15 August 2014
Ken Ramsay

Top Neighborhoods To Live In Toronto

After assessing Toronto’s 140 neighbourhoods based on ten factors: housing, crime, transit, shopping, health and environment, entertainment, community engagement, diversity, school and employment – taken from a pool of data which includes, but not limited to, Statistics Canada, the Toronto Police Service, the Centre for Research on Inner City Health, and the Fraser Institute, the Toronto Life Magazine has presented a “scientific” ranking for the top neighbourhoods to live in. Among these many neighbourhoods, the top five are as follows:

1. Rosedale-Moore Park, Overall Score: 72.3


Some of Toronto's wealthiest real estate listings are found in this wealthy and tree-lined neighbourhood. In addition to being home to many of the city's most influential people, Rosedale is also one of the oldest neighbourhoods of Toronto. 

2.Banbury-Don Mills, Overall Score: 70.0


One of Toronto's most well known popular area, the Don Mills neighbourhood encompasses both residential and commercial/industrial sectors. It is popular with families due to its city-suburb feel with beautiful large lots on tree-lined streets and convenient access to transit and highway. It also serves as the head office for IBM Canada Ltd., Global Television Station, the Toronto Real Estate Board and many other major companies.

3.High Park-Swansea, Overall Score: 69.1


 With a lake, a pond, and a river as its natural boundaries and its hilly terrain, winding roads and many mature trees, Swansea is definitely a storybook neighbourhood. It is primarily residential in nature with plenty of high-end real estate, a large number of semi-detached houses and bungalows, as well as a mix of various other housing types.

4.Mount Peasant West, Overall Score: 68.3


Known for it's excellent recreational facilities, shopping districts, and active nightlife, this centrally located neighbourhood is extremely popular with singles, young couples, and families. Homes in Davisville are split by the Mt Pleasant Road, with those on the west side being mostly large two and three story English Cottage and Edwardian-style homes while those on the east side are primarily smaller detached houses and semi-detached houses and bungalows. 

5.High Park North, Overall Score: 67.5


A neighbourhood named after Toronto's biggest park, High Park North, or simply High Park is home to a wide range of people. In terms of real estate, even though there's a diverse housing mix in, families gravitate towards the single-family homes.

*Numbers and Figures are taken from Toronto Life's Neighbourhood Rankings. To view a complete list of rankings, click HERE.