Midtown Neighbourhood Comparisons

When you’re on the hunt for a new home, there is a lot to consider. Do you want to live near a school? Transit? Which amenities matter? Is a one-bedroom in your budget? Do you think a two-bedroom is a better idea if you’re thinking of starting a family soon? Other factors include easy access to the highway and of course, the cost.

We took a look the various neighbourhoods in midtown Toronto, and did a bit of a comparison:

The Annex


Very close to Hillcrest Village is the Annex, which borders Dupont Street, Bathurst Street, Avenue Road and Bloor Street West. It’s a vibrant neighbourhood and home to many University of Toronto students, artists and professionals of all ages. It’s considered one of Toronto’s most elite neighbourhoods and the Annex houses, built between 1880 and 1910 are examples of Victorian, Queen Anne and Richardsonian Romanesque architectural styles. Houses range from $300,000 to over $1,000,000 – meaning there’s often something for everyone from all walks of life.

Dovercourt Park


Located close to downtown Toronto without actually be in the downtown core, Dovercourt Park borders Dupont Street Dufferin, Ossington Street and Bloor Street West. Homes in the area start at, on average, $300,000 – with many of them being single family homes-turned apartments-turned back into single family homes. Architecture buffs would recognize the style as Edwardian. There are a few public and Catholic schools in the area, as well as a variety of shops and services. The nearest subway stations are both the Ossington and Dufferin stations – both within walking distance of most homes.

Forest Hill

Forest Hill is considered one of Toronto’s most prestigious neighbourhoods – home to two of Canada’s most revered private schools – Upper Canada College and the Bishop Strachan School. The neighbourhood is also home to some of Toronto’s most beautiful mansions making it one of the most scenic areas in the city – think of green hills, beautiful lawns and little parkettes. Homes in the area are definitely more expensive than other neighbourhoods in midtown Toronto – ranging from $800,000 to over $1,000,000. All the homes are very beautiful – some because of an old bylaw which insisted that each house in the area be designed by an architect and have a tree planted in the front yard.

Deer Park


Another neighbourhood with beautiful homes and a lovely landscape is Deer Park, which has St. Clair Avenue going right through and touches on both Yonge Street and Avenue Road. It’s also home to one of Toronto’s busiest shopping and entertainment districts – Yonge and St. Clair – which some would say adds the perfect balance to the area. Most of the homes here are detached and semi-detached houses, ranging from $600,000 to above $1,000,000. There’s also a range of luxury condominiums strewn about the area – many with beautiful balconies that overlook the neighbourhood.

Hillcrest Village


Ahh, home sweet home to The Nest Condos! Hillcrest Village is also home to some of the prettiest streets in Toronto, and people often boast about how whimsical the area is. Close to downtown Toronto, and connected to the transit line, Hillcrest Village continues to attract new home buyers. Homes in the area, which include mid-rise condos, range from $300,000 to over $1,000,000 which is perfect for everyone looking to own a new home. Being on St. Clair West, those who live in the area are also close to some of Toronto’s coolest cafes and shops as well as Wychwood Barns, one of the city’s top community centres.

Featured image via Peter Grevstad

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