In the late 1800s, Queen West was the area around the Canadian Pacific Railway Hub on the outskirts of the Village of Parkdale, beyond Toronto’s city limits. The Drake Hotel, which opened in 1890 followed shortly thereafter by the Gladstone Hotel, are two of the oldest landmarks in this charming working class neighbourhood that have been dramatically restored and refurbished. Today both hotels are prominent pillars in the revitalized West Queen West neighbourhood.
Housing and Accommodation
Once run down or completely abandoned, former warehouses in this neighbourhood are now some of the cooler loft spaces to live in the city. The transformation of West Queen West into an vibrant residential condo market has made this area one of the city’s most treasured masterpieces.
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ABOUT QUEEN WEST
According to a recent Vogue magazine article, the Queen West is the second coolest neighbourhood in the world. Set against a backdrop of historic buildings, Queen West has one of the trendiest shopping scenes in Toronto. Toronto’s Art and Design District boasts an extensive array of menswear, vintage, shoe stores, and craft and sewing supply stores. It’s a goldmine for the fashion-hungry! At night the neighbourhood offers lively patios and bars and a variety of live music ranging from roots to rock at internationally renowned venues like the Cameron House, the Horseshoe and the Rex. Residents recharge with food from around the world at unique restaurants and cafes that are often open late.
Depending on which stretch of Queen West you’re on, there’s a range of housing options. Closer to Trinity Bellwoods Park are some of the city’s very first hard loft conversions like Candy Factory Lofts, with more condo loft spaces appearing every year. There is a large gap in price between the area’s detached and semi-detached homes due to the sheer size difference between them. Many of the larger homes sell high and have multiple apartments within, adding to their value. The smaller homes sell for considerably less, but there are far more of them. The farther west you go, you’ll see more townhomes and condo buildings. A popular neighbourhood for many reasons, sales along this stretch of Queen Street West have increased by approximately 15%.
Queen West is a multicultural neighbourhood, with a relatively young demographic.
Alexander Muir/Gladstone Ave Jr/Sr School
Holy Family Catholic School
The Grove Community School
Givins/Shaw Junior Public School
Niagara Street Junior Public School
Charles G Fraser Junior Public School
The 501 Queen Streetcar is one of the few routes that runs 24 hours. Many bus routes run north/south intersecting with the Bloor/Danforth subway line as well as subway access at Osgoode Station.
Area: 3km Population: 21,000
Kids: 6% Visible Minority: 32.9%
Youth: 8% Average Family Income: $91,767
Lower Education: 26.5% Higher Education: 16.2%
Owned Homes: 51% Tenanted Homes: 49%
- Shopping galore.
- Internationally renowned live music venues.
- Everything you need is within walking distance.
- Noise and congestion from a lively nightlife scene.
- Pockets of underdeveloped areas still exist.
- The Red Rocket only serves up streetcars in this ‘hood.