definitely St Clair. Bloor & Dufferin is close to Lansdowne, there's sketch around there, there's general buminess, there's not really any nice places to walk/jog (unless you like CHristtie Pits), but there is a mall nearby full of young moms who smoke.
If I had the choice, I would definitely choose St Clair. Nice shops, good eats, close to university subway line, nicer area for walking/jogging/riding bikes, tons of little neighbourhoods with lots of trees and cute houses.
I would assume you would choose according to which apartment is better.
There is more shopping on St. Clair (food, groceries and crap) but at Bloor and Dufferin, you're close to the subway and the mall.
Both can be sketchy depending on what street you pick.
Also where do you work??
Cuz seriously, either one is pretty much the same. I would choose according to which HOME is better, not neighbourhood.
I worked in both areas for years. Both have sketch, both have their good points. I've never had a problem in either except for the drive-by shooting near Dufferin and St. Clair. But that's more west anyway, near Weston.
I know that the neighbourhoods are fairly similar. I'd like a short TTC ride to work at Yonge and St. Clair and a *decent* neighbourhood...no one wants to live in a shithole, obviously. I have a car, so the parking may be a factor. I guess that means that having amenities like grocery stores in the immediate area is also less of an issue.
Basically, my only real reasons for considering Dufferin+Bloor over St. Clair are:
- direct subway to work, rather then adding bus or streetcar into the mix
- more South American women LOL (can I get an amen from Dr. Cosa?)
there's a whole lotta neighbourhood between dufferin and bathurst and bloor and st clair. bloor and bathurst or ossington? dupont? basically you could be looking at anywhere in that square. i would agree with mofo and go with the nicest apartment you can find for what you're willing to spend. you can get used to almost any location.
Isn't there a bus that goes along St Clair? To replace the streetcars they removed last year?
I used to live at Dundas/Dupont (which is right about where St Clair & Old Weston are) and work at Yonge & St Clair. It took me 15 minutes to get to Yonge & St Clair via the St Clair streetcar. Buses are even faster.
From the Dundas West station (two stops west of Dufferin on the Bloor line) it took me 25 - 30 minutes.