There are dozens of amazing neighbourhoods scattered across Toronto for residents to call home. But one particular demographic — young families — has specific requirements, including schools, parks, and detached home options, that can be difficult to find in Toronto’s downtown core.
So, what are the top neighbourhoods in Toronto that cater to families with kids of all ages? These are our top five picks.
Bloor West Village
The quintessential suburban neighbourhood nestled within the confines of the Toronto’s city limits is Bloor West Village. Long hailed by those looking for space while still being within easy access of Toronto’s downtown core, Bloor West Village is brimming with features that the average family seeks.
The homes boast classic and timeless architecture, offering plenty of character. The tree-lined streets are filled with plenty of action for children big and small. The shops along Bloor Street West are varied and inviting, and the eateries and bakeries are to die for. There are plenty of parks for kids to enjoy, as well as great schools, space to roam outdoors, and a good safety track record.
Average home price: $1,108,250
Just the name of this neighbourhood exudes desirability. Popular among families and singles, The Beaches is highly sought after for good reason. What could possibly beat being within close proximity to sandy beaches and having a stellar view of Lake Ontario?
Families have the distinct benefit of taking their kids over to the lakefront to enjoy picnics by the water, build sandcastles, grab ice cream, and play beach volleyball. Kids can frolic in the wading pools and playgrounds. Weekends can be spent strolling or biking along the boardwalk.
Parents can rest easy knowing that the neighbourhood is filled with great schools — including Kew Beach J.P.S. and Glen Ames Senior Public School — and boasts a low crime rate.
Despite its close quarters to the downtown core, The Beaches has a cottage-y feel to it. It really is the best of both worlds and a great place to raise a family.
Average home price: $1,001,410
A popular destination for young families who wish to stay close to the downtown but still want space to roam is Leslieville. Positioned just east of downtown Toronto, Leslieville is home to plenty of good schools, including Leslieville J.P.S. and Riverdale Collegiate Institute. The area also has parks, community centres, and kid-friendly entertainment. For parents, there are tons of trendy shops, cafes, and eateries to enjoy.
Over the recent past, Leslieville has undergone significant revitalization transforming it into a hotspot for young families who are attracted to the neighbourhood’s urban vibe and a small-town feel. There are plenty of detached homes to be snatched up, though Leslieville offers a mix of other types of residential units, including townhomes and condos.
Average home price: $735,133
A popular tourist attraction, The Danforth is well-known for its annual “Taste of the Danforth” culinary festival that draws in locals and visitors from all sorts of places. The area is overflowing with dining, shopping, and tons of culture that remains as strong today as it was yesteryear.
It’s certainly a vibrant spot, but it’s also a place families have flocked to for decades. Generations have dwelled here, and there’s no sign of such a trend dissipating any time soon. The Danforth offers residents a unique opportunity to be within close proximity to downtown while still offering relatively affordable housing options compared to other Toronto neighbourhoods.
Parents have several schooling options for their kids, including Gledhill J.P.S, William J McCordic School, and Secord Elementary School. While the Danforth might be bustling, the side streets are relatively quiet, making it feel more like a small town in the middle of the big city.
Average home price: $990,201
Located further north in midtown Toronto, Davisville Village is home to a number of high-ranked schools, including Davisville J.P.S. and Hodgson Senior Public School. Parents have a quick and easy drive or transit ride to the downtown core, making it an ideal location to raise a family in the outskirts of the city without sacrificing a decent commute.
Known for its plethora of collectible shops and artisan eateries, Davisville also has wide array of parks, green space, and recreational centres. This a fantastic option for families with kids who still want to be city dwellers. There’s also plenty of different housing options, including gorgeous refurbished homes reminiscent of the 1920s and 1930s.
Average home price: $909,735
Toronto might be a bustling city, but it’s also chock full of great family-friendly neighbourhoods. While there’s always the option to settle in the suburbs well outside the city limits, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy suburban living while still enjoying the proximity to the downtown.