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The Best Places to Live in the City: A (Mostly) Scientific Ranking of All 140 Neighbourhoods in Toronto

The Best Places to Live in Toronto

In Toronto, we develop stubborn loyalties to where we live. We grow familiar with a couple of blocks and identify as west- or east-enders, or as the sort of person who can only live above or below Bloor. We brag that our neighbourhood has the friendliest people, the biggest backyards, the most coveted French immersion school, the greengrocer with the juiciest peaches. But what if we’re wrong? In a city with so many great pockets, and many more improving faster than you can say gentrification, the competition for the title of Number One is cutthroat.

To end the uncertainty, Toronto Life presents the ultimate ranking of the city’s neighbourhoods. We examined 10 factors for each, assigning them a score out of 100: housing (which considers year-over-year appreciation and the ratio of average price to household income), crime, transit, shopping, health and environment, entertainment, community engagement (which factors in voter turnout and beautification projects), diversity, schools and employment.

A team of researchers at U of T’s Martin Prosperity Institute think tank—who have an abiding interest in the growth of cities—helped crunch the data, pulling from a wealth of sources, including Statistics Canada, the city’s exhaustive statistical research, the Toronto Police Service, the Centre for Research on Inner City Health and the Fraser Institute (you can read the Institute’s explanation of their research process here). The goal was to be thoroughly objective, but we also took into account that some factors will always be subjective when measuring the quality of a neighbourhood. To some of us, a truly great neighbourhood has a dozen nightclubs, while to others it has the cheapest houses. We conducted an online poll of Toronto Life readers, who told us what they prioritize when choosing where to live, and adjusted the rankings accordingly: housing is weighted highest, at 15 per cent, crime at 13 per cent, transit and shopping at 11 each, health and entertainment at 10 each, community and diversity at eight each, and schools and employment at seven each.

The results are bound to be controversial. The top 10 are a surprisingly varied group, ranging across the city, from some of the wealthiest neighbourhoods to some of the most modest. What all 10 share is the right combination of covetable qualities. Here are the best places to live in Toronto today.

The Best Places to Live in the City

  • MostlyCivil

    “…and the Fraser Institute.”

    Annnnd we’re done, folks. Thanks for coming. Or did you figure out a way to unwrap heavily biased data?

  • lewarcher

    It’d be helpful if there were a map to show exactly where the other 130 neighbourhoods exactly are. For example, Rouge is #21, and I have no idea where that is exactly. Help us out, Andrew D’Cruz!

  • Lauren Davidson

    York University Heights scored higher than the Annex? Are you guys on acid?

  • pmcgee77

    What a load of bullcrap courtesy of the psudo-academics from UofT.

  • Andrew D’Cruz

    Hmmm… it’s in the print version? But also, the neighbourhoods are the official City of Toronto ones, which are listed here: http://www.toronto.ca/demographics/profiles_map_and_index.htm

  • lewarcher

    I learned a new thing today. Thanks, Andrew! Have now bookmarked that page.

  • disqus_Jrsm4z3XTp

    How does
    Playter Estates-Danforth rank low on transit. Its right by the subway

  • scottld

    Most of the top 10 are areas that I would not live in as they are too white, too car dependant and too full of lawyers. I am not trying to start a class war but frankly these areas are boring. Also the geographic boundaries are a bit skewed with areas that locals would not consider connected included in the same map (High Park Swansea is totally different depending where you are) and the Mimico photo is totally non representative of that area. I kind of hate your 1980′s like obsession with ranking communities against each other but frankly I found the rankings very unscientific and a bit laughable.

  • brian

    leslieville??

  • wklis

    Mt. Dennis! We’re number 140, we’re number 140, we’re number 140!!

    At least until the Crosstown LRT opens, we could get bumped to 139!

  • moleski

    Ha! This is good: the Beach is ranked ahead of the Annex in the entertainment category (score of 81 versus 31 for the Annex), because the Beach has Ribfest and the Jazz Festival in the summer, while the Annex only has theatres, museums, bookstores, live music venues, a university and a college every day of the year.

    Go back to reporting on the shenanigans of the ultra-rich Toronto Life, you’re better at that.

