MOVING TO TORONTO? I moved here 24 years ago...

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Advantage Realty

Yes, I'm an ex-pat from NY and LA.  I came to Toronto to work on a TV show for what was supposed to be an 8 month contract.  24 years later I'm still here.  And I love it.

I can hear everyone saying, "She must be crazy!  Why would she leave sunshine and ocean and year-round flowers for snow and ice and more snow?"  Well, the truth is, I like it here.  Yes, it gets cold; this winter has been brutal and here it is May 1st and it's still really cold.  And, no, I never really get used to it, but there are so many other great things about this city that you find yourself overlooking your red nose and frozen fingers.  

Toronto is a world class city.  Forget what you've heard about our mayor.  The people here are smart, funny and friendly.  The restaurants are amazing.  The schools turn out incredibly accomplished young men and women.  Toronto has trees and parks and a Great Lake.  Miles and miles of bike and walking paths.  We have Broadway shows.  The Toronto Film Festival.  And a basketball team in the playoffs as I write. Museums, Art Galleries, Ballet and Opera.

And, yes, we love our hockey, football, baseball and ... curling.

So if you're thinking of relocating or being transferred by your office, don't worry.  We don't live in igloos or use dog sleds to get around.  Toronto is a very civilized city.  There are so many lovely, different neighborhoods.  (or neighbourhoods)  

Come to Toronto and find out what you've been missing.  And let me know if you need help.  I speak both languages: the American side of me speaks English and the Torontonian side of me speaks... English.  I can help you find a place to live, whether it's short-term rental or buying a home.  In fact, I have a rental unit that's available on July 1st.  But even if you just want information or help with anything at all, get in touch.  I'd be very glad to help my fellow ex-pats!

Go Raptors! 





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Julie Strassman, Realtor

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Comments (2)

Bryan Beckstead, KOmKards, Care-Connect-Communicate, on auto pilot, 24/7.
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Hi Julie, we are neighbors, sort of !!

I live in Hopeville Ontario, about 2 hours North West of you depending on what part of TO you live in.

Yes Toronto is an amazing city and  I get into town the odd time, when I want some culture, then I head back to the country.

Anyone moving to the great white  North, use Julie to make the move go easily !!

Apr 30, 2014 10:26 PM
Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire

Oh, good!  You speak Candadian....English.  Your post was so much fun.  And, Toronto is a place I would love to visit...and maybe live there....although I hear it is not so easy to become a citizen.  Oh, well.  I will be back since I am now following you, too!

Mar 09, 2015 07:56 AM