Almost 90 per cent of Canadians would recommend their neighbourhood, according to a new survey released by RE/MAX this week. But where does Toronto fit into that picture?
Canadians value certain key quality of life factors when they consider buying a home, according to the survey, which was conducted by Leger. Up to 60 per cent place easy access to urban centers and green spaces at the top of their must-have list, while 36 per cent value access to public transit and 18 per cent want close proximity to schools and cultural events.
“Housing is often a contentious topic in Canada, with affordability and inventory being persistent problems from coast to coast,” says Christopher Alexander, executive VP of RE/MAX of Ontario-Atlantic Canada, in a statement.
Other things on Canadians check-list? Strong economic development, population growth, housing supply, affordability and access to healthcare facilities are all factors in what makes up an ideal place to live.
Overall, Toronto found itself in the middle of the pack when it came to RE/MAX’s ranking of most-livable neighbourhoods. While its many parks and commercial areas were a mark in its favour, a relative lack of housing supply and affordability concerns brought down the city’s standing.
The most livable neighbourhoods in the report were Rosedale, Leaside and The Beaches, neighbourhoods known for their ample green space and large price tags.
“In Toronto, the downtown core (south of Bloor Street) reigns supreme for proximity to public transit and walkability,” reads the report. “When it comes to access to green spaces, Midtown has a variety of options to choose from, specifically North Riverdale and Leaside.”
Davisville, Yonge and Eglinton and Leslieville were also singled out for walkability, while the western region of Scarborough is listed as a “hidden gem” of affordability.