Beach, The Beaches or The Beach?
To locals in the Queen and Woodbine area, it is The Beach. Only the uninitiated call it The Beaches. And that is only a part of the east-end snobbery that other Torontonians can only dream of.
Among locals, one MUST live west of Woodbine. And God forbid if you live north of Gerrard.
Shorts and T-shirts on fabulous bodies abound but so do beer bellies and strollers. The old watering holes and pubs are being replaced by chic bakeries, Starbucks, all-day breakfasts and Laura Ashley-like gift stores.
Negatives: During the hot summer weather, your space will be taken over by throngs of tourists; while in winter, breezes off Lake Ontario are merciless.
Positives: No need to travel to beach destinations, you will be living there.
Imperatives: Dogs are a must, especially ones that can read signs — leash, no leash, leash, no leash.
If you are not exhausted or intimidated by all this posturing and want to live in a great area that feels like another country, one that has access to loads of parks, beaches, restaurants, bluffs, boating, swimming, canoeing, a thriving outdoor lifestyle at a casual pace, then The Beach is for you. However, be prepared to pay top dollar to be able to enjoy this carefree but simultaneously somewhat structured lifestyle.