The Lowdown on Cabbagetown

Your Typical Neighbour

White-collar professionals and artists intermingle with an underprivileged element (especially south of Dundas and west of Parliament i.e. outside “prime” Cabbagetown) in this eclectic neighbourhood.

What We

Local cafes, pubs and shops are frequented by the local community and supported well by a loyal local clientele. (For a taste, stop by the House on Parliament pub for a pint.) This keeps the easy vibe of the local independent business alive here!

What We Don't

You’re likely to get asked for change on your walk to transit.

Homeowners in this area more often than not tend to be professionals with an artistic flair. Alongside the artists, musicians writers and journalists, the proximity to the financial core leaves the white-collar crowds appreciating both the short commute and the impressive curb appeal of the neighbourhood. The unique history of the area means that, unlike most neighbourhoods in the city, the vast majority of the homes here have remained original (built between about 1860 and 1895), making for charmingly homogenous historical streetscapes. Note that row houses are the norm in Cabbagetown, meaning even deep and tall houses can be quite narrow!

The pride exuded in Cabbagetown is evidenced in the creation of the Cabbagetown Preservation Association. Born in 1989, its mandate is to ‘preserve the architectural integrity and historic character of Cabbagetown’. While some may be put off at the idea of a governing body having a say in what you hope to do with your home, there is no question that this is partly responsible for the lingering majestic feel that graces some of the streets here.

There are a couple of condo’s that have sprung up in recent years furthering the multi-use mix that was previously absent in the neighbourhood. Fully updated homes here frequently offer designer-inspired cachet, and while they frequently sell well into the seven-figure price range, more attainable options do occasionally show themselves for the adventurous and spirited renovator!

HOUSE STATS

2013 2014 2015
AVERAGE PRICE $925,179 $953,319 $1,063,217
PRICE: Low-High $283,728-$2,050,000 $505,500-$2,400,000 $580,000-$2,500,000
AVERAGE DAYS ON MARKET 24 18 15
# OF SALES 102 84 116

CONDO STATS

2013 2014 2015
AVERAGE PRICE $419,117 $387,806 $438,044
PRICE: Low-High $278,000-$840,000 $240,000-$735,000 $282,500-$999,000
AVERAGE DAYS ON MARKET 32 39 41
# OF SALES 29 32 37

Area: 8km

Population: 43,365

Demographics

Kids: 6%

Youth: 11%

Seniors: 7%

Visible Minority: 36.8%

Average Family Income: $110,684

Education

Lower Education: 16.1%

Higher Education: 28.8%

Home Ownership

Owned Homes: 51%

Tenanted Homes: 49%

There are quite a few schools nearby, though the public far outweigh the separate options.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Sprucecourt Public School
Winchester Public School
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School

Cabbagetown is ranked the 12th most walkable neighbourhood in Toronto, and numerous bus and streetcar options provide connection to the subway. Motorists are only a few blocks from the DVP.

About Cabbagetown

In 1983 the Globe and Mail once wrote, “Cabbagetown is probably the epitome of successful labelling. The core of the area—generally defined as being bounded by Parliament, Wellesley and Dundas Streets and the Don Valley, was once Toronto’s skid row. Today, about a decade after the area was invaded by young professionals, speculators and real estate agents, there are still a few derelicts around… The houses, meanwhile, sell for upward of $200,000.” Oh how the times have changed. From ‘skid-row’, cabbage gardens, and shared housing, to one of Toronto’s most sought-after neighbourhoods. Cabbagetown is an area of Toronto that has seen it all – and offers it all.

 

Thanks to its early Irish settlers, Cabbagetown homes are beautifully-constructed, Victorian-style, brick row houses and stately historical-status homes. Visitors to a Cabbagetown home are left charmed by fine wood carved banisters, colourful stained-glass windows, painted wood front porches, and beautiful high ceilings.

 

This is an area of Toronto that takes pride in its rich history and abundant diversity.In fact,in warmer months droves of visitors take part in Cabbagetown Walking tours – that showcase the various architectural marvels of the area and educate about famous Cabbagetown-dwellers throughout history.

 

Cabbagetown is the neighbourhood for you if you love the feeling of living in a village, without losing the amenities of being centrally located in Toronto’s downtown core. It even offers a slice of country-living at Riverdale Farm – accessorized with real-life piglets, horses, chickens, roosters, and cows. Here, you will find children and parents trying to ‘talk’ to animals, chomping on freshly baked oatmeal cookies and sipping on warm coffee from the local Riverdale Farm gift shop.

 

On sleepy Sundays, content “Cabbagetowners” stroll their way through the farm towards the local park, to play catch at the local baseball diamond, take the dog off the leash for a run (dog party!!!) or join in on a fitness boot camp. A quick march over the bridge of Riverdale park and you’re warmly greeted (yet again) by fancy espresso bars, tree-covered residential streets, and the extremely noteworthy skyline views atop Riverdale park’s running-track-rooted hillside.

 

It’s important to note that Cabbagetown might not be the right place for you if you’re not comfortable with a little rock-and-roll, or a little ‘edge’. Although this is a neighbourhood that plays host to some of Toronto’s most influential, highest income-earners, and multimillion dollar homes – it is still residence to a half-way house and an assorted collection of interesting characters. But then again, this is also a part of it’s charm! I guess you will have to judge for yourself…

 


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