Vivien Sharon In The Know Local Host

Vivien Sharon

Broker, Sotheby's International Realty Canada; Author; Roving Yorkville Lifestyle Expert

Three words you'd use to describe your area:

Upscale. Food. Fashion.

What's your favorite local cafe or coffee shop and why?

There are a few I love: Coco Espresso Bar, ZAZA Espresso Bar and Nespresso Boutique

You've got a dog lover visiting, where do you go?

I love strolling in fashionable Yorkville which is a top destination for tourists and locals. There are many high-end boutiques on Yorkville and Cumberland Avenues, the newly revived Yorkville Village shopping mall, galleries and design studios, chic cafes and gelato shops amid tree-lined with Victorian homes and gleaming luxe high-rises.

I enjoy walking along the famous Mink Mile on Bloor Street and popping into Holt Renfrew or, I might have a glass of shiraz at one of the posh hotels.

For foodies such as myself, I love to drop into Eataly and enjoy a slice of pizza with tons of funghi and mozzorella or indulge in a few slices of succulent brisket. Pusateris and McEwen Fine Foods offer more fine food choices.

There is also Whole Foods for the best array of organic fruits, veggies, cheeses and breads. For culture I visit special exhibits at the ROM or the Gardiner Museum.

For exercise, I love to walk around Queen's Park and meander around the grounds of the University of Toronto and Philosopher's Walk. Yorkville is a great place to eat, live, work and play.

I am so lucky to make it my home. Yorkville and the Annex are rated as one of the finest urban residential neighbourhoods in North America with stunning homes and architecture.

You need a get-away-from it all escape, where do you go and why?

There are many good restaurants I frequent in Yorkville. I love to spoil myself at a fine dining restaurant such as Morton's and indulge in the cajun ribeye with steamed asparagus and truffle fries.

I love to meet friends and family for a bite at the fabulous outdoor patios of One at the 5-star Hazelton Hotel or the Oxley Public House and watch the beautiful people walk by. For Chinese food, one of my favs is Dynasty on Yorkville Ave.

Sassafraz at the corner of Bellair and Cumberland is a great spot in the heart of Yorkville where you can indulge in a great burger and fries.

Kasa Moto or Yamato Japanese Restaurant are one of the best for Japanese food and for Italian you drop by Cibo Wine Bar or Trattoria Nervosa for their pasta or veal dishes.

A foodie fanatic is visiting, where do you take them and what will you order?

One of my favourites is the incredible Indigo bookstore, then I would head to Eataly for their Italian chocolate truffles and home made pasta.

I would wander into Holt Renfrew for fashion and accessories such as Italian shoes and belts.

For great fashion and home bargains, I would head to Winners and HomeSense on Bloor and then my get my Verbena soaps and hand lotion at L'Occitane Bloor.

For kicking around, I head to the famous Over the Rainbow in ManuLife Centre.

You're filling a gift bag that showcases 3 - 5 of your favorite local goods, what do you include?

First Stop - Nespesso, one of the finer coffee shops in Yorkville, then the boutiques of Yorkville and the art galleries especially Galerie de Bellefeuille at 87 Avenue Road in Yorkville Village.

Next stop, a walking tour of the incredible Annex and Victorian homes in Yorkville.

Then Yorkville Village shopping mall located in the Yorkville neighbourhood that has undergone an enormous transformation, formerly Hazelton Lanes.

If there is time, I would visit the Gardiner Ceramic Museum and the Mink Mile.

Lastly, I would check out Kroener Hall which is a top concert venue for international talent.

City explorers unite! Where would you take a visitor if you only had 3 hours to show off your area and why?

I am a very proud Torontonian and I enjoy following the success of our local sports teams. The Toronto Raptors the Blue Jays and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Sporting teams can bring a community together - what teams do you love to cheer for?

We downsized from a large suburban home and lifestyle to enjoy the best of the city where all the venues from theatre, the arts, fantastic shopping, dining, excellent subway access, and culture, all within the ease of a fantastic walk score.

Yorkville is in the heart of the city with its own cache. It is a vibrant place to live and enjoy and is one of the finest locations in North America.

We are very close to the world renown University Healthcare Network with some of the finest hospitals in the world.

How long have you lived in this incredible place? What brought you here and why you suggest someone else consider moving here?

I love the vibrant and healthy lifestyle and the fact it is always exciting. There are always new venues from street art, to theatre, street fairs and so much more. It is so different from a quiet suburban automobile-centric lifestyle.

All About You

I am a Yorkville lifestyle realtor and assist young urban professionals and couples, young growing move-up families and Boomers plan their new lifestyle change. I am passionate about helping people find their perfect home.

I am the author of The Boomer's -Step Guide to Downsizing: Overcoming Fear & Finding Freedom. I am active in my community and enjoy giving back.

I am a mother to two sons and proud grandmother of three granddaughters.

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