by Nick Chan
on Thursday, June 14th, 2018 at 8:02pm.
It's no secret that Toronto is among the most interesting and vibrant cities in the world, let alone Canada. But with such a large and diverse urban area, it can be a bit overwhelming to try and choose the right neighbourhood for you. The city also continues to grow and communities change quickly, so neighbourhoods that may have been rather forgettable 20 years ago are now booming with all sorts of amenities and real estate options for young families. So what are the best neighbourhoods in Toronto for families? Hopefully this list of the top 6 family-friendly neighbourhoods will help you decide where to live if you're looking to buy a home in the near future.
If you value summer fun at the beach with your family, then this neighbourhood should be at the top of your list. The close proximity to Lake Ontario's beaches simply can't be beat and there are plenty of restaurants and cafes along Queen Street East to enjoy, even if you're just talking a walk past them with your family. This community is very safe throughout the year and it comes alive with excitement in the summer! The types of homes found include Craftsman Bungalows and other types of single-family homes, all of which have beautiful exteriors and updated interiors. There are also many low- and mid-rise condo buildings, which provide the most affordable and low-maintenance options.
You can read even more about The Beaches neighbourhood and view listings of the latest homes for sale on our page about The Beaches real estate.
The biggest draw of High Park is the park by the same name, which is great for all ages. This is the largest public park in Toronto and it's certainly among the most visited green spaces in the city due to the hiking trails, gardens, and sports fields. It also includes a children's playground, dog park, and zoo. The western edge of the park features Grenadier Pond, which is creates a peaceful atmosphere as you walk along the shore and watch ducks, geese, frogs, and herons in their natural habitat. The real estate in High Park is very attractive too. You can find classic Victorian houses and other beautiful single-family homes, as well as attached homes and a mix of high- and low-rise condominium complexes.
This neighbourhood features a diverse real estate market and an abundance of fun things to do, regardless of your age. Much like in The Beaches neighbourhood, Roncesvalles homes for sale include plenty of family-friendly bungalows with spacious interiors. There are also a variety of duplexes, townhomes, and condos. The tree-lined residential streets are very pleasant to walk along, is Roncesvalles Avenue, which is where you'll find dozens of restaurants. Perhaps the biggest draw of Roncesvalles is how close it is to High Park.
Perhaps the most affordable neighbourhood in Downtown Toronto, Regent Park features a great mix of residential, commercial, and recreational areas. The recent gentrification and increase of townhomes has made the neighbourhood popular among families that want to live in the heart of the city. The upscale high-rise condo buildings are have plenty of units that have enough space for families. Part of the recent revitalization in Regent Park has also led to the development of the Regent Park Aquatic Centre and the Athletic Grounds, both of which attract residents from all over the city. Best of all, you're close to all the other wonderful amenities that the downtown core has to offer, including the many events happening in the Entertainment District.
Leslieville is arguably the hottest neighbourhood in Toronto at the moment, with trendy shops and eateries dispersed throughout the community. There are also many unique grocery stores, especially with the East Indian influence in the area. Homes for sale in Leslieville are very desirable due to the vibrancy of the area and the family-friendly homes. Bungalows with porches to relax on and yards for your children to play in are found along the safe residential streets and the townhomes and condos are ideal for younger families looking to get into the market in one of the hippest sections of the city. Family-friendly parks in Leslieville include, but are not limited to, Greenwood Park and Jimmie Simpson Park, which feature playgrounds, sports fields, and off-leash dog areas.
Right in between Regent Park and Leslieville lies the Riverdale community, which boasts beautiful Edwardian and Victorian homes that can be up to 3 storeys tall. There are also many duplexes and a rising number of condos to accommodate families of various sizes and budgets. These homes, along with the peaceful atmosphere along the residential streets and the eclectic shops has made Riverdale a big draw for families. There are also several parks with a variety of recreational options in the neighbourhood, most notably Riverdale Park and Withrow Park. In these parks, you'll find skating rinks, playgrounds, soccer fields, baseball diamonds, and walking paths. Did we mention that Riverdale is home to a large Greek community and features all sorts of Greek restaurants too? These delicious dining spots need to be sampled!
If you're thinking of expanding your home search to other cities in the GTA, check out the listings and information on communities in Richmond Hill, along with Markham and Vaughan. If you'd like more info about any of the homes for sale, contact us and we'll be happy to assist you.