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Top 10 Reasons You'll Love the Toronto Beaches Community

What makes The Toronto Beaches Canada’s Happiest Community?

The Toronto Beaches is a great place to live! It’s a fun, safe and 'inclusive' community. Here’s my Top 10 List ‘Why You’ll Love Living in the Toronto Beaches’.

Toronto Beaches, love, beaches, The beaches, the beach1. It's inclusive - accepting - open minded

Not just 'tolerant' - accepting. In other words, you'll find people from different countries, careers, religions, political stripes and sexual orientation, all cheering on their kids at the soccer games. It's not that everyone is a 'best-buddy', just that labels and categories don't create barriers to good relationships.

2. There's a great sense of Community in The Toronto Beaches

What I mean is, there's a sense of 'we're all in this together'. You get to know your neighbours and look out for them. People turn out for community events. Mingling with your neighbours at a street party, a  5K run, or Christmas Tree/Menorah lighting event is just plain fun. The Toronto Beaches has a relaxed vibe and there are enough local clubs, sports teams and volunteer or special interest groups that you're always meeting new people.

3. The Lake

On those really hot, sticky days of summer, when it's warm enough that you can actually swim in it, Lake Ontario is heaven. It's also beautiful to look at, year-round. When the wind blows, the kite-boarders paint the sky with their colourful kites. Stand Up Paddlers (SUP Boarders) and sailboats are a regular feature. That could be YOU! What they say about 'Lake Effect' is true, too. Lake Ontario keeps the Toronto Beaches community at least 5 degrees cooler than the rest of the city in the summer and a bit warmer in the winter. Nice.

4. The Beach - The Sand - The Shore

The Toronto Beaches has about 3 KM of (mostly) sandy beach wrapped around us, from one end of our neighbourhood to the other. It's a Godsend to thousands of people who flock here from all over the City of Toronto to swim, play volleyball or just cool off. On hot days it's swarming with people of all ages, from dozens of different countries. If you ever forget how attractive our community is - they'll remind you!

Kew Beach runs from Silver Birch (Balmy Beach Club) as far as Leuty Ave (the Leuty Lifeguard Station) It's clean, sheltered by breakwalls, and monitored by Lifeguards during the summer. Great for swimming, learning to SUP (stand up paddleboard) or just playing with the kids. Some locals go swimming at the foot of the street every day.

Woodbine Beach gets my vote for the best beach in the entire City of Toronto partly because it has a long gentle slope over a sandy bottom. Since the land-side of the Beach stretches over a kilometer long and at least 150 meters deep, it never seems overcrowded. The Toronto Beaches water quality is tested daily - and it's really clean, (boasts the international Blue Flag designation for clean, safe Beaches)

4. The 3.0 Km Boardwalk: The focal point of The Toronto Beaches

Runs from the foot of Silverbirch Ave, past The Boathouse, The Balmy Beach Club, 2 Lawn Bowling Clubs, Kew Gardens Tennis Club, The Summerville Pool, along Woodbine Beach in a crescent that ends up on the East  side of Ashbridges Bay Park, by the Yacht Clubs. You'll never know what you'll find on the boardwalk. Joggers, of course, and dog-walkers (on leashes unless you go into the fenced 'dog-park'), but there may be musicians, jugglers, Irish dancers, Thai massage, martial arts, yoga classes, or artists just off the boardwalk. You can count on running in to your friends and neighbours.

5. The Martin Goodman Trail

Martin Goodman Trail is just one part of The Waterfront Trail, which extends 900 kilometers from Niagara -on-the-Lake to the Quebec border. In Toronto, MGT stretches about 20 km, from the Humber River in the west to the Beaches Park in the east, running parallel to The Boardwalk as it passes through The Toronto Beaches. The smooth pavement makes it perfect for rollerblading, cruising your 'longboard' or biking for miles.

6. Queen Street East - The Main Street of The Toronto Beaches

Queen Street East in the Toronto Beaches was chosen the Best Main Street in all of Ontario by TV Ontario in 2002. It's like the main drag of the small town I grew up in...only better. It's big enough to have great retail shopping and restaurants, but small enough that you still meet your neighbours when you're out. It really feels like a small town inside the big city.

7. Kew Gardens Park

When I think of Kew Gardens, I imagine a vast, green oasis with mature trees and springy grass, leading up to a picturesque band shell gazebo - right in the middle of The Toronto Beaches. Others might remember the Annual Toronto Beaches Christmas tree/Menorah lighting, with kids anxiously awaiting the arrival of Santa. For others, it's all about the sprinkler park, the baseball diamond or the family-reunion-styled end-to-end picnic tables. Regardless of what you use it for, it's great!

8. The Toronto Beaches International Jazz Festival

This completely free outdoor community event is the Toronto Beaches civilized answer to a mardi-gras.  It's a family-friendly 4 day summer street party and stage event that attracts tens of thousands of people each year. And it brings together some of the best Canadian and International jazz talent and top-flight musicians from rock, funk, soul, blues, latin, afro-cuban and swing music. Most of all it brings together friends & neighbours and showcases the Toronto Beaches Community. The main drag, Queen Street, is closed to traffic for the event. Successful? When the Louisiana Tourist Board sets up a booth here to attract visitors, you know you've arrived.

9. Toronto Beaches Real Estate

Wildly diverse in its architectural styles, large, upscale family homes sit cheek to cheek with small bungalows, row houses, duplexes, low rise apartments, new build condominiums and infill housing. In other words, Toronto Beaches real estate offers something for everyone. Of course, prices are higher the closer you get to the Lake and true Lakefront properties are rare - and priced accordingly.

Toronto Beaches property values are expected to continue to rise steadily but not exponentially over the next few years. The Toronto Real Estate Board Statistics say that at roughly 500K to 3 Million, prices are already above the average price for Toronto Real Estate, but demand continues to increase just the same. Get in while you can afford it! More Toronto Beaches condos (low rise) are being built to meet the demand of mid-range buyers and local empty-nesters who want to stay in the area.

10. Toronto Beaches Schools

If you have kids of any age, there are great schools for them in the Toronto Beaches. From community-funded or privately run daycares, to highly ranked public schools, alternative schools, and our local Malvern Collegiate High School, there is great education available regardless of where in the Toronto Beaches you live. The Toronto Catholic School board offers public education as well. Since schools change over time, be sure to check the web page above for the school district your home falls into.

There's so much more I'd like to share about living in the Toronto Beaches Community but I've run out of space. If you have questions, just fill out the form below and I'll send along a quick reply.

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