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Old 05-29-2021, 11:22 AM
 
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I’m thinking of moving to Toronto in September from Chicago and I would really appreciate help identifying neighborhoods to live in. I’ve only seen Toronto as a tourist and we can’t visit easily with the closed borders and lockdowns. We are a married couple, 30s, 2 elementary school-age children. Some things we’re looking for:

Walkable enough that basic errands can be accomplished on foot or bike (grocery, coffee shops, playgrounds, bars, etc.)

Kid-friendly- plenty of kids playing outside, kid-friendly events, kid-friendly restaurants. And safe (note coming from Chicago), I prefer not to live near gang culture, gun clubs, drug houses, or lots of drunk people. We’ve already had to explain why 6 drunk Santas vomited or urinated in front of our house to our kids and I don’t want to have that conversation again.

Welcoming community- We won’t have any friends in Toronto and hopefully the right community will help us connect with others more easily. We love how our current neighborhood is very community-centered. We have lots of online and offline gatherings and people share everything from kids toys to leftover food.

Housing: In terms of house type, we'd prefer a house, townhouse, or duplex over a high rise. Hoping for 3 bedrooms + private outdoor space for our plants and pets for <4,000 a month (either buy or rent)— this number is really high compared to Chicago prices but that's what I was told to expect. Ideally, I’d love all this for $2500k a month but I’m not sure if that is possible in GTA.

Commute, we’re looking for <35 minute drive to downtown but open to a longer distance. I’ll be working longer hours at my new job and my QOL is better when I can make it home easily for different events.

Other random stuff: I hate rats, racists, and mosquitos. If I can avoid these things while living in a larger city I would be extra happy.

Am I describing a unicorn neighborhood? Any that particularly come to mind? Any websites or resources or other subreddits I should join? Any services that help people navigate neighborhoods or schools that aren’t realtors? I really appreciate your help.
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Old 05-29-2021, 12:09 PM
 
Location: B.C., Canada
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You mentioned "I’m thinking of moving to Toronto in September ..... I’ll be working longer hours at my new job ......" - it sort of sounds like you haven't made up your mind yet but you have a sponsor and a potential new job lined up already and you know exactly what hours you'll be working if you accept the offer?? Are you maybe getting an employer sponsored and arranged job transfer from Chicago to Toronto, or do you have a different employer in Canada has agreed to sponsor you?

I'm just asking because you never mentioned whether or not you've got a sponsoring employer and if you've already applied and been approved by Immigration Canada to work and live in Canada. If you haven't got that all set up and confirmed yet then before jumping the gun asking about the right neighbourhood for your family you might want to start here first.

https://www.canada.ca/en/services/im...tizenship.html

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Old 05-29-2021, 02:16 PM
 
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You mentioned "I’m thinking of moving to Toronto in September ..... I’ll be working longer hours at my new job ......" - it sort of sounds like you haven't made up your mind yet but you have a sponsor and a potential new job lined up already and you know exactly what hours you'll be working if you accept the offer?? Are you maybe getting an employer sponsored and arranged job transfer from Chicago to Toronto, or do you have a different employer in Canada has agreed to sponsor you?

I'm just asking because you never mentioned whether or not you've got a sponsoring employer and if you've already applied and been approved by Immigration Canada to work and live in Canada. If you haven't got that all set up and confirmed yet then before jumping the gun asking about the right neighbourhood for your family you might want to start here first.

[url]https://www.canada.ca/en/services/immigration-citizenship.html[/url]

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Yes, an employer in Canada has agreed to sponsor us. I know what the jobs will require since its similar to my current job. So yes immigration is sorted, getting paid in Canadian dollars and not US, but still need to accept the job. I'm trying to make sure we can afford the move without a significant decrease in our quality of life.

Thanks for the link, even though immigration is sponsored there are still a lot of things we need to do.
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Old 05-29-2021, 02:28 PM
 
Location: B.C., Canada
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Thanks for clarifying that. Sorry I can't tell you anything about Toronto since I live far away from there but will wish you good luck and welcome to Canada if you choose to accept the new job.

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Old 05-31-2021, 05:33 AM
 
Location: Toronto
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<35-minute drive limits you to Etobicoke, North York, East York, or neighborhoods within the Old City, like Riverdale, Leslieville the Beaches, and other neighborhoods. The area around Kingston Rd. and Woodbine may also be good. Also check the Junction, Eglinton West of Yonge and the neighboring streets.

Some parts of Eastern Mississauga and Islington Village may also work.

I think $4000/month can get you a decent place within the city. There are lots of areas and I think a local realtor will be the best person to consult.
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Old 06-25-2021, 08:37 PM
 
Location: Toronto, ON
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If you want activities for the kids I would say mid-town, Mount Pleasant / Davisville areas. I live in North Riverdale, which is also a great area with a lot of families.
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Old 06-26-2021, 05:12 PM
 
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If you want activities for the kids I would say mid-town, Mount Pleasant / Davisville areas. I live in North Riverdale, which is also a great area with a lot of families.
North Riverdale is one of the best family neighborhoods in the city, IMO.

Man, I remember when you could still rent a house there for $1500/month and there were crackhouses on Riverdale Ave. Wasn’t that long ago, it’s just that the city has changed SO fast.
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Old Today, 09:31 AM
 
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The GTA is massive so it's really a question of what you value you most. The issue here is that cheap rent and walkability don't often go hand in hand when you need a 3 bedroom Plus. Given you requirements, you might want to check out Vaughan, maybe an area like Thornhill, Woodbridge, or somewhere near the Metro Centre subway station. It's not the most exciting area but there's a high concentration of townhouses like this and you can easily find something suitable for $2500-3k a month with outdoor space.

It has a lot of kid friendly activities and it's somewhat walkable... somewhat lol. No gangs or anything like that, can let the kids go outside and run around with no worries about their safety. Good luck!
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