Our City Spotlight series explores the neighbourhoods that make up Toronto and the GTA. Each month, we take a look at what makes these areas unique and what we love most about them. Join the discussion on our  social media  to share your favourite things about each of our featured neighbourhoods!

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Our City Spotlight this month is on Trinity Bellwoods, a central Toronto neighbourhood that is known and loved for its culinary and retail gems, microbreweries, arts scene, accessibility to everything, and of course, the famous namesake park with its "Dog Bowl", frequented by people watchers, picnic goers and dog owners alike!

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Trinity Bellwoods neighbourhood

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Living in Trinity Bellwoods is a unique experience. As a resident, you not only have access to an amazing variety of independent stores, locally driven cuisine, fair-trade coffee shops and an incredible arts scene, but at the heart of your neighbourhood is Trinity Bellwoods Park - a sprawling 32-acre green space, complete with towering trees, tennis courts, and a baseball diamond, and what's referred to affectionately as the "Dog Bowl" - the perfect spot to bring your pooch for a meet-and-greet with other four-legged residents. 

This is certainly one of the most desirable areas to reside in all of Toronto. It's home to families, young professionals, a diverse mix of ethnicities, and creative types - the artistic vibe is evident along the West Queen West and Dundas West strips, where loft conversions, quirky townhomes and architecturally distinct developments make up the majority of residential dwellings. DIY jewellery stores, raw vegetarian food spots and  are the norm along with culinary anchors like Black Hoof, Carmen and County General. There’s no shortage of places to grab a drink or window shop in this 'hood!

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Housing in Trinity Bellwoods

Local residents take obvious pride in homeownership. Classic Victorian brick-and-stone rowhouses with stained glass windows, immaculate gardens, grandiose heritage homes, modern condominiums, heritage building loft spaces (including the well-renowned Candy & Chocolate Factory Lofts), single dwelling apartment spaces are all housing options in this neighbourhood.

There's a considerable gap in average price between detached homes and semis that speaks directly to the difference in size between the two types of homes. The less common, larger homes found on wider streets like Shaw, (some of which come complete with coach house) often sell for staggering sums. This is perhaps understandable when you look more closely at the size of the lots and the detail with which many have been renovated and restored; many have multiple apartments which add significant value.

That said, the smaller Victorian offerings that dominate the neighbourhood are considerably more attainable, if in high demand given the extreme convenience that the neighbourhood offers. The massive 37-acre green space is the predominant feature, alongside a feverishly busy restaurant and nightlife scene found on the neighbourhood’s westerly border.

Regardless of the size, the dominating Victorian architecture here is quintessentially Toronto, and provides an aesthetically pleasing backdrop for a stroll or cycle through the residential side streets.

More attainable infill townhomes and condo loft spaces are popping up in pockets of the neighbourhood, and these spaces (that still liquidate relatively quickly) are strengthening the hipster factor in the area. Trinity Bellwoods is also home to a couple of the very first hard loft conversions (e.g Candy Factory Lofts) that appeared in Toronto. They set the bar for what a conversion should look like, and have often been imitated - but rarely replicated - elsewhere in the city. Rare offerings in these buildings are short lived, and sell at a premium.

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Homes typical of the Trinity Bellwoods neighbourhood

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HOUSE STATS

2016
AVERAGE PRICE $1,143,577
PRICE: Low-High $553,000-$2,483,000  
AVERAGE DAYS ON MARKET 18
# OF SALES 54

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CONDO STATS

2016
AVERAGE PRICE $695,713
PRICE: Low-High $359,900-$1,105,000
AVERAGE DAYS ON MARKET 15
# OF SALES 8

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Recreation in Trinity Bellwoods

The focal point of this neighbourhood is the namesake Trinity Bellwoods Park, so you can imagine that there are a number of recreational oppotunities available.

The park's facilities include a children's playground, a wading pool, sports fields, a baseball diamond, and four tennis courts. There's also an artificial ice rink that's perfect for pleasure skating, permit hockey, shinny hockey, women's and girl's ice hockey, and it's also home to a hockey school.

The Trinity Community Recreation Centre at 155 Crawford Street features an indoor pool, a gymnasium, a track, and a weight room.

Artscape Youngplace is a creative community hub and a home to artist studios, event rental spaces, and public lounging areas. This hub features tons of artistic and community programming happening in and around the building every day! Youngplace is an essential cultural and community hub in West Queen West.

This is also a very cycle-friendly area and centrally located, so it's not only ideal for a leisurely ride, but it's also great for getting around the city quickly. Endless opportunities to get active and enjoy this vibrant community!

Trinity Bellwoods Park is popular with picnic-goers in the summertime!

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Shopping & Dining in Trinity Bellwoods

Trinity Bellwoods has a Walk Score of 96 and a Transit Score of 99, so you're close to everything you could possibly need. Queen Street West features an amazing array of artistic and culinary gems. This part of Queen Street includes galleries, antique shops, bookstores, vegetarian restaurants, natural food markets, fashion and accessory stores and a variety of cafes and restaurants.

Meanwhile, Ossington Avenue, a short walk away, has one of the highest concentrations of bars and restaurants in the city, reflecting the youthful demographic of this neighbourhood. Cafes, coffee shops, art galleries and hip clothing stores complete the picture of a vibrant, exciting place to live.

These are some of our favourite places to grab a bite to eat in the neighbourhood!

  • Pizzerio Libretto
  • Mother’s Dumplings
  • Black Hoof
  • Utopia Café & Grill
  • Terroni
  • Noce
  • Nadege

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Now that you have a good idea of how great the Trinity Bellwoods neighbourhood is, make sure to take a stroll and exlore it for youself - and then talk to us if you're interested in finding your own slice of this Toronto gem!