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Toronto’s Beaches, located on Queen Street East, is one of the city’s most sought-after areas. Locals and tourists alike flock here for the waterfront, ideal for a relaxing evening walk or some good entertainment, particularly the annual Beaches Jazz Festival. A fantastic place to raise a family, it is home to many desirable schools like Kew and Balmy Beach. The area has a more relaxed and quaint feel then other neighborhoods, and is therefore particularly appealing for those seeking a compromise of city and small town living.

Corktown is a one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Toronto. Located on Queen East between Sherbourne and the DVP (Don Valley Parkway), Corktown has been a neighbourhood to watch for the last decade and has seen many new developments. New retailers have breathed life into the area, but fixtures like the Dominion Pub remain. It all combines to make Corktown a great place to live and explore. Buyers will find many different housing options in the area: newly constructed loft-style condos, true loft conversions like the Brewery Lofts, lovely old character homes and an infill of newer homes.

Danforth Village is vibrant and multicultural, and famous for its many Greek residents and businesses. The Danforth’s shops and restaurants reflect the flavour of the residents who live here. The homes offer the convenience of the Bloor-Danforth subway line, which makes this neighbourhood an excellent choice for truly anyone. It is especially attractive to younger families because of its excellent schools like Jackman Public and R. H. McGregor Elementary School, which has on-site daycare and a French immersion program. On summer nights you will find neighbours out on the street catching up while children play. In the springtime, a number of popular street festivals attract visitors from across the city, and in the fall, garden tours and studio visits provide an up-close opportunity to get to know the neighbourhood’s creative culture. Architecturally, aside from the odd bungalow with a new second-storey addition, not much has changed here since the early part of the 20th century; the neighbourhood offers street after street of beautiful residences.

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Forest Hill is one of Toronto’s most prestigious neighborhoods; its sprawling mansions are rivaled only by those in Rosedale. Forest Hill’s elite private schools are among the best in the country, including Upper Canada College, and the Bishop Strachan School. The area is wealthy, exclusive and traditional. Its topography is picturesque with gently sloping hills, winding roads, and numerous parks, adding a distinct old-world charm.

In High Park, you almost feel as though you’ve left the city, while still close to downtown. The area appeals to a wide range of people: it has many large homes perfect for growing families, while urban professionals or first-time buyers can find new and established condo developments.
The neighbourhood takes its name from High Park, a Toronto landmark, where you can find beautiful walking trails, gardens and breathtaking cherry blossoms in the spring. It’s perfect for dog lovers; there is an expansive off-leash area where pooches can stretch their legs while owners gab or trade training tips. This gorgeous urban greenspace is located within steps of fantastic shops, restaurants and schools.

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In recent years, the Junction has evolved into a trendy, lively neighborhood. One of its major advantages is location, nestled between High Park and Bloor West Village, with easy access to transit and good schools. Its architecture is unmistakable and bursting with character; many of the homes are late 19th and early 20th century and can be more affordable than homes in other neighborhoods.

The Junction offers quirky shops and restaurants, with many touting it as the new Queen West. The area is a destination for vintage interior design; homeowners and handymen will love the new big box stores where the stockyards used to stand at St. Clair Avenue and Weston Road. The Junction is a perfect balance between old neighborhood charm and modern convenience.

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The Junction Triangle is a small and fairly new neighborhood in the city’s west end. It sits between the Junction, Roncesvalles and Bloordale Village, bordered on each side by rail lines. The area’s name reflects its historical ties as a hub for transport and trade, but the influx of new residents and businesses is changing the area from a historical landmark to a thriving urban hot spot. It boasts many fantastic new restaurants like Farmhouse Tavern and Farmers Daughter, as well as old staples like the Osler Fish Market. The area is distinctly urban, but with many outdoor recreational amenities, including the rail path on the West border, perfect for running and biking.

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Kensington Market is one of Toronto’s most distinctive neighborhoods, bursting with charm, history and personality. As the name suggests, it’s a shoppers paradise. Vintage clothing shops, cafes, butchers and cheese boutiques line its many famous streets: Augusta Avenue, Kensington Avenue, Nassau Street and Baldwin Street. It’s also mere steps to Chinatown. The neighborhood features many historic Victorian homes and row houses. Best of all, the main drag on Augusta is pedestrian-only on certain weekend days, creating a thriving and friendly urban atmosphere for Eco-conscious citizens.

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King Street East is known for its dozens of luxury furniture stores, such as Up Country and Roche Bobois. Before spending the day shopping, you could pop in for brunch at waffle-specialists Le Petit Dejeuner – just one of many fantastic restaurants in the area. There are numerous condo buildings, both old and new, offering buyers unparalleled variety. There’s a sense of history in the neighborhood as well, with heritage buildings, as well as new professional spaces in law, film and design. All of this comes together in an unbeatable location in the heart of downtown with easy access to both the Gardiner and the Don Valley Parkway.

