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Cabbagetown Neighbourhood

Cabbagetown is a popular downtown neighbourhood situated in Toronto’s east end.

The area was settled in the 1840’s when a great number of Irish immigrants fled their homeland during the potato famine. Having relatively low to no income, these early residents grew cabbages in on their front lawns to provide food for their families, hence the name, ‘Cabbagetown’.

For over 100 years, Cabbagetown remained a working class neighbourhood that was hit hard by the great depression of the 1930’s and subsequently deteriorated for many decades following. Revitalization projects in the 1970’s and 1980’s saw the restoration of many of the neighbourhood’s beautiful and ornate Victorian homes. Since then, gentrification of the area has steadily continued, rendering Cabbagetown the extremely desirable yet affordable downtown neighbourhood it is today.

Cabbagetown Homes

Cabbagetown boasts the largest collection of Victorian homes in North America. The Cabbagetown Preservation Association is comprised of a group of residents that work very hard to keep the historic integrity of the area’s homes intact. Originally built between 1860 and 1895, many of these charming red brick Victorian homes have been extensively restored on the inside, while maintaining the historic character of the homes’ exteriors.

Cabbagetown Real Estate Market

Cabbagetown is a neighbourhood that attracts young downtown professionals and families alike due to its prime location, access to transit, beautiful architecture, strong sense of community, and relative affordability.

Toronto’s downtown east end (including Cabbagetown) has experienced a flurry of real estate activity in recent years, in many cases leading to multiple offers at a time when other areas of the city are seeing a leveling off.

Cabbagetown Schools

Living in Cabbagetown

A popular choice among artists, musicians, journalists, and writers, Cabbagetown is a neighbourhood that prides itself on a strong sense of community spirit. An eclectic mix of residents from all different backgrounds adds a vibrant energy; distinct from other areas of the city.

Several small shopping districts exist on the main streets that border the neighbourhood. Independent shops, cafes and restaurants can be found on Parliament Street, Carlton Street, Gerrard Street East, Sherbourne Street and Wellesley Street.

Neighbourhood institutions include; local butcher shop, St. Jamestown Steak & Chops; beloved Riverdale Farm; and the old Winchester Hotel (now a Tim Hortons).

Cabbagetown Area Transportation

Regular TTC bus service along Sherbourne Street and streetcar service along Parliament Street connect to Bloor-Danforth subway line.
Regular TTC bus service along Wellesley Street and Carlton Street connect to the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line.

5 minute drive to Don Valley Parkway on-ramp
10 minute drive to downtown Toronto

*Courtesy of Chestnut Park Real Estate Limited, Brokerage