Despite the name, Little Italy, also known as College Street West, is not a neighbourhood designated for Italians. While there are many Italian families living in the area, the Portuguese population is quite large thanks to the First Portuguese Canadian Cultural Centre located in the neighbourhood.
When it comes to multi-cultural neighbourhoods in Toronto, there are not many that have as much to offer as Little Italy. In addition to the many Italian and Portuguese residents, the people of the area are welcoming many others from all over the world.
With the Portugal Village shopping district close by, residents don’t have to look far to find what they need.
During the1920’s, Little Italy began to establish itself as Toronto’s premier Italian community.
By the 1960’s, however, some of the early families were moving out of the area which allowed others – including Portuguese, Spanish, and Chinese families – to move in. It is this cultural mix that has gone a long way in shaping what the neighborhood has to offer.
If you are interested in moving to Little Italy, you will find that most of the homes in the area are row-houses or large Victorians.
Most of the properties were constructed between 1880 and 1910, with many being updated recently with modern amenities.
With tree lined streets and parking in the back, Little Italy offers a distinct living experience that attracts many buyers.