  • Sarah

    Bloor and Runnymede = Bloor West Village
    Annette and Runnymede = Upper Bloor West
    Dundas and Annette = Junction

    Why don’t you get your information from the locals instead of “whatever this review is”
    - Ahem’ garbage.

  • MostlyCivil

    Your math is wrong. Either you din’t do a fact check, or you don’t care.

    .Let’s take Oakridge, which you rank at 136 out of 140.
    The top three weighted indicatiors make up 39% of the value. For Oakridge, these are
    Housing: 92
    Crime: 43
    Transit: 43

    Interesting. You wouldn’t expect the 5th worst neighbourhood to rank in the top third of two of the three key indicators, and and the middle third in the other. So we can expect the next three that make up 31% to be right at the bottom, right? No?
    Shopping 102
    Health 133
    Entertainment 111

    That’s curious. The next two, worth 16%, must be dead last., right? No?
    Community 104
    Diversity:112

    And finally, the last two, worth 14%…
    Schools: 134
    Employment: 140

    Exactly one indicator, with the lowest weighting of all, falls below your overall ranking.
    This is such unbelievable bullshit. There is no math that can make this work
    Fix this..

  • Janet Fields

    Wow! People are getting quite angry with respect to the listing! I actually thought it was pretty accurate. I think taking into consideration schools, shopping, entertainment, crime, etc. this list looks about accurate. Further, as I am not an expert, I leave it to those that have been doing this for many many many years to know what they are doing!

  • scarboroughresident

    What a suprise. All of these neighbourhoods, except the scarborough one, have lower or much lower % of visible minorities than the city average. Is that representative of this magazine or the readers.

  • joshua

    Is this ranking based on Toronto life reader population? lol

  • Colin Krane

    high crime value = good?

  • KIRFed

    The numbers do work if you look at the actual scores in each category rather than the ranking in each category.

  • X24P

    Malvern gets a 96. Explain that one.

  • http://womenshotgunningbeers.com/ Sousedbergin

    Junction 9/100 in entertainment? Uh…….we have two excellent breweries, street events, restaurants, movie nights? ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?

  • moleski

    Valid, if you’re using Mayor Ford’s definition of “entertainment”.

  • scarboroughresident

    This whole thing is bizzare. Banbury-Don Mills was given a diversity score of 92. 64% of the population is from Europe and British Isles.

  • http://womenshotgunningbeers.com/ Sousedbergin

    Mimico is 9th and Roncesvalles is 80th?

  • http://womenshotgunningbeers.com/ Sousedbergin

    I sincerely believe you could randomly rank neighbourhoods and come out with a more accurate picture of Toronto. As always you wonder exactly which city Toronto Life is writing about.

  • OgtheDim

    I would be interested to know on what criteria they base their transit numbers?

    Bayview Village has 3 Sheppard Line Stations, including the lovely Bessarion station, 5 bus lines around the edges, and ends up near the very bottom.

    Seems based on % of people who live within x metres of y transit trips per minute.

  • Guest

    Not sure what you mean. the “actual scores’ would follow the same trend.

  • OgtheDim

    Pardon me, but do you have any Grey Poupon?

  • hey

    Bendale, Malvern, and Jane/Finch are 3 of the better neighbourhoods to live in!!?? This officially ends my subscription with you

  • estta

    ??? How do you get a high transit score? I live in Lambton Baby Point, a 2-min walk to Old Mill Station, 5-min walk to Jane, and it got a 31.

  • Milo

    How is Health and Environment measured…? what about air quality?

  • Bradd

    SOUTH RIVERDALE THUG LIFE 4EVA!!!!

  • Ben Smith

    The divisions of the neighbourhoods are a bit strange. 2 different high parks that include roncesvalles and the junction in the “good aspects” but for some reason both these neighbourhoods are down in the 80s and 90s?? While “high park” (roncesvalles) and “high park north” (junction) are 3 and 5? Doesn’t make any sense. High park north stops south of Annette street. High park does not include the roncesvalles strip..

  • Ben Smith

    Still trying to figure out how Rosedale has a diversity ranking of 77 and an employment ranking of 99. Who works in Rosedale? What a bizarre and confusing “study”.

