The Annex

This friendly, sought-after neighbourhood (originally an elite enclave that attracted affluent families, such as the Eatons, the Masseys and the Gooderhams) was dubbed “the Annex” upon being added to the City of Toronto. Proximity to the University of Toronto makes it a natural for students, professors and other bookish types, which means all the requisite stops, from casual restaurants to trendy coffee shops. Intersecting Bloor are major thoroughfares Bathurst and Spadina, which provide excellent TTC access and a dose of culture—from grand museums to unique theatres. Despite the surrounding action, however, the Annex maintains a wonderfully residential feel. Here, a proud community enjoys a highly picturesque setting, with tree-lined streets boasting lovely red-brick and rough-stone Victorian and Edwardian homes.