As many of you are aware, Toronto Life has released its issue “The Best Places to Live in the City.” It has been a significant conversation over dinners, drinks, amongst friends in parks all over our Toronto. Toronto Life ranked all 140 neighbourhoods, some rankings more surprising than others.
If I had been given a chance to vet their list I would have moved these 10 Toronto neighbourhoods into the top 20 without a doubt…so here goes, I will start with the two biggest shockers:
In my opinion, one of the most well rounded, relatively affordable areas in our city. Great schools, access to the Gardiner Expressway, charming shops, great restaurants and a stone’s throw to our most fabulous park, High Park. In fact, Ronci is on our top 5 Best Places To Raise A Family list.
2) Dufferin Grove
A central neighbourhood that has some incredible 150-year-old homes (yes, this is true). Some lots are 40 feet by 250 feet with old coach houses in the back alley). Dufferin Grove Park is the benchmark for urban parks in the city. It also has one of the largest farmers markets all year round (is one of the original farmer markets in the city). Young families and easy access make this a great destination.) This is what the Annex was 20 years ago.
3) The Annex
4) Trinity Bellwoods
Try telling this to one of the thousands of lounging people in Trinity Bellwoods Park on any given weekend in the summer! Some of our best restaurants and cafes are found in this artsy hub! Trinity Bellwoods is a favourite of ours.
5) Palmerston-Little Italy
OK, so this gem just missed the top 20… two of the best downtown streets of Toronto are found here, Palmerston Boulevard and Markham Street. Enough said. Wait, the iconic Honest Ed’s too 😉
6) Hillcrest Village
Give this a few more years, and people will see just how excellent and relatively affordable these houses are. Some beautiful 120-year detached houses are tucked away in this pocket.
We all know the Wychwood Barns. Well, this is surrounded by a beautiful neighbourhood of families and young professionals. Also, perhaps the best-kept secret in the city: Wychwood Park…a private enclave of homes…a must-visit for anyone looking to explore the city in search of a quiet oasis of living.
8) Playter Estates Danforth
The Carrot Common for one is like no other holistic health experience in the city. Great houses, the fantastic Jackman Public School (with green roof). Easy access to the core without the hustle and bustle found just west of the Don Valley Parkway.
9) Cabbagetown-South St James Town / Corktown
The greatest density of Victorian homes in our city. Cabbagetown, in particular, is considered the most well-rounded neighbourhood by scholar Richard Florida. St James itself is still a work in progress.
10) Runnymede-Bloor West Village
Another one that just missed the top 20 rankings. A great area to raise your children.