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This area is one of Toronto’s oldest inner-city neighbourhoods. Known for its large homes, it was once a very affluent area. But, in more recent years, it has seen its share of homelessness and poverty, which is a sharp contrast to the trendy Queen West neighbourhood that stands adjacent to it. Many of the large homes became rooming house and homes for people with mental health and addiction challenges. But the nature of the neighbourhood and the demographic is once again shifting. Parkdale is gentrifying at a fairly quick pace. At present, it offers a wide variety of amenities from cheap ethnic eats to upscale restaurants. It is also home to many art and vintage stores.
Sitting just above the waterfront in the city’s west end, Parkdale offers easy access to all of the major streets including Bloor, Dundas, Queen, King, Lake Shore Blvd. and the QEW. The area offers a friendly local vibe, with a mix of young singles and families.