Kensington, a unique historic neighbourhood located downtown in the City of Toronto, has a diverse population. Kensington’s boundaries are College Street, Spadina Avenue, Dundas Street West and Bellevue Avenue Bordering neighbourhoods include University to the north, Bay Street Corridor to the east, Harbourfront to the south and Trinity Bellwoods to the west.
Bellevue Square Park, located in the centre of the neighbourhood, serves as a meeting place for residents of Kensington. It has a playground and wading pool for children. Cecil Community Centre is a place where residents attend parties, sporting events and theatre productions. Shaw College Public Library provides reading material in several languages. Kensington Market is the heart of the neighbourhood. Mostly outdoors, the market is a popular tourist attraction and the most photographed place in Toronto. It is home to an eclectic mix of shops, groceries and restaurants that reflect the neighbourhood’s cultural diversity. Kensington Market is also surrounded by real estate options, which makes it convenient for home owners.
Pedestrian Sunday is a festival celebrated the last Sunday of each month from May until October. Streets of Kensington Market are closed to cars (parked or moving), so the people celebrate in the streets. Shop owners display merchandise on the sidewalks. Musicians entertain in the streets, and vendors provide food outside. Pedestrian Sunday offers residents many opportunities to contribute to its success. Volunteers help plan it by offering their ideas. They decorate the streets, and they build props. During the event, they help marshal it, and they help run some of the activities.
Kensington real estate is a blend of old and new. Small to moderate size Victorian row houses were built from the 1870s to the 1890s. Houses in Kensington Market have market stalls in front; some houses are oriented to the back of the property to provide privacy to the residents. A few new housing projects include Victorian townhomes and condominiums located in buildings that were formerly part of George Brown College. Kensington real estate home prices range from $350,000 and up.