David Harland and Francis McNamara are pretty much household names when it comes to people who live in Cabbagetown. That is not surprising given that they have both lived in the neighbourhood for 25 years. During this time they have lived in and renovated seven properties and while they say it’s hard to pick a favourite, the small, quaint cottage they own at 438 Sumach St. and the large, majestic home owned by Bill Hurren at 270 Carlton Street are definitely on the list of houses they love.
David and Francis have both a large social and business network in Cabbagetown. Their focus on the neighbourhood as real estate agents started 15 years ago with their first sale in the area. Having an existing history with the neighbourhood as residents, it seemed a natural fit to make Cabbagetown the focal point of their business as well. Having said that, they still do plenty of business in other parts of the downtown, primarily south of St. Clair, and more recently have started doing regular sales in cottage country.
David and Francis have been loyal Forsythia Festival donors at the Gold level for many years. They raised their son in Cabbagetown and even though he is now a young adult they remember fondly how he always enjoyed going to the Festival as a kid. They see their donation as a way to give back for what the Festival had given him, years of enjoyment. Their generosity and volunteerism doesn’t stop with the Forsythia Festival. They have also been annual volunteers for the Tour of Homes going back almost 15 years, volunteered with the Winchester Fun Fair when their son attended school there, have assisted in “Clean the Park” for a few years running, and are huge supporters of Cabbagetown’s local businesses.
Their favourite thing about living and working in Cabbagetown is the sense of community and belonging, having an extensive knowledge base of most of the homes, the many friends they have made who are like family, seeing the neighbourhood change in so many positive ways – the parks filled with kids, the empty nesters coming back downtown. They also love how supportive their neighbours have been to them both professionally and personally over the years. There is no other neighbourhood that either of them would live in or that could match the uniqueness and history that Cabbagetown offers. We couldn’t agree more.
The next time you see David or Francis, be sure to say a quick thank you for their continued support of the Forsythia Festival and their enduring passion for all things Cabbagetown.