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What Makes a Great Family-Friendly Neighbourhood in Toronto?



In Toronto, one of the most common reasons why first-time home buyers head to the market is family planning. After all, having a family typically means needing a lot more room, and buying a home is a great way to fill that need. 

That being said, there’s a lot more that goes into a great family home than simply physical space. In fact, the neighbourhood surrounding the home can be just as influential in a child’s life as the house itself. 

There are a lot of neighbourhoods in Toronto – 158 to be exact! While they each have their own unique benefits to offer buyers, some are better suited for families than others. From the community atmosphere to location, access to great schools, parks, amenities and more, a strong family-oriented neighbourhood has distinct qualities that first-time home buyers should know about. 

If you’re searching for a great family-friendly neighbourhood in Toronto, here are a few things to look out for. 

High-Quality (and Affordable) Homes

Financial planning is a big part of being a parent. As your largest monthly expense, finding a home that works within your budget is essential. While Toronto isn’t exactly known for affordable housing, there are a handful of neighbourhoods within the city that do have an abundance of safe, spacious, and reasonably priced homes. 

It’s important to keep in mind that financial security is not just about the home’s initial price tag. Before buying a home you’ll want to verify that it’s in good condition, and won’t require major repairs or renovations down the line. 

Overall housing affordability not only contributes to your personal financial health but also factors into the greater atmosphere and dynamics of the neighbourhood. When homes are more affordable, communities see higher retention among residents. In a community with more long-term residents, you’ll find lifelong bonds and relationships between neighbours. As an extension, lower costs of living also help local businesses thrive, providing you and your family with a higher selection of local amenities to enjoy. 

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A Close-Knit Atmosphere

One of the best parts of living in a family-oriented community is relationships. As a family, being surrounded by like-minded neighbours at a similar stage in their life can really make the neighbourhood feel like home. When you’re surrounded by families laying down roots, both you and your family can build long-lasting relationships and take part in a supportive and tight-knit community dynamic.

Access to Reputable Schools

A great family neighbourhood should always have reputable schools, either nearby or within the neighbourhood itself. This may seem fairly obvious, however, it’s worth taking a closer look at why this factor is so important. 

Your child’s school will play an important role in their development, so it’s important to consider the quality of and style of education you’d like them to receive. In addition to the basic curriculum, schools can provide unique pathways for growth through extra-curricular programs, sports teams, and clubs. However, not every school will offer the same kind of programming, so you’ll want to do your research about what opportunities will be available.  

When it comes to getting your children to and from school, distance becomes an important factor. During their early years, you may wish to drop your children off and pick them up yourself, however as they get older, the ability to walk or bike to school becomes a huge benefit. Not only can being within walking distance of their school help you save time, but it can also help you cut back on potential transportation expenses. 

Are you welcoming a child to your family in the near future? Congratulations! Check out our tips for building a nursery that doesn’t break the bank here

Want to know more about our favourite family-oriented communities in West Toronto? Check out these neighbourhood guides! 

Local Amenities 

For families, neighbourhoods with easy access to necessities like groceries stores, doctors’ offices, public transportation, parks, and recreation centres make a great fit. However, in Toronto, there are plenty of neighbourhoods that also offer unique amenities that go above and beyond the everyday essentials. Child-friendly amenities like bowling alleys, swimming pools, arcades, museums, toboggan hills, and skating rinks all offer bonus opportunities for fun! 

Ready to find the perfect home for your family? As West Toronto real estate agents with decades of experience, we can help you accomplish your dreams! Click here to send us an email or call 416-769-6050.

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