Beautiful Cabbagetown has the highest concentration of Victorian homes in North America. It is a wonderful oasis in downtown Toronto for those lucky enough to live there. These 'cottages', semis and detached Victorians have almost all been lovingly restored. They are the centrepiece of the lives of the many interesting professional singles, couples and vibrant young families who live in Cabbagetown.
With so many trees, two large, gorgeous parks and very friendly, involved neighbours, Cabbagetown is a great neighbourhood. The Riverdale Farm is a very important place for Cabbagetown residents and children from all over the city gravitate to this working farm. At the east end of Carlton Street there is a big hill for kids to toboggan and an off-leash park for dogs. And yes the residents of Cabbagetown love their dogs! In sum, Cabbagetown is a very special place.
The History of Cabbagetown began in the 1840’s when thousands of Irish immigrants settled here. They were very poor and grew cabbages in their front gardens to put food on the table. In the 50’s and 1960’s you would have walked through streets of decaying Victorians, several divided into rooming houses. But in the 70’s many young couples saw the charm and recognized the potential. Together, city politicians, urban activists and local residents fought off redevelopment attempts. In 1989 The Cabbagetown Preservation Association was founded which led to the establishment of the Cabbagetown Heritage Conservation District which encourages the preservation of the Cabbagetown streetscapes and facades.
House Prices: In 2013 attached/row homes sold for $675,000 to $995,000. Smaller semis started at about $675,000 with no parking, semis with parking about $900,000+ to the large, totally done semis for up to $1,475,000. No cottages sold in 2013 but on the best streets they would sell for well over $1.3 million. There are very few detached homes and they sell for up to $2.1 million. Large Victorian mansions start at about $2.5 million. In 2014 prices continue to rise. It is definitely a very sought-after area. A spectacular renovated and extended 'cottage' recently sold for over $1.5 million, a 3 storey renovated semi sold for $1.6 million and a fully detached, rebuilt detached for $2.4 million. Large Victorian mansions of which there are only a couple would sell in the $2.5 to $3 million range.
Cabbagetown Events: The Riverdale Farm is open every day of the week with many farm animals and in the spring, their ‘babies’ on show! The Cabbagtown Festival is held in September along with the annual Blair’s Run and a street party on Parliament. The Riverdale Farmer’s Market is open to the public in Riverdale Park every Tuesday from May to October, The Forsythia Festival is held in May, and ‘Luminato’ in June.
* Riverdale Park's Farmer's Market click here
Parks: Riverdale Park, home to 'The Farm' and has picnic tables and splash pool in the summer for kids with a lifeguard on duty. This is the venue for The Cabbagetown Art Fair at the begining of September with art work and crafts exhibited from all over Ontario. The Farm is open year round and it is especially exciting for kids in the spring with the arrival of baby farm animals!
* Don River Hiking, Riverdale, Cabbagetown click here
Carved tree stump by the Carlton St. parking!
Eateries: An ice cream cone at 'Park Snacks’ on Sumach, coffee at Jet Fuel or Starbucks. Dinner at F’Amelia, lunch or dinner at The Pear Tree, House on Parliament, The 420 Smokehouse, Merry Berry, Kibo Sushi, Irv Gastro Bar, Butter Chicken Factory, Cranberries and others..
Shops: For food shopping there is No Frills, the new Loblaws at 'Maple Leaf Gardens'. There is also St. Jamestown Steak & Chops for grain fed meat and local produce and Epicure for cheeses, pate etc.. Fab new dress shop, Sinate Creations. Also The Healthy Whey, The Menagerie Pet Shop. Mi Casa and other gift shops and specialty clothing shops.
Entertainment/Outdoors: There are Movies at the Carlton Rainbow Cinema and at Market Square. There is trivial pursuit and other game nights at the Winchester Hotel. There is biking in the Rosedale ravine, Riverdale Park to Broadview and Cherry Street to the lake. For tennis, yoga and fitness you should check out The Lakeshore Mayfair Club, just 10 minutes away.There is also tobogganing on the big hill in Riverdale Park.
Transit: Even though you feel that you are not downtown, you are only 10 minutes by car or bus to the city centre and the financial core. There is shopping on Bloor Street. It’s 10 minutes to the DVP, 20 minutes to the Island Airport and ½ hour to the Pearson International Airport.
Schools: Winchester Public School, Spruce Court Public School, Our Lady of Lourdes P.S.,Jarvis Collegiate. Private schools close by:Branksome Hall, De La Salle College, Upper Canada Collegeand University of Toronto Schools. The University of Toronto, The Ontario College of Art and Ryerson.
Hospitals: Toronto General Hospital, St. Michael’s Hospital, Mt. Sinai Hospital, Sick Children's Hospital.