The Palmerston branch of the Toronto Public Library in Seaton Village
|• MP||Chrystia Freeland (University—Rosedale)|
|• MPP||Jessica Bell (University-Rosedale)|
|• Councillor||Mike Layton (Ward 11 University-Rosedale)|
Seaton Village is a neighbourhood and former village located west of Downtown Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is named after John Colborne, 1st Baron Seaton, Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada from 1828 to 1836. Seaton Village is bordered by Bloor Street to the south, the Canadian Pacific Railway tracks to the north, Christie Street to the west, and Bathurst Street to the east. Officially, it is an enclave within The Annex neighbourhood, as defined by the City of Toronto. It is sometimes referred to as the West Annex. While Seaton Village shares several characteristics with the Annex (notably its architecture and its popularity with University of Toronto students), it is often perceived as a quieter, family-oriented neighbourhood with smaller, less expensive homes. The Koreatown shopping district is at its southern border.
The area is primary semi-detached single family homes dating to the start of the 20th century. Most are either of solid brick construction, while some have a facade of brick. Most of the trees planted at the same time as the houses were built are still standing. One unique home is located on Clinton Street. The house is almost completely covered with circular "woodcakes" cut from billiards cues.
Vermont Square Park is near the centre of Seaton Village. The park has a playground that was totally rebuilt in 2012, as well as off-leash dog park hours. St. Albans Boys and Girls club and the Bill Bolton hockey arena are also located in the park.
There are also several small businesses located along Dupont Street. Karma Co-op, a co-operatively run health food store, is hidden down a lane way (officially named Karma Lane in 2014) and has operated in the area since 1972.
Seaton Village is represented in the House of Commons of Canada as part of the University—Rosedale electoral district. It is represented in the Ontario Legislative Assembly as part of the Trinity—Spadina constituency.
Seaton Village is bounded to the south by Bloor Street. Nearly the entirety of Seaton Village's portion of Bloor Street is occupied by a Korean ethnic enclave known as Koreatown. Prior to the influx of Korean immigrants in the 1980s, this section of Bloor Street was populated by people from Central and South America.
In the 2006 Canadian census Seaton Village was covered by census tract 0093.00. According to that census, the neighbourhood has 5,259 residents. Average income is $41,506, close to the average for the Toronto CMA. The ten most common languages spoken at home, after English, are:
- Portuguese - 5.0%
- Italian - 3.5%
- Korean - 2.0%
- Cantonese - 1.6%
- Unspecified Chinese - 1.5%
- Greek - 1.4%
- Spanish - 0.8%
- French - 0.6%
- Hungarian - 0.5%
- Polish - 0.5%
Seaton Village is the former home of Canadian poet and children's author Dennis Lee, Oscar-winning (for Chicago) sound engineer David Lee (no relation, now deceased), and sociologist Barry Wellman. It is the current home of novelist and playwright Ann-Marie MacDonald, musician Charles Spearin and songwriter/performer Nancy White.
Seaton Village was also where Meghan Markle, UK's Duchess of Sussex, lived in a rented house at 10 Yarmouth Gardens while filming the TV series Suits. She moved out in late November 2017 after work on the seventh season had been completed.
Notes and references
- Griffith-Greene, Megan. "Toronto Fairytale: When Your House is Your Hobby". Archived from the original on 2009-10-25. Retrieved 2008-06-14.
- Hensley, Laura (November 4, 2016). "Prince Harry and girlfriend give reporters the slip as royal watchers descend on Toronto neighbourhood". National Post. Retrieved December 5, 2017.
- Lonny, "You Can Live In Meghan Markle's Former Toronto Bachelorette Pad", May 2018 
- Griffiths, Emmy (November 22, 2017). "Meghan Markle moves out of apartment in Toronto". Hello! Canada. Archived from the original on December 1, 2017. Retrieved December 5, 2017.