Our Top Picks on the best Toronto Neighborhoods to live in

Whether you become a west- or east-ender, dedicate your living to a neighborhood above or below Bloor, or prefer the outer regions of the city, there are various factors to take into account when considering the best place to live in Toronto. Friends and families may have their own opinions on the best area to settle into, but you might want to explore a few other options. Here are several places to consider within greater Toronto – taking into account housing, transportation, schools, entertainment, recreation, crime, shopping, employment, and other factors.

cityOfTorontoBeach: Where you can work hard and play hard, the beachfront boardwalk on Lake Ontario is often full on weekends and the residents occupying the variety of housing styles escape to the eastern side to relax and enjoy their neighborhood away from the common hustle and bustle.

Mimico: A lakeside neighborhood village with commuters in residence and homes sitting on bigger lots. Pockets of parks and a waterfront trail lend to a great place to live amidst a sleepier and quieter part of Toronto.

Rosedale-Moore Park: Historic and not humble in house prices, this neighborhood perches just over the downtown area and features pockets and enclaves within the neighborhood and winding streets that are family friendly and highly walkable.

Don Mills: This planned suburb is built around green spaces, trees, and park like areas. With winding paths and the Shops at Don Mills as a draw, this area continues to be a hot spot.

High Park: Located around the park by the same name and home to a zoo, this area is a draw for young families, long-standing residents, picnickers, and bicyclers. High Park North, sandwiched between the amenities of the Junction and the park, is home to old Victorians and Edwardian homes as well as several top-notch schools. Adjacent Bloor Village West and Roncesvalles offer many of the same amenities. Less than thirty minutes from Toronto’s downtown core, all of these areas are good for commuters and families alike.

Wexford – Maryvale: Home to a more diverse population, the sleepy streets of this neighborhood house well-kept post-war bungalows and have a college to anchor one end of the area, and feature some of the lowest average home prices in greater Toronto.

Mount Pleasant East: Midtown neighborhood with an old cemetery and old trees too. A central location with several local shopping, dining, and entertainment establishments lends to the sleepy feel of this old neighborhood. Homes rarely come on the market in this area and when they do, they go quick.

Casa Loma: Home to the original Millionaire’s Row, this area still houses some of the nicest properties in all of Toronto and locals are quick to stop development on historic properties.

Burlington: Thirty miles from the city centre on the shore of Lake Ontario, this area is conveniently between Toronto and Niagara Falls and often attracts nature lovers.

Leaside: In East York, this neighborhood is one of the most popular and one of the most expensive neighborhoods in Toronto and is often seen as the ideal place to raise children.

Markham: A rapidly growing city just north of Toronto, this neighborhood appeals to those in the technology sector.

Oakville: On the shore of Lake Ontario and just over half an hour from Toronto, this neighborhood is full of ancestry and appeals to residents relocating from the UK, not only for the location but also for the parks, green space, and good schools.

Richmond Hill: Half an hour north of Toronto’s city centre, this neighborhood offers up a diverse population and a plethora of parks, outdoor recreation facilities, and acres of parkland.

Vaughan: Just 21 km from the city center, this is a growing neighborhood and home to many employees of both the Wonderland Amusement Park and United Parcel Services.

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