This neighbourhood truly has it all. Home to many academic institutions, the Annex mixes in the perfect amount of bohemian flare to give this neighbourhood a unique character that locals and tourists love. With bookstores and cozy cafes around every corner, this area is as diverse its residents. You will find a combination of students and wealthy professionals roaming the streets of the Annex, in addition to some Hollywood celebrities sightings.
The area mainly consists of residential housing and features a mix of Victorian and Edwardian homes, as well as some mansions and mid-rise apartment buildings. It has also has coined its own type of architecture that was popular in the 19th century known as the “Annex style house”. Popular with students, the Annex is home to many late-night restaurants and all-you-can-eat sushi places. You will also find many music and book stores dispersed along its tree-lined streets. Known as a friendly neighbourhood, what makes the Annex most unique is its mix of residents and contagious energy.
The Annex is home to Huron Street Junior Public School in addition to many private schools situated in close proximity. The neighbourhood provides several prestigious learning establishments, such as the Royal St. George’s College and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, while bordering the University of Toronto. Founded in 1827, the university has over 60,000 students on its urban campus and is considered one of Canada’s best institutions.
The TTC has provided several subway stations for the convenience of its residents and tourists, such as George Station, Spadina Station, Bathurst Station, and Dupont Station. Students and faculty at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education benefit from the convenience of the Bloor Street buses, while those who frequent Royal St. George’s College appreciate the close proximity of the Bathurst Street bus line. Residents can also take the buses on Spadina Road, Dupont Street, and Avenue Road.
Activities & Amenities
Many frequent the busy Bloor Street West and Avenue Road shops, services, and restaurants in the southern part of the Annex that connects to the downtown core. Residents can also find many eateries and professional services in the northern half of the Annex along Dupont Street. Adjoined to the Annex is the Mirvish Village shopping district, full of wondrous items to be discovered in their art galleries, antique shops, specialty stores, and bookstores. The Annex has fewer parks than other Toronto neighbourhoods, but residents can join a variety of fitness programs at the University of Toronto and the Jewish Community Centre to promote a healthy lifestyle.
The Annex was destined from Day One to be an elite neighbourhood with residents, such as Timothy Eaton of the renowned Eatons department store and George Gooderham of the Gooderham and Worts Distillery. The homes of the Annex were built in two waves: the first prides itself with Victorian, Queen Anne, and Richardsonian Romanesque architectural styles built as early as 1880; and the second wave exhibits homes built between 1910 and 1930 with more understated yet rich styles, such as English Cottage, Georgian, and Tudor.