King & Queen West
Originally, it was believed that in the 1800s, Corktown was occupied by Irish settlers from Cork County who worked in the local breweries and brickworks. Today, Corktown is known as a narrow strip running approximately from Queen Street East to Front Street on the south and from the Don River to Jarvis Street on the east.
This was a part of the downtown that most would-be residents paid little attention to. However, as with most of the older parts of Toronto, Corktown is making big changes, bringing it into modern day living. New interest in the older Victorian homes and a demographic swing from blue collar to white collar workers is definitely changing the neighborhood. Young professionals are now finding their way into this community as zoning bylaws have encouraged former commercial buildings to convert to condo lofts, professional offices, and work studios with live-in capabilities. Consequently, the entire neighborhood is being rejuvenated.
However, the transformation isn’t stopping there. To the southeast, the Distillery District is quickly becoming revitalized with the Gooderham and Worts Distillery lofts and condos of the Queen and King East area. An even larger project is in the works as Regent Park to the north helps to reintegrate this real estate with Toronto by rebuilding the local community.
Then too, the banks of Don River are being made over to become an entirely new community with thousands of new residents through the enormous project by West Don Development. With all the renewal and major activity, the value of Corktown homes, condos, and lofts is expected to substantially increase as will the popularity of this very innovative and attractive area.
Bordered on the south by Gardiner Expressway, on the east by Strachan Avenue, King Street West on the north, and Dufferin Street on the west, is an area of King Street real estate that developers and property owners have dubbed ‘Liberty Village’, to differentiate it from the Parkdale area which begins west of Dufferin Street.
Liberty Village was once a hub of industry which employed thousands within its rows of factory buildings which was serviced on the northeast by the CP railway. Today, the transformation from factories and warehouses to residential and commercial property has been amazing. None are architecturally appealing, but renovators like the Toy Factory Lofts on Hannah Avenue has proven that former industrial buildings can be revitalized and converted into newer urban living and working complexes fulfilling both residential and commercial needs.
Due to the constant and rapid growth of Toronto, and it’s quick accessibility to downtown, Liberty Village is now a fashionable real estate target that’s drawing the attention of many young professionals as well as US and Canadian art and design firms. More upscale condominiums, fresh storefronts, new restaurants, and even a copy of a Milanese arcade with canopied walkway is in the planning stages.
The King West area is primed and growing with a wonderful diversity of lifestyles available. From the offices focused on Liberty Village’s west side to the developing new condos centered east of Hanna Avenue on East Liberty Street, the residents, workers, and property owners in this area, whether residential or commercial, can experience a comfortable and convenient way of life.
Queen Street West, between Dufferin and Roncesvalles
This community has over 50 restaurants, as well as retail merchants, and professional offices, with everything from antiques, high-end furniture, Caribbean food, popular live music venues, art galleries, designer fabric shops, and more.
Around King and Dufferin Streets
Once a jumble of early industrial factories, the community has 20 restaurants serve nearly 400 high tech, arts, design, entertainment and media businesses with 5,000 workers in the area. Everything from Caribbean (AAli;s) East Indian (Chicken Plus), Asian (Hanoi, ESt Noodle), and several pizza joints and cafes. Accessible by TTC, GO Transit, and Toronto's waterfront bicycle and pedestrian routes.
Dundas and Spadina
Chinatown is a vibrant neighbourhood in the centre of Toronto's downtown, just north of City Hall. Home to ethnic Chinese immigrants from Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Vietnam and elsewhere, you can enjoy authentic Chinese restaurants serving Cantonese, Szechwan, Hunan, and northern Chinese dishes and dim sum.
West Queen West
Queen Street West, between Bathurst Street & Gladstone Avenue
This eclectic retail area has about 70 trendy restaurants, cafes and bars that service the shoppers seeking the latest in fashion, design and style, from the area's 400 boutiques, interior design shops, antique and vintage stores, a selection of distinctive and enticing restaurants, and is home to the largest concentration of galleries in the city.
Queen Street West /Shopping District
Queen St West
Queen St West is a Toronto shopper's paradise with edgy fashions, accessories and jewelry, all close to the City TV building.. There's a bunch of restaurants and bars across the street form the MUCH headquarters, serving the hungry thirsty hordes.
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