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Living in Toronto

Toronto is a boom town. There’s a tremendous amount of new construction and renovation, all to accommodate the city’s growing economy. Attractively situated on the shores of Lake Ontario, the city is a diverse and exciting place to live. The skyline is marked by the distinctive CN tower, but there are lots of other great attractions — an excellent aquarium, St. Lawrence Market, the Toronto island, and many great museums.

High-rises and hotels populate downtown, but it’s out in the neighborhoods where Toronto’s character shines through. Chinatown has markets that are open to the streets, Queens West is home to galleries and artist run boutiques. Toronto has great transit — a subway system, streetcars, extensive bus service, and Go Transit rail lines serving the outer suburbs.

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Walk Score of Toronto, CA-ON

Toronto is Very Walkable

Most errands can be accomplished on foot.

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St. Lawrence Market

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OCAD University

Toronto is the 2nd most walkable large city in Canada with 2,615,060 residents.

Toronto has excellent public transportation.

Find apartments in Toronto's most walkable neighborhoods: Bay Street Corridor, Church-Yonge Corridor and Kensington-Chinatown.

Toronto Apartments for Rent

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Rental info for Huntley Apartments in the Toronto area
from $960
Studio
Walk Score 98
Rental info for Eastdale Apartments in the Toronto area
from $930
1 bed
Walk Score 87
Rental info for Shallmar Apartments in the Toronto area
$1,215
1 bed
Walk Score 82
Rental info for Forest Lane Apartments in the Toronto area
from $1,310
1 bed
Walk Score 70
Rental info for 4190 Bathurst Street in the Toronto area
from $1,268
1 bed
Walk Score 67
Rental info for 5101 Dundas Street West in the Toronto area
from $1,497
1 bed
Walk Score 70
Rental info for McCowan Apartments in the Toronto area
from $985
1 bed
Walk Score 68
Rental info for Applewood Towers Apartments in the Toronto area
from $1,135
1 bed
Walk Score 63

