The Annex is a vibrant and colourful downtown Toronto neighbourhood that draws its energy from the University of Toronto, as well as from the bars, restaurants and nightclubs that crowd together along Bloor Street. The establishment of the University of Toronto in the late 1850's provided the impetus for the building of homes in The Annex, which took place largely between the 1870's and early 1900's. Many of the rooming houses and multi-unit homes in the Annex have recently been converted back to single family houses reflecting the return to prominence of this historic Toronto neighbourhood.
Naturally, many University students, faculty, and alumni rent or own houses in The Annex. The University population mixes well with the young urban professionals who have been buying and fixing up Annex houses, giving these old houses new life, and in the process revitalizing this historic Toronto neighbourhood. The Annex is Toronto's most heterogenous community. Its residents include successful business people, prominent artists, University of Toronto students and faculty, and people from all walks of life.
Residents of The Annex neighbourhood can easily walk to any of four stations on the Bloor-Danforth subway line for quick access to downtown Toronto.