Toronto has always had its fair share of hip and happening communities – those gems of art, culture, indie businesses and street-cred. Homebuyers interested in living in or near such neighborhoods require more than just a roof over their heads – they want a community where artists, students, mom-and-pop shops, restos and galleries thrive. They want a community – not just a neighborhood. They want to participate and they want to engage. So, where are those happening hot-spots right now? Read on for a look at four of Toronto’s trendiest neighborhoods.
Queen Street West
Toronto’s Queen Street West community was given a recent shout-out by no less than Vogue Magazine as the second-best place to find the “hippest street-style in the world.” In its September 2014 issue the iconic magazine ran a spread entitled, “Global Street Style Report: Mapping Out the 15 Coolest Neighborhoods in the World.” The neighborhood was recognized for its concentration of “indie patisseries, homegrown labels, and hidden-from-view galleries.” With such a ringing endorsement from the world’s foremost tastemakers, there is little doubt that this hotspot delivers everything required from a trendy borough.
When it comes to street-cred, students have it all figured out; that is why The Annexe is number two on our shortlist of trendy spots to nest in Toronto. Roughly encompassing the area surrounding the University of Toronto, the area abounds with cheap eats, book stores and rep houses and other forms of entertainment. Although primarily filled with student housing, growing numbers of people are snapping up real estate to convert back into single-family homes given the area’s proximity to downtown, the large, tree-lined streets and the beautiful properties that are available. If you don’t want to spend your evenings at home and you want to be in the heart of the action, then The Annexe is definitely the place for you.
Another trendy Toronto neighborhood is The Beaches. Encompassing the beaches of Balmy, Scarborough, Kew and Woodbine, the popular stretch downshifts from the frenetic vibe of the first two hotspots on this list into something far more relaxed. Catering to those who want a laid-back setting and lifestyle services such as yoga studios, cafÃ©s, specialty shops and holistic healing centres, The Beaches also boasts a fantastic boardwalk, biking trails and lovely parks.
Probably one of the most captivating neighborhoods is that of The Distillery district. Formerly home to the city’s distilleries, the gorgeous collection of Victorian industrial buildings has been transformed over the last ten years into a veritable museum of repurposed functionality and is now home to brilliant craftspeople and artisans and is considered the city’s premier destination for arts, culture and entertainment. Even National Geographic Travel was impressed enough by the neighborhood to include it in its piece entitled, “A Virtual Walk Through Toronto.”
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