Famous in the 1960s as a hippie hangout the Annex is now one of Toronto’s most sought-after, and well-heeled, neighbourhoods. It seems, just like Kombucha, something once frowned-on has become widely coveted.
A simple stroll through the Annex area will leave you swooning. Not for the architecturally faint-of-heart, the Annex boasts an incredible roster of edwardian and victorian homes that can leave anyone’s pulse racing. This is a slice of ‘the six’ that caters equally to those looking for excitement as it does to those looking for peace and quiet.
Residents of the Annex neighbourhood have access to rarely-worn city comforts like: an abundance of trees, one way streets, cobblestone pathways, ‘shop local’ boutiques, artisanal bakeries, health food stores, small art galleries, and parisian-style cafes. They also have access to: a variety of nightlife, fancy restaurants, hip bars, off-the-runway clothing stores, expensive jewellers, spas, upscale hair salons, and under-the-radar nightclubs.
What makes the Annex so special is that in the face of its rapid gentrification, movie star sightings, glitz, and glamour, it still holds on to its artistic and european roots – boasting a unique flavour and charm that whispers rather than shouts.
The perfect blend of old and new, the Annex just so happens to also mesh seamlessly geographically. Ideally located right between uptown and downtown, and close to Toronto’s financial district, business centers, and one of the most expensive shopping districts in the world – embodying what we now know today as ‘the Mink Mile’.
While buying a home in the Annex boasts a heavy price tag, it is one investment that will leave you feeling absolutely zero buyer’s remorse.