Palmerston-Little Italy

Real Estate Guide: Palmerston-Little Italy

Palmerston Boulevard has a wealth of spacious, sturdy late-19th- to early-20th- century homes

  • toronto real estate board overview
  • located in sector: C01
  • average 2012 sale prices
  • all homes: $439,247
  • detached houses: $816,989
  • semi-detached houses: $687,513
  • townhomes: $433,988
  • apartments: $409,874
  • neighbourhood map: see map

Black-clad nonnas may still shuffle along sidewalks with the day’s groceries, and elaborate tile shrines to the Virgin Mary may still bless many of the houses—but the influx of Italian and Portuguese immigrants from whom this neighbourhood derives its soul slowed over the years. In their place came professionals looking for a foothold in the city, and 20-somethings eager to live within stumbling distance of the bars along the College strip. It’s a real estate ecosystem in which all parties thrive: the bar kids lend the area a cachet that attracts affluent homebuyers, who, in turn, fund the retirements of the blue-collar immigrants. Teeming with restaurants, gelato parlours and cafes, the area’s enduring popularity has sparked a few new condo projects that promise to mix up the College streetscape. Bracketed on the east and west by the million-dollar homes along Palmerston and Dovercourt, the typical semi-detached Victorian will still run from around $600,000, often edging closer to $800,000 for larger, updated homes.

  • College/Shaw
    766 College Street, 393-7668
  • Cedarbrae
  • Dewson Street Junior Public School
    65 Concord Avenue, 393-9120
  • Central Commerce Collegiate
    570 Shaw Street, 393-0030
  • Delta Alternative Senior School
    301 Montrose Avenue, 393-9730
  • Montrose Junior Public School
    301 Montrose Avenue, 393-9770
  • Clinton Street Junior Public School
    460 Manning Avenue, 393-9155
  • Harbord Collegiate Institute
    286 Harbord Street, 393-1650
  • West End Alternative School
    777 Bloor Street West, third floor, 393-0660
  • St. Francis of Assisi
    80 Clinton Street, 393-5206
  • Msgr. Fraser College
    486 Shaw Street, 393-5557
  • neighbourhood hot spots

Bickford Park
The place to see and be seen by the canine cognoscenti. 400 Grace St.

Chiado offers artful, fine-dining renditions of classic Portuguese dishes. 864 College St., 416-538-1910

Tacos el Asador
Diners pack the picnic tables in the minuscule dining room to feast on some of the city’s best cheap eats, especially delectable tacos and tamales. 690 Bloor St. W., 416-538-9747.