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Bosley Real Estate Agent Insider: Niagara + Harbourfront Communities
Dated: September 17 2022
As part of our latest blog series, #AgentInsider, we spotlight neighbourhoods we know and love throughout Ontario each month. Learn about the hidden gems, best dining options, favourite shops, fun factoids and more. This month, we’re featuring two neighbourhoods: Niagara and Harbourfront, with Bosley Agent Nicki Skinner.
Let’s start with the Niagara neighbourhood, between Queen Street West and Wellington Street just west of Bathurst Street. The area has a rich history that dates back to 1793, and all street names are reminders of its military past. The physical and social center of the Niagara neighbourhood is Stanley Park, and Queen Street West provides all residents with an eclectic mix of antique shops, art galleries, bookstores, fashion stores, natural food markets, and restaurants. The neighbourhood also contains a number of new townhouses and condominium developments, the historic Second Empire row houses and one-story Ontario cottages. Toronto’s oldest pub, the Wheat Sheaf, is located on King West and has been operational since Bernard Short opened it in 1849! As the urban legend says, the Wheat Sheaf involves a tunnel between the tavern and the military barracks.
The Harbourfront neighbourhood spans the Lake Ontario waterfront along Queens Quay, between Bathurst and Yonge Street. Toronto’s Harbourfront district has transformed from a landfill in the early 1800s to one of the most desired spots in the city. Often known as Toronto’s “playground by the lake,” the neighbourhood contains a unique blend of residential, cultural, recreational, and commercial uses, all within the same community.
Many Toronto residents enjoy the harbourfront, and it's also a popular destination point for tourists due to the views, marinas and recreational spaces. With 97% of households living in condominiums, it holds the most adults aged 25 to 34 in the Core. The Harbourfront is located directly across from Toronto Island, known for Hanlan's Point Stadium - this is where the Toronto Maple Leaf’s baseball team used to play and is notable for being the location of Babe Ruth’s first professional home run.
Join us as we explore a few of our favourite places in these two fantastic neighbourhoods!
DINE IN NIAGARA + HARBOURFRONT
Gusto 101 101 Portland St
Gusto 101 is a King West spot serving modern takes on southern Italian classics. Gusto, pronounced Goo-sto, means tasty in Italian and this restaurant embodies just that! Owner Janet Zuccarini has meshed a passion for creating memorable food with a vision for delivering soulful, transporting dining experiences. The architecture and design of this restaurant also make it stand out, located in a repurposed garage that has become a neighbourhood gathering place.
Matty’s Patty’s Burger Club 923a Queen St W, Toronto
Opened by Canadian chef Matty Matheson and Pat Tenore, founder of RVCA, Matty’s Patty’s is inspired by creating friendships through food. Located in the heart of Toronto’s Queen West neighbourhood, directly across the street from Trinity Bellwoods, this burger joint serves Matty’s signature smash burgers made from triple AAA beef brisket & chuck. We know this will become an absolute favourite - it’s already one of ours!
The Ace Hotel 51 Camden Street
Newer to the neighbourhood, The Ace Hotel is unlike any other place in Toronto. This boutique hotel and restaurant offer world-class dining and drinks - morning, noon, and night! The suspended Lobby offers craft cocktails, wines by the glass, beer, snacks, and shareable small plates. The second restaurant, Fire, is a celebration of simplicity and warmth, created in collaboration with Chef Patrick Kriss. The Ace Hotel features multiple room options, from queen to king suites, with luxurious bedding and all the essentials - perfect for a staycation!
Le Sélect Bistro 432 Wellington St W
Le Sélect Bistro is an eclectic French restaurant serving classic French cuisine. Known for its atmosphere, it also boasts one of Canada's most extensive wine cellars. A Franco-oenophile’s dream with over 1200 labels and bottles dating back to 1947. Whether you're stopping for a quick glass at the bar or a deep dive into the cellar, this restaurant will treat you like its own and welcomes you to explore.
PLAY IN NIAGARA + HARBOURFRONT
Stackt Market 28 Bathurst Street
Stackt Market is a neighbourhood staple - and North America’s largest shipping container market! The market, designed entirely out of shipping containers, is an ever-evolving cultural marketplace featuring a mix of shops, a microbrewery, top chefs, fantastic city views, and incredible community programming. Stackt Markey is breaking norms; 86% of the businesses are women-owned or co-owned, and over 60% within the marketplace are BIPOC-owned or co-owned. We know where we'll be shopping!
