Located in south-west Toronto, and bordered by Dundas Street on the north, Bathurst Street on the east, Queen Street on the south and Ossington Avenue on the west, Trinity Bellwods neigbourhood is divided in half by the park of the same name.
Majority of Trinity Bellwoods houses date from late 1800s and early 1900s. Their sizes vary from small to medium, and most are either 2-storey or 2.5-storey, although one can find a few bungalows. Many Victorian homes grace the neighbourhood, some of them renovated, some still in need of major work.
New developments are taking place, and one can find exciting modern homes which don't pretend to belong to another century.
If you walk the neighbourhood laneways, you may run into an irregularly shaped laneway house, feeling at home beside a row of garages, some commercial buildings, or a garage turned into a coach house.
The area, once mainly a home to a Portugese community, has now become a trendy and sought after location. Queen Street is home to art galleries, cafes and restaurants, antique shops and fashion boutiques, and Ossington Avenue also includes numerous galleries and trendy shops.
Located centrally in the neighbourhood, Trinity Bellwoods Park is a delightful green oasis with a playground for children, tennis courts, baseball arena, a designated leash-free area for dogs, a marked Discovery Walk and cycling trail. The park is home to many cultural events including a book fair and live theatre. In September an annual art sale takes place there, and a weekly farmers market runs on Tuesday afternoons from May to October.
Trinity Bellwoods schools:
Charles G Fraser Jr. PS, 79 Manning Ave., tel. 416.393.1830, website; ranking
Givins/Shaw Jr. PS, 49 Givins St., tel. 416.393.1240, website; ranking