This location was part of the 100 acre Park Lot granted to Captain John Denison in 1815. By the 1870s the area became transformed into a middle class Anglo-Saxon neighbourhood. In the 1900s many Eastern European Jewish immigrants settled here; being excluded from Toronto’s business community, they opened up their own businesses from within their own homes giving this neighbourhood a unique mix to this very day. Kensington has always attracted many immigrants from all over the world, and is one of Toronto’s most culturally diverse neighbourhoods.
The Bellevue Square is the meeting place for Kensington residents; the children playground and wading pool is always busy. Aside from the park, there is also the Cecil Community Centre at Spadina and College, here you will be able to join in theatre productions, sports, games, parties, and weddings. There is also the Shaw College Public Library which offers reading material in many languages. Many of the houses in this location were built in the 1870s and 1890s reflecting the Victorian architecture, featuring many decorative accents. Many of the houses are oriented to the back of the property giving the residents privacy from the hustle and bustle of the marketplace.
Today there are many construction projects taking place in this very area; new developments include the Victorian inspired townhomes which are situated on Oxford Street and the Kensington Market Lofts, and there is a unique condominium project underway in the former George Brown College buildings on Baldwin and Nassau Streets.
According to the TREB report for July, the average selling price for all home types is $499,969. The average selling price for the detached single house is $1,062,791. The average selling price for the semi-detached is $860,938. Condominium townhouses are selling for the average price of $720,958, and condominium apartments are selling for the average price of $459,729.