The Lowdown on West Queen West

Your Typical Neighbour

The West Queen West vibe reflects the relatively young demographic of the neighbourhood. It’s also extremely multicultural. Chances are strong your neighbour identifies as a visible minority, is a first time buyer, and is (struggling through?) enjoying a bohemian lifestyle.

What We

What we like best: Amazing culture available at a stones throw. Live music, art, food and retail are all right outside your door. Oh and did we mention art!?

What We Don't

There is very little green space within these borders, aside from a small bit on the property of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Opportunities for some really amazing loft conversions were thrown away here in recent years with the demolition of some long standing industrial spaces.

There are very few actual houses remaining today within the most commonly accepted borders of this neighbourhood (i.e. south of Queen). While there are a smattering along bordering Shaw Street as well as Dovercourt, much of the industrial conversion that has occurred in this area has been filled with higher density stacked townhomes, and the wealth of new condo construction that lines both King Street, Queen Street and both sides of the Rail Corridor that diagonally dissects the area.

Most of the industrial spaces that lingered into the late 90’s are now gone, and have been replaced with thousands of condo units that have been completed in the last two decades. The surge in construction is not finished either - at writing there are a number of builds currently underway or nearing completion; expect the change to continue apace. The size and price point of many of these units have led to a sharp increase in the population of the area, which explains the sharp increase in the number of bars and restaurants that have recently taken over Queen Street frontage (despite the sharp increases in commercial rents!)

People move here for the lifestyle. Shopping, gallery-hopping (though the number of them has shrunk significantly in the last couple of years, a result of the aforementioned increases in rent), and nightlife are everywhere - no wonder, given the saturation of “hallmarks of hipness” as Vogue put it.

HOUSE STATS

2013 2014 2015
AVERAGE PRICE $827,000 $908,297 $1,496,750
PRICE: Low-High $813,000-$1,025,000 $1,302,500-$1,691,000
AVERAGE DAYS ON MARKET 66 18 7
# OF SALES 1 4 2

CONDO STATS

2013 2014 2015
AVERAGE PRICE $361,468 $362,286 $381,007
PRICE: Low-High $195,500-$650,000 $3,000-$901,000 $205,000-$825,000
AVERAGE DAYS ON MARKET 31 24 26
# OF SALES 181 141 298

Area: 3km

Population: 21,000

Demographics

Kids: 6%

Youth: 8%

Seniors: 5%

Visible Minority: 32.9%

Average Family Income: $91,767

Education

Lower Education: 26.5%

Higher Education: 16.2%

Home Ownership

Owned Homes: 51%

Tenanted Homes: 49%

The best options are in neighbouring Niagara, Parkdale and Beaconsfield, including Alexander Muir/Gladstone and Givins/Shaw, both just north of Queen Street.

PUBLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Runnymede Junior & Senior Public School
Senhor Santo Cristo Catholic School
The Grove Community School

You’re pretty much surrounded by 24-hour streetcars, although you’re not super close to the subway. 97 on the Walkscore, 100 on the Transit Score. Drivers are very close to major arteries in and out of the city. Not too shabby if we do say so ourselves!

About West Queen West

Hold on to your hipster glasses because you’re going to want them for a stroll in this trendy Toronto neighbourhood. (After all, who doesn’t love a good ‘ol pair of Warbey Parker tortoise shell frames?)

Bordered by Dufferin to the West, Queen to the North, Shaw to the East, and King Street to the South, this neighbourhood has seen major changes in the past 10-20 years. It’s this wave of innovation, and entrepreneurism, that has brought a wealth of local residents in the art, design, and creative industries.In fact, it could be argued that it is the artists who made this ‘wave of change’ happen. Where one saw a run down building, or bare white wall, another saw opportunity and minimalist charm. With a little vision, West Queen West has become one of the hottest areas of ‘the six’.

Once dingy, or abandoned, warehouses are now some of the cooler loft spaces to live in the city. A perfect blank slate to hang your favourite piece, showcase your record collection, or host a party. Not surprisingly, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art and Artscape Youngplace (an arts and culture hub) are within a short walking distance for residents of the West Queen West strip. So are gourmet brasseries, pubs, bistros, art supply stores, floating facilities, hair salons, spas, yoga studios, wine bars, vintage stores, parks and public transit access. The transformation of West Queen West is one of Toronto’s most happening condo markets and most treasured masterpieces.


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