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The Little Portugal neighbourhood is located south of Dundas Street West and College Street, west of the CN railroad tracks, and east of Dovercourt Road.
Little Portugal’s name doesn’t tell the entire history of the neighbourhood. Like many areas in Toronto, Little Portugal started off as a tract of land owned by a wealthy family (in this case, the Denison clan) at the beginning of the 1800s. After the Denisons sold their estate in the 1850s, the network of railroads was constructed. Those railroads are still in use today. The need for railroad and construction workers brought many Italians into the neighbourhood. However, after World War II, many of the Italian families moved elsewhere in the city, and Portuguese immigrants moved in.
Over the years, the neighbourhood demographics have changed. There might be fewer Portuguese families, but there’s still a strong Portuguese influence, as evidenced by the stores and restaurants. That being said, residents of other backgrounds have been moving in. Little Portugal has also attracted visual and performing artists, making it an excellent place to catch the latest act or exhibit.
Another one of Little Portugal’s draws is its proximity to Trinity-Bellwoods Park, one of the most famous and beautiful green spaces in the city. It’s home to an athletics centre, volleyball and tennis courts, a hockey rink, and a playground.
While Little Portugal is known for its Edwardian homes, the neighbourhood is also the site of a number of condo developments. If you’re interested in this type of property for sale in Little Portugal, contact a realtor from the Propertia. Our site is updated more frequently than MLS Toronto listings, so you can find your dream condo faster!