Living in Trefann Court
Trefann Court is a quiet little pocket of homes located in the downtown section of Toronto. This affordable Toronto neighbourhood includes a mix of both public and private housing. The newly revitalized Regent Park neighbourhood is located to the north and the historic Corktown and St. Lawrence neighbourhoods are located to the south of this neighbourhood. Trefann Court residents enjoy easy access to public transit and can walk to many Toronto landmarks including The Distillery Historic District and Allan Gardens.
History of Trefann Court
Trefann Court began as a working class neighbourhood in the mid 1800’s. Its future was threatened in 1966, when Toronto city planners recommended that Trefann Court’s deteriorated housing stock be demolished and the entire neighbourhood be rebuilt from scratch.
The city’s plans were vigorously opposed by Trefann Court residents who were led by a young lawyer named John Sewell – who later became Mayor of Toronto. In response to Toronto city planners, Trefann Court residents created their own blueprint to save their neighbourhood. The residents’ plan advocated restoring the existing housing stock wherever possible, and replacing dilapidated houses with new houses that would be in keeping with the neighbourhood. This plan was adopted by city council in 1972.
The battle over Trefann Court was historically significant in that it brought forth new urban planning ideas that advocated greater community involvement, less government interference and an enlightened interest in rehabilitating and preserving Toronto’s historic neighbourhoods.
Homes in Trefann Court
Trefann Court’s housing stock consists of Victorian houses from the late 1800’s, as well as newer two and three storey townhouses. The newer homes blend in well with the older Victorian houses in this neighbourhood. Some of Trefann Court’s commercial buildings have recently been converted to live/work lofts. These new home projects have enhanced the residential tone of the Trefann Court neighbourhood.
Lifestyle in Trefann Court
Everyday shopping needs are addressed both on Queen Street West and on Parliament Street. Trefann Court residents also enjoy the luxury of being able to walk to the St. Lawrence Market, where they can choose from a vast array of meats, seafood, cheeses, fruits, and vegetables.
Recreation in Trefann Court
Trefann Court cycling enthusiasts are just minutes away from the Lower Don Bikeway, an off-street bike path network that provides links with the Rosedale Valley bikepath and the Martin Goodman Trail located along Toronto’s waterfront. These trails are also popular with in-line skaters and joggers. The Regent South artificial ice rink, at Shuter and Sumach Streets, operates from November through to the end of February, and offers skating lessons, shinny hockey, permit hockey, and pleasure skating.
Transportation in Trefann Court
The Sherbourne Street bus and Parliament Street streetcar connect to subway stations on the Bloor-Danforth subway line. The Queen Street streetcar connects to the Queen station on the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line. For motorists travelling in and out of the city, the Don Valley Parkway and Lake Shore Boulevard are only a few minutes away. The Sumach and Shuter Parkette, off Queen Street includes a children’s playground and a wading pool.