Neighbourhoods

Reasons to Love Toronto Now: because the Pan Am Games sparked an insta-hood Reasons to Love Toronto Now: because the Pan Am Games sparked an insta-hood

The Canary District, named after the greasy-spoon diner that sat on the corner of Front and Cherry, is a shiny reimagining of the grotty industrial land at the mouth of the Don River. The 14.2-hectare parcel is sandwiched between the Distillery to the southwest and the lush Corktown Common park to the east, but its… Read more »

The Smart Home Buyer’s Guide: how to trade up at every stage of life The Smart Home Buyer’s Guide: how to trade up at every stage of life

By Matthew Hague | Portraits by Norman Wong Whether buying a starter home, a bigger house or a condo for retirement, every real estate investment comes with a host of unique concerns—not to mention the universal fear shared by all prospective buyers of sinking savings into the wrong property. The ordeal can be harrowing, especially without the… Read more »

Editor’s Letter (September 2013): what makes a great neighbourhood? Editor’s Letter (September 2013): what makes a great neighbourhood?

Almost two years ago, one of my neighbours proposed we have a block party. We’d close the road to traffic and all hang out together. Other streets in our neighbourhood did it, he said, and it looked like fun. Why not us? He called a meeting one weekend morning, handed out flyers and invited everyone… Read more »

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

By Andrew D’Cruz | Rankings by Taylor Brydges, Zara Matheson and Kevin Stolarick | Photography by Daniel Neuhaus | Maps by Aleksandar Janicijevic 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… Read more »

Where to Buy Now 2013: the city’s top 10 neighbourhoods for high-return real e... Where to Buy Now 2013: the city’s top 10 neighbourhoods for high-return real estate

By Monika Warzecha | Photographs By Emma McIntyre | Maps By Aleksandar Janicijevic Ten years ago, it was Leaside. Five years ago, Leslieville. Buyers are always looking for the next hot zone—places with great housing stock, lots of green space, good shops and restaurants and, most important of all, high resale value. Here, 10 Toronto… Read more »

Jan Wong: the simmering class war over basement apartments in Brampton Jan Wong: the simmering class war over basement apartments in Brampton

By Jan Wong | Photo Illustration by Bradley Reinhardt I once moved into an illegal basement apartment in Toronto for a newspaper series about working undercover as a maid. At $750 a month, it was the most affordable roach-free dwelling I could find. What’s more, it helped my landlord, himself a cleaner at the Four… Read more »

The Scotiabank marathon ditches the Gardiner in favour of hitting more downtown ... The Scotiabank marathon ditches the Gardiner in favour of hitting more downtown neighbourhoods

Toronto’s omnipresent anxiety about being a “world class city” has trickled all the way down to the route of the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon this October. In a bid to make the race a destination marathon, director Alan Brookes has cut out the factories and concrete of the the Gardiner Expressway in favour of a… Read more »

The newest housing market hot spots are in Scarborough and Etobicoke The newest housing market hot spots are in Scarborough and Etobicoke

Regardless of whether the Toronto real estate market is or isn’t crash-bound, there’s one fact everyone can agree on: overall, home prices are up. Way up, according to a new report put out by MPAC, the corporation that conducts Ontario’s property assessments, which says prices have jumped 23 per cent since 2008. Interestingly, it’s not much-buzzed… Read more »

Editor’s Letter (July 2012): the good, the bad and the ugly sides of Toronto... Editor’s Letter (July 2012): the good, the bad and the ugly sides of Toronto’s condo boom

Back in 2004, when I was in my late 20s, my husband and I bought a condo in Toronto for all the reasons young people typically buy condos: we wanted to be right downtown, close to the things we enjoyed, and we couldn’t afford a house in any of our favourite neighbourhoods. Plus, the ease… Read more »

Q&A: Paul Godfrey, chair of the OLG, is on a mission to bring a Las Vegas... Q&A: Paul Godfrey, chair of the OLG, is on a mission to bring a Las Vegas–style casino to Toronto

By Malcolm  Johnston | Photograph by Mark Peckmezian You were a popular politician, brought the Blue Jays to town, resuscitated the National Post and cleaned up the OLG. Does the uproar over your latest crusade—bringing a casino to town—jeopardize your legacy? Anyone familiar with my background knows I’d never do anything to injure Toronto’s image…. Read more »

Dear Urban Diplomat: What can we do about our semi-detached neighbours poor tast... Dear Urban Diplomat: What can we do about our semi-detached neighbours poor taste in exterior paint?

Dear Urban Diplomat, An eccentric couple just moved in to the other half of our semi. All was fine until they started to paint their front porch lime green and DayGlo yellow. We’re selling our place, and I’m worried their paint job will lower the value of our half. What can we do? —Attachment Disorder,… Read more »

A monster condo project could be headed to the St. Lawrence Market area A monster condo project could be headed to the St. Lawrence Market area

It’s generally agreed that urban planners have done a good job of organizing the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood. With its eclectic mix of condos, subsidized apartments, restaurants, shops and hang-out spots, it’s an example of successful urban renewal, and that’s one reason why it made our “Where to Buy Now” list this year. But now… Read more »

The Chase: a young couple finds a place to party in the west end The Chase: a young couple finds a place to party in the west end

By Monika Warzecha The Buyers: Joel McConvey, a 33-year-old freelance writer and producer, and Amy Butoiske, the 33-year-old manager of the Worldwide Short Film Festival. The Story: McConvey and Butoiske, who lived in a small apartment at Bloor and Ossington, never thought they’d be able to afford a house in Toronto. Then, about a year… Read more »

Which Toronto neighbourhood has the most cheaters? Which Toronto neighbourhood has the most cheaters?

Ashleymadison.com, the “infidelity dating site” (and, it would seem, Centreville zoo fan) has revealed that, in Toronto, the Beaches, Forest Hill and High Park have the most people looking for a little extramarital action. (All three are blue chip real estate neighbourhoods: coincidence?) According to data compiled from the adultery-enabling website’s 400,000 GTA users, Rosedale,… Read more »

Reason to Love Toronto: because Regent Park’s The Citadel dance theatre is now... Reason to Love Toronto: because Regent Park’s The Citadel dance theatre is now a reality

At Dundas and Parliament is a gleaming 60-seat dance theatre called The Citadel. It’s the best thing to happen to Regent Park since the colossal $1-billion neighbourhood revitalization began in 2006, and it almost didn’t happen at all. In 2007, when Bill Coleman and Laurence Lemieux, the husband-and-wife founders of the dance troupe Coleman Lemieux… Read more »