As interest rates continue to skyrocket, many growing families looking for a safe and peaceful community to call home in Toronto are opting to rent instead of buying. While finding the right rental may sound like an easy feat, it can be difficult to know which community is the best fit for your family without doing some research. To save you the extra homework, Greenrock made a handy checklist with the top five considerations to keep in mind:

Proximity to schools and childcare centres

Gain extra precious minutes sleeping in on weekday mornings by picking a community that makes school drop-off and your commute to work easier than ever. Type any address into Walk Score to check what’s nearby and discover how walkable an apartment community is to schools, shopping, transit, parks, and more. Greenrock communities are among the highest walkable scores in Toronto with ratings as high as 98% on the site.

Spacious living area and bedrooms

Not unlike most urban centres, Toronto is overrun by micro condos that continue to shrink in size with every new development. The key to finding an apartment suite that can grow with your family is steering clear of the new condos and developments built in the last decade. Apartments built in the 60s and 70s tend to be far more spacious, and you often get higher square footage for your buck. Greenrock communities were built during this period and boast renovated two-bedroom suites over 1,000 square feet.

Access to green spaces and amenities

There are plenty of parks and green spaces in Toronto to entertain your kiddos with outdoor play activities or simply get a breath of fresh air. Just steps from Greenrock’s Davisville Village community near Davisville Station, there is the Kay Gardner Beltline Trail that follows an old railway line from the Allen to Mount Pleasant Road passing through beautiful ravines and green spaces. Or if you prefer to be closer to downtown, Village Green has a lush private courtyard, large fountain, and off-leash dog park among its three towers.

Friendly neighbours and familiar faces

 A strong sense of community is important when choosing where to raise your family. Greenrock communities are known for their welcoming atmospheres and have a diverse population of families and residents of all ages and backgrounds. Both you and your kids will appreciate meeting like-minded families to make friendly conversation with or perhaps even set up a playdate.      

A community that cares

Choosing a reputable property management company that makes you feel supported and cares about the communities it operates in will set your search up for success. Greenrock was awarded Rental Housing Provider of the Year in 2021 and is committed to building healthy and strong communities. Each year residents are invited to vote on which charities will receive donations for the holidays through its charitable arm, Greenrock IMPACT. Choosing your home in a community that gives back is a great way to get your kids involved in feel-good initiatives and awareness-building events.

Get started on your apartment search today by contacting Greenrock’s friendly and knowledgeable leasing team who will walk you through the process and work with you to find the perfect suite for your family.