Communities

Are you thinking about moving to the city of Toronto? Maybe you are already a resident and are thinking about switching from one neighbourhood to another, or maybe you are just curious when it comes to what it is like to live in the city of Toronto. Well, before you draw up those house plans, contact a realtor, or look anywhere else, take a look at the information we have in this series about Toronto communities.

In this series, we are going to take a look at a lot of the different places that make up the residential sections of the sprawling metropolis of Toronto. As you might already know, the term communities can refer to many different geographical areas in a place as big as Toronto. Condos in Brampton might only be found in a certain area, but there are many areas in Toronto where you will find a diverse mixture of housing. Before we get into the series, then, let's take a look at some different ways to define community in the city.

In large scale terms, one could be talking about the former towns which make up the city of Toronto today. These communities were formerly cities themselves, with all the infrastructure and defining characteristics which that entails, until they were amalgamated into the City of Toronto in the 1990s. These areas include North York, Etobicoke, East York, Old Toronto, York, and Scarborough. Realty opportunities in these areas differ vastly and we will see how throughout this series.

A step down on the scale are the actual neighbourhoods which exist within these communities. As you may expect, given the existing structure of those towns before being amalgamated into Toronto, each one had a distinct set of subdivisions. Some contained the higher priced homes, and some catered specifically to the working class. Today, many of those former cities include communities with a broad range of different housing options, such as those found in Toronto condos that exist side by side with businesses and are just a few blocks away from some of the richest neighbourhoods in the city.

Of course, there are also communities which are exclusive to one type of housing option. Many neighbourhoods have single family stand-alone structures only, while the busier downtown centres of all the former municipalities naturally lend themselves to high-rise condominium structures. The older communities in particular tend to be well defined and have interesting histories, which we will look at in this series.

Finally, big cities such as Toronto have redefined what communities are, and we will take a look at that in these articles as well. A neighbourhood used to be something one thought of on a horizontal plane; they would generate outwards from a beginning point. The prevalence of high rise condos in the city today has put a new spin on what a community is, however.

Whether you are interested in moving or just in the history of the city, a look at the different communities of Toronto can be truly fascinating. The information we include in these articles will be sure to help you in your quest for further information about the neighbourhoods in the city!

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