Kensington Market is a unique downtown location with a diverse and rich cultural history. In fact, the community was declared a National Historic Site in 2006. Within its parameters, Kensington houses an eclectic mix of boutiques, markets, cafes, bars and restaurants. There’s Sanagan’s Meat Locker on the same street as vegan-friendly Sadie’s Juice bar and Hungary Thai uses Eastern European cuisine with Southeast Asian dishes.
In between Bathurst and Spadina, north of Dundas, Kensington Market is a pedestrian-friendly part of Toronto. On Sundays throughout the summer, the community bans cars altogether as part of Pedestrian Sundays Festival. Another popular local festival is the annual Kensington Market Festival of Lights during the winter solstice in December.
The Kensington Market Lofts is a two-building development with one address at 160 Baldwin Street and the other at 21 Nassau Street. The structure on Baldwin is 6 storeys with 79 units and one on Nassau is 4 storeys with 61 units. The units range from 1 to 2 bedrooms and some of them have terraces.
Converted from the old George Brown College into a residence by Context Developments, Kensington Market Lofts boast environmentally-conscientious design features that are both energy and cost efficient. The rooftop garden, for example, includes a solar system that reduces heating and cooling costs as well as rainwater runoff. Many of the finishes in Kensington Market Lofts are also “green” such as polished bamboo, recycled concrete and cork flooring. Additional features of the buildings included a shared multi-purpose room and a parking garage with camera surveillance.