The days when Toronto families desire a suburban home with a backyard are in the past.
Today’s family has chosen condo living over mowing, weeding and commuting. The 2011 Census shows that 66% of downtown Toronto households with children, and 32% for the entire city, reside in condo buildings. This number is sure to increase once new Census numbers are available.
In place of a backyard condo families have more activity choices than one ever thought possible within their condo communities:
- Large grassy areas for kids to gather and do homework, talk or play
- Inside spaces to play hockey, basketball, soccer or table tennis regardless of weather
- Organized activities – cooking, chess, arts & crafts programs, and even swimming lessons
- Wi-Fi enabled space for gaming
- Impromptu community BBQs
- Children’s playroom
There are large open spaces for birthday and family parties, or dinners in the party room. Sporting events and movies can be viewed on a large screen television in the party room.
For those choosing to venture beyond their condo community the city offers even more:
- Walk down Yonge St. looking at Christmas decorations
- Walk to Harbourfront to watch planes take-off and land at the airport
- Watch the trains at Union Station
- Community swimming pools and splash pads in the summer, ice rinks in the winter
- St. Lawrence Market to eat or shop for food
- Eaton Centre for shopping or eating during good and bad weather
Considering the diversity of activities available to them, condo families are luckier than most. A suburban backyard can no longer compete with condo living.