Corktown is full of Old Toronto charm, as many of the existing properties were once workers cottages and industrial buildings. Narrow side streets, full of row houses, that were never really intended for cars, make it hard to believe you are in a busy city full of high-rises. With some of the oldest Victorian row houses in the city, which once belonged to the Irish immigrants who toiled in the nearby distilleries, along with boutique condos going up at an unprecedented rate, this neighbourhood offers many different types of properties. This a great neighbourhood for those who want reasonable prices than Cabbagetown to the North, but still close to downtown.
Corktown has a wonderful juxtaposition of new design and unpolished old world style. This up-and-coming vibe in one of the oldest parts of the city has locals feeling like they’re part of something special.
The proximity to the business and entertainment districts is a big draw, as is the nearby St. Lawrence market, which offers some of the best shopping in the city with more than 100 bakers, butchers, artisans and antique dealers. Locals often head to the Distillery District, or to neighbouring Leslieville, just past the Don Valley Parkway.
Most people here are young professional couples with or without children, but there are lots of older adults living in Corktown, too. The neighbourhood is small and tight-knit. However, there is an active residents and business association and its very own newsletter, The Corktown News. Two local parks – Orhpan’s Green and Sackville Playground – offer some nice green spaces to enjoy, too.