Toronto's best residential streets

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  1. King of Kensington

    King of Kensington Senior Member

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    Use any criteria you like - prestige, streets you think are underrated, whatever. What are our best streets, blocks and micro-neighborhoods?
     
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    Chestnut Park. Its public realm is exquisite--a narrow roadway flanked by a public boulevard of broad lawns, lush mature trees, red-brick sidewalks, ornate street lights and buried electrical wires. The houses themselves are restored old mansions with lush gardens.

    For a more middle class downtown street--Palmerston with its ornate gates and original antique street lights.
     
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    Palmerston was the first street to come to mind - always elegant and its generous dimensions summon up a regal sense of history. Ravina Crescent, in The Pocket, is lovely too - charming curves and plenty of trees. Chaplin Crescent - a great alternate way to cut a diagonal across the north end of the city and take in some very fine homes. I'm sure there are many, many more.
     
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    Wow, where to start? A few of my favorates that quickly come to mind, mostly in the old city - Danforth between Broadview & Logan, Kensington Market, Queen West between Bathurst & Gladstone, Markham Street between Bloor & Lennox, the Distillery District, almost anywhere on the U of T campus - most notably (probably my favorate) Philosopher's Walk, Parliament Street between Wellesley & Gerrard, Queen East between about Coxwell & Neville Park, Evergreen Brickworks/cycling along the Don River, Gerrard between about Greenwood & Coxwell, Queen's Quay between Yonge & Bathurst, College St. between about Bathurst & Grace, Spadina between Bloor and pretty much the lake, Dundas between University & Kensington, Church St. between Charles & Carlton, King West between Yonge & Spadina, Front St. between Church & Sherbourne.... where to stop?! We live in such a great city.
     
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    That's an interesting list, though most of those places aren't solely residential streets.
     
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    While it isn't my all time favourite, and may not even be on my top 5, MacPherson Avenue between Yonge and Avenue Road is just beautiful.
     
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    To add to that, it would be a crime for me not to mention Chestnut Park a block to the southeast. Red brick sidewalks, old fashioned lighting, amazing houses... the works really.
     
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    Ottawa Street - One block between Summerhill and Shaftsbury of pastel painted brick houses.
     
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    Bright Street in Corktown is charming, pretty row houses tight to the street. Feels somewhat British in scale.
     
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    Agree with the multiple expressions of Chestnut Park and Palmerston Blvd.

    Chestnut Park is a bit of a reluctant one, since I wouldn't want to live in Rosedale even if I had the money to buy there (I prefer an area with more of a mix of people), but Chestnut Park stands out as a classic grand street.

    Palmerston Blvd. too. I'd love to live there. In general, I'm a huge fan of the area realtors are calling the South Annex. Markham between Harbord and College is very nice as well. In Harbord Village, the lower block of Brunswick has a bit of an elegant feel, but I think Robert is my favorite HV street.
     
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    Carlton Street at Riverdale Park for the brick pavement and Victorian streetscape.
     
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    Yeah Rosedale & Moore Park is probably the most beautiful residential area in Toronto. The houses, street, trees and surrounding ravines & trails all contribute to it.

    The others that come to mind are the Beach/Beaches and the Ward's Island.
     
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    Bay st between Dundas and Bloor.
    Queen's Quay between Yonge and Spadina.
    Sherbourne st between Queen and Carlton.
     
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    Of course! It's been a while since I've been in Cabbagetown, so I was reluctant to name a particular street there.
     
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    Yes! Love that street and its little curve. Very archetypal somehow.
     
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