Save me from suburbia!
August 23, 2014 11:31 AM Subscribe
So, our neighborhood has never been the awesomest in terms of violent crime and drug stuff (in Toronto, btw), and some sudden recent changes are about to make it even less awesome. We have little kids. We bought this house ten years ago as a "starter home we'll sell in two years" and just... never left. Now we'd like to leave. But where do we go?
Partner and I both work in industries that require access to downtown. Partner is leaning towards moving to, like, Pickering. I'll admit, the real estate prices (and the wide lots! and the bungalows! and the back yards!) are appealing... until you look at the walkability score, or google map what's nearby (hint: Tim Hortons). I do not want to be in a giant house that is far from everything.
I am leaning towards finding a walkable neighborhood in Toronto, not necessarily on a TTC line, but where one could conceivably get a taxi home after a show without breaking the bank. I want to prove to partner that we don't have to live in a dark hovel with no back yard to stay in the city. I've been suggesting that we fluff the heck out of our house, hire a realtor, and hope for one of those listings to come along that sells before it's really listed on MLS.ca. Partner has convinced himself that there's nothing in Toronto that we can afford that will be a step up from our semi-detached 3 bedroom with back yard and new garage.
Our budget is $650k. Tell me where I should be looking. I want: a move-in ready detached house, to be able to see our friends sometimes (they live all over the GTA, mostly on subway lines), to be able to go gawk at the hipsters on Ossington Ave without it taking 90 minutes each way to get there (via TTC), to be able to walk to a park AND a cafe (ideally not a Coffee Time) within 15 minutes.