When you are raising your kids in a big city, there is always the question of where the perfect location to do so is.
Though there may not be a “perfect” location, there are certainly family-friendly neighborhoods in Toronto that your kids will enjoy growing up in.
Allenby is known for its young children population, with Allenby Public School’s excellent reputation. Forest Hill Collegiate Institute is also close by for high school students. North Toronto Memorial Community Recreation Centre is located next to Eglington Park and has an outdoor and indoor swimming pool and ice rinks in the winter.
2. The Beaches
The Beaches not only offer a beautiful view of the water, but there are also great schools in the area for kids of all ages. From junior kindergarten to high school, your children will not have to travel far. Kew Gardens is a large park located in The Beaches and offers a wide range of activities for the whole family, such as walking along the boardwalk, playing tennis, or checking out the different festivals hosted throughout the year.
Riverdale is a diverse community located near the Don Valley Parkway. It is surrounded by parks for your kids to play and take the dogs for a walk, or your kids can enjoy learning and interacting with animals at the Riverdale Farm. There are four public libraries in the area as well as The Jimmie Simpson Recreation Centre where your kids can swim or get involved with different programs. There are a few different schools in the area that teach all ages, from junior kindergarten to grade 12.
4. Deer Park
Deer park offers a number of condos, houses and townhomes for people looking to move in the area. Schools in the area are mainly known for teaching junior kindergarten to grade eight, such as Deer Park Junior and Senior Public School. There are many luscious green parks in the area to visit like the Rosehill Reservoir and Oriole Park. Downtown shopping districts and family restaurants are nearby too.
5. Bedford Park
Bedford Park is known for attracting families with young children since there are lots of excellent reputed schools in the area. Transportation services are all in walking distance (subway and bus) as well as Wanless Park and the Bedford Park Community Centre. The Fairlawn Neighborhood Centre is nearby as well and offers a wide range of programs for kids of all ages to join.
6. Davisville Village
Located in central Toronto, you will never be bored in Davisville Village. Shopping districts, restaurants and cafes are all conveniently located, as well as the subway and bus routes. There are a few schools in the area, teaching junior kindergarten to grade eight. June Rowlands Park is on the corner of Davisville Avenue and offers multiple tennis courts, a baseball diamond, volleyball court and a splash pad.
There are great elementary schools in the Rosedale neighborhood, including Rosedale Junior Public School and Whitney Junior Public School, teaching junior kindergarten to grade six. There are also a few parks in the area that have walking trails to enjoy, as well as tennis courts, an ice rink and splashpad at Rosedale Park. The homes offer Victorian and Tudor styles as they were built between the 1860s and 1930s. Don Valley Parkway is minutes away if you work outside of the city, as well as shopping districts and kid-friendly restaurants on Yonge Street.
If you are looking to live in an area with a small-town vibe, look no further than Leslieville. Young families are drawn to the area because of the trendy cafes and shops popping up, as well as many housing options to fit your lifestyle (condos, townhouses, detached and semi-detached homes). Transit is easily accessible as is Greenwood Park and the S.H. Armstrong Community Recreation Centre, that offers an indoor pool for your kids. Various schools (both public and catholic) are in the area for your kids ages four to 18.
9. Roncesvalles Village
Another popular location for young families, as it has been from the start (early 1900s). Junior public schools, such as Howard Junior Public School and Garden Avenue Junior Public School, are easily accessible for parents. High Park, which is the largest park in Toronto, is just down the street for you to enjoy any activity – walking on trails, playing at the different playgrounds, having a picnic, etc. European style restaurants and bakeries line the streets to fill your bellies afterwards.
10. Humber Summit
Humber Summit first began as a popular pioneer settlement in the 1840s before the city started expanding. It is well known for its various parks, since Humber River flows through the area, creating a large green space with many trails to enjoy with your family. Gracedale Public School and Humber Summit Middle School are conveniently located in the area, teaching junior kindergarten to grade eight. They can move onto North Albion Collegiate Institute (grade nine to 12) afterwards, or Emery Collegiate Institute. The Humber Arboretum is a vibrant and educational experience, and they offer various school programs to help kids get active outdoors.
Each neighborhood has its perks and can suit any of your lifestyle needs. Whether you want to live closer to parks or be in a highly rated school community, these neighborhoods are a great place to begin your search before you make the move. You will not be disappointed no matter which location you choose.
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