Good morning Toronto! Walk out the front door and into the heart of the lively, bustling city in this charming and cool Kensington Market stunner. This 4 + 1 bedroom, 2 bathroom Victorian semi is just steps away from the best of Chinatown and eclectic Kensington. Featuring a backyard garden oasis and a leafy front yard porch, this property is tucked away from the sounds of Spadina Avenue. Newly updated, this turn-key home features a beautiful modern kitchen, open layout and classic touches like stained glass windows, high ceilings, exposed brick and unique wall niches.
Do you have children planning to attend U of T or OCAD and don’t want the hassle of finding decent, clean rentals close by? Make your money work for you with this home as an investment option vs. renting multiple units across the city. Bring in additional income through the basement apartment, or by renting out some of the 4+1 bedrooms in the main home. Perfect proximity for varsity athletes with early morning and late practices.
Alternatively, If you’re looking for a quintessential Toronto spot to call home, this is the place! Imagine picking up fresh fruit, veggies, cheese, bread and more from local vendors just across the street, listening to live music on the sidewalk or at a cozy jazz bar, and meeting up with friends for food from all over the world from a nearby restaurant, all in view of the CN Tower.
Create both a great family space and room for hosting future guests across the four bedrooms and 3-piece bathroom upstairs; the office, studio or baby’s room on the top floor, and the 2-piece powder room on the main floor. Need more space? Utilize the separate-entry finished basement apartment with 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom, or rent it out for additional income.
Surrounded by great amenities, indie shops, vintage boutiques and art spaces, you really are in the heart of this exciting city. Head to Jimmy’s Coffee and then enjoy your morning cup in your private backyard or watch the happenings on the street from your front porch. Grab your shopping bags and head out for your weekly shopping at businesses like Blackbird Baking Co., Sanagan’s Meat Locker, Global Cheese Shoppe and small produce stands along Kensington Avenue, Nassau Street, Augusta Avenue and Spadina Avenue. Taste the world with takeout from top restaurant spots like Rasta Pasta, Seven Lives Tacos Y Mariscos, Pho Huang, Abu Hummus, Jumbo Empanadas, Rol San Dim Sum and Otto’s Berlin Doner nearby. Need wine? Make it a 10-minute round-trip errand with the LCBO located directly across the street.
There’s never a boring walk from this spot – head out in any direction to enjoy the lively street scenes, historic homes on leafy streets, and great park space like Bellevue Square Park and Grange Park close by. Need to get somewhere further? Hop onto the Spadina streetcar at the end of your street, grab a Bike Share bike from the rack across the street, or drive south on Spadina to access the Gardiner Expressway.
128 BALDWIN ST
Location is everything
What's the Area like?
An exciting and eclectic multicultural neighbourhood, Kensington Market is a historically significant area populated with a mix of longtime residents, young families, students, artists and established professionals. After its roots as the ‘Jewish Market’ in the 1920’s and 30’s, populated by many immigrants to the city, it continued to be a home to many diverse newcomers to Canada well into the 1960’s and beyond. After a rebirth by the Latin community in the late 90’s/early 2000’s with the opening of stores selling empanadas, pupusas and tacos, the area became a foodie destination and a spot to visit for both locals and tourists alike. The neighbourhood has continued to flourish with unique shops to this day, and residents are very proud of their unique, tight-knit community full of independent businesses.
Neighbouring Chinatown on Spadina Avenue, the food options nearby are endless. Enjoy restaurants like El Trompo, Knockout Chicken, Rol San Dim Sum, Pow Wow Cafe, Gus Tacos, Egg Bae, Hungary Thai and Otto’s Berlin Doner. Stop for fresh produce at the numerous small shops lining the streets in both Kensington and Chinatown, grab a juice at The Organic Press, fulfill a burger craving at The Burgernator or grab a burrito from Big Fat Burrito. Grab a sandwich at Ronnie’s Grilled Cheese or NU Bagel, or a sweet treat at Wanda’s Pie in the Sky or Bunner’s Bake Shop. Pick up healthy eats at Urban Herbivore or a tasty spread at Abu Hummus. Order delicious takeout from Pizzeria Via Mercanti, Ajisan Ramen or The Jerk Spot or browse the numerous takeout stalls in the food market at Bathurst and Dundas.
Grab a coffee to start your day at Jimmy’s Coffee, Moonbeam Coffee Company or Cafe Pamenar, and then stroll either north or south along the sidewalks to browse the numerous unique shops. Shop for unique homewares at Bungalow, vintage clothing along Kensington Ave., a card or gift at Blue Banana or Kid Icarus, art supplies at Gwartzman’s Art Supplies, cocktail supplies at Cocktail Emporium or browse for bikes and accessories at Bikes on Wheels. Enjoy a late night drink at The Embassy, Thirsty & Miserable, Supermarket or The Oud & The Fuzz. Listen to great jazz at Poetry Bar. Pick up prescriptions and supplies from Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall and quick groceries from Independent CityMarket. Shop name brand retailers and independent boutiques along Queen Street West, a short walk away.
Access great fitness offerings nearby at OM YOGA & PILATES or step up your game at Krudar Muay Thai.
Serviced by the streetcars along Spadina Avenue, College Street and Dundas Street, you can easily travel all over the city. Hop the Spadina streetcar to head South to the lakefront or switch to access Union Station to grab a GO Train, VIA Rail or UP Express out of the city. Drive South on Spadina Avenue to access Lake Shore Boulevard or the Gardiner Expressway.
Up for a good walk? Stroll the nearby, leafy green streets full of stately Victorian homes and wander over to Grange Park to find a tree or bench to enjoy a great book. Head west to wander through Kensington Market and the shops of Dundas Street West. Fancy a dip on a hot summer day or an ice skate during the winter? Visit Alexandra Park nearby at Bathurst and Dundas. When entertainment activities resume, you’re in walking distance to great events at The Art Gallery of Ontario, Rogers Centre, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, Metro Toronto Convention Centre and Toronto International Film Festival.