The Annex, Toronto ON

One of the most diverse, lively, and historic areas in Toronto.

The Annex is a vibrant and diverse neighbourhood in downtown Toronto. The Annex is known for its mix of Victorian and Edwardian homes, modern condos, trendy shops, cafes, restaurants, and cultural venues. 

The real estate scene in the Annex is thriving. It’s one of the most sought-after neighbourhoods in Toronto, attracting both buyers and renters. The range of housing options is impressive, from historic houses brimming with charm to modern condos. According to bode.ca1a website that allows homeowners to sell their properties without a REALTOR®, the average price of homes sold in The Annex in 2023 was $1.8 million, showing a 9% increase from the previous year2.

There are several factors contributing to The Annex’s appeal in the real estate market, including its prime location in downtown Toronto, close proximity to major attractions, and excellent public transportation options. The neighbourhood’s distinctive character, with its tree-lined streets and beautiful architecture, adds to its desirability. And let’s not forget the vibrant and diverse community, along with the abundance of amenities, parks, shops, cafes, and restaurants that make living in The Annex truly special.

The Annex is also home to some of the best educational institutions in Toronto, both public and private. If you’re considering higher education, the renowned University of Toronto’s St. George campus3 is right on the border of The Annex. It offers a wide range of programs, degrees, and research opportunities. Walking around the campus is a treat itself, with its historic buildings, green spaces, and museums. For boys in grades 3 to 12, Royal St. George’s College4 is an excellent independent school offering a rigorous academic curriculum, co-curricular activities, and a strong sense of community. If you have young children, Huron Street Junior Public School5 provides a diverse learning environment with programs like French immersion, gifted education, and a focus on environmental education and social justice. And for parents seeking a Montessori education, Guidepost Montessori6 offers a nurturing environment with an emphasis on individualized learning, hands-on exploration, and bilingual education in English and French.

Now, let’s talk about food because The Annex is a food lover’s dream. No matter what type of cuisine or dining experience you’re craving, The Annex has got you covered. For upscale seafood and Mediterranean delights, Joso’s7 is a must-visit spot with its fresh fish, lobster, shrimp, squid, and octopus, complemented by an impressive wine selection and unique decor. If you’re in the mood for authentic Italian cuisine, Trattoria Nervosa8 serves up delicious pizza, pasta, salads, and desserts in a cozy and chic atmosphere, complete with a rooftop patio offering breathtaking city views. Sassafraz9 is another gem, where you can indulge in seasonal and local dishes with a French twist, all while enjoying the elegant ambiance, cozy fireplace, beautiful garden wall, and live music events. And if you’re craving Middle Eastern flavors, Fet Zun10 is the place to be. They serve up mouthwatering mezze plates, grilled meats, salads, and dips in a casual and vibrant setting, perfect for sharing a meal with friends.

The Annex is a neighbourhood that has it all—from top-notch schools and a food scene that will make your taste buds dance, to a real estate market that offers a range of housing options and a vibrant and diverse community. Whether you’re looking for education, entertainment, or a place to call home, The Annex has got you covered. It’s a fantastic neighbourhood that truly captures the essence of Toronto’s diversity, liveliness, and history. If you’re interested in learning more about The Annex, you can visit the website of the Annex Residents’ Association11 for additional information. 

(1) Bōde Canada | Buy or Sell your home with a realtor.

(2) Market Data | Understand the real estate market | Bode Canada.

(3) University of Toronto | St. George Campus.
(4) Royal St. George’s College.

(5) Huron Street Junior Public School | Toronto District School Board.

(6) Guidepost Montessori | The Annex.
(7) Joso’s.
(8) Trattoria Nervosa.
(9) Sassafraz.
(10) Fet Zun.
(11) The Annex Residents’ Association.