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The Annex is an eclectic mix of architecture and people. The proximity to U of T makes it desirable for both professors and students, however the location right near Bloor Street and Yorkville also attracts the wealthier individual looking for a truly urban lifestyle. Your neighbour could be a hippy, an art dealer, a student, or a software developer. Those that choose the Annex welcome diversity.
Prestigious streets like Huron, Lowther and Admiral are filled with elegant old grande dame Victorian homes, most of which have been extensively renovated while maintaining the heritage of the homes and neighbourhood. University housing and student apartments are also integrated into the neighbourhood landscape. The land value is high so when some of these older multi-family dwellings come to market they are being renovated extensively and converted back to single- family homes.
The charm of the Annex is the proximity to culture, classes and more. In addition to University of Toronto, there is the newly renovated ROM at your doorstep, the Bata Shoe Museum, and the Royal Conservatory of Music.
The Toronto institution Honest Ed’s still dominates the corner of Bloor and Spadina representing an era gone by. You’ll also find a diverse selection of stores, restaurants—some old and some new—to give the neighbouhood its wonderful flavour.
The Annex is the perfect neighbouhood for those who are attracted to the boho-chic lifestyle with the sites, sounds and scents of urban living.