The community of Trinity Bellwoods is named after Trinity College, which was built in the mid-1880's on the site where the sprawling Trinity-Bellwoods Park now stands. This 32-acre expanse of green space anchors the neighbourhood and is a central hub for all who call Trinity Bellwoods home. In fact, the park actually stretches the entire length of the area.
Not only do residents love the quick access to green space amidst the concrete jungle, they also love the great shopping and relatively affordable housing options relative to the rest of Toronto. Since the community of Trinity Bellwoods neighbours Little Portugal, there is a heavy Portuguese influence in the community. Many of the shops and eateries in the area cater to this particular demographic. The boundaries of Trinity Bellwoods are College Street to the north, Queen Street West to the south, Bathurst Street to the east, and Dovercourt Road to the west.
The homes in Trinity Bellwoods were predominantly constructed in the later 1800's and early 1900's. The classic Victorian row houses are characterized by unique architecture that commemorates a time passed. Many of these homes have the distinct advantage of ether fronting or backing onto Trinity Bellwoods Park. Larger properties tend to be found along Shaw Street, with a much larger boulevard to accommodate them (as well as much higher prices).
There are also some townhouses and condo lofts that have been built in the area over the recent past, offering more modern amenities compared to the more classic Victorian homes. Loft conversions such as the Candy and Chocolate Factory Lofts have been particularly popular in Trinity Bellwoods. While these may be more affordable than the average home in the neighbourhood, they often wind up in bidding wars and selling at a premium.
Lifestyle & Recreation
The heart of Trinity Bellwoods is the park of the same name. This massive expanse of greenery provides residents with the joys that come with being immersed in Mother Nature's glory without having to make the trek out of the city. The park is sprinkled with soaring mature trees and offers the active type to enjoy some exercise on the tennis courts, baseball diamond, and artificial ice rink. There is also a children's playground and wading pool on site.
Trinity Bellwoods has its fair share of eclectic shops, eateries, and art galleries at all angles. Queen Street is full of vibrant hot spots and is always heavily populated with both locals and visitors seeking something truly unique. The bar scene is quite lively on Ossington Avenue, where you'll find a plethora of restaurants and bars in the city. There are also a ton of cafes, galleries, and artsy clothing shops sprinkled around the bars and pubs.
There's also the Portugal Village shopping district along Dundas Street, which is more dedicated to the Portuguese demographic in the neighbourhood.
There are plenty of families with children in the Trinity Bellwoods neighbourhood, and the school system caters to their needs by offering them plenty of good schools to choose from. These include Givins/Shaw Junior Public School, Charles G. Fraser Public School, Niagara Street Junior Public School, Ossington Old Orchard Public School, St. Mary Catholic School, and St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School.
There are plenty of transit options in Trinity Bellwoods, particularly the streetcar service along Bathurst Street and Ossington Avenue, which also takes commuters to subway stations on the Bloor-Danforth line. Those travelling by vehicle will find it easy to access Lakeshore Boulevard and the Gardiner Expressway.
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