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3 up-and-coming Toronto areas you should move to before the hype hits

3 up-and-coming Toronto areas you should move to before the hype hits

Which parts of Toronto are hailed to be the next big thing? Which parts of Toronto are hailed to be the next must-live quarters?

With Toronto constantly growing, neighborhoods around the city are constantly changing and the city’s ever-growing popularity sees the masses of dwellers follow the trend.

Hipsters flocking into a certain area is the most obvious sign of gentrification rearing its head – but even right now, without coffee shops and ironic tote bags taking over the streets, residents are spotting the first signs.

To be ahead of the crowd, here are three of Toronto’s neighborhoods already hailed as the next big thing – get in now and, once the masses may (or may not – there’s no surefire way of predicting the future) descend, you’ll be enjoying the craze from the comfort of the bedroom you acquired pre-hype.

Not to mention all the perks of new people moving in – you know, artisan coffee shops, art galleries and all the quirky cafés – which are set to turn these areas from up-and-coming to must-be neighborhoods.

Canary District

The former Athletes' Village has been finished and converted into private residences.
The former Athletes’ Village has been finished and converted into private residences.

Named after a cult restaurant’s sign depicting a yellow canary, the district in Toronto’s West Don Lands is set to evolve from a purpose-built area into a thriving housing project.

In 2015, six buildings marked the start of the development – initially serving as the athletes’ village for the 2015 Pan American Games, the buildings have been converted into private residences.

More buildings are set to follow, and Front Street is set to become lined with boutiques and restaurants, driving life into the area built on former industry and railway lands.

Parkdale

Low prices are drawing more and more artists and musicians into Parkdale.
Low prices are drawing more and more artists and musicians into Parkdale.

Situated west of downtown Toronto, Parkdale is known as a working-class neighborhood and entry point for immigrants coming into Canada rather than an up-and-coming area.

But with above-average rental availability, and prices well below average, it’s attracting more and more visual artists and musicians flock into the neighborhood performing and exhibiting locally.

With the area firm in the hand of the arts, it’s only a matter of time – and in fact, residents are already observing the changes – until new boutiques, shops and restaurants popping up all over the space.

East Danforth

The leafy streets of East Danforth are growing increasingly attractive to new residents.
The leafy streets of East Danforth are growing increasingly attractive to new residents.

Famous for its leafy streets lined by family homes, with only the occasional high-rise popping up, the east end neighborhood of East Danforth had not yet been taken over by the likes of Starbucks and co.

But don’t be fooled into thinking it’s not on the map – quite the opposite. With the first coffee shop opening, East Danforth appeared on the maps of those looking for a quiet, but increasingly cool place to call home, and this neighborhood, with its large Muslim community, may just be it.