In the late 1800s Queen West emerged as a Canadian Pacific Railway Hub on the outskirts of the Village of Parkdale. This location was beyond the city limits and had a working class charm. The Drake Hotel, which opened in 1890 followed shortly thereafter by the Gladstone Hotel, are two of the oldest neighbourhood landmarks. These hotels have been dramatically restored and refurbished and today both hotels are prominent pillars in the revitalized West Queen West neighbourhood.
Housing and Accommodation
Once dingy or abandoned, warehouses are now some of the cooler loft spaces to live in the city. The transformation of West Queen West is one of Toronto’s most happening condo markets and most treasured masterpieces.
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ABOUT QUEEN WEST
According to a recent Vogue article, the Queen West neighbourhood 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 supplies. 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. 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 are some of the city’s very first hard loft conversions (Candy Factory Lofts) with more condo loft spaces appearing. 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 are considerably less but there are far more of them. The farther west you go, you’ll see more townhomes and condos appearing. A popular neighbourhood for many reasons, sales along this stretch have increased roughly 15%.
Queen West is very multicultural and has 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 within walking distance.
- Noise and congestion of a lively nightlife scene.
- Pockets of underdeveloped areas.