No, this is not Niagara Falls. The neighbourhood called Niagara in Toronto is very different from the hyper-touristy natural landmark. It's a high-rise paradise for childless working couples and singles. Located just west of the Fashion, Entertainment and Financial Districts respectively, Niagara's condos and townhouses are full of young urbanites who love the super easy commute to work and the endless entertainment and nightlife options just steps away. With West Queen West to the north, Bathurst on the east and Strachan west, Niagara is truly surrounded by the best of downtown Toronto – and the neighbourhood has the high rents to prove it.
Young working professionals without kids. Niagara neighbourhood has one of the lowest populations of kids in the whole city – just 14% of the population is under age 24, whereas the Toronto average is 28%. There are also almost zero seniors. Fully three-quarters of people who live in the Niagara neighbourhood are between 25 and 54.
Other average-income young couples who like to live and play downtown.
Seniors and families with kids, as well as small-town folk: this is as urban as it gets.
Think you're part of that up-and-coming, already-ruling-the-world generation? So do your neighbours. That's not to say that there's a bad attitude or sense of superiority in Niagara, only that it's a very non-diverse community in terms of the types of households that reside here. These truly are neighbours who are making their way toward becoming big players in Toronto. There's a class of artsy, hipster types here mixing in with corporate types. Hence, the lifestyle is one of work hard, play hard. And it's easy to do with all of downtown Toronto at your doorstep. Next door is the Fashion District, which is quickly taking over the Entertainment District's former reputation for having the city's best nightclubs. Transit makes it easy to access restaurants and bars in and around the Niagara neighbourhood, but taxi rides are cheap too, and cyclists don't have far to go to get home at night.
Most housing in Niagara neighbourhood is either condos or townhouses – there are no detached homes here. For renters, there's lots available, but the prices aren't affordable by most standards.
Avg. rent compared to other Toronto neighbourhoods
Niagara is 14% higher than TO average
Trendy condos and townhouses
West Queen West, virtually from end to end, is lined with some of the city's top restaurants and bars, and the section that forms Niagara neighbourhood's northern border is no exception. There's Thai, Italian, French bakeries, trendy cafes, sandwich joints, burgers and vegetarian eateries. Meanwhile, King West has its own lineup of shops and restaurants for residents of Niagara. Stanley Park, in the middle of the neighbourhood, has a rec centre and an off-leash dog park.