Deciding to live in Toronto should be an easy decision to make – not only is it ranked as the fourth most liveable city in the world, but it has so much to offer from culture and entertainment to endless shopping and restaurant options. The more difficult decision is deciding which of the 140 neighborhoods you want to live. Each one has a unique personality and distinctive features to attract residents, and there are a lot of factors to take into account: transport links, vibrancy, and proximity to shops and restaurants, for example. Making the decision can be daunting, so in no particular order, here are our picks of Toronto’s hottest six neighborhoods to live in.
1. The Beaches
The Beaches is ideal for people who want some peace from the bustling city, but to still only be 20 minutes away. It’s a perfect spot for those who love to be by the water. The Beaches is less crowded than the city, but still offers plenty of things to do, with swarms of people wandering into its cute cafes and high-quality restaurants, and enjoying a vibrant party scene at night.
While it may attract hipsters, Cabbagetown is a vibrant and fun place to live. It’s one of the most unique and interesting areas of Toronto, packed with independent coffee shops, yoga studios, festivals and a farmers market. Residents share a great sense of community spirit, positive vibes, and pride in the neighborhood.
3. Waterfront Communities
The ongoing revitalization of the waterfront, combined with the condo boom in the area, is making Waterfront Communities the place to be. The neighborhood is home to some of Toronto’s best attractions, including the Distillery District, the Fashion District, and St. Lawrence Market, giving residents plenty of fun things to do right on their doorstep. Habitants love being able to enjoy lake views and all the other perks of lakeside living, while still being close to the heart of the city.
4. Yonge and Eglinton
Even before the development boom over recent years, Yonge and Eglinton was the place to be. The neighborhood offers the feel of downtown living without being right in the thick of it. It pretty much provides everything you need, including a variety of restaurants, bars, and grocery stores, as well as quick and convenient transit into the city center.
5. The Annex
The Annex is a vibrant neighborhood attracting residents from all walks of life, from artists to business people to students. Thanks to its student population, you’ll find plenty of food and drinks deals, and a lively nightlife of bars, restaurants, and nightclubs.
Yorkville may be a little more expensive than some other neighborhoods, but there’s a reason why having a Yorkville address is so desirable. The dynamic area is right in the middle of midtown, offering fast and convenient transit to other fun neighborhoods, while also providing residents everything they need right on their doorstep, with the many restaurants, shops, and bars.