When you stroll through this neighbourhood, you’ll see idyllic, tree-lined streets, busy families and feel an energy that draws you in. While the Junction benefits from the transitions brought about by gentrification, the newer condominium developments are interspersed with low-rise, character housing, like Victorian-era brick homes, row houses and merchant-class cottages that communicate its roots, along with a sense of its future. Formerly the heart of the CP railyards, the Junction is very much still an epicenter of activity. In fact, some of the hippest hangs in the city are in this neighbourhood.

There is cultural impact here, with cool galleries celebrating the vibrant local art scene. In addition to a number of traditional gallery spaces, the Museum of Contemporary Art, it’s not uncommon to see local artists and artwork being displayed at local eateries and cafes, giving a whole other dimension of interest to this neighbourhood.

The Sousa Mendes strip and the Dupont Junction Triangle strip are both under a 5-minute walk away. Some of the most notable area hotspots are located here. The Farmhouse Tavern is known for its incredible brunch. Love Chix offers locally sourced chickens and has a great patio. Feel like Italian tonight? Consider Nodo Restaurant. Looking for a great cup of coffee and a cool place to meet up with friends? Check out Wallace Espresso.

All the essentials are within walking distance (the LCBO, Freshco and Shoppers). If you prefer your fare locally, visit the local Farmer’s Market, which is a hive of activity and goods. For your baked goods and treats, your neighbourhood baker is Mabel’s Bakery.

No urban life would be complete without awesome green space nearby. Within a 10-minute walk from home, you’ve got Perth and Carlton Parks, where you’ll find playgrounds, splash pads and more. Just over a 10-minute walk away is Campbell Park, which has a great playground, lots of green space to run around, as well as an ice rink in the winter. If you are keen on a longer stroll the West Toronto Railpath, which offers a unique environment for biking and walking the dog or running, is under a 10-minute walk away.

One of the best amenities in this community is the 7000 sq. ft George Chuvalo Community Centre with all kinds of community programming for adults and children alike. Another essential for the urbanite is easy access to public transit, which is a hop skip and a jump away. The UP Express and Bloor GO Trains are about a 5-minute walk away. The TTC and bus lines are very close as well.