    Honestly the title of the article should be “whitest places to live in toronto.”

  • Manana

    LOL…no boundaries? Where are the boundaries?

  • iwill

    I never saw the appeal of the Annex…

  • Kevin Bromstein

    Confusing. Kingsway South, whihc has one of the best JM schools in the city (Lambton Kingsway) and a decent High School (Etobicoke Collegiate) got the lowest possible ranking for Schools (1.0). How is that scientific?

  • Functionalist

    I never knew that Jane and Finch, recently renamed University Heights, was a better place to live than the Annex. Good thing we have Toronto Life for such ‘scientific’ revelations.

  • terrykb

    Wow, I’ve spent all these years living in Leslieville (aka “South Riverdale”) and I never knew it was the most crime-infested neighb in the city. With a shocking zero out of one hundred! So in case anyone is interested to see literally the most dangerous community possible you need only hop on the 501 and cross the don valley…INTO HELL! What a joke.

  • Savannah

    What idiot put this together and how were they unaware that Leslieville has existed for longer than Toronto has, or that it most certainly isn’t part of “South Riverdale”? If you can’t even get that right, how could your list possibly have any credibility? Sweet Jesus.

  • Functionalist

    Do we still tar and feather people in this town? I bet we could find the supplies in Kensington Market.

  • Functionalist

    Yeah, they have to try to appeal to suburbanites in Ford Nation in order for the magazine not to fold.

  • mono no aware

    Look at the overall map and it’s not so slanted. Only 2 Scarborough neighbourhoods in the top 20, but 11 of Scarborough’s 25 neighbourhoods are in the top 40. 14 of 25 are in the top half of the city. And they are generally in the more diverse parts of Scarborough too (ie most of these ‘good’ neighbourhoods are not along the lake).

    I’d say if anything this map shows how underrated Scarborough is in general.

    Here’s the breakdown of Scarborough neighborhoods (25 in total):

    1-20: 2
    20-40: 9
    40-60: 2
    60-80: 3
    80-100: 2
    100-120: 3
    120-140:4

  • mono no aware

    going to the zoo?

  • mono no aware

    these are the borders used by the city of toronto.

  • mono no aware

    Seems about right. The best neighbourhoods are generally the urban wealthy areas. After that are a mix of up and coming urban neighbourhoods (Little Italy) along with highly upwardly mobile (diverse) suburban areas (Rouge River, etc.). The more stagnant areas that are brought down by high housing prices after that. At the bottom are the urban/suburban squalor areas.

  • Rob Corrigan

    Who still calls it “The Beaches”…

  • scarboroughresident

    City of toronto. On the city’s website has a list of all the neighborhoods and boundaries used for this article.

  • scarboroughresident

    I think they mixed up the entertainment.and diversity scores. The Nike sports complex.is not that entertaining.

  • Çapulcu MacLean

    Hope you brought a stash of those little plastic bags. Cuz you’re gonna need ‘em. What a steamer.

  • CWhite

    I’d be interested to have some details on the method for ranking. At least a few data points seems quite off (example: Yonge-Eglinton scored near the bottom for shopping). I feel like i might have wasted the last 15 minutes reading this.

  • iwill

    theatres, bookstores and live music is everywhere. Get over yourself Annex.

  • HenryFarmResident

    I feel as though these results are a little skewed because of the variety of sizes of the neighbourhoods. For example Henry Farm was given a shopping ranking of 0 because the neighbourhood starts just below Sheppard. Just above Sheppard Avenue is Fairview Mall, which is considered to be part of Don Valley Village. So even though many “Henry Farm” residents can walk to Fairview mall in 5 minutes we still get a ranking of 0 in the shopping category…This is probably true of the school ranking as well but I am not as familiar with that.

  • mukwah

    High Park North is definitely not car dependent. You can get anything you want and do anything via bike or stroll. Fantastic neighbourhood. #smugbastard

  • ThistletownKen

    Glad to see Toronto Life acknowledging that Toronto exists north of Bloor Street.

  • MapSnob

    Those maps are horri-awful.

