About The Kingsway
The Kingsway is one of Toronto’s most coveted pieces of property and one man’s dream realized.
The Kingsway area is situated with Bloor Street to the south, Dundas Street to the north, Mimico Creek to the west and the Humber River to the east. Its picturesque streets and beautiful homes are propped against a backdrop of greenery from the Humber River Valley. Stately houses stand bordered by towering maple and oak trees. While the area was first known as “Kingsway Park” popular language drifted to “The Kingsway”. ‘The Kingsway’ is also the name of the main road that winds through the thick of the area.
Built by the developer (and visionary) Robert Home Smith – of Home Smith & Company – many of the houses in the Kingsway feature historical finishings. These finishings include stone exteriors, intricate brick patterns, half-timbering designs, decorative wrought-iron railings, porch lamps, and oriel windows, that were typical of the late 1800s. The oldest homes are found along Government Road. Here you will find Edwardian and Victorian architecture, from the late 1800s and early 1900s.
The Kingsway Village shopping district, on Bloor street west, is also a natural extension of the neighbourhood. It offers painted wrought-iron street lamps, park benches along the street, local speciality shops, and friendly faces. Homes in the area are ideally positioned close to schools, restaurants, parks, fitness centres, churches, and libraries. In fact, Home Smith Park (accessed off of Dundas street) follows the Humber River and is part of a 10-kilometre paved trail that connects joggers, walkers, and cyclists, to Toronto’s waterfront. Residents of the Kingsway area can also be found swimming at the local Etobicoke Memorial Pool & Health Club, watching their kids play hockey at the Central arena, playing tennis (or lawn bowling) at the Etobicoke Lawn Bowling Club, watching a movie at the Kingsway Theatre, or having a spa day at the Old Mill Inn.
Robert Home Smith’s dream for an English-inspired garden suburb ‘of the highest integrity and beauty’ can be seen in the dream-like quality of the Kingsway area – winding roads, an abundance of trees, larger-than-usual lots, and pedestrian-friendly walkways.
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