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Toronto's best residential streets

I live in Cabbagetown and it’s so straight that you can see Wellesley St. from Gerrard. But I like streets that curve, as it slows traffic and is interesting. The British gave us the grid pattern, but their own cities, based on ancient walking paths and river banks are warrens of windy streets like below.

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I wish we had more roads like this in Toronto.

I feel exactly the same way, and find Regent St. (2nd pic above) to be one of the most beautiful in the world.

Some of my favourite streets in Toronto are those just west of High Park, like Olympus, where they wind up and down the side of the embankment. There are also a few like that in Riverdale, like Ingham and Sparkhall.

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There are a few in Rosedale, too, like Cluny.

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Pine Crescent in Toronto's Beach neighbourhood.

One of Toronto's rare brick roads. (from Streetview)

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I feel exactly the same way, and find Regent St. (2nd pic above) to be one of the most beautiful in the world.

Some of my favourite streets in Toronto are those just west of High Park, like Olympus, where they wind up and down the side of the embankment. There are also a few like that in Riverdale, like Ingham and Sparkhall.

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There are a few in Rosedale, too, like Cluny.

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Okay, @Admiral Beez, you've got me all nostalgic for London, now; forgive me a brief non-Toronto interlude for some properly curvy London streets (most of which also feature a bunch of missing middle-ish typology that is illegal in most of Toronto):

Lots all over Belgravia:

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And Mayfair:

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(with a nice little chicane thrown in here and there):

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South Ken:

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Notting Hill:

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And, of course, surrounding the south end of Regent's Park (home to literally the most expensive street in the world):

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Some beauties up in Camden Town:

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Kentish Town:

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Sigh, so lovely.
 
Okay, @Admiral Beez, you've got me all nostalgic for London, now; forgive me a brief non-Toronto interlude for some properly curvy London streets (most of which also feature a bunch of missing middle-ish typology that is illegal in most of Toronto):

Lots all over Belgravia:

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And Mayfair:

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(with a nice little chicane thrown in here and there):

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South Ken:

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Notting Hill:

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And, of course, surrounding the south end of Regent's Park (home to literally the most expensive street in the world):

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Some beauties up in Camden Town:

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Kentish Town:

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Sigh, so lovely.

No rusting hydro poles, no wooden poles, no wires everywhere. Just charming.
 
Not the best in terms of condition of buildings, but I find the built form along Andrews Ave to be interesting. It's a tucked away side street, west of Markham St, near Bathurst & Dundas West. Sort of like a working class version of Tranby Ave in the Annex, with a consistent row of Victorians aligned to the street on both sides.

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Not the best in terms of condition of buildings, but I find the built form along Andrews Ave to be interesting. It's a tucked away side street, west of Markham St, near Bathurst & Dundas West. Sort of like a working class version of Tranby Ave in the Annex, with a consistent row of Victorians aligned to the street on both sides.

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That totally calls for a brick woonerf!

Heritage lamp posts.

A few bright/outlandish paint jobs in burgandy, ochre, lemon yellow and royal blue........

And remove 2 parking spots for good sized trees w/room to grow!

Done!
 
The block party potential of that beauty! ?

Community living the "progressives" would call it.
 
North Dr in Etobicoke is pretty with the towering old trees.

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The trees and portions of ravine there really are gorgeous.

The narrow road width is nice too.

Shame about most of the homes though.................bad taste ruins so much.

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I must confess, I think some version of a sidewalk on at least one side would be highly desirable.
 
The trees and portions of ravine there really are gorgeous.

The narrow road width is nice too.

Shame about most of the homes though.................bad taste ruins so much.

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I must confess, I think some version of a sidewalk on at least one side would be highly desirable.
I wonder if calming and transforming the road into a shared space may be preferable to adding more hard infrastructure.

Especially on a street that seems as quiet as that, there may not be a need to keep the road solely for the use of the speeding automobile. IMO, it's something that should be considered for many residential streets as well.
 
Kingsway Crescent in the west end is a gorgeous residential street with many of my fave homes.
 
Okay, @Admiral Beez, you've got me all nostalgic for London, now; forgive me a brief non-Toronto interlude for some properly curvy London streets (most of which also feature a bunch of missing middle-ish typology that is illegal in most of Toronto):

Lots all over Belgravia:

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And Mayfair:

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(with a nice little chicane thrown in here and there):

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South Ken:

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Notting Hill:

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And, of course, surrounding the south end of Regent's Park (home to literally the most expensive street in the world):

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Some beauties up in Camden Town:

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Kentish Town:

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Sigh, so lovely.
For a hot second (scrolling up from the bottom) I was excited to think these were in Toronto. You punk. I should report you for making my heart flutter and crash.
 

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