Why move from suburbia to WTO

The Globe and Mail newspaper has a story today about some families who have chosen to move to west Toronto from a suburban home.

The O’Haras, who gave up their big house, big commute, pool and yard in suburban Caledon, Ont., for a more compact house and lifestyle in Bloor West Village, admit to being astonished by the congeniality of city neighbours compared with those they left behind.

“I thought people in the city would be more into their own thing,” says Mr. O’Hara. “It’s the very opposite to what I thought it would be.”

For real estate agent Nutan Brown of Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd., the circumstance the O’Haras describe is becoming surprisingly familiar. She helped find properties for two other families this summer who gave up monster homes in the suburbs for houses one-third to one-half the size in Toronto. Ms. Brown was struck by how similar their stories were: In each case the parents had grown weary of commuting, consuming, cleaning the pool and driving their kids to friends’ houses.

“One family after another,” says Ms. Brown, indicating her busy summer. “They all wanted to be in before the school year started.”

Tom Poldre and Jane Lawton moved with their two sons from Oakville, Ont., to the Baby Point neighbourhood in west-end Toronto. Both parents work in central Toronto and found the commute draining.

Complete article at the Globe and Mail Newspaper  [opens in new window]

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Great article and I'm not at all surprised. I spent the day in Vaughn/Richmond Hill/Maple yesterday for a wedding and wouldn't trade my little semi for a car-swallowing detached up there.

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