Corktown (Trefann Court) Guide

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Welcome to Corktown (Trefann Court):

A burgeoning neighbourhood just east of downtown Toronto, Corktown is undergoing a great revival. It offers some of the oldest Victorian row houses in the city, which once belonged to the Irish immigrants who toiled in the nearby distilleries, along with boutique condos going up at an unprecedented rate. A recent influx of hip stores and easy access to Corktown Common, a new 18-acre park that connects to running and biking trails, make this a great neighbourhood for those who want still-reasonable prices close to downtown.

What you'll fall in love with:

Corktown has the edgy feeling of a neighbourhood in transition, with some unpolished areas that still leave something to the imagination. This up-and-coming vibe in one of the oldest parts of the city has locals feeling like they’re part of something special: making a tiny, urban neighbourhood great once again.

Life Style:

Corktown is like a small town in the big city, and a heartbeat away from everything that’s wonderful about living downtown. The impressive proximity to the business and entertainment districts is a big draw, as is the nearby St. Lawrence Market, which is a foodie’s dream. Popular as a destination for Torontonians and tourists alike, it’s home to more than 100 bakers, butchers, artisans and antique dealers, as well as a local farmers’ market on Saturdays. Locals often head to the Distillery District, which is a bit further along the gentrification curve, or to neighbouring Leslieville, just past the Don Valley Parkway.
Corktown’s own amenities are steadily growing and improving, and local officials say more than 25 new businesses have moved in since 2013. In addition to stalwart businesses like Fusilli (rustic southern Italian food), the community is now home to Tandem Coffee (tagline: “precious coffily fluids”) and Roselle Desserts (try the house-made buttermilk soft serve with strawberry coulis). Swank furniture and design stores, like Made, stock handmade Canadian furniture, lighting and textiles, while Ethel features vintage finds (think: “Mad Men meets your best friend’s basement”). There’s even a cross-fit gym.
The neighbourhood is small and tight-knit, with an active residents’ and business association and its own newsletter, The Corktown News. Two local parks – Orphan’s Green and Sackville Playground – offer some nice green spaces to enjoy, too.

A little bit of history:

Nobody really knows how Corktown got its name. Some say it’s because the first European immigrants who arrived here came from the County of Cork in Ireland; others say it’s because the area was so close to distilleries and cork-stopper manufacturers. Either way, the name has stuck to this small neighbourhood since it was first developed in the early 1800s.
St. Paul’s Basilica, the first Catholic church in Toronto, was built in 1822, and the impoverished local Protestant families built the Little Trinity Church in 1842, so they would have somewhere to worship. A few years later, the Trinity Schoolhouse (now the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse) was constructed for area children, and all three still stand today. Most of the early settlers worked in the nearby distilleries and brickyards, and their workers’ cottages can still be seen in some places. Residents were poor and many lived in slum housing, and the House of Providence Catholic Charity was very active in the area. Much of the Corktown neighbourhood was demolished in the early 1960s to make way for new roads.
More recently, the area has been undergoing a major renaissance, which picked up momentum in part due to the 2015 Pan Am Games (the Athlete’s Village was in the nearby West Don Lands). The transformation of Corktown continues, with the arrival of new neighbours like The Globe and Mail, which recently moved its media headquarters to King Street East near Berkeley.

House Style:

Victorian row houses from the 19th century and a flurry of new boutique condominiums.

Prices:

The average price of a single-family detached home is about $1 million, while condominium prices range from $510,000 to well over $1 million (averaging about $630,000).

Neighbours:

Corktown is bound by Shuter Street on the north side, Eastern Avenue on the south side, Berkeley Street on the west end and Bayview on the east end. Many recent arrivals live in new condominiums, while others live in old Victorian row houses or worker cottages dating back to the mid-19th century. Most are young professional couples with or without children, but there are lots of older adults living in Corktown, too. The average after-tax household income is just over $53,000 a year.

The Commute:

It will take you about 15 minutes to get from Corktown to Union Station by bike or transit, and you’ll shave about five minutes off that time if you take the car. Walking will take 20 minutes or so. It will take about the same amount of time to get to Yonge and Bloor by car, transit or bike, but if you go on foot you’re looking at about 45 minutes.

Local Schools:

There are two schools in the neighbourhood. St. Paul’s Catholic School is the oldest Catholic elementary school in Toronto, and Inglenook Community High School bills itself as a “small, friendly alternative community high school with a family-like atmosphere.” Inglenook is housed in a historical building that is the oldest continually operated school building of the Toronto District School Board.

Highlight:

The still-affordable prices, which are bound to increase once gentrification really takes hold.

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#1809 -181 DUNDAS ST E, toronto, Ontario
For sale

#1809 -181 Dundas St E

Toronto, Ontario M5A 0N5

$575,900

Apartment 2 1
#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
#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