Toronto is such an amazing and diverse city. Our population is huge yet our local communities function with the intimacy of villages. As a realtor, knowing what makes a neighbourhood tick is part of the job. Obviously information about demographics, schools and transportation are valuable, but it’s more than that. A neighbourhood is really about vibe and lifestyle.
I want to do an ongoing feature, sharing secret info on some of Toronto’s best neighbourhoods.
I work across the city, but specialize in North Toronto. First up is Sherwood Park.
This family and DOG friendly community sits north east of bustling Yonge and Eglinton. It is known for the mature tree lined street, deep lots, ravine trails and being a walkers paradise. Neighbourhood socials are common in Sherwood Park as various events are posted on community Facebook pages. For example, Keewatin Avenue hosts an annual street sale, food truck dinner social, movie night and Christmas carolling event.
Transportation is a key factor in defining a neighbourhood. Sherwood Park boasts an 86 transit score with short walk to Yonge and Eglinton subway station and access to the Mt Pleasant Express bus downtown. Schools also add to a neighbourhood’s vibe. Excellent private and public schools surround Sherwood Park. As an example, North Toronto Collegiate Institute is recognized for it’s state of the art facilities and top ranked academic performance.
This community has a variety of thriving small businesses and larger retailers. Here there is no need to jump in the car. Within walking distance you can grab a coffee from Istanbul Cafe or get sports clothing at Higher Ground. Two of my favourite small businesses in the heart of Sherwood Park are The Homeway- a delicious brunch spot at Erskine and Mt Pleasant and in spring time Bob’s Garden Centre has an amazing selection of annuals for the garden.
I want to focus on local and what makes Toronto neighbourhoods great. If you have a neighbourhood, small business or entrepreneur you would like featured, let me know. I love knowing about local hot spots and appreciate supporting the small businesses making a difference in their neighbourhood.