The Kingsway truly is one of the most perfect neighbourhoods in the whole of Toronto. Beautiful tree-lined streets which are stunning in every season, the spectacular and old world architecture, the natural surroundings and the endless facilities provided by great local businesses. Here are my Top 10 Reasons to love The Kingsway!

1. The Houses

For me the incredible houses are what first drew me to The Kingsway. Robert Home Smith was a visionary who developed the neighbourhood a century ago. His homes were extremely well designed and built. Only the top trades of the time were contracted to work on his homes which he insisted were built with the utmost of skill and integrity. Many of these homes are still standing on beautiful Kingsway lots today and have maintained their grandeur. If you are ever looking for something to do – just spend a few hours driving around this neighbourhood. Homeowners in The Kingsway take great pride in maintaining their homes. The landscaping at these dream houses is generally impeccable, homeowners are very festive and like to have the outside of their homes decorated with beautiful flowers and wreaths as the seasons change. I would also suggest a lovely Sunday drive in December when The Kingsway is covered in snow and everyone has their Christmas lights and decor up. It is like driving through a Christmas card, just magic.

2. The Humber River & Trails
Many homes in The Kingsway have easy access to The Humber River Trails. There is a fantastic 5K loop which starts at the top of Old Dundas St, it carries along the west side of the Humber River on Home Smith Road and continues all the way to The Old Mill Bridge where you can pass and hop on the east side of the river. This trail will take you all the along the river and past Magwood Park. Magwood park is one of my favourite parks in Toronto. Is is such a lovely and picturesque location for a picnic. There are picnic tables, lots of soft rolling grass where you can lay down a blanket and relax and plenty of trees for that much needed shade in the warmer months. The views overlooking the river while the children play are beautiful.
In the fall watching the salmon leap up the Humber River weirs is not to be missed. People come from all over Toronto to see and photograph this wonderful natural event. Children love cheering and clapping for the salmon as they make their way upstream.
Walkers, runners, cyclists, and doggie lovers adore the Humber River and parklands. It is a scenic place to take in nature and get that much needed exercise in. There is also a wooded running trail and loop along this easterly portion of the Humber which is a great alternative to running on the concrete. There is so much nature to be witnessed in The Humber Valley. Bird watching is popular. The list of canadian wild life to be found is endless but do beware there are many coyotes living in the area! Keeping your dog on a leash and being in a group is always a good idea when exploring the Humber.

3. Restaurants

We have a great selection of independent restaurants along the main Kingsway strip from Bloor & Prince Edward Drive all the way up to Bloor & Montgomery. Whether you are looking for a casual night out with friends or a formal evening The Kingsway has you covered. My casual pics are Green Mango (Thai), Henry the 8th (English Pub) & Just Greek. For a fancy night or special celebration Azarias (Tapas), Merlot (French), Table 21 (Kitchen & Wine Bar) and ViBo (Italian & Contemporary)

Some people will say that the Kingsway is not diverse enough but the diversity of our restaurants definitely reflects the melting pot that is Toronto.

4. Shops
We are lucky to have some very special independent stores located in The Kingsway. Whether is it beautiful floral arrangements and gifts from Oleander, quality meats from White House, the freshest of fruits and vegetables from Young’s Produce, designer clothing from Carriage Trade, stylish eyewear from Queen Spectacle and even musical instruments from KAOS Music Centre. This neighbourhood has everything you need keeping visits to the big box stores quite unnecessary. These are the type of small busniess owners who keep a neighbourhood special and unique. If we are going to maintain unique identities in Toronto neighbourhoods we must support these small local businesses. Thankfully residents of The Kingsway enjoy these specialized shops and appreciate the importance of these kinds of goods and services. Residents of The Kingsway gladly continue to provide a great market for local entrepreneurs.

5. The People & Community

One of the most vital components of a great neighbourhood are the people who live there. The Kingsway is simply a wonderful mix of people. The largest population in the neighbourhood today are younger families who are employed in the finance, real estate, medical and software sectors. Most of the families in The Kingsway are extremely hard working and family orientated. There are many retired couples staying in the neighbourhood. Living in such beautiful surroundings, people are reluctant to leave but there is still a steady supply of housing inventory released from those who wish to capitalize on the healthy real estate market. Sellers can downsize to a condo and have some change left over for retirement.

