Moss Park

That this east-side area is named for the abundance of moss that grew on the Allen family’s estate home is ironic. It was originally part of Toronto’s industrial backbone, home to large factories and the densely packed homes of the workers they employed. In recent years, Moss Park has witnessed a steady transformation, with former structures, including the Merchandise Building and those of the nearby Distillery District, converting to trendy lofts and shopping areas. Meanwhile, generously sized, strongly built houses along quaint side-streets, coupled with the conveniences of the 501 Queen and 505 Dundas streetcars, have east-enders wondering why they don’t live closer to downtown.