- Neighbourhoods farthest south near Lake Ontario were the oldest communities.
- The further you go north or east and west the newer the neighbourhoods are.
- South and Central neighbourhoods date from the 1800s.
- North to midtown around Davisville were built in the early 20th century.
- Go further north to North York where Don Mills was built in 1960s -70s.
- Leaside's homes built in the 1940s are almost entirely renovated and enlarged.
- East and west communities follow the same pattern.
- Toronto subways run:
north from downtown to North Yorkfrom downtown northwest to North York
east/west from midtown to Scarborough to Etobioke
east through southern North York
- Highways run across the waterfront, north on the Scarborough/North York border, across lower part of North York and along the Etobicoke border.
Among those older homes are new condominium developments mainly confined to the main arteries. Older houses and even whole neighbourhoods have been renovated. The old downtown and lakefront have been taken over by condos and revitalization in some previously deteriorating neighbourhoods has resulted in new infill projects of modern townhouses and conversions of older factories and warehouses.