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Toronto's Best and Worst Neighbourhoods, According To Toronto Life

21 September 2018
Kevin Hartley

A dynamic and diverse city, Toronto is one of the most multicultural cities in the world. Regularly touted world-wide as one of the best cities to live in and the reasons why are numerous.

Toronto Life magazine has ranked all of the city's 140 neighbourhoods according to a series of factors. They examined data such as community health profiles, crime statistics, school evaluations and census data to come up with a list that is sure to sow disagreement among city residents who love their neighbourhoods.

Coming out on top is the Runnymede-Bloor West Village which received high scores in categories such as crime, transit, housing and health to unseat the Yonge and Eglinton area from the #1 spot.

In my opinion, however, these types of lists are flawed. Firstly, there is no amount of data or analytics that can take into consideration subjective human preferences. Secondly, the mapping of neighbourhoods used by Toronto Life does not necessarily mirror what I as a realtor, or what you as a citizen would consider the boundaries of said neuighbourhoods. For example, Leslieville…which seems like a distinct neighbourhood to me…is rolled up in The Beaches, while the Upper Beaches neighbourhood crosses into three of Toronto Life’s maps, etc.

Still, and that said, I’m delighted to see that using the data based metrics, pretty much all of our east end Toronto neighbourhoods ranked in the top 50, with many in the top 10-30.

Ultimate East End Neighbourhood Rankings

  1. North Riverdale (Includes parts of Greektown, East Chinatown and Riverside)
  2. Danforth (Includes parts of Greektown)
  3. Playter Estates-Danforth
  4. The Beaches (Includes Leslieville)
  5. Danforth-East York (Includes parts of Greektown, Pape Village and Woodbine Heights)
  6. Old East York (Includes parts of Pape Village and Todmorden Village)
  7. East End-Danforth (Includes parts of the Upper Beaches and Beach Hill)
  8. Blake-Jones
  9. Greenwood-Coxwell (Includes parts of Leslieville and Little India)
  10. Woodbine Corridor (Includes parts of the Upper Beaches and Beach Hill)
  11. Woodbine-Lumsden (Includes parts of Woodbine Heights)

The magazine’s website also has a function that allows you to make a custom list, weighing certain factors differently by adjusting a series of slider bars relative to each factor’s importance to you; Housing, Saftey, Transit, Shopping, Health, Entertainment, Community, Diversity, Education, Employment.

But Toronto Life's own rankings aren't the only, or best, way to determine the best neighbourhood in the city. So take it all with a grain of salt or better yet, call me, we’ll grab a coffee tour around and let you draw your own conclusions.

Let me know what you thought of the list, and if a move to "a new 'hood in da 6ix", is on your horizon, please get in touch. 

Thanks for reading. Questions or ideas for a future blog? Feel free to contact me here.

Image Photo © Toronto Life

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Kevin Hartley, Broker is a Toronto based real estate Broker with Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate | Signature Service, Brokerage. @Home is his lifestyle blog, an expression of his passion for home keeping though MAKING (Recipes), DOING (DIY), BEING (Health/Wellness) and DWELLING (Home Ownership, Sales & Maintenance).  Content not intended to solicit clients under contract.

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