Named for the large population of Italian immigrants who settled in the area, Corso Italia and Davenport is Toronto’s other little Italy — eat your heart out College Street. Bounded by Morrison Avenue and Davenport Road, this west end Toronto neighbourhood offers a blend of residential living and urban convenience.
Corso Italia and Davenport is a family-friendly neighbourhood; there are several private and public schools in the area, and a variety of recreational activities. Earlscourt Park is located on the southern edge of the community, there you’ll find an outdoor skating rink, swimming pool, soccer pitch, baseball diamond, playgrounds, and basketball courts.
St. Clair Avenue is host to most businesses in the area — offering a nice selection of boutiques, cafes and restaurants. There’s plenty of excitement to be had here as well, and on St Clair you’ll find pubs, sports bars, and cozy watering holes.
On narrow residential streets you’ll encounter a mix of 2 storey semi-detached and 2 storey detached houses, and some Davenport condos in the southern portion of the neighbourhood. In addition to a large Italian population, there’s a considerable number of Portuguese and Latin American residents; which is evident by the diverse flags displayed in the area during the World Cup.
St. Clair Avenue is a major thoroughfare with tons of convenient shops and restaurants, and great streetcar service. Residents who live Corso Italia and Davenport condos have an excellent area to get out and explore with many neighbourhood amenities nearby.
Developers have largely overlooked this neighbourhood, which is a shame, because this area has a lot to offer. For those who are interested in Toronto condos in this neighbourhood, you’ll have to focus on Davenport condos, as there are no buildings in Corso Italia to the north.
Davenport condos can be found in low-rise buildings, townhomes, and loft residences — including the very popular Foundry Lofts. Families will likely prefer the extras square footage and private community feel at townhomes like Elm Davenport Residences.
Corso Italia and Davenport is a very walkable neighbourhood, boasting a respectable 79 Walk Score — take note condo developers. Within this community you’ll find grocery stores, drugstores, salons, and everything you could need to accomplish your errands.
Residents of this charming neighbourhood have excellent access to public transit; there are east and westbound streetcars on St. Clair Avenue, and north and southbound buses on Dufferin Street. If need subway service, the streetcar can quickly carry you to St Clair West station for the Yonge-University subway line.
Drivers will need to contend some city traffic to get around, but can go north to Allen Road for the 401.
Locals: Young professionals and small families, with a large number of Portuguese and Italian residents.
Code of Conduct: Residents don’t shy away from carbohydrates in this neighbourhood.
What You’ll Find: A small piece of Italy in Toronto… without the breathtaking scenery.
What You Won’t Find: Affordable single-family homes.
The Homes: Semi-detached and detached houses, low-rise condos and lofts.
Sealing the Deal: Incredible restaurants.