Toronto ranked medium for access to green spaces and parks but high for availability of big and small retail stores, population growth and access to healthcare facilities. The neighbourhoods that rated highest for access to green space and parks – Rosedale, Leaside and The Beaches – are also the most expensive. Conversely, Toronto’s most affordable neighbourhoods include parts of Scarborough and East York.
Toronto is both the most populous city in Canada and the provincial capital of Ontario. Located on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario, Toronto features and urban downtown core and is surrounded by the region best known as the “Greater Toronto Area”, which features a breadth of suburban and urban city centres. Known as one of the most multicultural cities in the world, Toronto is a centre for business, finance, culture, and arts.
The best places to live in Toronto are the downtown core (south of Bloor Street) which reigns supreme for proximity to public transit and walkability. When it comes to access to green spaces, Midtown has a variety of options to choose from, specifically North Riverdale and Leaside. For walkability, Davisville, Yonge and Eglinton and Leslieville top the list.
The Beaches lie on the shore of Lake Ontario, just a few kilometres east of Toronto’s financial/commercial district. Streetcars from the Beaches take half-an-hour or so to reach the commercial district. The area offers its residents (and large numbers of visitors) a thriving, family friendly, cafe culture, with plenty of restaurants and bars. The area can become too busy at times for some residents.
Bloor Village West, Roncesvalles and High Park are three different neighbourhoods which lie adjacent to one another. Their proximity to downtown Toronto means they are popular with many types of property buyers, including developers who demolished or updated older houses.
Bloor Village West is known for its quiet, leafy streets. It has plenty of restaurants and bars and lies about 30 minutes from Toronto’s commercial district by subway. About one-sixth of Bloor Village West’s population are visible minorities – the main groups are Southeast Asian and Chinese.
Roncesvalles was once known as Toronto’s Polish neighbourhood. Again, it is a leafy area with large, traditional homes in quiet streets. Homes are cheaper here than in the adjoining High Park. About one-third of Roncesvalles’ population are visible minorities – the main groups are Southeast Asian and Chinese.
High Park’s centrepiece is the 400 acre park from which the neighbourhood takes its name. About one-sixth of High Park’s population are visible minorities – the main groups are Southeast Asian and Chinese.
These neighbourhoods have good transport connections and are about 20-30 minutes from Toronto’s business district in rush hour.
The city of Burlington lies on the shore of Lake Ontario about 50 km (30 miles) south-west of Toronto. From Burlington the GO train takes 45 to 50 minutes to reach Union Station in the heart of Toronto.
Most of Burlington’s population have British Isles ancestry. Less than ten percent of the population are visible minorities.
The city’s residents enjoy the use of almost 3,000 acres of park land, eight golf courses, four indoor and two outdoor pools, three splash pads, seven ice pads, and six community centres.
Leaside is regarded as one of Toronto’s top areas.
It is a wealthy, leafy area known for its quality of life, good schools and convenient access to Toronto’s commercial heart by road (The Bayview extension).