Raising Your Kids In Downtown Toronto Vs. The Suburbs

Fivewalls: Raising Your Kids In Downtown Toronto Vs. The Suburbs

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Last Updated: Apr 01, 2020

Living in the city is really convenient, especially if you work downtown or do not have a vehicle. But once you decide to start a family, you may start considering moving to the suburbs instead. While consulting your family, friends and trusted real estate agent helps a lot, it all comes down to your lifestyle and weighing the pros and cons for each option.

Living in Downtown Toronto

There are a lot of great aspects to city living. It is convenient having everything close by and you will never get bored!


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  • Transit is easy to hop on as well, whether you take the bus, subway, or streetcar
  • Parks are around every corner
  • Daycare will be closer
  • There are plenty of schools to choose from for enrollment
  • Commuting to work will be easier if you work in the city
  • There are always festivals to attend no matter the time of year
  • If you live in a condo, some amenities may be available to you and your kids (pool, gym, sauna, rooftop patio, etc.)
  • Easy take part in kid activities at the ROM, the CNE, Ripley’s Aquarium or the Science Centre
  • There are probably lots of other kids in the neighborhood to play with (or condo)
  • Get to grow up learning about different cultures and ethnicities
  • There are a lot of different neighborhoods to choose from to suit your lifestyle
  • There are lots of different food options for everyone in the family
  • Closer to hospitals in case of emergencies
  • More housing choices – condos, townhomes, detached, or semi-detached


  • It is busy, all the time (busy sidewalks and roads)
  • It is expensive to buy both a detached home or two or three-bedroom condos
  • You will most likely get stuck on traffic at least once a week
  • Parking can be very difficult (and is not free)
  • Daycares may have long wait lists
  • Crime rates could be higher, depending on the neighborhood
  • Parks and playgrounds could be busy
  • There are lots of streets to cross with young kids
  • You may not have a backyard for them to play
  • Lots of noise
  • There are higher turnover rates which means new neighbors more often
  • There is more competition with other buyers
  • More dangerous to ride your bike on the streets
  • Recreation centres are further away

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Living in The Suburbs

Living away from the city appeals to a lot of people because it is less busy and homes are not as expensive as Toronto.


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  • Homes are more affordable and have a higher square footage
  • Less busy sidewalks
  • Bigger parks and walking trails
  • Free street parking (depending on your city)
  • More calm and quiet
  • You may have a big beautiful backyard for the kids to play in
  • There are more permanent residents (lower turnover rate)
  • May have lower crime rates
  • More newly-built homes (saves you money from upgrading or renovating yourself)
  • May be less competition between buyers
  • Easier to get around on your bike


  • Fewer city amenities available
  • Longer commutes
  • Schools may be further away
  • Less jobs
  • Transit is not as easily accessible
  • You cannot walk everywhere you want to go
  • Have to travel further to go to a restaurant or grocery store
  • May lack festivities and other community events
  • Less diversity
  • Harder to hang out with friends and family if they are not close

Your Lifestyle

If you were born and raised within a busy city, raising your kids in a busy downtown area like Toronto may come very naturally. To others, they may want them to experience a suburban feel. Whether you want your kids to take advantage of your condo’s amenities or play in a large backyard in the suburbs is entirely a lifestyle choice, especially considering where your job is located and how far of a commute you are willing to add into your schedule. Also, living in the suburbs does not necessarily mean you are far away from everything, so if you are looking for a middle ground, find a neighborhood that is in close proximity to downtown.

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