Toronto Neighbourhood Guides

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posted by Allyson Scott

Depending on the source being used, the city of Toronto has somewhere between 140 and 240 different neighbourhoods, each with their own distinct personality and amenities. If you’re new to the city, or wanting to relocate to a different area, the options can be overwhelming. We have some helpful tools (and plenty of personal experience!) to help you evaluate the best fit for you!

As a quick way to dip your toe in the water, Toronto Life magazine offers a neighbourhood ranking tool. It provides a very brief overview of 140 areas, and grades them on features such as safety, diversity, education, access to entertainment, and so on. Don’t overlook the most important thing, which is a set of slider tools at the top where you can customize these attributes by what matters most to you, changing the order of rankings in real time!

To begin a deeper dive, you might be surprised to find out that Wikipedia is actually an excellent source of detailed Toronto neighbourhood information, organized by geographic area. They say there are 240 official and unofficial neighbourhoods within the city limits! We find it a more engaging tool because it comes complete with photographs and stories that round out the data. In addition to the demographics and points of interest, you can learn about the history, heritage, architecture, streets of note – or even discover sites of famous movie shoots!

Next up: if you’d like more information about the local small businesses available in each area, including types of restaurants and potential walkability to stores, then you might find the blogTO website helpful for this research. They offer an interactive map for a geographic fact-finding mission, or an alphabetical list of areas if you’ve already narrowed down your search. The thumbnail results and opportunity to see full articles with reviews and photos of each destination are superb for fellow highly visual people!

However, if you have a head for numbers and want “just the facts”, the City of Toronto website offers a map of 158 neighbourhoods, with detailed profiles and plenty of statistics. You can search by clicking on the map, entering a neighbourhood name, or typing in a specific address. Follow the menu options at the top of each profile to get a sense of the area’s income level, housing types and age of construction, diversity, and more!

Lastly, we’d like to leave you with links to three older blog posts we created on this topic, which are still pretty relevant today! We did short reviews of Dovercourt to the west, the Distillery/Canary districts to the south, and Leaside to the east.

With our business being nearly 100% by referral, we have needed to familiarize ourselves with all corners of the city, and have hundreds of happy clients from Port Union to Riverdale, High Park to Weston, and beyond! If you’d like to discuss your plans and your options, give us a call!

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