Thinking Of Relocating? Here Are The Top Family-Friendly Neighbourhoods In Toronto
Thursday Jan 30th, 2020
If you are thinking of relocating your family or buying your own condo in Toronto, you must be looking for the best place to raise your kids. Indubitably downtown Toronto has its fair share of incredible neighborhoods, each boasting its own charms, depending on your family’s lifestyles and needs. If you are feeling overwhelmed by the wide array of choices, fret not. We at Toronto Condo Team have scoured the entire Toronto city to put together this list of the most family-friendly Toronto neighbourhoods in 2020.
When we talk about the best neighbourhoods to raise a family in Toronto, Roncesvalles definitely comes out as a strong contender. Exuding all the charms of a small European town, Roncesvalles is known for its strong sense of community. Its not uncommon to see couples ambling down the main stretch of Roncesvalles Avenue, kids riding bicycles in the evening or people walking their dogs leisurely with ice cream cones in hand.
The lovely little neighbourhood houses plenty of mom-and-pop restaurants and family stores, not to forget the century-old Revue Cinema that hosts tons of events. The vast expanse of the Sorauren Park is just around the corner, with its weekly farmer’s market, a baseball diamond, and a tennis court. High Park is also a short walk away, where you can visit the high park zoo, take in Shakespeare in the park, or simply enjoy a family picnic.
Leslieville and Riverdale, located east of the Don Valley, are actually two different neighborhoods, but we have decided to mention them together due to their similar nature and close proximity. Young families automatically flock towards the two neighbourhoods, and it is quite common to see stroller gangs walking around the Queen Street East from in and out of local cafes or breweries or from shop to shop. Perhaps these neighbourhoods have become so popular among young parents because they are more pocket-friendly than most neighbourhoods in Toronto despite their close proximity to the downtown. However, you better make your move soon since prices are increasing in these neighbourhoods ensuing a rise in demand.
Riverdale Park promises the best views in the city and is an amazing park that boasts a lot of running space, and home to your favorite barn yard animals. Take a stroll in the Jimmie Simpson Park on the Queen Street East or the Withrow Park to the North that incorporates plenty of kid-approved playground equipment.
The neighbourhood has some of the best schools in Toronto, such as the Withrow Avenue Junior Public School with a rating of 9, the Riverdale Collegiate standing at 7.7, the Franklin Community School at 7.8, or the include Pape Avenue Junior Public School at 8.
Bloordale Village is a lovely neighborhood nestled between the Wallace-Emerson to the north and the Brockton Village to the south, along the Bloor. The neighbourhood boasts some highly rated schools, such as St. Sebastian Catholic School with a whopping 10 stars, the Dewson Junior Public School, and the Bloor Collegiate Institute with a rating of 7.7, in addition to many top-notch institutes.
Additionally, the entire neighbourhood is accessible by transit. If you are a history buff, you can spend hours exploring vintage bookshops and stores on foot. You can also walk over to the Dufferin Grove Park or the Dovercourt from the Bloor street with your family. Bloor is currently in the midst of a mass evolution, and you can surely expect to see a new retail, residential and a community-centric area for festivals/events/public affairs in the near future.
Moving along the Queen Street east along the water will be our next destination: The Beaches. Those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city life and find some peace and tranquility, will find this neighbourhood quite to their liking. Who hasn’t dreamt of living close to the beaches! Not to mention, you will love the sense of community in that neighbourhood. With plenty of scenic trails and spectacular parks, this neighbourhood is absolutely perfect for you if you are an outdoorsy kind and love to walk, jog, or bike.
In addition, the Queen Street East has its fair share of shops and entertainment centers, such as the Fox Theatre. Enjoy the true spirit of annual events such as the Toronto Jazz Festival right from your backyard, or head over to the nearby Ashbridge’s Bay to delve in the annual Canada Day fireworks show.
Along the educational front, the neighbourhood is home to some of the most top-rated schools, including the Balmy Beach Community (7.6/10), the Norway Junior Public School (7.3/10) and the St. Denis Catholic (7.2/10).
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