What to know and love about this Toronto neighbourhood
King West is one of the most eclectic downtown neighbourhoods in Toronto. Funky clothing stores, trendy restaurants and bars, and entertainment venues are packed into every building in the area. A classic example of old meets new, King West has a unique urban charm. The area’s refurbished industrial buildings make for chic loft space, and tall glass condo buildings add the clean lines of modern design to King West. In King West neighbourhood, you can see a film premiere at TIFF Bell Lightbox or a classical concert at Roy Thompson Hall. Adjoining Liberty Village, the area is popular with younger people seeking the best of city life. Close to the entertainment and fashion district and destinations such as the Rogers Centre and the ACC, King West offers tons of places to go and things to do.
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The personality and proximity. Every block in King West has something cool to offer locals and visitors. Entertainment is constant, in the local businesses, and nearby venues. Famous Toronto theatres including The Royal Alexandra Theatre, Princess of Wales Theatre, and Roy Thompson Hall are within walking distance. The Toronto International Film Festival sweeps into the area when the TIFF Bell Lightbox hosts premieres of hot new films. Art galleries, clubs, and rooftop patios fill the streets with vibrant energy day and night. A condo in King West is truly in a perfect location!
Younger professionals and working age people choose to live in this trendy area. Real estate in King West consists of many great lofts and condos. Taller condo buildings mean that more people can enjoy this cool pocket of the city.
Local Insight: “Cynthia Findlay Antiques is one of King West’s best stores to explore. It’s jam packed with jewelry and vintage pieces I can admire for hours!”
What to Expect: Access to everything. Walk to restaurants, shops, bars, and entertainment venues in King West. There is even green space in the neighbourhood for walking with kids or pets. Stanley Park is right in the heart of the city, and has a playground, a pool, an off-leash dog park, and views of the CN Tower. Streetcars constantly run on Bathurst and King to both major subway lines. The Gardiner Expressway and Lakeshore Boulevard are close for drivers.
What NOT to Expect: An easy drive. The King Street pilot project aims to make commuting by streetcar easier, but doesn't allow car traffic for a portion of King West. However, if you commute by TTC you should have an efficient commute.
A Day in the Life: Rise and shine in your King West condo with views of the city skyline. Walk to a cafe for a cappuccino, then shop locally at a chocolatier and a leather goods shop. Finally get the piercing you've been planning at the nearby studio. Reward your bravery with a slow roasted pork sandwich at the restaurant down the street. Feeling better? It’s time to meet your date at the Princess of Wales Theatre for a production you’ll never forget. Then it’s drinks with friends at your favourite bar. Stroll home when the fun winds down, or the sun rises- whichever comes first!
In Summary: King West is a neighbourhood in downtown Toronto where cool shops, restaurants, and non-stop entertainment reign.