Parkdale has definitely been an up-and-comer over the past few years.
While it once had a somewhat tarnished reputation, Parkdale has undergone some revitalization, making it an increasingly sought-after neighbourhood for residents to call home.
The eclectic mix of housing options in Parkdale ranges from high-rise apartment buildings to lush Victorian estates, resulting in Parkdale boasting among the most diverse demographics in all of Toronto.
The larger mansions located in the area’s southern area were constructed between 1875 and 1895. Many of these homes were converted into bacherlorette pads or rooming houses at one point; however, the current by-laws have advocated for restoring these properties back to single family homes.
Some of the most vibrant shopping districts in Toronto are located right here in Parkdale. The primary commercial shopping spot for residents and visitors has historically been along Queen Street, which is constantly active with avid shoppers and those looking for entertainment. The Roncesvalles Village shopping district is located nearby north of Queen Street, which is considered to be the cultural hub of Toronto's Polish community.
Residents of Parkdale have the convenience of being within walking distance to the well-renowned High Park, as well as the recreational parks paths along Toronto's waterfront. For additional activity and socializing, four community centres serve the residents of the area.
One of the unique, telling signs of the Parkdale neighborhood are the extra-wide sidewalks that are lined with street planters that boldly and beautifully enhance the streetscape. More than 70 street planters were recently decorated with hundreds of black-and-white photographs of past and present residents imprinted on the concrete bases. The project, dubbed ‘Impressions,’ is among North America’s largest outdoor street photo galleries.
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Parkdale is highly walkable with many amenities within a short walking distance. For those looking to travel a little further, there is streetcar service along Queen St, King St, and Dundas St, many of which connect passengers to subway stations.
Commuters traveling by vehicle can easily and quickly access the downtown in a few minutes along the Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Blvd.