Ontario Place 955 Lake Shore Blvd W
Ontario Place is the iconic location for activities, live music, festivals, events, and more. Re-opened as a beautiful public space, the previously closed Ontario Place left behind its theme park days and developed into a park that honours the landscape and brings people of all ages and communities together. Ontario Place is the perfect spot for a walk with gorgeous views at any time of the day. You can even catch an IMAX movie inside the Cinesphere!
CN Tower 290 Bremner Blvd
The CN Tower is a Toronto skyline staple! Built in 1976, the tower stands tall at 553.3 m-high and was constructed on the former Railway Lands. It provides some of the best views in the city and is home to the 360 Restaurant, which features a menu showcasing local suppliers, flavours from coast to coast, and Ontario wine. The CN Tower is also known for Edgewalk, an exhilarating activity where thrill-seekers walk outside the tower's perimeter!
Stanley Off Leash Dog Park 700 Wellington Street West
Calling all dog parents! South Stanley’s Off Leash Dog Park is a one-of-a-kind spot in the area for you and your furry friends! Located in the south end of Stanley Park, close to Wellington Street, it’s a rectangular park, completely fenced and has multiple entrances around the perimeter. It’s the perfect place to socialize with your pup any time, any day!
SHOP IN NIAGARA + HARBOURFRONT
Queen Street Market Place 790 Queen St W
The Queen Street Market Place is a community not-for-profit that supports small businesses by creating affordable, inclusive spaces in the Toronto community. The market runs monthly and features small businesses that sell artisan crafts. Find wonderful and intriguing local gems here!
Spectacle 752 Queen St W
Founder Jag Dhillon created the concept behind Spectacle over 15 years ago. His strong desire to open a store where fashion and optical function were not individually exclusive but rather entwined became the brainchild behind Spectacle. They are a fashion-forward, carefully curated collection of uniquely designed and ﬁnely crafted products from brands that specialize in eyewear. Known for their distinctive selection and service, Spectacle is a numerous-time winner of Now Magazine 's and Eye Weekly 's prestigious "Best of Toronto" awards and is frequently featured in Toronto Life's Shopping Guide. Quite a spectacle!
WAGSUP Dovercourt 22 Dovercourt Rd
If you’re a dog or cat owner, this is THE pet store for you. Wagsup is a family-owned business providing high-quality and unique products for dogs and cats from across the globe. They curate the best brands with the best ingredients in food, toys, and accessories and also have a fantastic grooming salon that will keep your four-legged friends looking fresh.
Body Blitz Spa 497 King St E
Ahhh… time to relax! Body Blitz Spa is an award-winning waters spa for women, preserving the centuries-old European tradition of “Taking the Waters” to promote health and well-being. With three locations in Toronto, an honourable mention goes to their Adelaide location - just up the street, featuring healing waters, body scrubs, body muds, body glows, massages, and facial + scalp services. Sign us up!
Othership 425 Adelaide St W
Othership is one-of-a-kind, building the future of emotional wellness through social bathhouse experiences and an immersive breathwork app. Their vision is to create playful peak experiences that enhance emotional and physical well-being in a way that inspires awe and belonging within the community. Othership is a modern way of learning to regulate your emotions and has been featured in publications such as Vogue, Fashion, Levels, and Forbes, among others.
The Niagara and Harbourfront neighbourhoods are perfect places to live, play, shop, and dine! Directly in the heart of downtown, you have easy access to everything you need - and you're also close enough to leave downtown with convenience. The Niagara neighbourhood has a regular streetcar service on Queen Street, King Street, and Bathurst Street, and on the Harbourfront, Queens Quay West has express and regular bus services. As well, you can ride Toronto Transit or Go Transit lines from Union Station to just about anywhere in Metropolitan Toronto. Those with cars in either neighbourhood are just minutes from the Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevard.
Excited to check out some of our #AgentInsider favourites in the Niagara and Harbourfront neighbourhoods? Let us know! And, if you’re interested in living in either of these popular downtown locations, please don't hesitate to contact Bosley Real Estate Agent Nicki Skinner: firstname.lastname@example.org . Together, we would love to help you find your dream home!
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