This Toronto-West neighbourhood, located On St.Clair Ave West between Dufferin St and Landsdown Ave, offers the perfect balance between residential living and commercial centers, while simultaneously offering the atmosphere of a tight-knit community. The neighbourhood became one of Toronto’s two Italian districts, along with Little Italy on College St, in the 1950’s when a large wave of Italian immigrants settled in Toronto. As a result, many Italian restaurants, cafes, food markets, and both shoe and retail stores reside in the neighbourhood. Over time, however, the neighbourhood has become increasingly diverse, with more and more Mexican, Latin American, Brazilian, Portuguese communities moving into the area. The neighbourhood has still held onto its Italian influence, through the presence of many long-standing shops and restaurants.
Corso Italia largely features homes built after the first and second World Wars, many of which have been recently renovated and updated. In 2015, the neighbourhood was named as having some of the city’s quickest rising property values, making the neighbourhood increasingly popular and well-known. The neighbourhood has consistently attracted both homeowners and renters alike, drawn to by its TTC accessiblity, and relative closeness to downtown, while still retaining character and charm.
The majority of the neighbourhood’’d homes were built in the early and mid-1900s, being sold brick homes. While a large number of detached homes inhabit the neighbourhood, there are also a good number of semi-detached properties and bungalows, providing more affordable options than their detached counterparts.
Lifestyle & Recreation
Often referred as a “Small Village in a Big City,” Corso Italia boasts lots of personality, offering plentiful amenities while still maintaining its charm through a disproportionate presence of independent stores and restaurants. With notable Italian, Portuguese and Latin American influences, the neighbourhood exudes personality and charm, where its serves and attractions that reflect this diverse make-up. The majority of retail stores cafes, bakeries, and food markets reflecting its Italian, Portuguese and Latin American influences.
Among the many restaurants and stores in the neighbourhood, are and number of parks and community center, most notably, Joseph J. Piccininni Community Centre. This center offers programs for both pre-schoolers and seniors, while also housing an outdoor pool, tennis courts, and even an ice rink.
There are several schools in the area for neighbourhood kids to attend.
One of the main drawing factors of Corso Italia is its location. Streetcars along St Clair Ave provide easy and quick access to the St Clair subway station, located on the Yonge-University lines. The mains routes of transportation for motorists, are St Clair Ave W, Dufferin St, and Landsdown Ave. Downtown Toronto is but minutes away driving and is also easily accessed from the St. Clair West subway station.