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What areas in Toronto are new parents moving to?

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What areas in Toronto are new parents moving to?

My partner and I have a newborn and are looking for a home in Toronto (sub $2m)...

What are areas in Toronto that new parents are moving to?

Ideally with good schools, good new parent community feel, lots of kids.

THANKS!
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Toronto or GTA?

If the latter the then Burlington is excellent for young families.
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With 2m there are options.

Narrow it down for readers, at least by west, east or north...and do we assume the city proper, so no suburbs?
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Do you have family in the area you want to be close by?
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bczk wrote: My partner and I have a newborn and are looking for a home in Toronto (sub $2m)...

What are areas in Toronto that new parents are moving to?

Ideally with good schools, good new parent community feel, lots of kids.

THANKS!
Lots of options in that range. In no particular order based on my own clients:

Beaches
Bloor West Village
Leaside
Mid Town

All of these meet your criteria.
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Thanks everyone for your suggestions!

Toronto central -- no suburbs yet (although may need to consider soon at these prices)!!
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Id echo RichmondCA

So if looking on MLS map,

Beaches, south of Kingston and east of woodbine (realtors will tell you to be open to outside this but the schools becomes a potential issue)

midtown - Id say stick north of St Clair. If Avenue or Yonge, can go as far as the commercial strips go (good amount north of Lawrence) but if Bayview, or Mt Pleasant, in your price, best to start looking south of Eglinton

BWV - IMO don't get so far north you're in the Junction, again, schools.

I'd add Riverdale or off the Danforth (but be closer to Danforth and west of pape)

I could stretch the recommendations to St Clair around Christie, or maybe very specific spots along the east Danforth, but it would be dropping down levels in one or more ways.

Schools can be tricky. If a home seems a deal compared to others, you may have passed over the border from a desired school to not. Don't trust the realtor on schools, the borders are not straightforward, and vary depending catholic/public. Easy to mix the two up. Use their websites or if it's into Sept, call the school direct.
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RichmondCA wrote: Lots of options in that range. In no particular order based on my own clients:

Beaches
Bloor West Village
Leaside
Mid Town

All of these meet your criteria.
Great areas.
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Lots of families out in Leslieville/Beaches.
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Inventory is super low..might want to check out Junction, surrounding areas of High park, Roncesvalles.... north of Lansdowne lots of new builds are planned, the whole area will be transformed in coming years... Plus has both TTC, GO, airport Express connectivity.
Probably don't need a huge house, if it's small family. As basements are really good use for families, try getting one with laneway garage: something that can be built seperate for rental income.
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Moving with a newborn, eh? I’ll say a little prayer for you. I did it. Never again.
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GTA12345 wrote: Schools can be tricky. If a home seems a deal compared to others, you may have passed over the border from a desired school to not. Don't trust the realtor on schools, the borders are not straightforward, and vary depending catholic/public. Easy to mix the two up. Use their websites or if it's into Sept, call the school direct.
don't realtor.ca listing typically show the school that's in the catchment area?
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chowder wrote: don't realtor.ca listing typically show the school that's in the catchment area?
MLS...not sure.

Housesigma lists the schools by distance, which can def be wrong, at least in York, and I'd not trust distance in Toronto personally. Closest doesn't mean youre in the boundary in York Catholic for ex, and esp true if you are near a Fr Imm only school. You can live across the street from a school in York Catholic that's Fr Imm, but if your kid is in the English stream, their school could be few km away.

I've also seen people mistake the local Public for their school when they desire Catholic. Or trust the listing details, written by an agent who assumed incorrectly with a school.

Toronto I'm not sure if there are similar border oddities, but given how imp it is to parents,, I'd always do due diligence.

Some of the school borders look like they were drawn by a JK student in the school. No rhyme or reason.
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bczk wrote: Thanks everyone for your suggestions!

Toronto central -- no suburbs yet (although may need to consider soon at these prices)!!
For under $2M in central Toronto, you will be looking at an older detached classic 2-storey if you are lucky to get one. Any new recent build will be in the $3M+ all the way up depending on where in central. Otherwise, semi's are going for up to $1.9M depending on renovation.
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bczk wrote: My partner and I have a newborn and are looking for a home in Toronto (sub $2m)...

What are areas in Toronto that new parents are moving to?

Ideally with good schools, good new parent community feel, lots of kids.

THANKS!
with a 2M budget, you should be able to get into mid-town area, lots of choices and very good schools while still being in the city and getting all the amenities without having to move out into the burbs.

lots of young families. Blythwood PS for example is highly regarded, Davisville PS is being replaced etc
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not in GTA but lots of new parents moving there
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Lots of young families in Bloor West Village/High Park North now. For up to two million the house won't by fully gutted and renovated but hopefully pretty updated floors/electrical/plumbing/windows/hvac/kitchen/bathrooms. Well rated schools but to me that just means parents spend time making sure their kids are up to date/ahead on their school work, spend on extra curriculars, tutors etc.

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