student and artist-centric demographic, who tend to occupy much of the residential, west side of the Annex in subdivided houses. Gourmet vegan restaurants, ethical butchers and fair-trade cafes abound, suiting every upscale lifestyle. Typically of a university and artist-influenced neighbourhood, the Annex is quite bike-friendly, with bike lanes criss-crossing College and Harbord streets, and bike traffic warmly accepted on Bloor Street.
A famous foodie destination, the Annex is packed with some of the finest and most diverse dining in Toronto, from well-loved sushi restaurant New Generation to stylish up-and-comer Sushi Couture, to the age-old By the Way Cafe (try their Eggs Florentine). By night, Bloor streetblazes daylight-bright with Honest Ed’s famous wraparound sign, and dozens of bars and a few tried-and-true alternative clubs are always full of young hipsters and seasoned professors alike.
One of Toronto’s oldest neighbourhoods, the residential streets within the Annex were built from the early 1800's to the mid-twentieth century, and - save for tasteful tune-ups - have remained virtually untouched since. Teeming with history and enormous, well-tended rose bushes, these quieter streets are filled with gorgeous Tudor and Victorian homes, which range from mansions to semi-detached and rowhouses. Young, trendy families don’t look amiss, and University of Toronto School (UTS), right near Spadina, is one of the city’s finest secondary schools. From the Royal Ontario Museum to the Jewish Community Centre, however, the Annex is packed with family-centric activity centres and resources. If you’re looking to settle in a quieter area, consider steering clear of Bloor Street and settling slightly North, toward Dupont.
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