Central - The Community of Little Portugal
Characterized by the vibrant and colourful Portuguese community that still makes up a large part of its population, Toronto’s Little Portugal neighbourhood is one of the city’s most active and exciting areas. Mixed with Italian, Brazilian and, increasingly, Asian populations, the area is also becoming home to a growing number of young professionals and artists as this part of Toronto hosts a growing segment of the city’s cutting-edge artistic community. Little Portugal also encompasses the urban oasis of Beaconsfield Village, with its quiet, leafy streets. But the whole of the neighbourhood has become a highly sought after destination for young professionals, especially those with families, and artists who have followed the migration of many of the galleries and nightclubs westward along Queen. The many beautiful houses range from the Gothic and Victorian semi-detached and rowhouses near Dundas to the larger two- and three- storey homes near Queen. And as a few luxury condo projects have taken root, the tree-lined streets have become even more attractive to those seeking Old World charm while remaining easily connected to the ultra-modern city.
This neighbourhood is steps away from Trinity Bellwoods Park, where there's plenty of open space, tennis courts, a dog park, and a children's playground. There are also a ton of great restaurants to try along Queen Street West, and, because you're in Little Portugal, you should also try one of the bakeries along Dundas Street. Little Portugal is very walkable, with plenty of public transportation nearby with streetcars along Dundas, Queen, College, as well as the Bloor subway not too far North.
This community has a variety of real estate options, including freehold homes and a lot of semis and row houses. There are a lot of Victorian-style homes within the Little Portugal real estate, and some new condos are going up along Dundas Street West as the area gains popularity.
- The Grove Community School (JK-3)
- Givins/Shaw Junior Public School (JK-6)
- Parkdale Junior & Senior Public School (JK-8)
- Parkdale Collegiate Institute (9-12)
- Central Commerce Collegiate Institute (9-12)
- Harbord Collegiate Institute (9-12)
- Holy Family (Catholic Elementary)
- Senhor Santo Cristo (Catholic Elementary)
- St. Luke (Catholic Elementary)
- Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton (Catholic Secondary)