For those who are, shall I say, compelled to be curious – if not entirely housing-obsessed like I am – it’s a real treat when you get the opportunity to take a peek inside unique and interesting homes.
After all, houses each have stories to tell, and opening the front door of a residence is a bit like opening the front cover of a book.
That’s even more true when the homes that catch your eye have unique qualities, character, charm and history.
Which is what’s so special about the annual Cabbagetown Tour of Homes, where you can view some of Cabbagetown’s eclectic and architecturally fascinating domiciles.
And the 2019 tour is all set to roll on Sunday September 15, from 12:00pm – 4:00pm. Tickets are $35.
Supporting The Cabbagetown Preservation Association
This volunteer-run, self-guided annual tour is done for a couple of reasons.
First, it draws attention to Cabbagetown’s iconic housing stock and second, it’s also a fundraiser for the Cabbagetown Preservation Association (CPA).
The Cabbagetown Tour of Homes began in the early 1970s as an event organized by realtors to showcase Cabbagetown’s Victorian architecture (which comprises the largest collection of historic Victorian homes in North America). The original intent was to demonstrate the potential of the neighbourhood in those early days of gentrification, both as a means to attract investors, and to convince Torontonians that these once-grand but now-crumbling gracious dwellings needed restoration and rejuvenation. Fast forward fifty years to today, and Cabbagetown has become a jewel like its former self.
The Cabbagetown Tour Of Homes
The Cabbagetown Tour of Homes features 7 to 9 residences annually, nominated by Cabbagetown residents and selected by the CPA. Included with your ticket is a map that will help guide you around the neighbourhood and through the tour. The brochure provides information about each of the homes, as well as points of interest in the neighbourhood. As an extra bonus, ticket holders are offered also discounts and deals at select local businesses. The tour is self-guided, so you can start and finish wherever you wish – and linger longer in the residences that really catch your eye.
One of the greatest allures of Cabbagetown is enjoying the serenity of its lush tree-lined streetscapes, the distinctive characted of Victorian Bay and Gable Architecture, and the exceptional urban gardens you’ll see as you stroll. In fact, did you know that the CPA also has an annual garden competition called Streetscapes in Bloom?
Hidden Gardens & Private Spaces
If you enjoy the Cabbagetown Home Tour (which you undoubtedly will), mark your calendars to take in another of the CPA’s tours: Hidden Gardens & Private Spaces which is annually each June.
This Cababgetown Home Tour – and the Preservation Society itself – is just one of many reasons to love Cabbagetown.
Its residents take enormous pride in their community, the collective public green spaces, and their own slices of domestic bliss.
Love Seeing Special? Come Visit My Open House Too!
If you crave a community that actively celebrates and shares its history and heritage with collective engagement like the Cabbagetown Home Tour, then check out my newest listing for sale in the neighbourhood
Dating from 1890s, this ‘worker’s cottage on privately-owned Alpha Avenue just north of Wellesley east of Parliament, is offered for sale for $799,000
And – yes – we’ll be Open Sunday September 15th from 2-4pm if you’d like to see this while you’re enjoying the Cabbagetown Tour Of Homes!
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And consider checking out my Neighbourhood Page On Cabbagetown which features census profiles, local amenities and our flavour video!
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