Niagara - King West neighbourhood is located east of Strachan Ave. and west of Bathurst St. , with Queen St W. as a northerly border. Originally built to house workers of industries along the CN and CP rail corridors (it is near the current Fashion and Entertainment districts), it remained a working class area. In recent times this area has (and continues) to experiencing a major boom in residential housing- primarily condo lofts, mid- rise condos and stacked townhome developments.
With easy access via TTC streetcars or Lakeshore Blvd., to the Toronto downtown core - business and/or entertainment districts, as well as the Skydome, CNE and Harbourfront, it is an area in transition/development. Urbanites can opt for a condo lifestyle, or choose to renovate/restore a smaller semi or attached traditional/ worker “cottage”.
Queen West provides an “edgy”and eclectic mix of shops, cafes, and natural food markets and restaurants, or residents can shop along King St. which offers its own mix of interesting stores and restaurants. The community is looking to preserve and enhance some of the architectural history and character of the area- a centre point being Stanley Park located at King (two sections – north and south) the park offers an nice expanse of green space- benches to enjoy – as well as an outdoor pool, play-ground, baseball diamonds, tennis courts and a nice off lease dog area. As well the plans for the Fort York Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge seem to be moving along now, and when completed will help better link Niagara and Liberty Village areas to the waterfront.