King West Village
The King West Village/Niagara neighbourhood has a rich history that dates back to 1793, when it was part of a military garrison for the fledgling Town of York. Old Fort York, is still standing on Garrison Road, between Bathurst Street and Strachan Avenue.
Street names in the Niagara neighbourhood are reminders of its military past. For example: Stanley Street is named after the former Stanley Barracks now located on the Exhibition grounds, Niagara Street is named after the former military capital of Upper Canada, and Tecumseh Street is named for the great warrior chief of the Shawnee, who fought for Canada, in the war of 1812.
The second chapter in this neighbourhood's history began in the 1850's, when Niagara emerged as a prominent industrial centre. Niagara's factories and mills created a demand for workers housing which led ultimately to the residential development of the Niagara neighbourhood in the mid to late 1800's. Many of the rowhouses and cottages were built in the late 1800's. Many families that settled in this area were employed by the businesses that occupied the factories.
Toady King West Village has been transformed into one of Toronto's most vibrant and popular neighbourhoods. With it's beautiful architecture along King Street West, its collection of gourmet restaurants and hip Lounges, King West has become one of Toronto`s most desired places to live.
Today, many of the old factories have been given a second life and converted into residential Lofts:
1. Massey Harris Lofts:
915 King Street West
The Massey Harris Lofts, constructed in 1883, were converted from the red brick office building that was designed by Edward James Lennox, one of Toronto's leading architects (who would go on to design Old City Hall). For close to a century, it served the company as it evolved into Massey-Ferguson and eventually Varity Corp.
In 1973, the building was listed as a heritage property by the City. This Loft features 11-foot ceiling and vintage brick walls. Suites feature baths with all glass shower and radiant floor heating. A true loft conversion that is always highly desired.
2. 833 King Street West (Perfume Factory Lofts)
833 King Street West
West 833 is one of King West's most distinctive lofts, a former perfume factory converted into 52 lofts, located in one of Toronto's most happening neighbourhoods, King West Village. Situated west of Bathurst on the south side of King at Niagara, West 833 is located close to everything. This is one of King Street's most unique buildings, comprised of two interconnected buildings - one a distinctive 1930's perfume factory recognized by the Toronto Historical Board, the other a modern complement.
Each of the 52 lofts boast an open concept design with 10 to 18 foot ceilings along with expansive windows making each unit, even the smallest one, feel bright and spacious. West 833 has a building intercom security access, interior parking, individual storage unit for each suite, bicycle parking and outdoor roof terrace overlooking Stanley Park.
3. The Worx Lofts (Monarch Building)
436 Wellington Street West
Located just west of Spadina Avenue on Wellington, and the building has direct access to the Gardiner Expressway / QEW. The Worx is an authentic loft-style complex with 10 1/2 11 foot ceilings, exposed wood columns and ceilings, exposed brick and large windows. The building has one and two storey lofts averaging 1,200 sq ft. Penthouse units have huge terraces. Parking is outside but gated. The Worx is a wonderful loft conversion in a great location.
4. Wellington Lofts
468 Wellington Avenue
Definitely not for everybody, you are going to need some serious bucks to live in this loft building. These hard lofts are all very large, with units ranging from 4,000 to 5,000 square feet. They are all done to the nines with 14 foot ceilings, wood beams, exposed brick, and all the hard loft goodies. Some even have private elevators. From here you can easily walk to the Rogers Centre or the restaurants and clubs of King West.
This is a great location, in between Victoria Memorial Park and the park at Clarence Square. The city has plans to make this part of Wellington a showpiece of urban development with new landscaping and old-fashioned lamp posts. There is a row of stunningly renovated warehouses here, mostly commercial spaces, but watch out for some of the largest and most luxurious lofts in town at 468 Wellington Avenue.