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steaky

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Unless you are willing to drive and pay some serious parking fees daily it would make no sense to drive. Really depends on your budget. Everyone in Toronto is basically looking for what you are describing so it comes at a huge premium. Based on your explanation bayview village is out. Would look at neighbourhoods close to subway lines, your budget, school district and availability. Detached adds another chunk of money to a purchase price. You are also looking for a rental home which may be tougher to find in some of the neighbourhoods because there won’t be a huge supply available.
Why would Bayview Village out? Right across is Bayview station of the Sheppard subway extension.
 

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If you are talking about midtown or even bayview village that isn’t considered suburban. Mississauga, Ajax, Richmond hill, etc. is considered suburban. Would disagree that most families prefer living in condos or are living in condos. Most living in condos want to own in Toronto but are priced out of the Toronto market. You now see families with one smaller child in condos but you rarely see older children or 2 children if they are older than babies. We have an urban sprawl problem for a reason, everyone wants to live in houses. If you are looking for a 3 bedroom rental with a backyard for 3k US is likely not enough in those neighbourhoods. 2 bedroom rental may be doable but finding a place with a backyard yard in a top school district, and a 30 minute subway ride plus 10 minute walk may be tough. Apartments would be doable.

Utility bills will depend on what kind of heating you have and how good is your insulation and windows. Electric heating will be very expensive. AC in the summer will also be expensive but necessary in my opinion.
That's what I call reasonable downgrading. And yes, by 'suburbs' I mean the 'inner suburbs', and I guess the single-family parts Midtown/Young and Lawrence will fall under this category for me. Bedford Park is somewhat expensive, right? One of my kids is in Kindergarten now in the US, so yep, condo's not an option.
Anyways, thanks for setting expectations, it's good to be aware of what's going on. 'Apartment' can mean different things (at least in the US, not sure about Canada) - can be a condo-like building owned by a property management company, or can be a part of a private house with stuff like in-unit washer/dryer. I'm considering the latter.
 

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That's what I call reasonable downgrading. And yes, by 'suburbs' I mean the 'inner suburbs', and I guess the single-family parts Midtown/Young and Lawrence will fall under this category for me. Bedford Park is somewhat expensive, right? One of my kids is in Kindergarten now in the US, so yep, condo's not an option.
Anyways, thanks for setting expectations, it's good to be aware of what's going on. 'Apartment' can mean different things (at least in the US, not sure about Canada) - can be a condo-like building owned by a property management company, or can be a part of a private house with stuff like in-unit washer/dryer. I'm considering the latter.
Bedford park is also an expensive area and not on a subway line. Many of the homes that were previous divided into units have been converted back into family homes so you may have to look at a small home instead. The neighbourhoods you listed don’t have small homes anymore. Apartment building are tall towers in Canada as well. A unit in a home is what you are looking for. The issue is they are not that easy to find. Think you are going to have to be more flexible on the area. The rental market is very tight in Toronto. On a positive note in Canada there isn’t a huge difference when it comes to the quality of schools like the US.
 
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steaky

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That's what I call reasonable downgrading. And yes, by 'suburbs' I mean the 'inner suburbs', and I guess the single-family parts Midtown/Young and Lawrence will fall under this category for me. Bedford Park is somewhat expensive, right? One of my kids is in Kindergarten now in the US, so yep, condo's not an option.
Anyways, thanks for setting expectations, it's good to be aware of what's going on. 'Apartment' can mean different things (at least in the US, not sure about Canada) - can be a condo-like building owned by a property management company, or can be a part of a private house with stuff like in-unit washer/dryer. I'm considering the latter.
What is the definition of a condo in the US? When I explained my relative in Texas that I have a basement in my detached house, she said my house is a condo!
 

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Thanks for this conversation guys. I'm just in AOR stage now, but planning Canadian future is somewhat soothing and satisfying.
What is the definition of a condo in the US? When I explained my relative in Texas that I have a basement in my detached house, she said my house is a condo!
My (probably wrong) understanding of condo is that it's an apartment building with amenities like gym, etc, where you pay condo fees above the base rent. That's what I've heard from my condo-renting friends and read on the web. However, I guess there are multiple definitions:)
 

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Thanks for this conversation guys. I'm just in AOR stage now, but planning Canadian future is somewhat soothing and satisfying.


My (probably wrong) understanding of condo is that it's an apartment building with amenities like gym, etc, where you pay condo fees above the base rent. That's what I've heard from my condo-renting friends and read on the web. However, I guess there are multiple definitions:)
Think the US and Canada has the same definition of a condo. Perhaps it’s just your relative. Unless you live inHouston or Dallas you probably don’t have condos nearby and there aren’t that many condos even close in those cities. Would do some research about cost of rentals in the area you are considering and what options may be available.
 

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Thanks for this conversation guys. I'm just in AOR stage now, but planning Canadian future is somewhat soothing and satisfying.


My (probably wrong) understanding of condo is that it's an apartment building with amenities like gym, etc, where you pay condo fees above the base rent. That's what I've heard from my condo-renting friends and read on the web. However, I guess there are multiple definitions:)
Go here and search - https://listings.trebhome.com/searchlistings#search/9466fae14647a317c24ddeb8/map
Set it to "Leases", set your budget, and have fun. That's how I found my house.

I don't work downtown (I work remote), so I didn't need to worry about commuting. I live in a very nice neighborhood close to Baby Point; don't want to get more detailed than that, sorry.

For example, here's a listing I found - https://listings.trebhome.com/searchlistings#search/0e152ebc34dd7a2ed27fe426/listing/TREB-C4559083
 

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Go here and search - https://listings.trebhome.com/searchlistings#search/9466fae14647a317c24ddeb8/map
Set it to "Leases", set your budget, and have fun. That's how I found my house.

I don't work downtown (I work remote), so I didn't need to worry about commuting. I live in a very nice neighborhood close to Baby Point; don't want to get more detailed than that, sorry.

For example, here's a listing I found - https://listings.trebhome.com/searchlistings#search/0e152ebc34dd7a2ed27fe426/listing/TREB-C4559083
This will give you an idea of some pricing. This is first floor and basement only. Not on the subway line but you can streetcar to the subway.
 

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This will give you an idea of some pricing. This is first floor and basement only. Not on the subway line but you can streetcar to the subway.
Yeah, I just picked a random house. There are decent options if you're willing to spend $3200+
 

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vsfedotov

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Go here and search - https://listings.trebhome.com/searchlistings#search/9466fae14647a317c24ddeb8/map
Set it to "Leases", set your budget, and have fun. That's how I found my house.

I don't work downtown (I work remote), so I didn't need to worry about commuting. I live in a very nice neighborhood close to Baby Point; don't want to get more detailed than that, sorry.

For example, here's a listing I found - https://listings.trebhome.com/searchlistings#search/0e152ebc34dd7a2ed27fe426/listing/TREB-C4559083
No worries, I understand the privacy concerns, at least you've pointed out to the part of the city you're satisfied with. I'm still not sure what my work schedule will be or if it's going to be any work when I arrive, so looking at subway proximity for convenience
Thanks for another property search website, it's helpful.