Mere steps to Toronto’s downtown core and financial district, King West caters to vibrant young professionals. The area has experienced a makeover in the last decade; it is a destination for stylish, high-end restaurants like Buca, Lee and Blowfish, as well as trendy lounges and nightclubs. A block south on Wellington, you will find many of the city’s top advertising agencies, more great restaurants, and plenty of newly developed condominiums. Many of the condos feature higher end finishes and space saving layouts. The area also houses Bell Lightbox, home of the Toronto International Film Festival.

Lawrence Park is an affluent residential neighborhood. It was one of Toronto’s first planned garden suburbs in the early part of the 20th century, but it did not fully develop until after the Second World War. It is a peaceful and tranquil setting, with gently rolling hills, winding roads and lush parks. Lawrence Park offers many shops, highly desirable schools, and recreational facilities. The neighborhood is unique because of its warmth and friendliness, with a real sense of community and family values. The area is predominantly single-family houses, but it’s still urban, dense and close to public transit, making it a big draw for young families who rank “walk-ability” high on their priorities.

Leslieville began as a village in the 1850s, which grew up around the Toronto Nurseries owned by George Leslie, after whom the community is named. Most of Leslieville’s residents were gardeners or worked at one of the many brick-making factories in the area. After years of taking a back seat to more developed surrounding neighborhoods, it has emerged as a hip place to dine, drink, shop and live. It’s now known as one of Toronto’s best brunch destinations and features great cafes, as well as fashion and design stores. Despite Leslieville’s close proximity to downtown Toronto, it still has the serene and peaceful feel of a village due to its cozy houses, quaint stores, and tree lined streets.

Liberty Village is located on one of Toronto’s oldest settlements. The area has undergone a renaissance in the past 10 years: new condos and lofts, office space, a new park, and an abundance of new shops and restaurants. The amenities in Liberty Village are surpassed only by it’s unbeatable location. It’s a short walk to the Lakeshore and the entertainment/fashion/gallery districts of King St. West, and also within a short commute to the financial core. Trendy but still professional and family-friendly, Liberty Village is ideal for urban warriors and sophisticates alike.

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Little Italy, or College Street West, was once just a destination for pizza and pasta, but the area was slowly taken over by martini bars and became a busy nightspot. Now, the neighborhood oozes character, with two bustling summer street festivals, enthusiastic soccer fans, and fantastic old and new restaurants offering a variety of cuisines, including the outstanding Bar Ravel. It’s undoubtedly a foodie’s dream neighborhood, but has something for everybody. Close to the downtown core, it’s easily accessible yet tucked out of the hustle and bustle. There aren’t many condos in the neighborhood, although that is slowly changing. Many of the homes are single family but also large enough to offer an income unit if desired.

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Little Portugal was predominantly a residential area, named after the many Portuguese families who settled in the area, and the many Portuguese storefronts lining College and Dundas Streets. The area has undergone rapid gentrification in recent years. Dundas West is now a destination for art galleries, bars, restaurants, cafes and brunch spots. Gentrification is now accelerating, as condos fill up the Queen West corridor. While Portuguese immigrants are still a strong presence, traditional familia have decreased, allowing the influx of new residents to update and renovate many of the area’s charming mid-century homes.

No longer the down-and-out neighborhood it once was, Parkdale is inevitably extending Queen Street’s rejuvenation past Dufferin. Parkdale’s eclectic mix of real estate options means it is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Toronto. It has a vibrant shopping district, boasting some of the city’s best fabric and vintage stores, as well as popular new bars and live music venues like Wrongbar, and pub staples like Cadillac Lounge and Mitzi’s Sister. Mixed with modern style, Parkdale has a classic elegance, with mature tree lined streets, Victorian homes, and statuesque mansions reminiscent of Parkdale’s affluent roots. It’s within walking distance of Queen West, King West and the waterfront, and easily accessible from the Gardiner.

Vogue has named Toronto’s “Queen West” the second-hippest district in the world, second only to Tokyo’s Shimokitazawa. It is an international arts center, and a major tourist attraction in Toronto. “Queen West” is local vernacular, referring to the collection of neighborhoods – originally ethnic pockets of immigrant homes – that have developed along and around the thoroughfare. Gentrification and increasing property values over the past twenty years have caused some immigrants to gradually move to more affordable areas of the city. Affluent young professionals and their families are now renovating these homes, as well as driving the booming condo market in the area.

