Top 6 Family Friendly Neighbourhoods in the City

The trend used to be that once you started a family you would move out to the suburbs and have a large house with a large lot to raise your family. That trend has changed and because of social, economical, and financial reasons more and more families are looking to stay in the city and raise their children. Here is a list of some of our favourite family friendly neighbourhoods in the city based on the community, schools and proximity to the downtown core

The Beaches

The Beach is the closest you can get to a resort town within a large city, families love the small town feel of the neighbourhood and friendly vibe. Located next to the water with tonnes of trails and parks it also is a close proximity to the core and as well has a lot of great local stores and restaurants. With its annual Jazz and Craft Festivals there is always tonnes of activities for families to enjoy. 

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Full of large Parks and many amenities - Daycares, Schools, Recreation Centres, Shopping along The Danforth, Restaurants, and easy Subway access Riverdale is a dream for many families. With tonnes of large homes on tree-lined streets it is becoming a less affordable neighbourhood but many families are continuing to choose it as home. 

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With a huge revitalization over the last 10 years Roncesvalles continues to be a family favourite neighbourhood. With many shops along Roncesvalles Ave and easy transportation to the downtown core many people are choosing this neighbourhood has the perfect spot to raise their children. One of the family favourites is Sorauren Park that offers a great children’s playground, rec centre, farmers market, tennis courts, baseball diamonds and a large off-leash dog park. 

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Over the last few years many families have flocked to Leslieville because of more affordable house prices. With a great sense of community and many recreation centres Leslieville is now one of Toronto’s most popular neighbourhoods. Walking distance to shopping, dining and entertainment along Queen Street and with a close proximity to the downtown core Leslieville will continue to be a family favourite. 

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Bloor West Village 

A very popular and family neighbourhood in the west end of Toronto, Bloor West Village is known for its great schools, and close proximity to TTC, shopping, dining and plenty of recreation. Having a very friendly charm amongst its tree-lined streets it is close to many parks, including High Park and is a favourite for people with small children. 

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High Park 

The centre piece of this neighbourhood is the 400 acre park in which the neighbourhood gets its name. Beautiful Victorian homes line the streets and families love the many recreation activities and children’s playgrounds that are in the park. Directly on the subway line and the close proximity to shopping and dining makes this neighbourhood very family friendly. 

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