Annex Toronto Real Estate and Homes for Sale

The Annex real estate market has a variety of home styles, from multi-residential buildings to several large and old stately homes. Annex is a historic neighbourhood located in downtown Toronto. Ensconced by Bathhurst and Bloor Streets to the east and south, and Avenue Road and Dupont Street to the west and north respectively. The neighbourhood lies on the border of the University of Toronto’s main campus.


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  •   Area Urban
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  •   Commute12 mins DT
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Annex Real Estate Overview

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Predominantly residential, the large community is lined with old-growth trees. For many years, these trees have stood guard outside stunning Victorian and Edwardian-style mansions, also referred to as “Annex style” homes.

With its exceptional central location, residents enjoy great accessibility to public transport, including subway lines and streetcars that ply the area. And thanks to its bustling commercial area and the university, there is a larger percentage of bus stops in the area, and cycling is a good way to get around as well.

Residents in the Annex are blessed with several amenities, facilities, conveniences, great entertainment, shopping and dining options and excellent schools. They also enjoy a great communal vibe in this inclusive and bustling neighbourhood.

Who Lives In Annex Homes

Densely populated, The Annex has earned the distinction of being Toronto’s most diverse community and is an eclectic mix of people from different backgrounds. Since the Annex borders the University of Toronto, for a long time now, the neighbourhood, has been a haven for students and members of the university's faculty. Plus, successful business folk, famous artists, seniors and people from all walks of life make up the dynamic community.

Residents in the Annex are primarily English-speaking and well-educated. According to the 2016 Neighbourhood Profile, the Annex had a population of a little over 30,000 people, with over 51% of them belonging to 25 to 54 age demographics. Over the years, several distinguished and wealthy Torontians like Adrienne Clarkson and Margaret Atwood have called this neighbourhood home.

Annex Homes Are Perfect For

As one of the most lively downtown communities in Toronto, the Annex delivers in spades for those folks who are on the lookout for a vibrant neighbourhood, with oodles of charm and character. And for those who fancy historic architecture, the area is undoubtedly one of the best residential areas in the city. Thanks to the variety of real estate options, this dynamic and ethnically diverse community is ideally suited for students, working professionals and people from different backgrounds.

Annex Homes Are Not So Perfect For

Since the Annex is a lively community, with a variety of entertainment options along central streets like Bloor and Dupont, these bustling areas can get quite noisy, especially over weekends. So, if you're looking for a quiet, peaceful neighbourhood, these pockets of the community aren’t ideal. The good news, though, is that a majority of the residences are located north of Bloor, where residents enjoy a more tranquil setting.

While about 45% of the residents in the Annex are unmarried, couples without children are twice the number as families that do have kids, which numbers about 15%. So, there isn’t a large population of kids in the area. Having said that, though, if you’re looking for a real estate investment that has a good range of schooling options and is close to the heart of the city, then this plush and vibrant community is hard to beat.

Life and Style, Amenities and Things to Do in Annex

When it comes to things to do in the Annex, there isn't a shortage of options. There are myriad of dining, shopping and entertainment venues that cater to everyone’s lifestyle in this multicultural melting pot.

Bloor is a pulsating hub that is home to bustling restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Among the plethora of eateries, favourites include Playa Cabana, Solstice, The Annex Hodgepodge, Restaurant & Wine Bar, The Harbord Room, Country Style Hungarian Restaurant, THR & Co., Real Thailand, Sushi on Bloor, Guu Sakabar and many more.

For shopping, residents head on over to Yorkville Village, Manulife Centre, 10 Dundas East, CF Toronto Eaton Centre, Brookfield Place, Holt Renfrew Centre and a host of specialty stores and boutiques that dot the community.

When it comes to entertainment, some of the popular haunts in the neighbourhood include the Bloor Hot Docs, Riddle Room, The Bata Shoe Museum, VRPlayin Experience Center, A& C Games, The Rec Room and A Nerd’s World. From museums, live music venue and art galleries on Bathurst to games and arcade venues, and a vibrant theatre scene, the Annex delivers in spades.

Home to the University of Toronto Schools, the Annex also features an array of other well-established educational institutions, including Huron Street Junior Public School, Hawthorne II Alternative Bilingual Junior School and the Harbord Collegiate Institute. For those keen on private schooling, The Dragon Academy, the Howlett Academy and the Royal St. George's College provide robust learning programs as well.

The Annex Real Estate Market

Most of the beautiful Victorian and Edwardian homes were constructed between the late nineteenth century and early 1900s, and feature brickwork, intricate turrets and rounded arches. But when urban development and residential construction ensued in the 1950s and 60s, some of these stately houses were torn down and replaced with mid-rise homes and a few apartment buildings until the government brought in various restrictions to preserve these gorgeous homes.

A considerable number of large homes, which had been subdivided into apartments, have brought in more tenants to the area and have resulted in lower maintenance costs as well. But now, several rooming houses and multi-unit residences have recently undergone renovations, which have transformed them back into single-family structures. And today, over 500 buildings in the Annex come under the Historical Board of Toronto.

The Annex real estate market has a variety of home styles, from multi-residential buildings to several large and old stately home. Naturally, the condominiums for sale are priced at much less than the large, stately homes.

Fast-paced, dynamic and a cultural melting pot, The Annex is one of the most inclusive areas in Toronto. With an array of dining, recreational and real estate options to suit a variety of lifestyle requirements, the neighbourhood is a quintessential example of Toronto city living at its best.

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Listing information last updated on July 22nd, 2024 at 1:46pm MDT.

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