  • geekyn00b

    I 1/2 agree with you. Anyone getting bent out of shape over the Rotman School of Management deciding what makes a community good or bad needs to consider the tagline on their webpage: “the best education you can buy.” This is a sorta-scientific (in that someone got some data and put it in a machine) attention getter from one of UTs biggest money funnels. I give this community ranking all the weight you’d give an online opinion poll conducted by 1 newspaper (none). If this came out of one of the more social science oriented departments, that’d be a different story imo.

  • geekyn00b

    I know, right? I think it’s somewhere between the “Greenwood – Coxwell community” and The Beaches. Otherwise known as not exactly Riverdale.

  • seleno

    How am I supposed to know what my neighbourhood is called? I’m not from Toronto and I can’t click on a large sized version of the map. So annoying, not everyone is from Toronto and knows everything about Toronto, it’s not the centre of the universe.

  • X24P

    It’s rated lower than the Island, which is probably the least accessible place in the GTA.

  • http://levynewsnetwork.wordpress.com TheDanLevy

    Check City of Toronto’s website here: http://www.toronto.ca/demographics/profiles_map_and_index.htm
    I thought the same thing at first and I was born and raised in Toronto so don’t feel as if this is a not-from-Toronto thing. I had no idea my neighborhood was named what the city says it is named and have NEVER heard anyone refer to it as such in this context.

  • SCHRODINGERTHECAT

    Fifteen years ago Toronto Life published similar rankings for 2 or 3 years.
    People picked holes in the rankings, left right and centre.

  • seleno

    How am I supposed to know what my neighbourhood is called? I’m not from Toronto and I can’t click on a large sized version of the map. So annoying, not everyone is from Toronto and knows everything about Toronto, it’s not the centre of the universe.

  • MapSnob

    Agree about the map. Disagree about it being the centre of the universe. Cause, you know, it is.

  • John Atticus

    It wouldn’t matter if you knew what your neighbourhood is called.

    The rankings are tied to the city’s development-districts they use for urban planning purposes which don’t correspond to historical neighbourhood boundaries (why they chose these districts for the study is beyond me) so you have situations where actual neighbourhoods are split into two districts, and other hoods are joined with separate ones.

  • John Atticus

    How the hell did they come up with their entertainment rankings?

    Parkwoods-Donalda, which is at the 401 and DVP, is ranked #5 for entertainment, while Little Portugal (which covers Dundas and Ossington) is ranked #59.

    This makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. What kind of entertainment is there up there? Most restaurants are chains or nothing special, (aside from Casa Manila, this area is void of the usual strip-mall mom-and-pop awesomeness found in Western Scarborough for example). There are virtually no bars, and no entertainment venues to speak of.

    How is there more entertainment than one of the top 3 entertainment districts in the city that also features one of the best parks in the City (Trinity Bellwoods)?

    This makes absolutely no sense.

    What an utterly worthless study that no one should pay attention to.

  • John Atticus

    According to the study Island is #4 on diversity, even though it’s probably the most monocultural community in the whole city.

    Remember – those houses can’t be bought or sold, they’re inherited, meaning they’re still within the same almost-entirely Anglo families that owned them back in 1950.

    And yes, Regent Park, Moss Park, and many suburban neighbourhoods where over 60% of people aren’t white are way down below 120 in diversity rankings.

    What a bunch of garbage.

  • Peeeps

    Holy misleading! TL should be embarrased by this publication. Who the hell came up with this? 1. Some of these places arent Toronto. Scarborough, Etobicoke, are NOT Toronto. They should at least be weighed differently. (like -15 points for not realllly being a Toronto neighbourhood)The average house prices are WAY off. Perhaps they should have called it a GTA list. And cant someone be consistent of the boundaries of these neighbourhoods. I have fallen into 4 different neighbourhoods in Toronto Life over the years and havent even moved. Get your shit striaght.

  • Peeeps

    maybe you should get out more.

  • Peeeps

    riiight. because every neighbourhood has a Lee’s Palace, Bloor Hot-Docs, Mirvish Village, designated historic neighbourhoods, subway access and some of the best dining at all price ranges. if only i knew this earlier. (insert eye roll due to ignorance here)

  • Peeeps

    aside from being “too white” i get what you are saying….but Id hardly call Toronto “white” at all.

