Toronto, the Six, has been attracting young, successful people to the shores of Lake Ontario for decades. Now more than ever, this hot spot has become the place to live for millennials and young professionals thanks to its thriving tech community and welcoming, highly inclusive attitude. The pulsing heartbeat of Canada’s largest city is alive with arts and culture, exceptional dining experiences, exciting nightlife and of course its vibrant neighbourhoods.
However, Toronto’s neighbourhoods are exceptionally diverse, often making it a challenge to know where to begin one’s hunt for a home. Whether you are looking to buy, or rent, if you are single or a young professional, there are some areas that are definitely preferable to suit your lifestyle. Here we explore Toronto’s five best communities that appeal to the young and successful.
Home to the midtown crowd this area has long been known as the place to live and be seen for yuppies. While this word hasn’t been tossed around since the early 90’s, Yonge-Eglinton was and still is the area for young up and coming professionals ready to lead the good life. It is known for its attraction to singles earning it the nickname “Young and Eligible.” The area lives up to its name with a large amount of people attracted to the impressive assortment of luxurious rentals, as well as condos that are springing up at a rapid rate.
Yonge street in this area is home to posh boutiques and five-star restaurants, with beautiful, highly desirable streets boasting mature trees and quiet large homes. While the main drag is hopping with activity, the sleepy side streets make the neighbourhood very livable. The booming condo business here has made it the place to watch for the hottest pre-construction projects and the area is giving downtown condos a run for their money. Best of all it is moments to the Yonge subway line so you can be at work in about 15 minutes. The area hits all the high notes for conveniences with over 100 shops, restaurants, bars and cafés within walking distance. It is also very bike friendly. The area is so self-contained you even have your own local movie theatre.
2. Liberty Village
Liberty Village hits all the right notes when it comes to what young professionals and singles want. It is hip, perfectly nestled between the lake and the thriving areas of King and Queen Streets West and within easy walking distance of its own tiny community of bars and restaurants. It is condo central with new buildings popping up on Strachan and there is even a Metro in the heart of the small 43-acre area making grocery shopping a snap.
While it can be pretty congested traffic wise, because it is so self-contained, you really only have to leave the area to get to work -- it’s a quick walk to King to catch the streetcar. Libertyville is unique in that it was once a highly concentrated industrial area and sits right on the train tracks for the Lakeshore GO train. However, this adds to its charm as the old factories have been turned into trendy shops and restaurants, surrounded by towering condos and a selection of townhouses. Liberty Village has become popular for startups in the tech and design sector making it an attractive option for the artsy and brainy. The interesting mingling of Victorian red brick factories and modern glass and steel buildings make this a trendy spot with a truly urban vibe.
3. King West Village
Exactly a block north of Liberty Village, King West is an attractive area for the Bay Street professional as well as young professionals who love the idea of walking or biking to work. This area is the hub of Toronto nightlife with thriving entertainment and clubs. King West is the preferred area for singles because there is little here for families, keeping it adult-centric. It is like Libertyville in that it offers a high concentration of condos in a pretty small area.
However, what attracts many people to King West is the low-rise condo conversions that have taken over some of the city’s older businesses and manufacturing spaces. These rare finds offer a one of a kind living space for those looking for edgier alternatives to Toronto’s cookie-cutter condos and townhouses. Right in the heart of Toronto’s Entertainment district you can catch the latest theatre productions, grab dinner and drinks on the many patios in the summer or dance the night away at an endless selection of clubs. Shopping is found just north on Queen Street West and the TIFF Lightbox theatre is also right there if you want to catch a non-mainstream movie.
Toronto’s Harbourfront was cool before anybody realized it, as one of the first Toronto areas to build towering condos. The highly desirable land made it ideal for urban homes with unparalleled views of the lake to the south and city to the north. Harbourfront is the idyllic location with no worry of new towers blocking your view since these towers sit right on the lake. Accessible by the LRT from Union and Bathurst streetcars, you also have the Toronto ferry docks at your feet. It’s just a quick ride to the islands in the summer perfect to cool down, take in the sights, have a picnic, sunbathe on the beaches or enjoy a drink at one of the few establishments there.
You are also near little parks, lovely galleries and in the hub of many of the city’s best events. It is pedestrian and bike-friendly with a small selection of shops, bars, cafés and restaurants along Queen’s Quay. Theatre lovers and avid readers can enjoy interesting productions and events at the Harbourfront Centre, and you can also just chill on a park bench watching the activity in Toronto Harbour. The Toronto Music Garden offers free concerts in the summer as a bonus.
Toronto has one of the most vibrant and welcoming LGBTQ communities in North America located in the heart of the Church-Yonge corridor at Church and Wellesley. Minutes to every convenience, this is a charming community with an eclectic selection of shops, cafés, bars, and restaurants along Church. This is a community where people are free to be themselves in a homey neighbourhood that leads a duo life. The daytime is bustling with day to day activities and at night the streets come alive as the bars fill up with locals and visitors alike. Enjoy drinks, music and dancing into the wee hours of the morning and be upfront for the best views of the city’s annual Pride celebration. It has a wide selection of high-rise rental buildings, a smaller selection of condos as well as quaint side streets where you can find some excellent Victorian homes.
These are just examples of the many diverse and exciting neighbourhoods Toronto has to offer, young professionals and singles. Whether you are buying or renting the onlywith.ca team can help you find your ideal home perfectly suited to your lifestyle. Reach out to our team today.