Toronto Neighborhoods

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1 Bay Street Corridor 99 100 - 19,454
2 Church-Yonge Corridor 98 99 - 28,427
3 Kensington-Chinatown 97 100 - 18,458
4 University 97 100 - 7,766
5 Palmerston-Little Italy 95 98 - 13,737
6 Mount Pleasant West 95 92 - 28,443
7 Moss Park 95 99 - 16,358
8 Annex 94 97 - 29,225
9 Trinity-Bellwoods 94 99 - 16,827
10 North St.James Town 93 93 - 17,698
11 Waterfront Communities-The Island 92 99 - 43,352
12 Cabbagetown-South St.James Town 91 95 - 12,021
13 South Riverdale 91 88 - 25,710
14 Roncesvalles 91 95 - 15,074
15 Dufferin Grove 90 99 - 11,460
16 Playter Estates-Danforth 90 97 - 7,545
17 North Riverdale 90 98 - 12,145
18 Blake-Jones 89 89 - 7,801
19 Yonge-Eglinton 89 93 - 10,734
20 Dovercourt-Wallace Emerson-Juncti 88 93 - 34,710
21 Greenwood-Coxwell 88 82 - 14,088
22 Regent Park 88 97 - 9,952
23 Mount Pleasant East 88 81 - 15,995
24 The Beaches 88 78 - 21,235
25 Little Portugal 88 99 - 12,078
26 Danforth Village - Toronto 86 86 - 9,481
27 Wychwood 86 88 - 14,014
28 Woodbine Corridor 85 84 - 11,670
29 East End-Danforth 85 89 - 20,740
30 Yonge-St.Clair 84 86 - 11,590
31 High Park North 84 94 - 21,239
32 Niagara 84 99 - 21,267
33 Willowdale East 84 91 - 45,071
34 Rosedale-Moore Park 84 87 - 20,565
35 South Parkdale 83 92 - 21,257
36 Junction Area 83 82 - 13,972
37 Oakwood-Vaughan 82 90 - 20,995
38 Runnymede-Bloor West Village 81 78 - 9,632
39 Briar Hill-Belgravia 81 91 - 14,357
40 Casa Loma 80 87 - 10,508
41 Humewood-Cedarvale 80 87 - 14,008
42 Don Valley Village 79 76 - 26,780
43 Corsa Italia-Davenport 79 87 - 13,765
44 New Toronto 79 70 - 10,901
45 High Park-Swansea 79 86 - 21,785
46 Willowdale West 78 90 - 14,944
47 Lawrence Park North 78 75 - 14,490
48 Forest Hill North 77 84 - 12,427
49 Leaside-Bennington 77 69 - 16,934
50 Danforth Village - East York 77 79 - 16,696
51 Crescent Town 77 89 - 15,613
52 Lansing-Westgate 77 87 - 14,940
53 Forest Hill South 76 84 - 10,945
54 Henry Farm 76 80 - 11,333
55 Weston-Pellam Park 75 84 - 12,079
56 Etobicoke West Mall 74 58 - 10,898
57 Broadview North 74 78 - 11,660
58 Woodbine-Lumsden 73 84 - 7,791
59 Weston 73 80 - 18,152
60 Thorncliffe Park 73 69 - 19,234
61 Bedford Park-Nortown 73 70 - 23,070
62 Yorkdale-Glen Park 72 87 - 14,725
63 Lawrence Park South 72 79 - 15,082
64 Islington-City Centre West 72 73 - 38,105
65 Long Branch 72 70 - 9,632
66 Oakridge 71 84 - 13,471
67 Birchcliffe-Cliffside 71 65 - 21,827
68 Bayview Village 71 69 - 17,678
69 Mimico 71 70 - 26,270
70 Victoria Village 71 65 - 16,887
71 Englemount-Lawrence 70 81 - 22,121
72 Alderwood 70 59 - 11,849
73 Lambton Baby Point 70 73 - 7,975
74 Ionview 70 91 - 13,063
75 Scarborough Village 70 66 - 16,597
76 Keelesdale-Eglinton West 69 83 - 10,612
77 Newtonbrook West 69 82 - 22,967
78 Caledonia-Fairbanks 69 87 - 9,874
79 Clairlea-Birchmount 69 79 - 24,753
80 Old East York 69 70 - 9,115
81 Markland Woods 69 49 - 10,329
82 Kingsway South 68 74 - 9,140
83 Hillcrest Village 68 73 - 17,632
84 Dorset Park 68 70 - 24,312
85 O'Connor-Parkview 67 70 - 18,305
86 Wexford/Maryvale 67 66 - 27,338
87 Banbury-Don Mills 67 61 - 26,961
88 Stonegate-Queensway 67 69 - 24,759
89 Woburn 66 68 - 53,129
90 Agincourt South-Malvern West 66 76 - 22,198
91 Agincourt North 66 71 - 30,230
92 Maple Leaf 66 68 - 10,131
93 Pleasant View 66 70 - 16,134
94 West Hill 66 64 - 26,548
95 L'Amoreaux 65 70 - 44,939
96 Milliken 65 72 - 27,209
97 Newtonbrook East 64 88 - 16,298
98 Tam O'Shanter-Sullivan 64 69 - 27,449
99 Bendale 64 78 - 27,889
100 Clanton Park 63 82 - 14,610
101 Flemingdon Park 63 65 - 22,166
102 Parkwoods-Donalda 63 65 - 34,636
103 Brookhaven-Amesbury 62 81 - 17,741
104 Black Creek 62 81 - 22,033
105 Eglinton East 62 79 - 22,809
106 Kennedy Park 62 89 - 17,079
107 Beechborough-Greenbrook 62 83 - 6,472
108 Bathurst Manor 61 81 - 15,380
109 Rockcliffe-Smythe 61 75 - 22,280
110 Steeles 61 70 - 24,889
111 Westminster-Branson 61 70 - 25,495
112 Glenfield-Jane Heights 61 72 - 31,341
113 Malvern 61 72 - 45,033
114 Humber Summit 61 71 - 12,604
115 Mount Olive-Silverstone-Jamestown 61 74 - 32,620
116 St.Andrew-Windfields 60 70 - 17,913
117 York University Heights 60 81 - 27,676
118 Rustic 60 74 - 9,927
119 Mount Dennis 59 85 - 13,142
120 Downsview-Roding-CFB 59 68 - 34,876
121 Guildwood 59 61 - 9,825
122 Rexdale-Kipling 58 65 - 10,461
123 Humber Heights-Westmount 58 77 - 10,609
124 Bridle Path-Sunnybrook-York Mills 58 68 - 8,781
125 Humbermede 58 71 - 15,862
126 Bayview Woods-Steeles 57 66 - 13,506
127 West Humber-Clairville 57 72 - 34,242
128 Pelmo Park-Humberlea 57 72 - 8,720
129 Eringate-Centennial-West Deane 57 60 - 18,624
130 Kingsview Village-The Westway 56 65 - 21,704
131 Cliffcrest 54 65 - 15,703
132 Highland Creek 54 67 - 12,971
133 Thistletown-Beaumond Heights 54 74 - 10,124
134 Centennial Scarborough 54 62 - 13,113
135 Morningside 53 66 - 17,573
136 Willowridge-Martingrove-Richview 51 73 - 21,330
137 Edenbridge-Humber Valley 49 70 - 14,911
138 Elms-Old Rexdale 48 70 - 9,531
139 Princess-Rosethorn 48 69 - 11,263
140 Rouge 42 66 - 46,063

