Kensington-Chinatown is a bohemian style neighbourhood that draws artistic types and tourists, to enjoy its eclectic array of vintage shops to army surplus stores. A place where hipsters saunter amongst trendy bars and international eateries.
With College St. to the north, Spadina Ave to the east, Dundas St. West in the north and Bathurst St. to the west, Kensington-Chinatown real estate has it all! The area has always been and still is, most known for being the most culturally versatile area in Toronto. During the 1800s, the well-known military family the Denison’s, built small plots to house the Irish and Scottish immigrants coming to Toronto. The houses for sale in the Kensington-Chinatown area consist of Victorian style row homes and detached homes that are every bit as diverse as the residents themselves, many of them are still standing. In the 1920s, as a large influx of new Canadians came to Canada many of them found homes in the Kensington-Chinatown area. The majority of residents are Chinese as Chinatown is located just east of Kensington but there is surely a mix of every nationality from across the globe. In 2006, Kensington Market was designated a National Historic Site of Canada as it brings thousands of tourists and locals to indulge in the majestic sights and sounds.
Kensington Market is a partly outdoor market that features eclectic shops, cafes, international grocery stores and many attractions in this area. There still exists a number of popular landmarks to explore such as the Number 8 Fire Station, Tom’s place and Bellevue Square Park where you can be sure to find children enjoying the skating rink during the winter. During the summer this area is as lively and colourful as its demographics. Bellevue Park hosts many summer festivals with music in Bellevue and outdoor live concerts There are a lot of international restaurants featuring foods from across the globe that fills the air with such delightful smells of ethnic spices and pastries. As of recently, there has been an explosion of more upscale restaurants, bars and clubs that are replacing the smaller mom and pop stores. There are many independent art shops, vintage clothing and even surplus army stores to suit your needs. The narrow streets make it challenging to get around by car, so walking or biking is the best means to get around. The residents in this area enjoy the newly built condominiums some that have rooftop terraces, exquisite lofts and brightly coloured spacious row houses.
The residents of Kensington-Chinatown real estate is amongst one of the most culturally diverse neighbourhoods in Toronto. Despite the appeal to young professionals, this area is predominantly a working-class community.
The Best Part
Kensington-Chinatown is home to a variety of independent art galleries and trendy bars. The night life offers a rich and exciting adventure and the day time offers a multitude of equally exciting attractions. Come eat and drink from a number of ethnic cuisines from across the globe. Be prepared to have your senses enlightened as the sights are endless in this one of a kind Bohemian style community in the city!
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