Riverdale is the portal to Toronto’s east-end neighborhoods. It’s a diverse community, well known for its vibrant shops and quaint Victorian homes. Although it’s a high-density neighborhood, it has abundant parkland where you can escape from city living. Riverdale Park is one of the largest green spaces and has some of the best views in the city; tobogganers flock to its steep hills in the winter months. Withrow park is a neighborhood mecca with a popular farmers market. The neighborhood has attracted many families because of its excellent schools, shopping and convenient access to downtown and the Don Valley Parkway.

For over one hundred years, Rosedale has held the distinction of being Toronto’s most distinguished and exclusive address. It is home to Canada’s elite: titans of Canadian business, financial, artistic and political circles. It is ranked as one of the best neighborhoods in Toronto in which to live by Toronto Life. It is surrounded by beautiful ravines and parkland, but Rosedale is just a few minutes from Toronto’s major business, entertainment, and shopping districts.

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St. Lawrence Market is a former industrial area showcasing some of the city’ most interesting architecture, including the famous Flatiron building at Wellington and Front, known for its unique wedge shape. It was the first building of this type constructed in North America in 1892. Many of the old industrial buildings that lined Front Street east of Jarvis have been replaced by condos in recent years, but a few remain and have been converted into lofts or commercial space. This area is a mecca for those who like to cook, with several destination restaurants and culinary schools in the area.

The Summerhill neighborhood in central Toronto was named after ‘Summer Hill’ house, built in 1842 by Canadian transportation baron Charles Thompson. Summerhill’s turn of the century houses, winding tree-lined streets, and abundance of parkland have made it one of Toronto’s preferred neighborhoods. It is conveniently located along the Yonge Street corridor, providing Summerhill residents with easy access to Toronto’s downtown business and entertainment district. The area is home to exclusive boutiques and gourmet food shops, like Olliffe (for some of the best and freshest butchery in the city), The Rosedale Diner (for a fantastic weekend brunch), and The Summerhill Market (for pretty much everything food related, including prepared foods, fresh produce, and other fine products).

The Annex is a truly heterogeneous community, with people from all walks of life. Residents range from successful business people, accomplished musicians, and university students and faculty. As it encompasses the University of Toronto, Toronto’s most prestigious university, the Annex is a student-friendly neighborhood, sporting easy-on-the-wallet pizza joints, sushi restaurants, pubs and cafes. However, further south on Harbord, newer mid- and high-end restaurants are quickly making the area a destination for diners from all over the city. Despite the great neighbourhood stores and shopping the Annex offers, the area is largely residential, full of beautiful Victorian and Edwardian architecture. It is one of the very few enclaves downtown of turn-of-the-century, multi-story homes on large lots with tree-lined streets. With so many great places to see and things to do, the Annex is truly a neighborhood that offers something for everyone.

Yonge and Eglinton, also known as Yonge-Eglinton or Uptown, was once a part of the old Town of North Toronto. In recent years, its centralized location has spawned development, including a number of big-box retailers and tall, high-density residential towers. Development is concentrated around the Eglinton subway station, and has resulted in a mixed-use neighborhood with a blend of detached houses, townhouses, and high rises. The forthcoming Eglinton–Scarborough Crosstown line is expected to further boost development. The area is home to a variety of small retail stores, restaurants, larger stores, and a mall/movie theater complex. Numerous public high schools dot the neighborhood. It is a popular neighborhood for young professionals, reflected in one of its nicknames, “Young & Eligible”.

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There was a time when the intersection of Yonge St. and St. Clair Ave. was considered uptown, but these days it’s the heart of midtown. Yonge and St. Clair is an in-between place: not as imposing as the bustling Yonge St. and Eglinton Ave. intersection, nor as busy as Yonge and Bloor Sts. Comparisons between Toronto and New York may be cliché, but there’s something distinctly “Upper East Side” about Yonge and St. Clair: a solidly middle- and upper-middle-class place to be sure, but the kind of neighborhood that is comfortable with its place in the city and, more importantly, where people are comfortable living.

Yorkville is one of Canada’s most exclusive districts, and strictly upper crust. Toronto’s most elegant shopping and dining areas, Bloor-Yorkville’s designer boutiques, antique shops and galleries can be found here. The area features elegant small courtyards and alleyways, as well a park featuring contemporary art installations, including a giant granite boulder, which brings the raw beauty of the Canadian wilderness right into Toronto’s urban center! Hailed as “Mink Mile,” Bloor-Yorkville is home to high-end designers and fine dining that draws stars, fans and paparazzi during the Toronto International Film Festival. No visit to Toronto is complete without a thorough exploration of this chic neighborhood. Yorkville is home to some of the city’s most luxurious condos both old and new. The surrounding streets are filled with older Victorian homes, many of which have extensively remodeled interiors.

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