Little Italy: Redefining Toronto Real Estate
This unique enclave of Toronto is a remarkable example of where new world and old world converge. You can still find nonnas lugging the day's groceries along the bustling sidewalks and meticulous shrines of the Virgin Mary integrated into the surrounding architecture and homes. The influx of Italian and Portuguese immigrants that created this neighbourhood has slowed over the years, but the lasting impact they've had on the area is evident.
Breaking through the traditional atmosphere is a new, up-and-coming movement that is being driven by young professionals seeking the best this city has to offer.
A New-world Influence
Little Italy is quickly becoming a neighbourhood that everyone wants to call home. Apartments, homes and condos are filled with young Torontonians eager to take advantage of the outstanding trattorias and on-trend restaurants that line the streets, overflowing bars, and quaint cafes that are the furthest thing from Starbucks-eque.
This is a neighbourhood that is attracting just about everyone. The real estate ecosystem has been transformed over the last few years. From the 20-somethings who find themselves crammed into bars along the College strip, affluent professionals who are snapping up the Victorian mansions, to the retirees who take full advantage of the quiet streets lined with massive maples, this neighbourhood has just about everything anyone could ever want.
Those who call Little Italy home stand by their unmatched food scene. From 5-star eateries, traditional gelato parlous, hip cafes that serve up incredible espresso, family-style trattorias, and bars that offer an incredible selection, people flock to this food haven from across the city.
The gem of the neighbourhood? Hands down it's Café Diplomatico. This celebrity destination has become a Toronto institution. Aside from the amazing coffee, chill atmosphere and lively culture, this neighbourhood favourite has been used as a set for filmmakers on more than one occasion. You might have to fight for a spot to sit or wait in line, but it's worth it... trust me.
The savory Italian dishes, reasonable prices and ample people-watching opportunities make this hotspot one of a kind.
Redefining Little Italy
The increasing popularity of Little Italy has sparked new condo projects that are set to mix-up the College Street make-up. These developments offer more opportunities for young professionals looking to make their mark in the Big Smoke.
Don't forget to explore the million-dollar homes that line Palmerston and Dovercourt. These old-world mansions remind us of times gone past. And while most families hold on to them, you might be able to snap one up.
Speckled between new condo developments and these mansions you'll find gorgeous Victorian-era semi-detached homes that have been updated to go quick on the market.
The Hottest Spots of Little Italy: Hidden Gems
1. Hey Meatball - the best brunch and lunch spot with a HUGE menu.
2. Giancarlo - the hottest fine dining in the neighbourhood that serves up impeccable Italian dishes and incredible wine.
3. La Carnita - out of this world fish tacos that will make you come back for more.
4. Dolce - you can't pass up this traditional Italian gelato parlour with flavours like tiramisu.
5. El Gatto Nero - can't find a spot at Café Diplomatico? This is your best bet as an alternative. Its huge patio on the strip will do the trick.
Looking to Call Little Italy Home?
Average 2012 Home Sales
All Homes: $439,247
Detached homes: $816,989
Semi-detached Homes: $687,513
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