About The Annex
Cumberland Street and Yorkville Avenue, the commercial heart of Yorkville, feature an eclectic mix of 19th and 20th Century buildings that house a variety of high-end shops, restaurants, residential condominium buildings, and the elegant Hazelton Hotel. Hazelton Avenue is a sylvan piece of Yorkville’s past, lined with beautifully restored and renovated Victorian homes, and a collection of art galleries, auction houses, and mid-rise luxury condominiums.
Yorkville was incorporated as a village in 1853. You can still see the Village coat of arms displayed above the front door of the old Yorkville Fire Hall, at 34 Yorkville Avenue. Although the village was annexed by the City of Toronto a mere 30 years later, Yorkville has continued to maintain its own identity –as a hippie haven in the 1960s, an upscale shopping mecca, starting in the 1980s, and now as a hot spot where the international set and film stars come to dine, shop and be seen!
Come to Yorkville on any sunny day, and you’ll find people strolling the streets, enjoying the quiet of Yorkville Park, shopping, dining, and just soaking up the atmosphere of this village within a city.
With material from Your Guide to Toronto Neighbourhoods, by David Dunkelman
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