Cabbagetown Guide

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Welcome to Cabbagetown:

Cabbagetown is a tiny central Toronto neighbourhood with a gritty past, and it still feels like an earnest, working-class borough even though the renovated Victorian houses now routinely sell for well over $1 million.
Home to well-heeled professionals and creatives, this LGBTQ-friendly community has a colourful, bohemian vibe with great summer festivals and lots of activities for singles, couples and families alike. Strong community organizations work to strengthen local businesses and protect neighbourhood heritage, while big green spaces and local schools keep people in the community. Cabbagetown is well-known for its cozy community feeling, with strong residents’ and business groups keeping festivals and community events going year after year. It’s the perfect spot for affluent folks who want to live in a quiet, diverse area surrounded by the many offerings of the big city.

Neighbours:

Cabbagetown runs from Sherbourne Street on the west to Bayview Avenue on the east. The northern boundary runs across Wellesley Street East, up Parliament Street, and down Rosedale Valley Road; the southern boundary runs across Shuter Street, up Parliament Street, and across Gerrard Street. People of all ages live here, and while the neighbourhood is family-friendly, most couples don’t have children. The stock of single detached houses is small, and most folks here live in semi-detached or row houses dating to the turn of the 20th century. There are also newer condominium developments available at more accessible price points. The average after tax income is just over $72,000 per year. The average price of a single, detached home is $1.2 million, with condominium prices ranging from $420,000 to $1 million.

The lifestyle:

Cabbagetown is a close-knit urban neighbourhood that draws active, community-minded folks from all walks of life. The shopping district along Parliament Street reflects the eco-conscious, boho flavour the area is famous for.  Stop in at Lennie’s Whole Foods, the Fair Trade Jewellery Co. or Labour of Love. A three are indie, local businesses that thrive here  and there are many, many more.

Every fall, the Cabbagetown Business Improvement Area association hosts the epic Cabbagetown Festival, offering an incredible slate of activities for Torontonians of all ages. Parliament Street is closed for street food, live music, world-class buskers, bouncy castles and the two-kilometre Blair’s Run, which raises money for the local youth centre. The Cabbagetown Theatre puts on live shows for local families. The Cabbagetown Short Film Festival screens movies at the nearby Daniels Spectrum in Regent Park. The Cabbagetown Preservation Society conducts 45-minute walking tours, and Riverdale Farm hosts the Fall Festival, complete with barn dance. Locals especially love the Cabbagetown Arts & Crafts Sale, which draws more than 20,000 people to Riverdale Park West to visit dozens of juried crafters and artists.

The neighbourhood has lots of green space, with Winchester Park near the western edge and the sweeping St. James Cemetery and Riverdale Farm on the eastern edge. This historic working farm offers more than seven acres of trails through vegetable gardens, wooded areas, and flower beds built to attract butterflies. Visit farm animals, go for a walk, or just sit by the pond.

Cabbagetown is also noted for its LGBTQ-friendly vibe. Gay and lesbian families led early gentrification efforts here, largely due to the outsized influence of local real estate agent Darrell Kent. Kent, who was gay, helped many of his friends and acquaintances see the tremendous potential he saw in the derelict Cabbagetown homes. The community today is a stone’s throw from the intersection of Church Street and Wellesley Street, home to the many of Toronto’s LGBTQ establishments, and hub of the city’s Pride festivities each year.

A little bit of history:

Cabbagetown was originally called Don Vale, a rural hub with nothing but a bar and a hotel for farmers heading into the city to sell their produce. The necropolis was established in 1850, and by the end of the 19th century the area was home to hundreds of working-class immigrants who toiled in the Distillery District to the south. Many of these were Irish immigrants who had fled the potato famine, and it’s believed that Cabbagetown was named after the cabbages they grew and cooked to feed their families. The community was annexed by the city before the turn of the century, and much of the housing stock dates from this time.

The neighbourhood was always low- and working-class. The Temperance Act combined with the First World War caused economic problems for the distilleries in the early 1920s, so Cabbagetown’s workers were especially hard-hit when the Great Depression rolled around in the 1930s. The southern area was later razed to make room for Regent Park. The area we now call Cabbagetown continued to struggle until the 1970s, when the current renaissance began.

What you'll fall in love with:

Few Toronto neighbourhoods have a community spirit as strong as that of Cabbagetown. Gentrification started in the 1970s, and the tremendous work required to renovate these homes created a camaraderie among residents that remains today. Those who took park in the reincarnation of Cabbagetown absolutely love where they live, and there are multiple residents’ associations working in the neighbourhood, along with a preservation society and a business improvement area association. The feeling of community draws Torontonians from across the city to this welcoming, progressive enclave.

Local Schools:

Cabbagetown is home to the Sprucecourt Junior Public School and Winchester Junior and Senior Public School. Winchester, which is over 125 years old, offers a French immersion program and has a Toddler Learning Centre. The school also runs the Green Thumbs Growing Kids school vegetable garden, a flagship program.

