The Annex was subdivided in the 1870's and 1880's. It immediately became one of Toronto's elite neighbourhoods. Its first residents included Timothy Eaton of Eaton's department store and George Gooderham of the Gooderham and Worts distillery.
The neighbourhood draws its energy from the University of Toronto, the bars and restaurants along Bloor Street, as well as the number of bookstores, art galleries, antique stores, and one-of-a-kind specialty stores, creating Toronto's most heterogenous community.
The Annex really comes alive at night when people from all over the city converge upon its restaurants, bars and nightclubs.