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Moving to Toronto: What area?

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I'm going to be moving to the city this summer, and I wanted to ask natives of Trawna for your aid...

The situation:

Work is on Lakeshore and Southdown in Mississauga, so I want to be no more than 25 minute drive away

Need parking

Looking to rent 1 bedroom apt. at around $800/mo.


So I'm thinking west-central would be best, but are there any areas in particular to stay away from? I've been thinking of looking around Bloor West Village, High Park or the Annex.

Yes? No? Maybe so?
 

Cheeka

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little italy josh!!!
wicked for the summer... patio heaven :D!!
college/bathurst is soon to be my new home and I'm loving it!
 

Jennika

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I live in the annex and I love it,

but $800 for a 1 brm will be tough to find here, though not impossible

My parents live in high park area and it's a beautiful neighbourhood plus the rents are a bit less pricy than the annex, so you might have better luck there

good luck,
 
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Originally posted by Cheeka
little italy josh!!!
wicked for the summer... patio heaven :D!!
college/bathurst is soon to be my new home and I'm loving it!
Little Italy *does* sound niiiice. But no parking!! That and I don't have my bbq anymore. :mad:
 
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Rosey

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i'm in the annex and i love it. (right at dupont station)

it's close to everything either by foot, car, or subway. straight down spadina to the lakeshore/gardiner and you're in 'sauga in 20-30 minutes depending on traffic.

you can find a 1 bedroom for $800. the other apartment in the house i'm in just was rented for $750 and it's a one bedroom.

bloor-west and high park are nice and obviously closer to parks and stuff. but you'll spend the rent difference in cab fares if you're out late more than once a week.

it's good to walk around the annex and look for signs in windows and stuff. lots of places are only advertised that way.
 

Cheeka

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Originally posted by Tearer


Little Italy *does* sound niiiice. But no parking!! That and I don't have my bbq anymore. :mad:
I know but I'll have to deal with the car thing too... and street parking isn't soooo bad :)
actually talk to me in prime patio season - maybe I won't feel that way anymore
 

BigBadBaldy

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If you want to cut the commute down, definitely do the High Park/Parkdale/Bloor West village thing.

$800 a month?

BBB.

Parkdale.
 

I-Drop

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Those are all great places to live, I would suggest them all equally, and go for the best apartment...
 

sugar

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It all depends on what you're looking for.
When I was looking for a new place, I was not willing to rent a basement apartment or share a house with anyone that I didn't know, simply due to noise issues. I find that apartment buildings are much better insulated and soundproof.

If you are looking for a one bedroom in the Annex, you have to be willing to sacrifice a bit to get a rent as cheap as $800. If you move into a residential street and your house doesn't have parking, you'll have to get a permit. These are pricier than in Hamilton and sometimes require a 2 year wait to get.
 
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jungalicious

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West end for sure! I've been in Parkdale for 3 years (just moved out of there last week) and it's not nearly as bad as people think it is! Never had a problem with anyone, rent's cheap, the houses are nice.....granted it is a bit of a hike from the downtown core, but if you have a car, there's no problem at all...and the Queen Streetcar does run 24/7
 

DJAlchemy

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This thread is great timming. I'm thinking of moving for the summer as well, though I want to be more centralized in the core. If I could score a loft or something that'd be awseome, really I just need a place where I can make noise a not have to worry too much about neighbours.

I'm looking for a two bedroom (min 1 bath) for around $1500/month inclusive.

any suggestions on where to start looking??

I've started here http://torontorealestate.ca/sections.php?op=viewarticle&artid=9 but thought that ya'll may have some other ideas.

Peace & love. D
 

Cheeka

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Originally posted by DJAlchemy
This thread is great timming. I'm thinking of moving for the summer as well, though I want to be more centralized in the core. If I could score a loft or something that'd be awseome, really I just need a place where I can make noise a not have to worry too much about neighbours.

I'm looking for a two bedroom (min 1 bath) for around $1500/month inclusive.

any suggestions on where to start looking??

I've started here http://torontorealestate.ca/sections.php?op=viewarticle&artid=9 but thought that ya'll may have some other ideas.

Peace & love. D
Derek :) - my place is going to be available May 1.....
let me know if you are interested!!!
 

Loopster

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You *have* to look in High Park!

BW Village is really nice, but a lot more $$$ than the areas surrounding it.

High Park, especially south of Howard Park, has the advantage of being close to the highway, less congested with traffic, a 10 minute drive to Little Italy & about a 1/2 hour subway ride to the core. Plus - the Revue Theatre!! How can you go wrong?

p.s. it's a lot cheaper if you go a bit east of Roncesvalles. I lived at Sorauren & Geoffrey for a couple of years & paid $800 for an awesome 3 bedroom place (2nd floor of a house) with a patio.

(Mind you, that was a few years ago; but the place I'm in now is a large bachelor & only $750 inclusive) ...

When I was searching, I found the nicest places didn't advertise much ... you might be able to find some good places by hiking about & looking for signs in windows rather than solely relying on the paper. Good luck!

Only real drawback - really hard to find parking .... I've had to park on the street for the past 6 years ... mind you, it's a small price to pay to be so close to all that greenery ...


;)
 
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sugar

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Derek, I've found that Renters News has the most complete listings available for Toronto. They list both rentals in large buildings and in homes and smaller buildings.
 

Jennika

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I would try The Star, they seem to have the best apartment listings.

We got lucky recently, just found though The Star a 3 bedroom (each with a balcony), 2 bathroom penthouse apartment in a building in the Annex for $1995.00, we moved in Feb 01. It's my boy and I in the master bedroom and our two best friends so the rent is less than $500 month.
 

Mr. NiCe GuY

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i say bloor west village. yer still on the subway line, and closer to yer work in mississauga. if you live downtown traffic is a pain to get to the highway in the mornings.
 

Par- T

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Parkdale isn't so bad, rents are cheaper than most other areas that are central. 10 min drive downtown, 20 min by TTC (if not going at rush hour), close to lake for biking or bbq in summer, easy access to Gardner Expwy. The locals provide interest and entertainment while out on the street.
My 1 bedroom is just under $700, but I moved in prior to the so called Tenant Protection travesty took affect, so I haven't a clue what they are going for now.
 
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Sherborne and Dundas. Rent's cheap and all the interesting people.

From the Ministry of don't take me seriously on this, I take no responsibility for your death if you do.

Prime Minister Highsteppa
 

joey

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i hate you if you move josh...

(but i used to live in high park area...
it was really nice...
especially smoking at the park..)
 
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