Little Portugal or Beaconsfield Village can be found in the 'Old City' of Toronto and just west of Little Italy. It is a predominantly residential area that has been frequented by Portuguese immigrants and many Portuguese business can be found along College and Dundas streets. The Denison family were the major landholders in the area during the early 1800's and Captain John Denison built 'Brookfield' around 1815 and the northwest corner of Queen and Ossington. The house was sold in the 1850's and by the 1870's a section of streets had been laid out on the former Brookfield estate. The signature street in the neighbourhood became Beaconsfield Avenue, named after former Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, whom Queen Victoria gave the total of Lord Beaconsfield.
The houses in the area range from two to three-storey Victorian semis, the selection of architecture from this era is the reason that Beaconsfield Avenue was designated noteworthy by the Toronto Historical Board. There are also Edwardian examples and infill house that range in size from one to two thousand square feet with many of these homes having been recently renovated to make room for two and even three families. The area known as the Brockton Triangle which is bordered by Lansdown, Dufferin and College, has many post-war and working class homes. New home buyers are flocking to this area for it's ethnic charm and wide ranges of homes on peaceful streets.
Little Portugal has two well-equipped community centres: McCormick Recreation Centre on Sheridan Avenue and the Trinity Community Recreation Centre on Crawford and they both have indoor pools, gymnasiums, a weight room and a games room. McCormick also has an indoor arena that offers skating programs and classes and there is a playground area with an area for toddlers and a wading pool. The area is also conveniently located near to Toronto's Harbourfront district where there is never a lack of entertainment when you have Ontario Place, Exhibition Place, the Rogers Centre and the Toronto Islands to choose from.
Schools in the area include a catholic school called St. Anthony's on Gladstone, and a combined junior and senior school called Alexander Muir/Gladstone which is just further south. There are two high schools: Heydon Park Secondary and Central Technical School. The working-class Portuguese influence who were largely responsible for the growth and founding of the area can still be seen in the quality bakeries and virgin mary statues in gardens but throw in some new art galleries, not to mention the recent successes of the Drake and the Gladstone and what you have is the meeting place of where Toronto came from and the city Toronto is becoming.