The Beach Neighbourhood

3 Hartford Avenue
Toronto, Canada  M4L 1P1
Lorne Gould

I've lived in this house for over 26 years, and I feel like this has been my own personal corner of paradise for a quarter of a century. The Beach is a great place to live, with unrivaled access to recreational facilities, shopping, entertainment, wonderful schools and public festivals and events. I raised 3 daughters in this house, and feel that Kew Beach public school, along with the excellent higher-grade schools nearby, are the best in Toronto.

Hartford Avenue is filled with wonderful neighbours. With access to shopping at the many unique small stores on Queen Street East and nearby supermarkets on Lakeshore Blvd, this is the perfect combination of small-town village atmosphere combined with big-city convenience. Being close to Woodbine Avenue, it only takes a couple of minutes driving to be on the Gardiner Expressway or Don Valley Parkway, and yet you are only

2 blocks from the boardwalk, beach and lake.

Many a summer's evening, I've strolled down to the beach and lingered by the water, to sit on the rocks and watch the moonlight reflected on the waves. And when I go out walking on Queen Street, I always end up saying hello to many of my friends in this "village" as they pass by. Being close to Woodbine Ave., there is also access to ample free parking (even permit-free overnight) for visitors and guests. You can't say that about most of the streets in the Beach area. And by TTC, we are only 1 block away fro m the Woodbine South bus stop (5 min. ride to the subway), 1 block from the Queen Streetcar, and 2 blocks from the Kingston Road Streetcar or bus.

So, in conclusion, The Beach is a one-of-a-kind neighbourhood that offers the best of urban life as well as the cozy feeling of being part of a close community. Why would anyone want to live anywhere else?