11 Soho St
- 2 Bed
- 2 Bath
- 1 Park
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Toronto’s historic Chinatown dates back to the late 1800’s and is unlike many others. Like most things in Toronto, change happened fast to the businesses and people living in Chinatown when the city of Toronto planned a substantial change in the 1950’s deciding to construct Toronto’s new city hall, where the original Chinatown once occupied. Nowadays, if you’re standing at Spadina and Dundas you will find Toronto’s new Chinatown — an ethnic enclave of Chinese and East Asian culture stretching north and south with restaurants, businesses and even Bilingual street signs.
Toronto’s Chinatown is one of the largest in North America and in typical Toronto fashion, diversity has enriched and evolved Chinatown to include various East Asian cultures outside of what was primarily Chinese culture. Those looking at Chinatown condos for sale will notice the expansion and inclusion in the local food, business and general demographic change which now includes a variety of presence from Vietnamese, Thailand, Hong Kong and various other subcultures hailing from East Asia.
If you find yourself searching condos for sale in Chinatown, you most likely love Asian food, and the options are endless in this part of the city. Be it Chinese, Thai, Korean, Vietnamese, or essentially any other Asian cuisine you desire — you’ll have no issue locating it here.
Staple Restaurants of Chinatown include
Of course exploration and spontaneous testing will uncover a lot of gems outside of your Chinatown condo.
If you’re looking for something to do besides eat, you need to check out these places for a unique experience! Big Trouble Bar is an absolute must if you want to experience a lounge atmosphere decorated with Chinese elements. Keep up with their Instagram page as they actively update specials and events! B-Boss Karaoke is a very chic, trendy hideaway where you can eat, drink, and sing your heart out. Adding some variety to the mix, we have one of Toronto’s longest-running live music venues in Chinatown — Grossmans Tavern. Switch it up and enjoy the food and entertainment at this tavern which opened its doors in 1943! If that isn’t cool enough, surely you’ll find the perfect time playing nostalgic video games or posing in life-size action figurine boxes at Freeplay!
Although Chinatown is not as residentially developed as other areas of Toronto, you can still find some very attractive condos for sale that will offer a terrific living experience as well as value. The challenge in building modern high-rise condos and preserving the renowned culture of Toronto’s Chinatown remains a problem for developers, although at the same time, this retains the sheer value of the existing Chinatown condos such as Dragon Condos, The Residences at RCMI, The College Condo or the more classic low-rise Phoebe On Queen. One of the greatest aspects I find regarding these Chinatown condos for sale, is the fact that overdevelopment is definitely not happening. It is rare in Toronto to have this as a feature that increases value, but in this instance it is necessary to maintain the elements of Chinatown.
Another element of living in Chinatown that we love is the open views southward down Spadina. Many Chinatown condos offer very open views of the city looking east, north and south. Due to the development constraints of Chinatown, homeowners here are able to enjoy these often found unobstructed views and balcony exposures!
More noteworthy Chinatown condos for sale include the likes of
Fabrik Condos – 435 Richmond Street West
Kensington Market Lofts – 21 Nassau Street
The Residences of 488 University – 488 University Avenue
SQ At Alexandra Park – 38 Cameron Street
9T6 Condos – 96 St. Patrick Street
Village By The Grange – 70-105 McCaul Street
If getting around the city on foot is your thing, then you definitely want to check out the Chinatown condos for sale page. Streetcars will take you around the city with ease, as well as direct access to St. Patrick Station making north and south travel less of a headache. Driving isn’t exactly the dream scenario here, however getting in and out of the city is relatively easy heading south down Spadina to the Gardiner Expressway.
Step outside of your Chinatown condo and enjoy the many spectacular events and festivals, none more famous than Chinese New Year Festival. Traditional Chinese dances, performances and activities roll into the streets as the local shops, business, and restaurants dive even further into their heritage and fill the community with the spirit and energy of their culture. Beyond that, the Toronto Chinatown Festival is one that takes place every August. Artists, performers, vendors and community organizers set up shops, food stands, and an authentic Chinese market to embark and celebrate Chinese and East Asian heritage. The festival regularly brings in over 250,000 people to the streets of Chinatown over a 2 day period. If you’re brand new to Toronto, you’ll quickly learn that street art encompasses the city no matter where you go. Chinatown is no different, often you’ll find street vendors where you can buy traditional Chinese fashion, jewellery, art, and more. Furthermore, the art gallery of Ontario is just within the boundaries of Chinatown and offers a great day exploring and experiencing the vibrant pieces contained in the building.
Once you’ve settled into your Chinatown condo it is absolutely necessary to check out the Chinatown BIA website and familiarize yourself with your new surroundings. They are a great non-profit organization focused on the betterment of their community. Their about us reflects the pride and prestige of the community and also details a very nice history of old Chinatown and early settlers to Toronto.
The overall vibe of Chinatown is suited more for the person wanting to experience the active city life, a plethora of restaurants, while still having the nightlife experiences consuming the entirety of the East Asian community. Purchasing a condo in Chinatown will encourage you to get out and engage yourself in the city, be it within your own community or the very active surrounding communities of Queen West, U Of T, or the short commute to the City’s Core!