  • Peeeps

    ATTENTION: All newcomers to Toronto- Apparently Yonge and Finch is an up and coming place to live. (beats Trinity Bellwoods) just dont leave your house. ever.

  • ZippyButter

    The Toronto.ca map represents the cities attempt to arrange and define neighbourhoods for administrative purposes. The boundaries are based on historical precedent, but it can be fuzzy at times. In some cases, the boundaries are just plain wrong.

    For example, Parkdale was an incorporated village with easily confirmed boundaries. If I’m east of Sorauren, West of Dufferin, north of Queen and south of the railway, I’m in Parkdale.

    Bizarrely, in this map I’m considered part of Roncesvalles? You
    know I’m right here. Why is there a South Parkdale if there isn’t a North Parkdale?

  • SCHRODINGERTHECAT

    The results should be publish in tables , which would make it easier to find the contradictions.

  • Alex

    Isn’t downtown considered a part of Toronto?

  • Hankwank

    I have never seen a 3 bedroom house sell for under $1 million in Rosedale in the last 5 years. Where did that average come from?

  • Krissy

    Well unfortunately the GTA became part of Toronto a few years ago with something called amalgamation. Which is a big reason why our Toronto mayor isn’t from Toronto and could care less about actual Toronto. Unfortunately we’re stuck with it.

  • Krissy

    A big problem with the ranking is that the Annex scored 1/100 for schools. It seems that being 5 min walking distance to a bunch of schools, including UofT and George Brown isn’t good enough. There’s even some UofT buildings in the Annex, but that apparently doesn’t count either.

  • Yas

    These neighbourhoods are great if you have a dual income but what if you’re single?

  • iwill

    there are plenty of co-ops and condo’s too…

  • iwill

    I think Trinity Bellwoods has twice the crime as Yonge and Finch. Maybe you’re thinking Jane and Finch? It also has a subway!

  • iwill

    I was in Lislieville on Thursday afternoon. Saw two crack whores on Queen right by the park where kids are supposed to play. Nice.

  • sallyw

    I was wondering the same about Banbury-Don Mills. I have never seen a house sell for less than $700K in the last few years, especially in Banbury where house prices start at $1 million. Where did that average come from? Needs some serious updating.

  • Seriously

    Sort the list by schools. #83 has a school rating of 40. #84-140 all have ratings of 1. How can this list be published without even a spot check of the results to make sure that they reflect reality?

  • ngc_ytz

    I live steps away from the corner of Woodbine and Lumsden(/Mortimer)… and am left somewhat speechless by our top-of-the-list “Crime” category rating. Our neighbourhood is “edgy” and rough-around-the-edges, but I certainly don’t feel that it is high in crime. Can TL indulge us with more information about how they calculated the “Crime” ranking?

  • Happy in the Valley

    TL readers are some of the most critical I have come across. Some people are getting awfully worked up defending their communities. If you take a moment to actually read how the data was collected and weighed, you may not take such personal offence to the results. Comments that the top rated neighbourhoods are “predominantly white” and “boring” are a horrible mis-statement. I live in the #2 rated area and am one of only two Caucasian families on my boulevard of over 100 homes. So we aren’t Ossington or the Annex with non-stop bars and restaurants but I used to live there and gladly traded that in for affordable/quality housing and protected green space. I can’t tell you what this has done for my happiness. As the article states, this is bound to be controversial and everyone’s priorities are different when choosing a neighbourhood; but take the material in context and you may learn something new.

  • Guest

    I am also confused about this ranking. I live in this area as well, and I’ve never thought of our neighbourhood as crime-ridden. How is it that Woodbine-Lumsden has more crime than certain Rexdale areas or even Regent park? I hope people don’t use this list as a guide when moving to a new ‘hood. I can assure you Woodbine-Lumsden is not the actual ghetto of Toronto.

  • ngc_ytz

    The people who live there, and anyone who isn’t snooty.

  • ngc_ytz

    WAIT – I think I’ve got it backwards; a HIGH number is a HIGH (i.e.desireable) rating, which means that W-L is the BEST neighbourhood for crime.