In general people are extremely friendly, active and outgoing. There is a fantastic sense of community. People stay connected via neighbourhood social media groups, church and school gatherings.

6. The Schools

The Public schools in The Kingsway are fantastic. Lambton Kingsway Junior Middle School and Our Lady of Sorrows are the public and Catholic English Junior Middle Schools. Both have excellent parental involvement, many social events, extra funding and great administration. The demand for these schools is a huge factor in the strong real estate market in The Kingsway. There are good French programs within a short drive. For those who choose a private education Kingsway College School is also located in the neighbourhood. Bishop Allen Academy and Etobicoke Collegiate Institute both have a great reputation in recent years. We also have excellent options for preschool and daycare. Reach out to me if you would like to know more about these.

7. Tree-lined streets

The trees in this neighbourhood are absolutely stunning. Many of them are over 100 years old. Driving around these streets in the changing seasons is simply magical. Pastel May blossoms, endless greenery of the full summer bloom and the magic of golden fall. These old and majestic trees are even spectacular in the winter, decorated with ice and snow, they are like giant sculptures, dominating the streets but in a graceful and beautiful way. All of this wonderful greenery and nature is even more beautiful with the backdrop of amazing landscaping in so many gorgeous Kingsway properties.

8. Location

The Kingsway is excellently located. We are just a 20 minute subway ride to the heart of downtown. Less than a 10 minute drive to the lake. On a good day you can get into your Toronto Pearson terminal 15 minutes after leaving your house. We are also close to so many other fantastic Toronto neighbourhoods. The Junction and Bloor West Village are 5 minutes in the car. Sunnylea to the south is a couple minutes walk and Ronesvalles (The Brooklyn of Toronto) is 10 minutes away. We are also very close to Mississauga and Central Etobicoke where many Kingsway residents travel to work each morning. Going out downtown has become even faster and cheaper in recent years. Without traffic you can ride an Uber down to a fancy King St. or Yorkville restaurant in 10 minutes!

9. The Old Mill

The Old Mill is a beautiful and historic hotel located on The Humber River. This hotel is full of elegance and old world charm. It was developed by Robert Home Smith and goes along perfectly with the stunning Kingsway mansions he also designed. Their dramatic and atmospheric dining room is the perfect setting for family celebrations. The delicious Sunday brunch is famous all over Toronto. The food and service are always fantastic. Home Smith bar is the perfect place to cozy up with a book and glass of wine by the blazing fire after a snowy Humber walk. There is a regular schedule of live jazz at the bar. The spa at the hotel has a wonderful range of treatments to choose from. They also do a great high tea (check out the fascinating history of the tea room on their website). Many a local wedding is hosted at this gorgeous hotel. It is really a treasure to have such a special place in the heart of the neighbourhood.

10. Services & Amenities

We have fantastic services and amenities in The Kingsway. We have a very well maintained outdoor swimming pool at Lambton Kingsway which is the hub of the community in the warmer months. Memorial Pool & Healthclub offers great year round and affordable programming. We have an affordable and volunteer-led Skating School. We have excellent local soccer clubs, tennis courts and private golf clubs within a 5 minute drive. The culture of health and fitness in the neighbourhood is huge. There are some great local businesses in The Kingsway who cater to the demand. I have to give a special mention to Well & Tight. This is an incredible group of women in The Kingsway and Toronto West who have created an amazing community for women through focusing on both physical and mental wellbeing. Please reach out to me if you have any questions about any activity of interest and I will send you in the right direction in the neighbourhood 🙂

I hope you have enjoyed reading about why I love The Kingsway so much. Yes I am definitely biased but this really is a magical place. I love raising my family in such a special and inclusive community, I just had to share my experience with you. If you are ever considering a move to this wonderful neighbourhood I would love to help you make this neighbourhood your home too. Please reach out with any questions you may have. As an FYI here’s a little bit about what it is like to buy with me 🙂