If you live in Toronto, you may think your city is the Centre of the Universe. Hogtown, as it’s affectionately called is home to millions and truly is a great Canadian city. Yet, with the massive increase in home and condo prices in the city, many people are simply priced out of the market. With home values over $1 million purchase price and condos approaching $500,000, many would-be first-time home-buyers have to resort to outrageous debt or scrimping lifestyles just to own a home. Appleby Gardens Luxury Residences in Burlington, Ontario want to give you 10 reasons why not to live in Toronto, on top of the exorbitant cost of living.

Higher Debt-Load

Of course if you want a 25 year mortgage with a big bank, maxed out credit lines and loans from friends and family in order to get your down payment, Toronto may be a great option.

Terrible Congestion

If you never want to actually drive anywhere again, move to T-dot! It’s not called the Don Valley Parking Lot colloquially for nothing. With constant pressure to do something with the ghastly Gardiner Expressway, there may be even worst congestion to come.

Outrageous Cost of Living

Forget the cost of home ownership, what about the absolutely insane prices for actually going to almost any large sporting event in Toronto, from the Maple Leafs to a concert at the ACC. The only exception may be an FCC or a Blue Jays game if those are your sports.

Poorer Air Quality

Although Canada overall has great air quality, Toronto is in the top 15 cities for worst air quality in the country. With congestion on the rise in the city and no real large-scale transportation solutions on the horizon, it is bound to get worst.

Higher Crime

Canadians like to think of their country as safe, especially in comparison to other western nations, especially our southern neighbour. While this is true, Toronto’s violent crime and homicide rate is still higher than most moderate sized cities in the country with a few exceptions. Burlington has a much lower homicide and crime rate than that of Toronto.

Harder to Raise a Family

Of course living in large urban centres is becoming a norm in the world, but if you had a choice between the highly dense areas of Toronto or Burlington, ranked the 2nd best city in which to raise a family, the option is clear.

Farther from Nature

Do you like to ski, cycle through natural areas, canoe, kayak or generally spend time away from the busy city? Getting out of Toronto for a weekend in the summer can be like trying to escape prison; it requires planning and a lot of patience. Living in Burlington provides access to natural settings within 10 minutes with the Bronte Provincial Park.

Less Free-Time

Living in Toronto means you will have less time for virtually every other aspect in your life besides work. All the time spent travelling will ensure that you have less time for hobbies, family activities and more. At least if you only have to commute to Toronto for work, once you get home to Burlington, you could be at your children’s activities in minutes.

Live to Work

Instead of working to live, most Torontonians are career-obsessed as a matter of necessity. There is a difference between being passionate about your career and being forced into working a 100 hour work-week because of the big-city pressure to succeed. This pressure is two-fold from needing higher incomes to pay for the cost of living and a societal pressure to succeed. Toronto has higher average work hours per week than New York, Beijing, Los Angeles, Sydney, Dublin, Berlin, and London.

Bad Market Timing

Will this constant rise in home prices last forever? Most experts agree that Toronto is in a housing bubble and that it will self-correct at some point to some degree. Would you rather buy at the top of the price bubble or buy in a community such as Burlington that is seeing reasonable home price increases without the fear of a price bubble.

Consider Appleby Gardens Luxury Residence in Burlington as a real difference to big-city life. Burlington is one of the best cities to live, work and raise a family in Canada.