    That being said, like I said before, W-L is still edgy and rough-around-the-edges… so now I STILL perplexed at the way the “Crime” ranking was compiled.

  • KR

    Re: Annex and schools, I dont think they mean universities. I lived in the Annex, it’s not that great. Yes they have a bookstore, yes they have Lee’s Palace, yes they have some sushi, big whoop!! People that live in the Annex are pretentious. Get out and explore other neighbourhoods.

  • john varin

    I always thought of Mimico as a trailer park with lobster traps and Newfoundland flags. Just bang on the door and hear all the empties rattle!

  • Daver

    At least all of the neighborhoods are actually IN Toronto. BlogTO would have included neighborhoods from Vaughan, Markham and Mississauga.

  • Daver

    That picture of Wexford looks great. Even better than the real thing.

  • iwill

    Just about everyone who doesn’t live there,

  • iwill

    And didn’t some guy get beaten and sliced to shreds then dumped on the railway tracks like 9 months ago? Police said it was once of the most violent deaths they’ve ever seen,

  • Abby Dessuky

    Wexford # 5 , you got that right. I have always suspected this place is an undiscovered gem until recently where the price of the Bungalows are going through the roof. I moved to this area a few years ago with the intention of moving out a few years later when my kids grow up. Guess what ? I am still here 10 years later. It is close to all methods of transportation,shopping and quite placid streets. When I first moved here it was mainly full of seniors. It is changing now as families with children are moving in.

  • Warren

    Lansing-Westgate gets a 2.0 for Transit? Living right next to the 401 and a stone’s throw to the Sheppard-Yonge Subway interchange is ridiculously inconvenient, I suppose.

  • Westonite

    While I am reasonably happy with my community’s ranking (not completely horrible), the rankings for some criteria is bizarre. We have some amazing stately homes on at least 3 streets which cause most to go “WOW!” and houses here sell pretty quickly because of our great access to the rest of the City. And I don’t get how Jane and Finch area (which is segmented into 4 pieces) could rank higher than us with the exception of one area. But as rankings go, I am sure we were lower last year, so things are looking up! Can’t wait for next year’s ranking and a suggestion to TL: do a comparison from previous year so that people can see if their neighbourhood went up or down. But it’s all subjective — we know we have a great community! It’s all a matter of perspective…

  • angela73

    I think there are two issues here: 1. The impact of crime is underrated. 2. The raters didn’t actually know the neighbourhoods that well. I moved from Weston to Princess-Rosethorn several years ago. The former is rated much better for shopping and transit. Other than more dollar stores and ethnic grocers in Weston (rarely frequented by Toronto Life readers I suspect), both neighbourhoods are equally bad. Transit is the same, perhaps marginally better in Princess-Rosethorn since the express to the subway is on a faster road and the airport is more accessible (by either car or TTC). What kills Weston (and Malvern, etc.) is the crime. High crime neighbourhoods may have superficially more community involvement, but are generally poorly kept (dirty, noisy, graffitti, etc.) There are just so many break-ins and shootings you are willing to accept. My impression of the list is that Toronto Life was revealing its general bias (well off, non-suburbans with a token “diversity” quotient).

  • No Body

    In which decade of Toronto’s history does Jane/Finch score a 3 (!) for crime, while Etobicoke Westmall an 83?! I think someone accidently put the 8 in the wrong listing…

  • vistarox

    There are plenty of non-university public schools in the Annex.

  • Donald Blair

    Very surprised that Toronto Life went beyond their cozy snotty confines of the downtown core to find the best neighbourhoods in the city. Did they get lost on the way? :p

  • Hydroid

    And we are suppose to feel your pain?? ……. A-ha-a-ha-ha!!!!!!

  • EmployedRosedaleResident

    Clearly, you don’t know what you are writing about.

  • Stivin

    40% of the neighborhoods get 1 point oh out of 100 for schooling… damn… even home school is better than 1.0.

  • scarboroughresident

    The #2 neighbourhood is 60% “white”, including Europeans. It has a lower number of visible minorities than the Toronto average. While certain blocks (The Donway) may have a higher concertration overall the neighbourhood is pretty white.

  • scarboroughresident

    Revising, 83 is good 3 is bad. It’s score not ranking.

