Life in The Annex
The Annex is one of Toronto’s premiere neighbourhoods. Located in mid-town Toronto just north of the University of Toronto St. George Campus, The Annex is bordered by Bloor Street West to the south, Dupont Street to the north, Bathurst Street to the west, and Avenue Road to the east. Spadina Road runs through the heart of the neighbourhood.
The Annex Demographics
The Annex is located right across from the main University of Toronto campus, a campus with an estimated 2014 enrollment of 84,556 students. According to 2013 figures, the university employs 13,239 faculty members, and 6,470 staff members, and 141 librarians. As you might expect, The Annex has abundant student housing, many fraternities, and is a popular neighbourhood for university faculty.
Beyond the impact of the university, the Annex is a cosmopolitan neighbourhood that is home to artists and business leaders. Well-known current and former residents include writer Margaret Atwood, former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, former MP Belinda Stronach, environmentalist David Suzuki, actor Catherine O’Hara, and even urban theorist Jane Jacobs.
The Annex is an affluent neighbourhood with an estimated population of 15,602 and an average income of $63,636, well above the average income for Toronto. The Annex is home to a vibrant mix of single family homes and multi-unit properties. The “Annex style” house is a combination of the British “Queen Anne” style and the American “Richardson Romanesque” architecture.
The Annex is an attractive place to buy an income property, as multi-unit dwellings can be rented out to undergraduate and graduate students and any tenants who want to enjoy the vibrant cultural scene in this neighbourhood. Single family houses can be rented out to university faculty, business people, and even out-of-town politicians who work at nearby Queen’s Park.
Because of its affluence and appeal, the Annex is a very exclusive neighbourhood and one of the most expensive in Toronto. According to 2014 data from the Globe and Mail, the average house price in the Annex is $1,182,149.
Culture in the Annex
As you might expect, the Annex is an energetic cultural centre. With theatres, cinemas, community centres, churches, and local restaurants, pubs, nightclubs, and cafés, there is something for everyone. With everything from art galleries and bookstores to yoga studios and fashion stores, the Annex is a cultural hub in one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world.
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