As a young man who was born in the streets of Toronto and lived my younger years in the city and then was moved to the suburban city of Vaughan more notably Woodbridge, I can honestly say that I have a unique perspective on both cities. Both have their own characteristics but there are differences one should know when deciding which of the two when deciding where to live.
Both have deep history with Toronto being the eldest of the two, In the 1950s, Woodbridge experienced growth from suburban Toronto houses. The suburban expansion began east of the Humber and to the northeast. The housing developments in the west expanded north and in the central part of Woodbridge including a part which transformed older stores into smaller units of housing in the early-1980s and west to Highway 27 in the late-1980s and in 1992. The houses expanded north to Rutherford Road in the 1980s and east up to Weston Road from Highway 7. The Industrial areas began appearing in the early 1990’s. And at the same token Toronto has also evolved since the early 1990’s such as growth in a younger demographic. Toronto is one of the world's most multicultural cities, famous for a diverse choice of food and arts. For those who love the big city it feels a lot like New York and Los Angeles - but with less crime - Toronto is a great fit.
When choosing where you want to be live there are some simple things you need to think about, do I want to drive in rush hour traffic to and back to work every day? What about bang for the buck, what will X amount of dollars buy me in Toronto versus buying in Woodbridge? Is it tons of square footage that is a necessity and having a swimming pool in your backyard that is essential when deciding? Do I want to live in the downtown core in a cozy Condo with great public transportation rather than a freehold home in Woodbridge that will indeed incur the costs of owning a car? If parking is a must in your home buying criteria then suburban life might suit you better, as Toronto does have a shortage of this convenience in most cases, but nobody can dispute that if you want to be within walking distance to the theatre then Toronto is where you want to be. It’s these simple little things that can make your decision tough. How about the initial costs when buying in the 416 area code as opposed to 905, the Land Transfer Tax is double when purchasing a home in Toronto. These are the questions that buyers are faced with everyday. It basically boils down to your lifestyle and where you envision your life in the next 5-10 years.
Whichever you choose they both have their advantages and are both great places to live, in my opinion you can’t go wrong with either choice. For more information and help in wanting to buy or sell a home please visit my website.
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