Moving on up, to the gay side!
September 5, 2010 11:34 AM Subscribe
Living in Toronto's gay village, what to pay/expect/experience?
posted by Ceci n'est pas un sockpuppet to Home & Garden (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Hey all, if you've seen my previous questions, you know that I'm just out of my first relationship, which lasted 5 and half years. Although Toronto is my home city, I met my ex out of town at school, and don't really have many gay friends aside from some I've known since high school.
I'm alone in the apartment I shared with the ex, and though it's a large, cheap apartment, I don't really have much connection to the neighbourhood, only one friend nearby, and it's quite isolated. The idea of spending the winter here alone is already driving me batty.
I need new people, new experiences, and maybe a new location. I was at a party in the gaybourhood last night and had a great time, met a lot of new people, and was struck by how close everyone lived to each other. I've never defined myself by my gayness, and so have mostly avoided the area aside from the odd night out, but starting to reconsider.
What is there to know about living in the village? What is the social scene like? I'm very not ready to date, and hooking up has never really appealed to me, but just the community of being surrounded by other gay folk is appealing.
How much could I expect to pay in rent? I'm currently paying just under 800 + utilities for a 2 BR, would be looking for a 1BR, hopefully with room to breathe and entertain. Not looking to spend much more, but if utilities are included I could go $100 - 250 higher I guess. Any buildings to check out/avoid?
Finally, what are the hidden gems of the village, ie shops, quiet bars, etc? I like an occasional dance party as much as the next fella, but I am very much not a party boy, just an adorable dork who happens to be gay.