So, this isn’t quite David Letterman’s top 10 but, there isn’t a single weak link in this top 3, promise.
Toronto is full of some fantastic leafy streets only steps to some great parks and parkettes. Some downtown street are full of history, whether originally housing the Toronto elite, politicians there is a story behind each one.
Here are my Top 3 Downtown streets…
3. Markham Street between College Ave and Harbord houses some of the great Georgian and Victorian homes of Toronto’s downtown. This street provides access to fantastic shops along College (Little Italy) and to an ever growing cafe and fine dining culture along Harbord. Take a walk north of Harbord and you will find yourself in the quaint Mirvish Village with it’s converted Victorian homes – lots of culturally stimulating shops and a handful of good pubs just before reaching Bloor (the home of Honest Eds)
2. Rusholme Road – this street is the greatest kept secret in Toronto… there are many magnificent houses along Rusholme, some properties are 50 feet wide by 250 feet deep!!! Some of these houses look like they haven’t been lived in decades. Queen Anne Architecture is prevalent in this stretch. The history behind this street located in Dufferin Grove Park is that wealthy horse owners used to live in the local houses with 2 story coach house and stable houses at the back (10 foot ceilings on the main floor for the horses while 6.5 feet ceilings on the second floor for the jockeys who rode theses horses at the local race track (now Dufferin Mall). It is not uncommon to see a house sell on Rusholme for 1.5 million +++ but requiring a complete renovation costing hundreds of thousands of dollars. This is a gem of street that only Dufferin Grove residents really know about.
1. Palmerston Boulevard….perhaps not a big surprise here! The globe shaped street lamps lining the street south of Ulster towards College the large gates at both the Bloor Street and College Street entrances gives this street a classical English feel unmatched in Toronto. The old mansions have acted as University of Toronto rooming houses since the 1960s. In recent years the rejuvenated interest in Toronto’s downtown has brought new buyers into the area who are renovating and/or restoring these expansive homes into single family residences.