  • Razz Lethe

    Well that should add to the entertainment ranking at the very least. Moving there in December–happy to know that any crimes I feel like comitting will fit right in with the neightborhood.

  • iwill

    Lee’s Palace? What are you 16? Mirvish Village? Seriously? Cockroach infested dives on Bloor Street? Just for your information, these types of places actually bring the Annex score down.

  • jeff

    Wow, were you guys just throwing darts at a map to pick everything after 10?
    Forest Hill South 31 and Forest Hill North 90?
    Clanton Park is 133 and Parkdale 86???
    The best is that Downsview which is right beside Clanton Park is 28 and is hardly a neighbourhood cause it’s a giant park and industrial area!!!!

    What an absolute joke.

  • live6050

    Are the raw statistics available? Anyone know where?

  • RSinTO

    So like many other regions that have things across the street but loose out, Wychwood gets a 1.0 for schools even though it has one of the best junior schools across the street from one border and a high school across the street from another. And how does that area, with Wychwood Park, Bracondale Hill etc. get a 9.0!! on housing?!? Try buying anything in that area for less than $700k or so.

  • anew

    Born and raised in Toronto, my work and social life has taken me all over the city for many years. I’ve been everywhere in Toronto.

    Wychwood: 65, Wexford/Maryvale: 6, Trinity-Bellwoods: 41, Bendale: 25, Lambton Baby Point: 78, Agincourt South-Malvern West: 13.

    These rankings are a joke but then again so is our current Mayor; the times we live in.

    P.S. Jane & Finch is now apparently renamed University Heights . . . hilarious!

  • K White

    This study is a disaster. One glaring example, Danforth-EastYork is ranked 13th in Transit but has 0 subway Stations. I guess it gets its high ranking because it is attached to Danforth-Toronto and is in walking distance of that neighbourhood’s 5 Subway stations (as well as the City’s unofficial Eastern Transit hub: Pape). So what’s Danforth-Toronto’s transit rank? 75th!?!??

  • Dutchie

    Cabbagetown serves me just great its number 1 in my books

  • dawna henderson

    Where is leslieville?

  • VictorianShuter

    High diversity and employment? They’re probably referring to ‘the help.’

  • gonzo123456789

    you’re full of shit but frankly who cares?

  • gonzo123456789

    dufferin grove gets 2 for environment when its one of the best parks in the City (it was even written up in the NY Times for christ’s sake, but then you guys wouldn’t be reading that would you)

  • gonzo123456789

    the kind of people take seriously these articles DO NOT take public transit disqus!

  • gonzo123456789

    if in doubt you live in Rosedale

  • gonzo123456789

    aren’t there some strip joints at 401 and DVP?

  • Jim

    but it’s say “average house price $527,900″, so the “house” including co-ops and condo???

  • MHF

    South Riverdale – last place on crime? How?

  • the waitresses

    Parkdale Cntrl & Brockton Village

  • ZenScout

    How, exactly, do about half of the city’s neighbourhoods rank a 1% in Education? Is it education of the residents? Educational opportunities in the neighbourhood? How pleasing to the eye the school grounds are? EQAO (the most biased and non-standardized test ever) scores?

    I wouldn’t even call this survey pseudo-scientific, since there seems to be no information as to how the stats were compiled and what factors were considered for each one. First time I’d bought Toronto Life in a LONG time. Thanks for reminding me why I stopped!

  • ZenScout

    Or don’t, and then the rabble that actually believes bs rankings like these will stay out of great neighbourhoods like Oakridge, leaving the rest of us to enjoy our shawarma in peace…

  • MostlyCivil

    Nah, they see railway tracks and they’ll run away, screaming. I’m not that worried. They’ll never find the new bakery and the Bangladeshi place.

  • Hankwank

    Let’s include government housing replacement costs

  • disqus_yLI28bwHeh

    I think that means there is NO crime :)

  • Shortyone

    Henry Farm has always been known as one of the best kept secrets in the GTA and you guys just confirmed that. We have a terrific neighbourhood association, great school, lovely walking trails, friendly neighbours, terrific shopping, 15 mins to anywhere, and low crime all tucked into tree lined streets. Perhaps the next time you do this article you might want to pay us a visit? We would be happy to show you around.

