When we say in real estate that “location is everything,” we often mean how close a rental unit is to entertainment and shopping. When looking at apartments, you might ask yourself, “What can I walk to from this location?” Luckily, Walkscore.com has created a patented methodology, backed by academic research, that assigns neighbourhoods scores from 1 to 100 based on how long it would take a resident to travel on foot to complete daily errands. To give you an idea of what their numbers mean, a walk score of 80-89 indicates “Very Walkable,” and 90-100 indicates a “Walker’s Paradise”. Now, on to the fun part: let’s take a look at what your Medallion development neighbourhood walk score is!
St James Town
It’s all about beating the traffic and soaking up the conveniences of downtown! With a walk score of 91, St James Town is a walker’s paradise where you can complete all your errands on foot. The culture is also unbeatable, with over 200 restaurants, cafes, and bars within the neighbourhood boundaries. With several nearby grocery stores like Longo’s, Rabba’s Fine Foods, and FreshCo , it’s no wonder St James Towns is the 12th most walkable area in Toronto. As a bonus, Rosedale Ravine Lands are also a short stroll away!
West Queen West
Medallion developments in this neighbourhood: The Marquee in Queen West Village
Queen has long been a Toronto hot spot, and the hip hangouts keep moving more and more west. Close to both the conveniences of Liberty Village and the charm of Roncesvalles, west Queen West boasts a walk score of 91 and is the 9th most walkable neighbourhood in Toronto! This neighbourhood offers tons of options to complete your daily errands such as Shoppers, several bank branches, and multiple post offices. Plus, this stretch of Queen also scores high on entertainment as it is home to countless bars and the historic Royal Alexandra Theatre.
Next to bustling St Clair and the major thoroughfare of Bathurst, this park-filled neighbourhood earns a walk score of 80 and is the 40th most walkable area in Toronto. Our favourite thing about Humewood Cedarvale is that convenience isn’t sacrificed for beauty: amenities are close by but so are parks and the Cedarvale Ravine. While living here, you can enjoy access to over 100 bars, restaurants, and cafes, and gyms like Philosophy Fitness and Hone, both on St Clair. Further, your weekend errands will be a breeze when you’re this close to shopping like Shoppers Drug Mart, Loblaws, and Canadian Tire!
Medallion developments in this neighbourhood: Vision at Pat Bayly Square
Convenience and green space combine in this location, with a walkscore of 83 and nearby parks like Exeter Park, Lord Durham Park and Clements Woodlot. Local pubs and bars are too many to list, but suffice to say favourites like The Portly Piper Pub attract regular clientele with craft beer and a warm atmosphere. Movie lovers will appreciate the nearby Cineplex Odeon Ajax, and plenty of restaurants ranging from Italian to sushi complete your weekend nights out. For groceries, there’s several smaller, local chains as well as bigger names like Sobey’s. Finally, with the Ajax GO minutes away, this neighbourhood’s transit access is something to brag about!
Were you surprised by your Medallion development neighbourhood walk score? We hope you discovered a new local haunt or store to visit soon! Don’t be afraid to get out and explore your surroundings, since there’s so much to discover in your Medallion neighbourhood! Happy walking and don’t forget to follow along on the Medallion blog for more neighbourhood tips.