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What are the best ways to get to know and explore different neighborhoods in Toronto to choose one for residential purposes - Parkers Legacy

What are the best ways to get to know and explore different neighborhoods in Toronto to choose one for residential purposes

What are the best ways to get to know and explore different neighborhoods in Toronto to choose one for residential purposes

If you are serious about buying contracting with a Buyers Agent is a good step.They know their neighbourhoods well.They know schools, availability, housing types, amenities, etc.

They can set up a number of viewings at once stream lining the process.The best part is they are paid by the selling agent.You have nothing to lose.

If you are just starting a search think about your commute and narrow down the areas that fit.Toronto is geographically huge so you need to think about transit availability or driving distances.Then visit areas and scout around for features you prefer.

Toronto is like an amalgamation of small towns that have grown together which is exactly what happened.Most have their own business districts and many have distinct characteristics.The TTC, (transit authority), has a trip planner to give you an idea of travel times.

Google maps and others have driving directions.You can get travel times for different times of the day.The 15 minute off peak trip can be an hour or more in rush hour.

Simple…walk outside and see what’s happening.What I would recommend is to first look at your budget and see what areas you can afford.If you are buying check out the MLS listing or one of the real estate sites that tell you what places have sold for.

If you are planning to rent, look at the various rental sites to see what’s generally available and the cost.Once you’ve narrowed down where you can theoretically afford, make a list of the things which are important to you in a neighbourhood; transit, access to highways, schools, restaurants, pubs, playgrounds, walking trails, etc.Next, go out and walk around.

How well does the area conform to your list.Go a couple of different times of day and weekends to get the vibe.Finally, think about how it makes you feel.

Do you feel comfortable and safe vs. getting that slightly uncomfortable feeling?If you feel good, it has things you like and you can afford it, then it’s probably a good place for you.Good luck!