Making Sense of Toronto Neighborhoods

Making the choice of where exactly to rent an apartment in a big city is always a daunting task. There are so many factors to be put into consideration, from the amount of money that you are willing to spend on rent to how convenient it will be to move around. The security of the neighborhood and other personal preferences also need to be thought through.

This becomes even more difficult if you are looking at such a large place as Toronto and you do not know where to start. This article is here to simplify the process for you by helping you to make sense of the different Toronto neighborhoods.

#1. Central Toronto

There are few, high end housing units in this area with most buildings being commercial ones. Most of the tourist attractions in Toronto are located here as well making this area an endless hub of activity.This is basically the commercial hub of Toronto. Downtown Toronto which is the central business district in Canada and other commercial districts are located here. It is the area with the highest concentration of skyscrapers in Canada containing the buildings that house the municipal government of Toronto as well as the provincial government of Ontario.

#2. West End

The West end area of Toronto is mapped out by the St. Claire Avenue in the North, Ossington Avenue in the East, Lake Ontario in the South and Humber River in the west. It is made up mainly of quiet residential neighborhoods that are inhabited mainly by people who have recently immigrated into Canada.

This makes it a largely ethnic residential area but it has undergone a lot of growth and revamping in the recent past to make it one of the hippest places to live in currently.

#3. East end

This neighborhood of Toronto is one with contradictions with some of the most affluent areas as well as poorest areas in the city being found here. It is a varied, vibrant town which is largely residential.

The notable areas in the East end of Toronto include the Beaches, Leslieville, Riverdale and East York. The area is majorly defined by its main roads which are Queen St. E, Gerrard St. E, Dundas St., E and the Danforth and which are where most of the attractions are located; as well as the residential streets where inhabitants dwell.

4. Midtown

Midtown Toronto is found in the Old Toronto area, located in between uptown Toronto and downtown Toronto. There are residential areas as well as some shops and restaurants in this section of the city. The neighborhoods in this area boast of some of the most exclusive, high end residencies in Toronto with many high rise apartment buildings and large Tudor and Victorian homes which are among the most expensive living areas in the city.

This area is home to a number of high rise office buildings, a large mall complex, numerous restaurants, multiplex cinemas, high fashion boutiques as well as a thriving retail strip.

5. Etobicoke

This was once a separate city on its own but after the great amalgamation in 1998 it was made a district in Toronto. It is located close to the airport and retains a suburban theme with most of the land in the area being used for single family homes. There is however an exception in the neighborhood surrounding the Islington subway station where high-rise condos and plenty of restaurants and shops are taking over.

6. North York

This was also once a city on its own before it was made a part of Toronto. All the same it still remains a city within a city in every sense of it as this area boasts of its own neighborhoods, attractions and even a university.

It is among the most diverse areas of Toronto as well having some of the most affluent areas in Toronto such as The Bridle Path as well as some of the poorest areas (Lawrence heights, Flemigdon Park) within it.

7. Scarborough

Located on the Eastern part of Toronto, this is also among the once independent cities that were amalgamated into Toronto. It is an area with many residential areas, parks and is also the home of the Toronto zoo. The residential areas have the similar characteristics that are found in most of the suburbs in Old Toronto; however they still retain a characteristic flavor. As a result of being a popular area with new immigrants to Canada it is one of the most diverse areas in Toronto having different religious groups and many places of worship within it.