Eating & Drinking

There are about 12,758 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in Toronto.

People in Toronto can walk to an average of 3 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in 5 minutes.

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Clinton's

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Rose and Sons

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thumbnail for St. Lawrence MarketProbably the best place in the city to go grocery shopping. Everything is high quality and surprisingly affordable. There's also plenty of great lunch options like Italian sandwiches, churrasco, and fish & chips.

Josh Zivot
on St. Lawrence Market

Transit Score of Toronto, CA-ON

Toronto has Excellent Transit

Transit is convenient for most trips. Find Toronto apartments for rent near public transit.

Public Transit Routes

Toronto has excellent public transportation and about 231 bus, 7 rail, 4 subway and 11 light rail lines.

Transit Time

The map above shows how far you can travel in 30 minutes from Toronto on public transit.

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Toronto has about 179 car shares from Zipcar.

Neighborhood Guides

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Toronto Condo Team

The Toronto Condo Team has become one of the leading selling teams in downtown Toronto, consistently winning top sales awards including being in the Top 1% of all Agents for Condo Sales in the GTA since 2006.

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55 Stewart St

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650 King St W

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75 Portland St

Lenore C L White

I am a Downtown Toronto Realtor passionate about the arts, culture, events, and restaurants. My days and nights are spent seeing what this great city has to offer, and you can often find me in local cafes, shops, or restaurants around my favourite stomping grounds - The St. Lawrence Market.

Ask Lenore about Toronto

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The Distillery

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Gooderham Building

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Rainbow Cinema Market Square

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Bike Score Map of Toronto

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What's It Like to Live in Toronto?

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The Distillery

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Historic Campbell House Toronto

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Petview

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PATH

Overview

You can see Toronto growing before your very eyes -- it in the downtown core construction, in the cranes that mark where new high-rises will stand, in the busy crowds on the streets. The city starts at on the shores of Lake Ontario and reaches 46 kilometers along the waterfront. It shares the same climate with Chicago, to the south – cold windy winters, humid (and sometimes rainy) summers, moderate spring and fall seasons.

The city is home to some of Canada’s cornerstone arts and culture institutions – the National Ballet of Canada, the Canadian Opera Company, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, A major production center for film and television, it jostles for first place with Vancouver for the title of Hollywood North. There are dozens of museums, including the world famous Bata Shoe Museum, and the city has acres of public spaces and parks. Toronto is a big sports town too – it’s home to the Hockey Hall of Fame and the Toronto Maple Leafs. There are four major stadiums, plus, a car and a horse racing track.

Toronto is very proud of their diversity – about half the population of Toronto is foreign born. It’s the second most diverse city in North America.

There’s a large Chinese population, and East India, but there’s also a big Caribbean population and the city has a Carnival like annual festival – Caribana – that draws over one million people.

Financial services play a huge role in Toronto’s economy, but there it’s also a hub for telecom, media, and IT. Rogers Communications, CIBC and the Royal Bank of Canada, and Manulife Financial all have major hubs in Toronto. Fairmont Hotels and Resorts operates out of Toronto, and pharmaceutical brands Bayer and Procter & Gamble.

The University of Toronto is Canada’s largest institute of higher learning, but there are more than a dozen other colleges in the city limits alone. The well known Canada Film Center is here, the Glen Gould School of Music, and the architecturally striking Toronto School of Art (formerly known as the Ontario College of Art and Design).

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Gooderham Building

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SENTINEL RD AT COOK RD

Getting Around

Toronto covers a lot of ground but that doesn’t mean it’s not a walkers city. For starters, there’s the PATH, 30 kilometers of linked underground pedestrian routes lined with everything you need. Using the PATH in the deep parts of winter or the more oppressive parts of summer will keep you walking even when the weather doesn’t cooperate.

