7 Reasons You’ll Love Living In Cabbagetown!
Cabbagetown lies nestled East of Parliament over to River Street and from Dundas to Wellesley and is one of the most UNIQUE communities in the city.
1 You’ll feel as if you’re living in Downtown Dublin!
Cabbagetown, once one of the poorest neighbourhoods in Toronto, is now a much sought-after enclave boasting restored Victorian homes, friendly neighbourhood pubs and one of the best cafes in the city. It is reputed to have “the largest continuous area of preserved Victorian housing in all of North America”.
2 History and Culture are Important to Preserve.
Cabbagetown’s name derives from the Irish immigrants who moved to the neighbourhood beginning in the late 1840s, said to have been so poor that they grew cabbage in their front yards. Please study the pictures I have taken of the neighbourhood and you will see cabbages have been replaced with CABBAGE ROSES and other “ordinary miracles” of the floral world! And poverty in homes has been supplanted by gorgeous multi million dollar Victorians!
3 Need to be close to shopping?
The ‘Old Cabbagetown’ shopping district on Parliament Street features many one-of-a-kind shops and a vast array of restaurants. The Carlton Street shopping district is similar in tone to Parliament Street, but on a much smaller scale. The Epicure Shop, The Jam Cafe, Sundara Yoga, Studio Merryberry Cafe and Bistro and St.Jamestown Steak and Chops are just a handful of stops you must make!
4 Would you like your own Animal Farm for the kids?
Cabbagetown’s recreational centre is Riverdale Park. This park is the home of Riverdale Farm. Riverdale Farm is modelled after a late 19th century Victorian farm and includes horses, cows, pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, geese and ducks. Riverdale farm is open seven days a week and admission is free.
Riverdale Park also contains sports fields and serves as an access point to the Lower Don Recreation Trail.
5 Did I mention history and culture?
The Cabbagetown Community Arts Centre on Parliament Street has music, drama and dance programs for children. The Cabbagetown Youth Centre on Lancaster Avenue offers sports, and arts and crafts programs. Cabbagetown’s Public Library is located at the corner of Gerrard Street and Parliament.
6 Community Activties are some of the best in Toronto!
Riverdale Farmers’ Market, one of Toronto’s best, takes place each Tuesday from May through October. And if talking to the farmers doesn’t feel like you’re close enough to the source, there’s always the family friendly Riverdale Farm which affords a more intimate encounter. Cabbagetown’s community spirit is put on display every September during the Cabbagetown Fall Festival that runs for an entire weekend and features a mini marathon, historical walking tours, a parade and a community wide yard sale.
7 Access to TTC is Easy and Walk Scores are High!
Street buses connect commuters to the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line.
For motorists, the Don Valley Parkway is approximately five minutes away, while Toronto’s downtown business and entertainment districts are less than ten minutes from Cabbagetown.
I truly love where I live. Shouldn’t you?