Cabbagetown is also home to the Msgr. Fraser College’s St. Martin Campus, which offers high school education to non-traditional students, including mature students and immigrants.

House style:

Some single, detached homes, but most people here live in semi-detached homes or row houses, most dating back to the late 1800s and early 1900s. The community also has some condominium options at more accessible price points

Prices:

The average price of a single, detached home is $1.2 million, with condominium prices ranging from $420,000 to $1 million.

The commute:

Cabbagetown is close to everything. A trip to Union Station will take about 15 minutes by car, and five minutes more by bike or transit. Get to Yonge and Bloor in under 10 minutes by car, bike or transit; walking will take about 20 minutes.

Downside:

We don’t see anything negative to add in this neighbourhood.

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#UPPER -356 KING ST E, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#upper -356 King St E

Toronto, Ontario M5A 1K9

$4,250 Monthly

Other 1 2
#912 -55 REGENT PARK BLVD, toronto, Ontario
For sale

#912 -55 Regent Park Blvd

Toronto, Ontario M5A 3H6

$579,900

Apartment 2 1
#734 -333 ADELAIDE ST E, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#734 -333 Adelaide St E

Toronto, Ontario M5A 1N3

$2,300 Monthly

Apartment 1 1
#723 -170 SUMACH ST, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#723 -170 Sumach St

Toronto, Ontario M5A 0C3

$2,150 Monthly

Apartment 2 1
#1205 -230 KING  ST E, toronto, Ontario
For sale

#1205 -230 King St E

Toronto, Ontario M5A 1K5

$799,000

Apartment 3 2
#530 -333 ADELAIDE ST E, toronto, Ontario
For sale

#530 -333 Adelaide St E

Toronto, Ontario M5A 4T4

$599,000

Apartment 1 1
#1712 -400 ADELAIDE ST E, toronto, Ontario
For sale

#1712 -400 Adelaide St E

Toronto, Ontario M5A 1N4

$599,900

Apartment 1 1
#N105 -455 FRONT ST E, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#n105 -455 Front St E

Toronto, Ontario M5A 0G2

$2,400 Monthly

Apartment 1 1
#1001 -15 MERCHANTS' WHARF, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#1001 -15 Merchants' Wharf

Toronto, Ontario M5A 0N8

$3,750 Monthly

Apartment 2 2
#3113 -125 PETER ST, toronto, Ontario
For sale

#3113 -125 Peter St

Toronto, Ontario M5A 3C4

$888,000

Apartment 2 2
#720 -51 TROLLEY CRES, toronto, Ontario
For sale

#720 -51 Trolley Cres

Toronto, Ontario M5A 0E9

$499,900

Apartment 1 1
#732 -333 ADELAIDE ST E, toronto, Ontario
For sale

#732 -333 Adelaide St E

Toronto, Ontario M5A 1N3

$629,900

Apartment 2 1
#220 -65 SCADDING AVE, toronto, Ontario
For sale

#220 -65 Scadding Ave

Toronto, Ontario M5A 4L1

$650,000

Apartment 4 2
#2309 -225 SACKVILLE ST, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#2309 -225 Sackville St

Toronto, Ontario M5A 0B9

$3,050 Monthly

Apartment 2 2
338 WELLESLEY ST E, toronto, Ontario
For sale

338 Wellesley St E

Toronto, Ontario M4X 1H3

$1,785,000

House 3 2
#1812 -225 SACKVILLE ST, toronto, Ontario
For sale

#1812 -225 Sackville St

Toronto, Ontario M5A 0B9

$499,000

Apartment 1 1
#N415 -455 FRONT ST E, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#n415 -455 Front St E

Toronto, Ontario M5A 1G9

$2,300 Monthly

Apartment 2 1
#502 -80 MILL ST, toronto, Ontario
For sale

#502 -80 Mill St

Toronto, Ontario M5A 4T3

$789,000

Apartment 2 2
#512 -170 BAYVIEW AVE, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#512 -170 Bayview Ave

Toronto, Ontario M5A 0M4

$2,050 Monthly

Apartment 1 1
254 MILAN ST, toronto, Ontario
For sale

254 Milan St

Toronto, Ontario M5A 3Z6

$849,000

Row / Townho 3 2
#3405 -70 DISTILLERY LANE, toronto, Ontario
For sale

#3405 -70 Distillery Lane

Toronto, Ontario M5A 0E3

$598,888

Apartment 1 1
#N921 -120 BAYVIEW AVE, toronto, Ontario
For sale

#n921 -120 Bayview Ave

Toronto, Ontario M5A 3R7

$819,900

Apartment 2 2
#1902 -55 REGENT PARK BLVD, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#1902 -55 Regent Park Blvd

Toronto, Ontario M5A 0C2

$2,750 Monthly

Apartment 2 2
#415 -333 ADELAIDE ST E, toronto, Ontario
For sale

#415 -333 Adelaide St E

Toronto, Ontario M5A 4T4

$599,000

Apartment 1 1