A Retreat Within The City
To get away from the hustle and bustle of city living, people often flock up north to cottages and resorts. They'll sit by the water and watch the sunrise as birds chirp nearby, taking time time to relax and recharge. What makes The Beach so special is its ability to combine city living with cottage country. Whether it's a run on the boardwalk or meeting friends for a picnic near the water, you'll be steps from some of Toronto's best shops and restaurants. Young families are moving into the area because of its family style community and accessibility to great schools, shops and local attractions.
The neighborhood of Forest Hill is home to one of the most prestigious communities in the entire city. With a surplus of traditional brick mansions and deep lots full of lush landscaping, it is easy to see why the area has always been the desired destination for the affluent and successful. Forest Hill is an upscale, residential neighborhood composed of mostly large, detached homes. However, the demand for luxury listings continues to exceed the marketplace supply and, as such, has shifted respected developers to place their focus on the area for new developments.
The area of Forest Hill has always been accommodating to both young and old families, including elite schooling and high-end shops along the Forest Hill village corridor. The two main schools found within Forest Hill are Upper Canada College and Bishop Strachan. The Forest Hill Village is a shopping district located near the Spadina and Lonsdale Road intersection. Composed of small boutique shops and restaurants, this area is easily accessible by walking and driving, with ample parking nearby. For those who enjoy exploring the area, Forest Hill has picturesque and well-maintained parks open to the public, including access to the famous Beltline trail and Cedarvale Ravine.
As you walk through these areas, Forest Hill gives off the vibe of being its own small town rather than part of a larger city. Having an escape in your own backyard is one of the many reasons why the wealthy choose to live here. Residents of Forest Hill will soon have direct underground access to the Forest Hill LRT station, which will allow its riders to travel through the city of Toronto 60% faster than other forms of public transit. In addition to the incoming LRT station, several bus routes run through and around Forest Hill, including a 24 hour day Bathurst route. Within a short walk, you’ll be able to hop on the TTC, which provides access to some of Toronto’s most popular destinations like Yorkdale Mall, Yonge and Eglinton, Yorkville, the ROM, Union Station, and the University of Toronto. For those commuters with vehicles, Forest Hill provides the highest convenience by having easily accessible roads like the Allen Road Expressway.
With requirements to get uptown or downtown quickly, Forest Hill serves as a central launching point to get wherever you need to go in no time at all.
The New Family and Business Hub
With its highly competitive industrial and commercial tax rate incentives, paired with easily accessible transportation highways and roads, Vaughan has quickly become one of the go-to destination hubs for business. With the influx of new businesses establishing their footprints in the area, so too are their employees. Homeowners, including young professionals and new families, are looking for areas and neighborhoods that suit their needs. Their main criteria focuses around easily accessible schools, public transit options, open green spaces and entertainment. It is hard to match that criteria in Toronto, where costs of homeownership continue to escalate upward. This, in turn, makes home-buying financial burdens for many. It is for this reason that many have been moving into neighborhoods in Vaughan. With several transit options, including the highway, GO Train, TTC, and subway, accessing all the major hubs across the GTA has never been easier and more cost-effective.
One of Canada's most famous universities, York University, with more than 43,000 students enrolled across ten campuses is conveniently located on the Toronto-Vaughan border. This makes it easily accessible for students in the area. One of Vaughan's most notable spaces is The Vaughan Metropolitan Centre which will be built on a 100-acre parcel of land. This community space will be the largest mixed-use project in all of Canada. The city and developers share a vision to make this space have a downtown feel, with urban living featuring new condominium developments, townhomes, entertainment spaces, hotels, parks, and new public transit access spaces. In recent years, Vaughan's tourism industry has grown exponentially, with new sights and attractions being introduced all the time. Some of the most notable ones include the Vaughan Mills shopping center, Reptilia Zoo, and Canada's Wonderland, Canada's largest amusement park.
Young Urban Lifestyle
King West Village has become one of the city’s fastest-growing neighborhoods. With comparisons mirroring that of the trendy Soho neighborhood situated in New York City, it is easy to see why developers are flocking to the area for their next condominium projects. For the young professionals looking for places to stay, King West gives them the option to have their urban, trendy lifestyle within walking distances from the office towers they work in. In addition to the wide array of entertainment, hotels, shops, and the city’s top restaurants, King West includes commercial office space making it home for some of the world's most popular tech companies. When you’re not working, the neighborhood is home to great local eats, coffee shops, specialty fitness studios, and a bevy of health-conscious grocery stores.
In more recent years, the area has also been given the honor of serving as host to the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), which takes place annually in September. When TIFF arrives in Toronto, you can be sure that all the athletes, actors, and celebrities take to the streets for premieres, events, dinners, and after-parties. The headquarters for the festival is the TIFF Bell Lightbox Theatre, which is located on King West. The area caters to those who are looking for the true downtown Toronto experience. Those that venture out to explore the area will never run out of things to do. The area is also highly walkable and pedestrian-friendly with easy access to transit and green spaces, including dog parks. King West continues to cement itself as one of Toronto's most desirable neighborhoods year after year with something for everyone.
Elegance and location
Yorkville is home to some of the most elegant residential, dining and shopping spaces in the city. The neighborhood features high-end condominium towers, hotels, shops, and restaurants, which can be accessed by walking through quaint courtyards and alleyways. For its resident, Yorkville is situated just outside of the downtown congestion but close enough that you could be right back in it within a few minute's drive by car. The neighborhood has earned top marks for its proximity and access to public transit. This includes two subway lines, several buses and for families, several schools nearby including three private ones.
In the heart of Yorkville, you’ll find a finely manicured park full of chairs and tables to sit and relax while taking in the sights and sounds of the neighborhood. Within the district of Yorkville comes one of Canada’s most high-end shopping districts, also known as the “Mink Mile,” which runs along Bloor Street. In 2006, the “mile” was the 22nd most expensive street in the world by the square foot. The area also serves as a home base for some of the city’s biggest annual events, such as the Bloor-Yorkville Icefest, Exotic Car Show, and Holiday Magic. Besides all the attractions Yorkville offers, it is ideally located within walking distance of the Bloor/ Yonge subway station and the University of Toronto’s campus.
The Heart of Toronto
Midtown Toronto has become the “go-to” hub for young families with school-age children. The midtown node provides its residents with a wide array of options for public and private schooling. Well maintained trails, bike paths, and parks make up the area, with locations easily accessible by walking or public transit.
Yonge and Eglinton continue to be an in-demand space for families to establish their roots in. With such demand and appeal to young families, midtown has undergone a massive influx of new condominium projects, shops, restaurants, and public transportation. At the heart of these new changes comes the arrival of the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line, making midtown Toronto an essential transit hub for commuters across the city. As more and more businesses continue to pour into the area, the Yonge Eglinton Centre will offer up even more new shops and public spaces, adding to its movie theatres, restaurants, and amenity spaces.
Midtown Toronto provides access to multiple public transit options such as cycling through the city ride-share program, bus stops, and the subway system. With requirements to get uptown or downtown, midtown Toronto is centrally located, allowing for easy access to all public transit forms within steps from your door.