Why We Love It
With a community that oozes creativity, it’s no wonder that West Queen West was once identified as the second coolest neighbourhood in the world by Vogue Magazine. This area is gallery central, with some of the city’s most cutting-edge galleries, buzzing nightlife, and cultural destinations such as The Drake and The Gladstone. When it comes to housing, West Queen West real estate has plenty of contemporary lofts and charming detached homes to fit your unique taste.
An abundance of cafés and bistros act as an ideal lookout for some of the city’s best people-watching. Attention-grabbing outfits, tattoos and piercings and the top looks for the season are all sure to pass by and catch your eye.
Take a walk down Queen Street West and spend the day visiting the incredible art galleries and boutiques that make this one of the most popular destinations not only in Toronto but also in Canada.
Located at 180 Shaw Street, Artscape Youngplace is a creative community hub and a home to artist studios, event rental spaces, and public lounging areas. This hub features tons of artistic and community programming happening in and around the building every day! Stop by AYP to explore the hallway galleries, grab lunch in the café, hand out in the public lounge spaces and surf the web with free WiFi.
Who Lives Here
Singles, young couples, and families all call West Queen West real estate home. There are plenty of creative types in the area, as well as young adults and established professionals living in different types of homes. Condos are popping up, some fitting in with the vibe of the popular neighbourhood. You'll also find uber-cool loft spaces and stunning Victorian homes down most of the beautiful residential streets.
West Queen West real estate is easily accessible by TTC and major arteries. The area is very walkable, so you’ll be able to do most of your errands or shopping by foot.
Local History Lesson
Two of the oldest neighbourhood landmarks are the Drake Hotel and Gladstone Hotel; both establishments opened in the late 1800s, helping define this community as a hub of creativity and entertainment. While both boutique hotels have undergone renovations and modernization, they still hold strong historic charm.
Some of the best schools located in West Queen West area:
- Givins/Shaw Jr. Public School (JK – 6)
- Alexander Muir/Gladstone Ave Jr. and Sr. Public School (JK – 8)