  • Sara Lanthier

    So New Toronto is 91 and Mimico is 9 – yet no one, not even the majority of people who live here know the difference. How does one block drop you 90 spots!

  • James

    Sarah, south of Annette, west of Keele, east of Runnymede, and north of the park is actually called High Park North, as the article rightly suggests. Lived there 7 years now, am indeed a local, and never heard of ‘Upper Bloor West’.

  • Daniel

    This survey is so inaccurate, I took it upon myself to register just to write that. I’m familiar with many areas listed on this survey and many categories if not all are waayyyyy wrong in there ratings of particular area’s. This is a sham. sigh.

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  • relaxinto

    Total garbage. The only empirically objective measure of the quality of a neighbourhood is price of the homes….because price considers all of the factors this study wishes to rate/rank and applies it in a subjective manner. The dollar is the final arbiter!

  • Franc Gregorin

    When was the last time you were there?

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  • John Masterbator

    That’s where you should want to live. I’d rather live with the white folks as opposed to Jane & Finch with all its sketchbags and criminals. White people are great we stole this country from the Indians and made it what it is today

  • John Masterbator

    Newfoundland is far superior to all this garbage in Toronto. Why don’t all you dirty townies fuck off somewhere! Toronto is trash

  • John Masterbator

    There isn’t a single neighbourhood in Toronto that is liveable. The whole city is full of douchebag wannabe clowns that have never seen a forest and wouldn’t know how to block, split and stack a cut down tree.

    You arseholes think that Toronto is the centre of the universe but it’s really a total wasteland.

  • John Masterbator

    No such thing as a “too white” neighbourhood

  • John Masterbator

    There are no good places to live in Ontario. Toronto is full of the worst filth imaginable

  • SafetyDave

    Too many NON-WHITES. Start culling “diversity” and make Toronto Canada’s Finest City again. Now it is a cockroach hole, thanks to diversity.

  • johnbernier

    You’re forgetting the white guilt agenda thats being pushed by the liberal extremists. makes them fell forward thinking and enlightened.

  • johnbernier

    Welcome to Detroit bruh.

  • johnbernier

    there’s tons of meth labs too.

  • oldschoolsouthsidemimico

    hahahaha the photo of mimico is not very representative of the area. i should know i live right by that house and have my whole life. there is a small stretch of picturesque cottagey mansions on lakeshore inbetween royal york road and symons. west of royal york there are more apartments. and east of symons is where the mimico southside apartments start. there are now many hipsters and young people with money in the area trying to start families, lots of people have been calling mimicos apartments “the great wall of mimico”. the buildings are old but these people fail to understand without these buildings mimico would lose its individuality and lots of the charms and nuances about the neighborhood people like would be lost in a sea of white typically canadian box stores and plazas with some expensive independant buisnesses mixed in. it bothers me that people want to make mimico out to be something it isnt. its a great neighborhood but it is not the “western beaches” as toronto life would have you believe. it is a mixed very multicultural area with its own range of social issues, poverty and drug/alcohol addiction have left there mark on the area and there are many prostitutes drunks and drug dealers/addicts out at night. however those issues doesnt mean it cant be named one of the top ten neighborhoods, cause i certainly think it was deserving of the spot it got, i love mimico for what it is not what toronto life would make it out to be. if you are coming to mimico with the idea of it being similar to high park or the annex or mount pleasant you are in for a very big surprise. especially if you come at night ahaha. i support keeping mimico ungentrified, over the years i have come to know and love many of the people here that would be lost if gentrification hit hard in mimico. it is real community out here we don’t need starbucks, or metro, we have mimico bagel and nofrills thank you very much! the hipsters will come and go but the strip isnt theres, the strip and the southside belong to the people who live on it. wall of mimico? those buildings ARE mimico. we keep it friendly out here everyone i meet is nice and sociable except for a few fiesty crackheads who wanna rob u when u see em. as far as gangs go there are some gang members but they keep to themselves for the most part. lots of people are out on the shore everyday chilling with there friends and drinking and having good times. i never understand why people wanna change it, its perfect

 

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