The South Annex
A Residential Utopia
The South Annex, also known as Harbord Village, nestled in the heart of the city, a true neighborhood like no other bustling with personality. One of Toronto’s oldest and still coolest areas, The Annex and South Annex are two of Toronto’s most walkable and safe central neighborhoods. The heritage house's and old growth trees will transport you back in time, while keeping you in the center of the city. Living at 225 Brunswick puts you in the middle of these incredible neighborhoods, perfectly sandwiched between a cluster of literally some of the best reviewed restaurants in the city on Harbord Street, and the incredible energy of Bloor Street with it's modern mix of trendy eats, art galleries, music and film venues, as well as one-of-a-kind shops. It still puts you close to the luxury of Yorkville (a ten-minute walk), but in what is arguably a much trendier and more vibrant area.
A Real Neighbourhood
The streets are beautiful, lined with tall trees dwarfing the large Victorian and Edwardian houses many built around 1880, there are now over 500 buildings in the Annex that are heritage protected, which means the development of high-rises is restricted. In many ways these areas are a reflection of Toronto’s diversity at it’s very best, and they are home to a terrific variety of shops offering products such as fashion, books, music, giftware, health food and hardware. Its restaurants and many cafes offer a mouth-watering selection cuisine from around the globe. A wide range of well-established professional services are also available, including legal, medical, financial, travel, and a growing variety of health and well-being centers.
One Of The Best Walk Scores In The City
Perhaps what is best about living at The Temple Lofts is that you can walk to pretty much everywhere, and in under ten minutes.
Bloor Street is one of the cities most diverse and vibrant main arteries
Harbord Street is home to some of the best reviewed restaurants in the city
The Historic Hot Docs Cinema is the only cinema dedicated to the best of documentary films
The Bata Show Museum
An evening of classical music at Koerner Hall -Sarah McLachlan and Diana Krall are alumni
The Spadina Subway Station is a main artery for the cities public transit, which takes you anywhere you want
A contemplative stroll through Philosopher’s Walk
The Royal Conservatory of Music (which has some of the best concert music in the world) to the University of Toronto campus
University of Toronto - St. George Campus
The Royal Ontario Museum, one of Canada’s largest and most important cultural institutions
Yorkville home to some of the highest luxury brands and restaurants
Little Italy and Kensington Market are two of the cities coolest areas for the hipster in all of us
The Art Gallery Of Ontario
The Best Restaurants Steps Away
Any review of the neighbourhood would be remiss without including a separate section on the restaurants, because the Annex and surrounding areas have the best in the city. A list of just a few of our favourites. So many patios and eateries to choose from!
Rasa - 1 Minute Walk
Flock - 1 Minute Walk
Crafty Coyote - 1 Minute Walk
Indian Desire - 1 Minute Walk
By The Way Cafe - 1 Minute Walk
Future’s Bistro - 1 Minute Walk
Victory Cafe - 1 Minute Walk
Insomnia - 1 Minute Walk
Mi Taco and Bubba’s Chicken - 1 Minute Walk
Thai Basil - 2 Minute Walk
Madison Avenue Pub - 2 Minute Walk
Kenzo Ramen - 3 Minute Walk
Aroma Espresso Bar - 3 Minute Walk
Ghazale Restaurant - 3 Minute Walk
Kinka Izakaya - 3 Minute Walk
Guu Izakaya - 3 Minute Walk
Surrounded By Parks and Green Space
The area around The Temple Street Lofts is packed with many wonderful parks, as well as much of the U of T outdoor campus that is open to the public. There are also many art installations and culture parkettes (a new one just opened at the end of Brunswick one-minute walk). Whether it be dog parks, lounging, or working out there are dozens of options within a couple minutes stroll.
Bloor Street West is home to some of the best shopping in the World, from the cool shops at the end of the street, to the luxury brands of Yorkville, whatever you want is a few minutes walk away. Here is sample of some of our favourites nearby.
Yorkville's Holt Renfrew where you can get whatever luxury item you want all under one roof - 7 Minute Walk
At the end of Brunswick is a new thrift shop, which has gently used clothes from all over the world, at ridiculously low prices. Even if you don't think you are a thrift shopper, we think you might be surprised what you find in this one - 1 Minute Walk
Risqué Clothing is a local Toronto boutique owned by two sisters, Ondina and Nancy. Ondina and Nancy's love for fashion and retail has been the secret to their success. Their team works together to carefully curate every collection which people come from around the city to buy - 3 Minute Walk