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Church Street Village
Welcome to Toronto’s beloved Church Street Village, a neighbourhood that truly displays the diversity of the city.
Though this district of Toronto welcomes anyone with open arms, the history of the area focuses on being a safe space for the LGBTQ+ population.
The epicentre of the Village is at the intersection of Church and Wellesley, a bustling commercial hub offering residents and visitors many options for dining and entertainment.
The area has a community focus, offering interested residents a wide range of specialized programming, educational tools, healthcare services and of course, the annual Pride Parade.
The Church Street Village is an historically rich and essential part of Toronto’s makeup. Today, mixed-use developments continue to break ground in hopes of taking advantage of the area’s downtown access along with the amazing amenities offered anywhere near Church Street.
Established highrises mix with tree-lined streets to offer anyone interested in settling down in this neighbourhood a wealth of options: from modern condos to charming Victorians.
Who lives in Church Street Village?
Because of the neighbourhood's centrality, you will find every walk of life living in the Church Street Village.
From families and students taking advantage of close schools and institutions, to young and established professionals holding down the downtown fort. Church Street Village's history of inclusion also makes it a destination for LGBTQ+ folks seeking prime real estate.
The following data was obtained from the 2016 Church-Yonge Corridor neighbourhood census profile, and the City of Toronto Ward 27 profile. Average prices are determined by the realestatecondos.ca listings.
Population growth: 10.6%
Rent/Own: 63% / 37%
Median Age: 35
Average household income: 145,614
Average condo sale price: $865,281.74
Average condo rent price: $2,637.84
Average family size: 2
Population density: 23,044 people per square km
The Church Street Village is extremely walkable, being as it’s a pillar of Toronto’s downtown. All errands can be done on foot, cycle or transit in this area, which is a reason for its vibrancy and popularity.
Walk Scores come in at an amazing 98, while Transit Scores in this neighbourhood come in better, at 99.
The neighbourhood is well serviced by the 94 Wellesley bus, the 506 Carlton-College streetcar and Line 1’s Wellesley and College subway stations. Most residents will opt to leave the car at home and walk to work from the Church Street Village, especially if they work downtown.
Sherbourne Street, just east of the Village, has a dedicated north-south bike lane that can transport you from Elm to Queens Quay.
For drivers, Yonge Street, Carlton and Bloor are major Toronto thruways that will connect you to the rest of the city, and its highways such as the Don Valley Parkway or Gardiner Expressway.
Church Street Village amenities
Living in and around the Church Street Village means you are wholly and without doubt living in one of the busiest downtown sections of Toronto. Despite the hustle and bustle of the area, its history as a safe space for the marginalized means community organizers have vested interest in maintaining the neighbourhood’s strong community focus.
You can see this on full display at the 519 Community Centre at 519 Church, a charitable non-profit organization in operation for over 35 years. The 519 is a renowned citywide destination for LGBTQ+ organizing, community events, child-care and charitable donations.
Because Yonge Street is such an historic shopping destination in the city, you're going to be able to find anything you could possibly want by taking a jaunt down the strip, adjacent to the Church Street Village. Walking down Yonge from Wellesly or College will take you down to the Eaton Centre, Queen Street or King Street.
In the immediate vicinity, however, you have College Park shopping mall, which includes grocery stores, a food court, TTC's College Station, Winners and more. The best Loblaws in the city is also nearby at Church and Carlton streets. This Loblaws location was part of a massive renovation job transforming parts of Maple Leaf Gardens, an iconic building in Old Toronto which still remains today.
Church Street Village is also close to Yorkville designer streets on its northern border and boutique shopping on West Queen West at its south
Well-known restaurants and cafes
There are hundreds of options for any palette in and around Church Street Village. You can take your pick from staple fast food joints along Yonge to all of the neighbourhood's local hotspots. There are always new food adventures to embark on when you live in the heart of such a diverse city.
The cafes in this neighbourhood serve as meeting places for the community. You'll be hard-pressed to find a more frequented Second Cup than the one on Church. Glad Day Bookshop serves up fresh cups of coffee in a bilblio's paradise, curated to their dedicated clientele. As usual, there is always a Starbucks or Tim Hortons nearby.
For food, Hair of the Dog and Church St. Garage are a couple of locally acclaimed brunch spots. Grab some dinner at Church St. Bistro or Smith Restaurant + Bar. There is hot soup on tap at Jinya Ramen Bar or Japanese tapas ready for the picking at Guu.
Pizza fans will rejoice at North of Brooklyn's Church Street location, competing with a handful of other pizza joints on the strip.
As always, there are many more spots to discover in this evolving neighbourhood.
Church Street is an entertainment destination for many in Toronto and the GTA.
Yonge Street is home to a handful of historic theatres and live music venues if you walk southward towards Queen Street. On the eastern border of the neighbourhood, you'll find Phoenix Concert Theatre pumping out popular music concerts all year.
Yonge and Dundas has summer concert programming and big city lights, along with one of downtown's largest Cineplex movie theatres. Church Street Village is also close to Old City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square.
Church Street itself is home to the city's swath of gay bars and entertainment offerings, keeping the street a popular spot every weekend. If you want to see an outrageous drag show, this is your place.
Schools in Church Street Village
This neighbourhood benefits from quick access to great schools for all ages!
For the young ones, you have Church Street Junior School, Jarvis Collegiate and Le Collège français all within walking distance from Church Street.
Post-secondary students swarm Church Street Village based on its close proximity to Ryerson University and University of Toronto's St. George Campus. Both of these Toronto insitutions can be reached within a 10 to 15 minute walk.
Church Street Village’s downtown location means that, yes, it’s quite a vertical neighbourhood.
Despite its tall scale, however, there are various ways residents escape into Toronto’s natural world, including the historical parkgrounds of Allan Gardens, the Rosedale Ravine and Queen’s Park. Church Street Village also has small parkettes scattered around the neighbourhood to entertain restless kids and dogs alike.
It’s easy to get to the Waterfront trails and the Toronto Island Ferry from this locale by hopping on the TTC’s Line 1 south to Union Station.