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    Condos for Rent in King West, Toronto, ON

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    Renting a home in King West

    Visiting King West on a Saturday night is nice enough, but nothing quite beats being able to roll out of bed in your King West condo and head downstairs to one of the hottest brunch destinations in the city. We can’t exactly name said brunch spot, however, since the rankings are always changing in Toronto (and especially in this cutthroat neighbourhood). One thing is for sure, though: King West is a sought-after destination for anyone looking to open a trendy business in Toronto.

    Technically speaking, the King West neighbourhood is made up of King Street West from Dovercourt to Adelaide, as well as the surrounding streets. Fittingly, the Fashion District also falls within the confines of King West. While this area was named for its former role in the textile industry, today it’s as chic as it gets. Oftentimes, strolling along King Street can feel akin to being front row at a fashion show, and posh restaurants, cafés, and bars cater to the hip crowd that gathers in King West. And while there’s no formal dress code at many of these establishments, most diners at Buca, Jacobs & Co., and Marben tend to dress to impress.

    King West also happens to intersect with the Entertainment District. Situated just beside the Fashion District, the area just east of Spadina is packed with theatres. Those who want a taste of Broadway can catch traveling acts at the Princess of Wales and Royal Alexandra Theatres. When the mood for classical music strikes, on the other hand, getting a fix is as easy as watching the Toronto Symphony Orchestra perform at Roy Thompson Hall. Last but not least, a low-key evening in King West might call for a trip to the TIFF Bell Lightbox for a screening of an independent or international film.

    Speaking of TIFF, King West really comes alive during this annual film festival. Each September, some of the most important new films make their debut in various venues around the city, including the lightbox. King Street even shuts down altogether during the festival, making way for celebrities, paparazzi, and adoring fans.

    Condo Life in King West

    Lucky for those interested in King West condos for rent, there are around 100 buildings in the neighbourhood already. Plus, developers constantly have their sights set on King West — and for good reason.

    Most of the condos for rent in King West cater to the trendsetters that adore this neighbourhood, however some are more specifically geared toward film fanatics. For example, there’s the Cinema Tower at 21 Widmer, which boasts an amenities-filled area known as the ‘Club Cinematheque.’ Then there’s the Festival Tower, which actually offers movie-related perks to its residents: anyone living in the building has access to special pricing during the annual film festival.

    Those looking to rent something truly chic can apply one simple filter to their search: a building that’s been developed by Peter Freed. Thanks to freed, the standards for quality homes in King West have been raised quite considerably. His roster of luxury condos in the neighbourhood include the likes of Seventy5 Portland, Six50 King, and 500 Wellington West, each of which has contributed to Freed’s title as the King of King West.

    Yet it doesn’t get much more posh than living in a hotel, and Freed has also allowed King West renters to do so. Amenities in King West condos for rent hardly ever match the ones offered to those living in The Thompson Residences. Residents have access to the Thompson Hotel’s rooftop pool and lounge as well as the same laundry and car services offered to guests, plus friends and family can even stay at the hotel at a reduced rate.

    Transportation

    No matter how far north or south one lives within the neighbourhood, King Street West is always a short walk away. Residents without cars of their own can travel throughout the city with easy by starting their journeys on the King Streetcar. A trip over to St. Andrew Station on the University-Spadina subway line takes just around 10 minutes from King and Bathurst, and King Station on the Yonge line is just a few minutes farther. Those heading north or south can also hop onto streetcars moving along major arterial roads like Bathurst and Spadina.

    As for those who prefer to drive, residents will quickly learn that one-way streets like Adelaide and Richmond are often much less congested than King Street. When heading to a destination outside of the immediate area, the Gardiner Expressway also comes in handy. This major highway hugs the southern edge of the city, allowing drivers to reach the Don Valley Parkway or the 427 in no time at all.

    King West Overview

    The Locals: They don’t follow the trends, they set them.

    Code of Conduct: When in doubt, dress up not down.

    What You’ll Find: Endless options when it comes to date night.

    What You Won’t Find: Massive expanses of green space.

    The Homes: As stylish as the residents who live within them.

    Sealing the Deal: Living in the centre of it all.