Cabbagetown Toronto Real Estate
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. Canadian writer Hugh Garner's novel, Cabbagetown, depicted life in the neighbourhood during the Great Depression.
Cabbagetown was once credited by the New York Times as "having the largest collection of Victorian homes in North America". Houses were built between 1860 and 1895. Most of them have been restored to their original character, with delicate iron fencing, carefully manicured lawns and fragrant gardens, and whimsical architectural detailing, under the watchful eye of the Cabbagetown Preservation Association. Made up of local residents, the Association helps ensure that all Cabbagetown renovations and new developments are in keeping with this historical neighbourhood.
Residents, Fall Festival
Cabbagetown's residents come from a wide variety of backgrounds, however they all share a strong sense of community pride, evident during events like the Cabbagetown Fall Festival which runs for a week in September. The festival features fun for the entire family, including a parade, concerts, buskers, clowns, music,, community-wide yard sale and tours of the area's fabulous homes.
Cabbagetown Houses - Victorian Style
The Old Cabbagetown district on Parliament Street features many restaurants and numerous unique shops. You can get a good taste of Cabbagetown's offerings at Daniel et Daniel on Carlton, or chill out at Ben Wicks' pub on Parliament. The Carlton Street shopping district is similar to Parliament Street. Cabbagetown also has retail pockets on Gerrard, Sherbourne, and Wellesley East Streets.
Parks and Recreation
Cabbagetown's recreational centre is Riverdale Park, at Winchester and Sumach.Riverdale Park also contains sports fields and serves as an access point to the Lower Don Recreation Trail.
This park is the home of Riverdale Farm, an actual working farm in the heart of the city used to educate city children regarding agricultural concepts and experiences. The Farm offers pathways through wooded areas, ponds, and herb, vegetable, and flower gardens.
There are cows, horses, donkeys, sheep, goats, and pigs. There are also chickens, turkeys, geese, ducks, and rabbits. As well as demonstrations of daily chores including animal feedings, egg collection, cow milking, and horse grooming, there are also many annual events, day camps, programs for children of all ages.
The Cabbagetown Community Arts Centre at 454 Parliament Street has music, drama and dance programs for children. The Cabbagetown Youth Centre at 2 Lancaster Avenue offers sports, and arts and crafts programs. Additional community centres serving the area include:
Central Neighbourhood House, 349 Ontario St.
Dixon Hall, 58 Sumach St.
Cabbagetown's Public Library is located at the corner of Gerrard Street and Parliament. For adults, the Phoenix Concert Theatre at 410 Sherbourne Street rocks with a different party every night.
Allen Gardens, Cabbagetown
Allan Gardens, is a stunning oasis within the city, with outdoor gardens, greenhouses and a glassed-in botanical garden providing a tranquil setting year round in which wedding photographs are commonly staged. It is especially pretty over the Christmas holidays.
Other nearby green spaces include:
David A. Balfour Park
Todmorden Mills Park
The Sherbourne bus and Parliament streetcar connect passengers to stations on the Bloor-Danforth subway line. The Wellesley bus and Carlton streetcar 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.
Cabbagetown's public schools include:
Winchester Jr. & Sr. School
Sprucecourt Jr. School
Lord Dufferin Jr. & Sr. School
Rose Ave. Jr. School
Regent Park/Duke of York Jr. School
Nelson Mandela Park Jr. & Sr. School
Jarvis Collegiate Institute
Eastdale Collegiate Institute
Cabbagetown Toronto History