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5 Small-Town Neighbourhoods in Toronto

Toronto is filled with amazing little neighbourhoods, each offering some different and unique to the residents that live within them. You can enjoy the posh life living in Yorkville or Bayview Village, while Toronto’s Waterfront provides residents with a taste of the quiet life by the lake.

However, within this massive metropolis that is Toronto, there are a variety of “small-town” neighbourhoods; locations that exude a real sense of community within friendly, amenity-rich areas. We take a moment to look at 5 of them!

1) Cabbagetown

The Story: Hidden away in Downtown Toronto’s east end, Cabbagetown first came about in the 1840s, where Irish immigrants settled initally. The residents were so poor that they use to grow their own vegetables – specifically cabbages – in their front yards – hence, the name. The community is “the largest continuous area of preserved Victorian housing in all of North America”, according to the Cabbagetown Preservation Association, and you’ll believe it if you take a stroll through. The neighbourhood is littered with cute cafes and parks, all which add to the serenity of the space.

New condos in Cabbagetown:

2) Davisville

The Story: Davisville is one of Toronto’s most well-known residential communities, featuring an array of beautiful detached houses, a variety of condos and rental apartments, and much more. The community was developed by John Davis in 1840, when he created the community’s first post office and served as post-master. The Starbucks was once the old post-office building. In addition, residents can take advantage of the great TTC transit routes that exist within the community.

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3) Leslieville

The Story: Leslieville is a neighbourhood located east of the Don River, bounded by the Canadian National Railway. The neighbourhood came about in the 1850s, around the the Toronto Nurseries owned by George Leslie and sons, whom after the community is named. The neighbourhood used to be home primarily to the working class who worked in neighbouring factories and similar outlets. With the reduction of industrial activity in the area, the community saw a decline in jobs and people started moving away. Since 2000, however, the community has undergone a massive gentrification, where the old school community charm has been captured with new developments, improvements to old buildings and much more. It’s an up-and-coming neighbourhood that has generated a lot of appeal from young, working professionals and new families.

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4) High Park

The Story: High Park will always been a beautiful part of Toronto’s landscape. The primary residential community is just north of the 400-acre park, featuring a blend of new constructions and old developments. The older buildings are a mix of Victorian, Edwardian and Tudor-style houses, ranging from 2-3 storey buildings with large gardens and French windows. The condominium constructions came about after the Bloor-Danforth TTC subway was completed, creating an opportunity for people to move “out” of the city. The community is cozy and quiet, providing immediate access to the massive green park, offering a serene environment to ride a bike, go for a stroll or enjoy a picnic.

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5) The Junction

The Story: The Junction is one of Toronto’s oldest neighbourhoods, once called West Toronto – a whole city in itself – amalgamating with the City of Toronto in 1909. The community gets its name from the area’s status as the junction for 4 railway lines. The community was a rural type of town, away from the busy lifestyle of the central hub. Many of the old structures still exist today, housing various boutique coffee shops and restaurants, blending together a modern lifestyle with classic, old-school charm.

New condos in The Junction:

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