June 22, 2011
Why did you move from Toronto to Nashville? That’s a question I often get, so I thought I would take a moment to explain.
Toronto is a world class city! It’s home to over 5 million people and is a major tourist destination. It’s also Canada’s economic hub and has countless amazing restaurants, bars and live entertainment. Toronto is only a 13-hour drive from Nashville, I recommend you check it out some time.
I love Toronto, but this doesn’t answer why we decided to move south.
My wife, Heather, is actually from West Tennessee. When we got married in 2001, after living in Europe for a few years (where we met), we decided to move back to Toronto. It would be Heather’s first real winter.
Weather & Cost of Living
Six winters and two children later, we were faced with some tough decisions. For a young family, the cost of living in Toronto can be dear. It’s especially expensive to live in the most appealing neighborhoods. We simply couldn’t live where we wanted to live and we didn’t want to move to the ‘burbs.
Young families need other young families
Being from Tennessee, Heather has loads of friends and family with young children. Most of my friends in Toronto don’t have kids. You learn quickly that a network of other young parents who you can depend on to babysit and have play-dates with is a huge help in parenting.
Cost of living, a network of friends with kids and warmer weather drove us south.
We love Nashville
Nashville is an incredible city and I’m proud to call it my home. I love that it’s small enough to get around easily. It always amuses me when locals complain about traffic here, they haven’t seen Toronto at rush hour.
Toronto is already a world class city, Nashville is well on it’s way. It’s fun to a be a part of a growing community and of helping Music City be recognized for the amazing place that it is.
I just tweeted the other day that I love how strangers still smile and nod to you on the street here. The people of Nashville are smart, creative and friendly. This combined makes for a wonderful community. We’re happy to be here.
Photo from DailyDose.