College Street/Little Italy See All Neighbourhoods
Centred on College Street, just west of Bathurst is Little Italy. Bound by Bloor Street to the north where Seaton Village, Little Koreatown, and the Christie Pit neighbourhoods are situated, South Annex and Kensington Market in the east, Dufferin Grove in the west, and Trinity Bellwoods Park to the south, this dynamic neighbourhood is convenient to all the City’s best amenities.
Dominated by Italian immigrants from the 1920s to 1990s who worked principally on the railroads or in construction, this neighbourhood began gentrifying two decades ago when young first and second generation Canadians began locating here due to the affordable entry-level prices of its eclectic housing stock.
In fact, urbaneer.com played an active role in the sales and marketing of a number of vintage buildings which were converted into loft condominiums in this neighbourhood including The Button Factory, The Movie House and The Banquet Hall.
With an eclectic mix of Edwardian and Victorian housing stock ranging from working class cottages to merchant class mansions, plus the arrival of mid-rise condominium housing on College Street over the past decade, households range from multi-unit rentals for students and young professionals, condominiums for first and second time buyers, family housing within walking distance to Clinton or Pierre Elliot Trudeau Schools, and luxury dwellings attractive to the professional elite or wealthy down-scaling boomers who are enjoying the area’s proximity to top notch dining and cultural amenities. Additionally, it is extremely accessible using the College and Dundas streetcar lines, or the Bathurst, Christie and Ossington subway stops on the Bloor line; this neighbourhood is transit friendly. Plus there are the bike lanes on College or Harbord Streets for those keen to cycle to the University of Toronto, Hospital Row or the Financial Core.
There is movement and experience on every corner. A stroll down Harbord Street envelopes you with flavour on a multi-sensory level, offering access to some of the city’s very best restaurants, and gastronomic experience- whether you seek coffee with friends, or focused dining to titillate and delight the taste buds. Patrons break bread together, while subtle aromas wind and twine through the air
To the East is funky Kensington Market, with stalls dotted with fresh produce popping with colour, displayed by multi-cultural purveyors.
Groovin’ Dundas Street West with its cool hangs is south, while hip College Street serves as the epicenter of the neighbourhood. Once regaled in the country’s top five hippest neighbourhoods, there is movement, energy and experience on every corner. This is about being where the action is- choosing from one of several stellar five-star restaurants, catching a film at the Royal repertory cinema or relishing the crack of pool cue to ball, mingled with the buzz of conversation and laughter at fun Andy Pool Hall at College and Markham Streets.
In Little Italy, everything you require for domestic life is within walking distance- which means convenience, and an opportunity to mesh and mingle with your neighbourhood even while performing errands. There’s a 24 hour Metro grocer, pharmacies and a selection of butchers, bakers, and delis, plus a liquor store. How fantastic is that?