If you’re looking to buy a family home, a family-friendly neighbourhood likely tops your list of home must-haves. Family-friendly neighbourhoods are safe, have great schools and are filled with amenities for the whole family to enjoy- from cozy cafes and top-notch restaurants, to parks and libraries. From West to East, here are five of the top family friendly neighbourhoods in Toronto.
1. The Kingsway
Characterized by its beautiful old architecture, winding tree-lined streets and country charm, The Kingsway has made a name for itself as a must-live neighbourhood for families. It’s hard to beat the scenery of The Kingsway- the stunning properties have grown to be some of the most valuable real estate in the city and it’s a completely safe area. There are plenty of schools around, both public and private, and the neighbourhood boasts restaurants, parks, fitness centers, churches and libraries. It’s also a quick 10 minute drive to High Park, a 400-acre public space where you can picnic, throw ball, and watch the cherry blossoms bloom in the spring.
Sunnlylea is a highly sought after neighborhood for young families due to its excellent schools, gorgeous homes and proximity to parks like Spring Garden Park and Kingsmill Park. The area has plenty of charm and character, with Mimico Creek flowing through the centre of it. The properties in the area range from river stone bungalows to Tudor two-storey homes and modern new builds, and many properties also feature natural ravines. It’s the perfect blend of city and nature, making it a wonderful place to live.
While Mimico used to be one of Toronto’s hidden gems, it has become a new hot spot- still a gem, but now mixed with an influx of people and families moving to the area. With more neighbours and new developments popping up, Mimico has still held on to its small town, tight knit community feel. Choose from lakeside homes to cozy bungalows, condos, townhomes and large single-detached homes. There are three waterfront parks in Mimico for you to jog, walk or cycle, and there are plenty of fitness studios and gyms. There are also a number of good schools to enrol your kids, and you can spend your downtime enjoying local bakeries, cafes and family-run restaurants.
Located east of Toronto’s downtown core, Riverdale is a thriving, vibrant neighbourhood that offers something for just about everyone! The streets are lined with a mix of newly renovated bungalows to two-and three-story Victorian homes. It’s surrounded by great shopping, galleries and restaurants, and you can get some of the best views in the city at Riverdale Park. With Greektown just north of Riverdale and the Taste of the Danforth summer festival, you’re especially in luck of you’re a lover of Greek food!
5. The Beaches
With easy accessibility to Lake Ontario’s beaches, plus a wonderful stretch of bistros and shops along Queen Street East, The Beaches is one of the best places to raise a family. The area has a small town vibe, with ice cream shops, homey bakeries, and of course, the lovely boardwalk. Bike, rollerblade or stroll along the boardwalk and head over to Kew Gardens, a large public park that hosts the neighbourhood’s festivals, craft shows, concerts and exhibits, including the Beaches International Jazz Festival!
If you’re ready to make the move to a family-friendly area in Toronto, use this guide to find the right neighbourhood for you!