Home & Garden

Is Brookhaven-Amesbury in Toronto a good and safe area for a young family?

  • Last Updated:
  • Feb 3rd, 2021 10:52 am
[OP]
Newbie
Jan 31, 2021
2 posts

Is Brookhaven-Amesbury in Toronto a good and safe area for a young family?

First time poster here, but the wife is an avid fan of RFD! I'm thrilled to be joining the community. =)

My wife and I are first-time home buyers looking to buy a detached in the Brookhaven-Amesbury area.

It seems to be a stone's throw away from TTC, Go, and the UPX lines, and our dollar seems to go very far here.
However, we've heard mixed sentiments regarding the Jane/Lawrence intersection and even more negative sentiments regarding the Brookhaven Public School.

We're first time home buyers, and are new to Toronto, so we're not sure what the communities are like. Additionally, we're looking to stay here for at least 10 years (i.e. for the foreseeable future), and will be raising a family and putting down roots.
It feels like passing up on the home due to the school is sensible, but the value in the area seems unbeatable.

There is a townhouse complex development sort of in the general area, so it feels like the community could be in the up-and-up. Additionally, we've checked the TPS Crime Map and couldn't really find anything remarkably unsafe about the area (downtown Toronto even seems to be far more active).

Our realtor has assured us that the area is in the up-and-up, and with how the market is right now, we would be hard-pressed to find better value.

What does everyone think?

As an aside, Brookhaven-Amesbury, Rockcliffe-Smythe, and Weston are on the table, but we're not quite certain which to go with. For now, Brookhaven-Amesbury is our #1.

Thanks!
5 replies
Deal Guru
User avatar
Oct 6, 2010
14433 posts
8821 upvotes
Toronto
I don't see why you don't check the gta crime maps? Much easier than creating account and long winded post. But no, I'd stay very clear of any areas around the 400/blackcreek/steels/jane and so fourth. Why do you think it's so much cheaper. That should have been your first flag.
DYI difficulty scale:
0-joke
10-no joke

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Deal Guru
User avatar
Oct 6, 2010
14433 posts
8821 upvotes
Toronto
Guess it depends on what your def of safe or remarkable. Maybe in the pocket you're looking is better but everyone has their own idea of safe. Use the 2019 dataset.

Capture.JPG
DYI difficulty scale:
0-joke
10-no joke

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Newbie
Jan 22, 2021
20 posts
8 upvotes
The area itself is ok, we all can’t live in Forest Hill. Lots of amenities and shops around. If the house is in a nice pocket with other houses it’ll be fine.
Newbie
Oct 17, 2017
71 posts
52 upvotes
We live just south, around Jane and Dundas and that's as North as i would go on Jane. As soon as you cross the tracks, it gets progressively worse. I'm not saying there are no good pockets around there, but buyer beware. Even in our area we've had break ins, or robberies in local shoppers/LCBO. so YMMV. For more affordable areas, go west or east of Toronto (Milton, North Oakville, South Ajax, etc). You'd be further in the burbs, but it could be worth it for the schools. Unless you're willing to pay for private, your local school will determine a lot of the opportunities available to your kids. It's worth it to buy around higher rated schools if you see yourself staying there long term.

Top