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One of the most visible, vibrant ethnic communities in Toronto today, Little Portugal is a neighbourhood in transition. It has witnessed rapid gentrification in recent years, which underscores its dynamic personality and property opportunity.

Located in the West end of downtown Toronto, bordered by Lansdowne Avenue, on the north by College Street and on the east by Ossington Avenue, this area is flush with amenities. Green space and leisure opportunity is at McCormick Recreation Centre and Arena.  

Area schools include a mix of junior, middle and high schools. Add to that long stretches of sidewalks dotted with boutiques and noted nightlife hotspots, you have an area that lives and breathes the “location, location, location” mantra of real estate.

This neighbourhood is wonderfully reflective of the symbiotic relationship between residential property and commercial business, enmeshed together, creating a colourful streetscape while enhancing the quality of urban lifestyle with colour, character and convenience. A mix of Victorian and Edwardian row, semi- and detached brick and brick front homes ranging from working class cottages to manses sit in quiet support of unique storefronts, eateries, galleries and gathering spots, with a touch of European flair that its namesake suggests. Fresh aromas of baked goods and assorted culinary delights, along with the buzz of spirited conversation emit from many of the shops and eateries.

In the 50s through to the 70s the area grew as Portuguese immigrants arrived and established their families and their roots. Historically, this area is the core of Portuguese settlement in Toronto, and is currently home to the largest Portuguese population in the country. This group is experiencing a demographic shift, as families and Boomers are moving away to the suburbs, and the area is being repopulated with urban professionals, who seek urban living with flair and amenities at their doorstep. Other ethnic groups have also begun to populate the area, notably from Brazil, China and Vietnam, contributing to the multi-cultural fabric of the community.

If you seeking living space in an area of visual, cultural, social and architectural interest, right at the crossroads of a neighbourhood that is redefining itself in the context of urban cool, than Little Portugal may be the spot for you.

 

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