Real Estate Guide: Trinity-Bellwoods

Signature tall, thin Victorians are in hot demand in this sought-after leafy (and lefty) area

  • 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

The ’hood with the highest concentration of asymmetrical haircuts and skinny jeans in the city. With the explosion of bars and restaurants on Ossington, the impossibly hip factor has reached new, often unaffordable, heights. Known for its Victorian and Edwardian homes, the area’s not immune to the city’s construction boom with infill town home and condo projects popping up along Manning Avenue, Ossington and Dundas. Artists can be found walking their dogs in the neighbourhood’s namesake park, a grand and gated 37-acre oasis. While there are still relatively large Brazilian, Portuguese and Italian communities closer to Dundas and College (Portugal Day draws multitudes in June), it’s the park and Queen West that typify the area. Plenty of art galleries, bookstores, bars and boutiques draw a huge amount of foot traffic—and effortlessly stylish cyclists on parade—each weekend.

  • Ossington/Old Orchard Junior Public School
    380 Ossington Avenue, 393-0710
  • Givins/Shaw Junior Public School
    49 Givins Street, 393-1240
  • Charles G. Fraser Junior Public School
    79 Manning Avenue, 393-1830
  • Camp Oochiegeas
    464 Bathurst, 705-732-6366
  • Senhor Santo Cristo
    30 Humbert Street, 393-5367
  • St. Luke
    319 Ossington AVenue, 393-5347
  • neighbourhood hot spots

Heel Boy
This independent shoe store, a mainstay of West Queen West, sells every brand from Dolce Vita to Sam Edelman and Toms. 682 Queen St. W., 416-362-4335.

The Monkey’s Paw
A used bookstore that’s really a little house of wonders for bibliophiles; check out its collection of rare and out-of-print books. 1229 Dundas St. W., 416-531-2123.

Pizzeria Libretto
It’s the hottest restaurant on a street thanks to its perfect thin-crust pies and no shortage of buzz. Expect lineups. 221 Ossington Ave., 416-532-8000.

Sweet Lulu
This hip eatery serves up umami-rich Asian noodles in huge portions. Go hungry.
859 Queen St. W., 416-203-2228.