King West Toronto
King West has been described as the SoHo of Toronto. But unlike SoHo Manhattan (that’s become more closely associated with shopping, nowadays) King West Toronto is heavily saturated with entertainment venues including theatres, clubs, bars and restaurants and so more akin to Soho, London in our opinion. It’s the place to go for Toronto’s most stylish restaurants and bars. You’ll also see a lot of image-conscious businesses like advertising agencies call King West’s commercial buildings home.
What this popular west-end Toronto neighbourhood does share with its New York cousin is a bevy of condos and lofts fit for an artist’s studio (and in some cases, fit for a King). With over 70 condominium buildings in this fairly concentrated area, this is high-density living. But what’s great about King West is that most of the buildings are low- and mid-rise unlike other high-density neighbourhoods like CityPlace that are a sea of high-rise towers.
This ‘hood is really best suited to young professionals who live a fast-paced urban lifestyle. It’s great for buyers who want to be within a short commute to downtown but are looking for character lofts that can be hard to find the core.
King Street runs through the heart of King West from Spadina to Bathurst with Queen and Front defining its north-south borders. That said, its unofficial borders are often considered to extend from University west to Bathurst, encompassing Toronto’s Entertainment District. Toronto’s Fashion District is also located in King West.
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King West has been transformed over the last decade by developers like Urbancorp, Freed and Brad Lamb. For the most part, developers have worked to maintain the character of King West with both authentic Toronto loft conversions and soft loft new builds and so there are plenty of options outside of the typical, contemporary Toronto condo profile of tall glass towers.
Two of our favourite King West lofts include the Massey Harris Lofts, a superb restoration and residential conversion of the former Massey Harris Ferguson farm equipment headquarters, and 75 Portland with its super sleek Phillipe Stark interiors. If you’re interested in Toronto lofts for sale in King West, also be sure to check out the Electra Lofts, known for its concrete walls and ceilings, and the Fashion House Condos. The latter, although not a loft, has an edgy look that many loft lovers will find