As Canada’s most populous city, it should come as no surprise that Toronto is bursting at the seams with culture. A burgeoning foodie scene, music festivals galore, and a strong economic fabric are just some of the many reasons why this city is one of the nation’s most coveted places to live.
The quality of life in Toronto is indisputably impressive – but on a smaller scale, which neighbourhoods are the most attractive to renters and home buyers? In a city known for sky-high home prices, which slices of the city are the ones to watch?
Here’s what we found.
Commuters rejoice – this neighbourhood is both subway and streetcar friendly, with the Main Street station and Danforth GO stop essentially in your backyard. Known for the lively Danforth Avenue shopping district that runs through it, this part of the city is particularly attractive to those looking to buy a house that doesn’tcost an arm and a leg, and who simply love to eat (Greektown, anyone?).
We know, we know, Downsview is a little far outside the city. But with real estate prices as high as they are, its charming neighbourhood feel and affordable homes make living here well worth it (plus, it’s accessible by public transit). Watch this spot: shops and restaurants are popping up at an impressive speed, and its abundant green space is a big draw!
This scenic waterfront borough near the Upper Beaches is as family-friendly as it is trendy. The tucked-away neighbourhood of Birch Cliff is on the quieter side, perfect for those seeking a laid-back living experience with a little modern flair. Move here for the affordable real estate and a growing number of cute cafés and restaurants opening their doors on the main strip.
There’s no shortage of great eats in Toronto, but Gerrard East is quickly climbing the ranks as a foodie hotspot. A stone’s throw from both Chinatown and Little India, this charming area is also home to delicious bakeries, inventive cocktail bars, and a slew of newly-opened eateries that are putting Gerrard East on the dining map.
This west end neighbourhood is super accessible by subway and dotted with airy cafés and modern galleries. Its industrial heart gives the condos, lofts, and homes in the area an endearing charm, and the multipurpose 2.1-kilometre West Toronto Railpath is the perfect nod to the Junction’s historical soul.