Have you been to Cabbagetown recently?
We’re often asked if we have a favourite Toronto neighbourhood. For us, that’s a crazy difficult question to answer! Toronto is one of, if not THE, greatest cities in North America, with countless amazing neighbourhoods, each with their own unique character and charm. We work with dozens of venues across the city in some of the most in-demand neighbourhoods for Toronto event spaces. That’s why we’ve been talking about them the last few months, helping to facilitate Toronto event planning for those looking for an event space.
We’ve already looked at Toronto venues in the Trinity Bellwoods & Queen Street West areas, along with Ossington Village & Bloorcourt. Now, let’s go a bit more eastward for our next neighbourhood spotlight: Cabbagetown!
Cabbagetown is known for its stunning homes, charming businesses, and incredible sense of community. It’s one of the most sought-after neighbourhoods to live and work in for Torontonians, and it’s a trendy area for holding events of all shapes and sizes.
First, you might be wondering about the name: Cabbagetown. It’s believed to have come from the late 19th century, just after the area was incorporated into the growing city of Toronto. It became the home of working-class people, many of them Irish and Macedonian, who worked along the lakeshore. To supplement their diets, many of these immigrants dug up their front yards to grow cabbages. Hence, Cabbagetown. And so, the name stuck!
It was around this time that absolutely beautiful Victorian-style homes were built in the area. While it was a working-class neighbourhood, it became one of the most successful in Toronto by the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Unfortunately, things started to take a turn for the worst post-World War I.
As the depression loomed, the average level of wealth in the neighbourhood started trending downwards. Eventually, the neighbourhood was thought of as a slum area by the mid-1960s. Many of the stunning brick homes began to deteriorate, and land values plummeted. By the early 70s, however, things took another turn, this time for the better.
A real estate agent named Darrell Kent became a driving factor in the neighbourhood’s renewal. More affluent professionals began to move into the neighbourhood, many of them LGBTQ. This influx of wealth resulted in the Victorian-style homes being restored to their former splendor and charm. By the early 80s, things had completely turned around, with many complaining that housing prices were too high at $200,000. (If only they knew what was coming…)
Thankfully, the character of the neighbourhood was maintained during gentrification thanks to a bylaw that banned any building higher than four stories. That’s why, to this day, the majority of the buildings in Cabbagetown are all low-rise.
Today, Cabbagetown is considered one of the most iconic and desirable neighbourhoods in the entire city, especially for Toronto event spaces. Because of the high-rise ban, it’s maintained its particular charm and sense of community. Wonderful upscale shops line both Parliament Street and Carlton Street, offering residents an abundance of choices when it comes to shopping and food.
Because of this makeup, trying to find Toronto venues to hold events in this area can be difficult. While rent prices are generally better than elsewhere in the city, they’re still far from affordable for many people. Thankfully, there are other options available to you if you’re looking for a Toronto event space in the Cabbagetown area.
Businesses throughout the city, including in Cabbagetown, have started renting out their spaces to those looking to put on events. By doing so, they can bring in extra money at times when their stores would otherwise be closed. This can significantly help with rising rental costs, helping them bring their businesses to new heights while also filling a significant need for more Toronto event spaces.
If you’re involved in Toronto event planning, or are simply looking for the perfect Toronto venue for a birthday, office get-together, or small party, then Unique Spaces is the perfect place to look. All of the businesses we work with are excited to partner with you for your event. Click here to browse our unique Toronto event venues.
Cabbagetown is definitely one of our favourite Toronto neighbourhoods, and if you’ve ever visited, it’s probably one of yours too! If you’re looking for a Toronto event space, we invite you to find it through our website. And if you’d like to learn more about Unique Spaces, please check out our FAQ.