If you're in the market to buy a home and have been spending your time looking at as many non-downtown and downtown Toronto condos and houses as possible and haven't been able to make up your mind as to where you want to live you're not alone. A lot of people shopping for real estate in Toronto are always unsure of whether or not they should buy a house or condo in the downtown area or away from the downtown area. Each situation has their advantages and disadvantages.
Some people shopping for real estate are unsure if they should actually go through with buying a downtown condo unit because they just aren't sure if they're really willing to live in the downtown core of the city because of how busy it can be. It's true, most downtown cores, especially those in large cities such as Toronto or Vancouver, are busy, and depending on what's going on that day or what event is being put on, downtown can get extremely busy. Extremely busy also means extremely loud. Some people just don't want that or aren't really able to live such a life. They want to come home after a long day of working and relax; not spend it fighting their way through a large crowd of people to get home.
If that's you then living in downtown Toronto is out of the question. However, there are some downtown living benefits and living in the centre of all the action. Living downtown means being close to pretty much everything. You name it, downtown's got it. Grocery stores, hospitals, malls, concert venues, sporting arenas, boutique shops, fine dining establishments, etc. Whatever you need, be it getting a DVD copied or going out for a bite to eat, you'll be able to do it while living downtown.
Since you're close to everything, living downtown also means very short commute times. You don't have to spend a lot of time getting from your home to the malls, restaurants, grocery stores or catering companies in Toronto. They are all pretty much within walking distance. Depending on where you work, living downtown could also mean a short commute time to your job. A lot of major places of business and work offices are located in the heart of downtown. If you were to live downtown you would never have to worry about being late for work ever again.
Those are a few benefits of living downtown. Think about them before ruling out downtown as a living destination completely.