Did you know that Toronto has over 55 neighbourhoods??? Click here to see some Toronto neighbourhoods) That’s not including the micro neighbourhoods within these neighbourhoods. When deciding where to live, how do you make that ultimate decision? What are the driving factors that make one neighbourhood stand out from another?? The truth is Toronto has so many fabulous neighbourhoods, that it’s not about finding one, but rather, choosing the best of so many options.
Here are a few things that you should look into when choosing your next home:
Especially for those with children, picking a neighbourhood with reputable schools is high on the priority list. Many clients want to be in an area where French immersion is an option. Other school choices to consider are private, religious.. do you want to be within walking distance or is a bus pick up sufficient? Check the schools’ ranking as a starting point. This should be used as a reference as opposed to a final decision making tool. http://www.fraserinstitute.org/report-cards/school-performance/overview.aspx
You may have a beautifully manicured lawn and landscaped garden but if your neighbour looks like Sanford and Son, this is not going to help you sell your home down the road. Look around the neighbourhood, see how people keep their homes, how many cars are parked on the driveway – perhaps there are multiple families living there, or it’s tenanted. Let’s investigate further!! Visit the area at different times of the day to see who lives in the neighbourhood.
What are you lifestyle needs? Would you like to be within walking distance of everything, or do you mind having to get into the car to drive a few minutes. Do you want a backyard with some grass for the kids to play and a deck for entertaining, or would you rather live in smaller square footage, but be a stone’s throw from the hottest new restaurant and café?? Depending on your budget, you may want to consider being just beyond that perfect neighbourhood, and you’ll be surprised how much more house you could get for the same money and the upside is that it’s just a matter of time before this neighbouring pocket catches up.
Proximity to transit and highways is a factor almost no one can escape from. Most people don’t have the luxury of walking to work, so being close to public transit or a highway is a strong consideration. Can you walk to the subway, or is it a 2 step process which involves a bus? How much time are you prepared to spend commuting?
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