TTC – the Toronto Transit Commission – operates the bus, streetcar, and subway lines that serve the greater Toronto metropolitan area, including Mississauga, Brampton, Markham, Vaughn, and Scarborough. There are 12 streetcar lines and four subway lines, most of them centered around downtown and the waterfront.

GO Transit operates bus and commuter rail around greater Toronto – you can even connect to a line that runs to Niagra Falls.

The rail lines are centered on Union Station in the heart of downtown, as are the subway and many of the street car lines.

Because of the mostly flat topography, Toronto is a great city for cyclists. The city is continually expanding their bike network with a combination of sharrows, dedicated bikeways, and multi-use trails. There are bike lockers at several of the main transit hubs but they’re popular – you may have to get on the waiting list. There’s also a bike share program with 80-plus stations. For those that want a car now and then, Car2Go, Zip Car, and AutoShare all operate services in Toronto.

thumbnail for OCAD UniversityOCAD has some really neat architecture. This is a very popular art school in Toronto.

Stephanie Christian
on OCAD University

Neighborhoods

With lots of green spaces and parks, and bordered by two subway lines, Rosedale-Moorpark has some status. There are studio to three bedroom apartments in large high rise complexes with lots of amenities – on site gyms and, in some cases, swimming pools and tennis courts. You’ll find shopping right at the street level, sometimes there’s a supermarket right at the base of your building. Most units have balconies, sometimes with a great city view, and floor to ceiling windows are common. There are few older low-rise apartment complexes, and you might find a unit in one in a grand old home that’s been subdivided.

West of downtown, in High Park-Swansea, there are nice older brick buildings in this neighborhood that’s built around High Park and bordered on one side by Lake Ontairo. This neighborhood is popular with successful young families – you can find units with as many as four bedroom that have parquet wooden floors and attractive common areas.

On the opposite side of town, there’s The Beaches, with a big sandy park right on the shores of Lake Ontario. There are some amazing single family homes here, spacious places with built in cabinets, box molding and other architectural details, beautifully renovated kitchens with brand new appliances – but it will be competitive and candidly, pricey, to land one of these because the neighborhood is so desirable.

The Annex, north of downtown and adjacent to the University of Toronto, has seven Metro stations within a five minute walk. There are open floor plan apartments with in-unit laundry, you’ll find everything from a studio to a large three bedroom apartment.

There are also one and two bedroom apartments in subdivided craftsman style home if living in a big complex isn’t your thing. Some of the older 60s and 70s style apartment blocks have been renovated completely, so there’s modern era architecture, but the amenities are all up to date.

Kensington-Chinatown, Queen Street West, and Ossignton all deny their hipster status, a sure sign of hipster presence. This means lots of great shopping at funky independent boutiques, loads of great cafes and restaurants, and plenty of interesting street life. Housing is completely mixed – there are cool smaller apartment buildings with hardwood floors – mostly walk-up units, though you may find an elevator – big high-rises with balconies and views, and the rare single family home with a yard and a garage. There are also some brand new developments – shiny new condo buildings with great views of Lake Ontario, lots of daylight, and loft style units with balconies big enough to hold a dinner party on.

Toronto’s construction boom means there are a lot of new condos and apartment buildings all over the city. Use Walk Score to find a luxury three bedroom apartment with a view or a classic row home that’s close to a subway station. The Church-Yonge corridor has newer studio and one bedroom apartments, as does the University neighborhood.

With so much urban density, single family homes are a little harder to find, but there are some nice restored houses with gardens in suburbs that are walking distance from the commuter train stations. Closer to the city, you’ll find two bedroom apartments in brick buildings with shared gardens.

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Len Ford Park

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Sugar Beach

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The Rosemont Residences

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Queen's Park

thumbnail for The DistilleryA trip to the distillery is always a treat. Great Restaurants, boutique shops, and independent galleries. Not to mention one of the cities best professional theatre companies (Soulpepper). Visiting in early December gives you the added treat of the Christmas Markets. Trying to recreate the charm and cheer of the German markets, wood stalls, carolers, and oodles of booths with schnitzel and spiced hot wine, all help keep you in the festive mood on cold winter days.

Lenore C L White
on The Distillery

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Queen's Park

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OCAD University

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The Bay

thumbnail for Historic Campbell House TorontoThis is the oldest remaining house from the original site of the town of York. It's one of the few remaining examples of Georgian architecture left in Toronto. It is quite a pretty site to see while walking along queen st.

Logan Christian
on Historic Campbell House Toronto

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