Niagara, located near the Harbourfront in the West End area of Toronto. Niagara real estate consists of mainly condominiums, townhouses and lofts. Niagara’s boundaries are Queen Street West, Atlantic Avenue, Bathurst Street, and Niagara Street Bordering neighbourhoods include Trinity Bellwoods to the north, Little Portugal to the northeast, The Island to the east, and Parkdale to the west. The railway corridor is south of Niagara.
Beginning in 1793 as part of a military garrison, Niagara has a military past, as evidenced by some of its street names. Stanley Street was named for the Stanley Barracks, once part of Fort York. Tecumseh Street was named for a Shawnee warrior chief who fought on Canada’s side during the War of 1812. In the 1850s Niagara became an industrial centre. The workers’ need for housing led to the development of affordable real estate in the late 1800s, so the neighbourhood changed from a primarily industrial area to a mix of industrial and residential. In recent years, Niagara has become more residential than industrial.
Fort York, site of the Battle of York in the War of 1812, is open as a museum. Visitors can view exhibits, attend tours conducted by historical interpreters, and participate in educational programs provided by the museum. At Stanley Park, residents can participate in baseball, tennis, soccer and swimming. A playground is available for children. The park has a community centre that its residents can use for business and social events. The Queen Street West shopping area has a variety of clothing stores (both vintage and modern), shoe shops, antique shops, bookstores and art galleries, as well as a number of restaurants. The entertainment, fashion and business districts are nearby and easily accessible by public streetcars running on Queen St., King St., and Bathurst St. For those who prefer driving, Lake Shore Blvd. and Gardiner Expressway are nearby. Niagara real estate is architecturally diverse. Workers’ cottages, bay-and-gable style houses, townhomes, luxury condominiums, lofts, row houses and converted industrial buildings offer a wide variety of choices to home buyers. The average Niagara real estate home price is affordable when compared to other nearby neighbourhoods.