One of Toronto’s most exciting and vibrant areas encompasses Niagara-King West, West Queen West, and Beaconsfield. Let’s learn a bit about these neighbourhoods and check out some of the reasons why this is such a highly desirable area.
Niagara-King West began in the 1700s when it was part of a military garrison, which included Toronto landmark and museum, Old Fort York. In the 1850s, it became an industrial centre with factories and mills, plus homes for the workers and their families. It is now a strong community with access to Queen Street West’s antique shops, galleries, boutiques, markets, and restaurants. King Street West provides shops, restaurants, and day-to-day amenities for area residents. The mixed residential and industrial neighbourhood centres around Stanley Park, a multi-purpose recreation area which includes a community centre, baseball diamonds, tennis courts, a soccer field, a playground, and an outdoor pool.
The area's world-class restaurant scene includes: Beast, with a menu that changes weekly and showcases Ontario’s local producers and farmers; Oyster Boy,with its award-winning oyster shuckers and other treats from the seas, including lobster rolls, fish tacos, and bouillabaisse; and newly opened barbecue and bourbon bar Smoque n' Bones, which highlights Southern flavour and hospitality in their ribs, brisket, pulled pork, and house sausage.
Fashionistas adore shopping Niagara-King West because of its unique and chic offerings: Coal Miner's Daughter primarily showcases apparel from Canadian designers; Bicyclette is known for its Parisian-inspired women's fashions; and Girl Friday where locals and celebs alike shop for quality,stylish pieces.
Beaconsfield started as a village in the early 1800s and has grown into a culturally rich neighbourhood that is popular with the Toronto arts community. This neighbourhood’s stretch of Queen Street West features arts and crafts shops, and small clothing boutiques. This community meets and plays at both The McCormick and the Trinity Community Recreation Centres, which include games rooms, indoor pools, and gyms. McCormick also features an outdoor wading pool and toddler park.
The Rua Acores shopping district on Dundas Street West showcases the area’s large Portuguese population. You'll find restaurants, fresh fruit and vegetable markets, bakeries and gift shops. Sample a custard tart from bakeries like Nova Era or Caldense. Pick up some fresh seafood from one of the area's fish markets. Or if you want to enjoy an evening out, Salt Wine Bar features a selection of Portuguese/Iberian tapas and small plates accompanied by a wide selection of wines from their cellar.
This are also includes Ossington Avenue’s very popular restaurants, bars, and shops. For dining options, Union offers a modern twist on simple bistro fare, The Saint Tavern is famous for its unique brunch options, and pizza lovers can experience authentic Neapolitan pies at Libretto. For cocktails or a pint with friends, Reposado has hand-crafted margaritas and cocktails featuring Toronto's largest selection of premium tequilas, and Bellwoods Brewery is a small craft brew pub with cleverly named beers and simple, complementary dishes.
West Queen West
Ranked #2 on Vogue Magazine’s list of the world’s coolest neighbourhoods, the West Queen West art and design district runs between Bathurst Street and Gladstone Avenue. Tastemakers from around the globe flock to this area for its incognito galleries, cafes and bistros, and internationally-renowned nightlife. This stretch also includes the south entrance to Trinity-Bellwoods Park, one of the city’s best-known recreational and cultural hotspots.
West Queen West is anchored by The Drake Hotel and The Gladstone Hotel, fully-restored historic hotels that were once in disarray. You can start or end the night at either spot and visit all of the innovative bars and lounges in between, savour their microbrewed beers, artisan cocktails, and acclaimed Djs.
If you are looking to furnish or decorate your home, you will find some leading edge and inspired options. Châtelet has an eclectic mix of furnishings that combine shabby chic, french country, Hollywood glam, and Paris Apartment styles. Pavilion features stylish, contemporary furniture and accessories that have made it a go-to destination for Toronto's design community for more than two decades. NEAT's selection of household design products are a fusion of function and beauty that will help you organize your home.
The current feel of the area has definitely been shaped by art. West Queen West became an artistic mecca in the 1990s when galleries sprouted up because of the affordable rents and it has continued to grow. It is also home to the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA), which provides a forum for both emerging and established Canadian and International artists, and Graffiti Alley, where street art is celebrated.
Become a part of it all
Homes in this area are as rich and diverse as the history that shaped it and the people who call it home. Victorian houses mingle with lofts, condos, and townhomes, making it attractive to hip singles, newlyweds, and young families alike.
Here is one of the properties that I've recently sold in the Niagara-King West/West Queen West/Beaconsfield area.
150 Sudbury Street
Located in Westside Gallery Lofts, this open concept one bedroom featured exposed concrete and duct work, an upgraded kitchen with granite counters, ceramic backsplash and stainless steel appliances, plus parking and locker included.
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