HOW TO SPEAK LIKE A TORONTONIAN URBAN DICTIONARY OF REAL ESTATE
WORDS, TERMS & MEANINGS UNIQUE TO TORONTO AND CANADA
When saying "Toronto" many Torontonians drop the second t, pronouncing it as "Trono"
Bachelor apartment - also known as a studio apartment or efficiency is a unit that has no separate bedroom
Cheque – exactly the same as a check, a written order directing a bank to pay out money
Chesterfield – couch or sofa
College – refers to community college in Canada. This is distinct from a university, which is a post-secondary institution that grants a degree.
Cottage – summer vacation home, camp or cabin on a body of water
Duplex – refers to a house divided into 2 separate apartments or flats each having its own entrance
Eavestroughs – the rain gutters that attach to the underside of the roof of a house
Elfs – electric light fixtures
FAG – refers to a forced air gas furnace heated by natural gas it pushes out hot air
Garburator – garbage disposal unit under the kitchen sink
Humidex – measurement used by meteorologists to measure the combination of heat and humidity in the air
Hydro – refers to electricity as in most electricity comes from hydroelectric power
Johnny on the spot – porta potty or portable toilet often seen on construction sites
Klick – slang for kilometre
Loonie - the Canadian one dollar coin features the national bird on it, the loon. A twoonie or toonie is the two dollar coin
Penthouse – the suite on the top floor of a condo building with the sub-penthouse or lower penthouse referring to one floor below the penthouse level
Postal code – the Canadian version of the British postcode or the American zip code
Snowbirds – retired people or seniors who head to the southern United States for the winter and return to Canada in the summer
Solarium – a den or a room in a condo apartment with lots of windows that does not have a closet
Square feet - officially Canada uses the metric system of measurement however the Toronto real estate industry uses square feet rather than square metres when referring to measurement of space and rooms in condos and homes.
The GTA – The Greater Toronto Area is made up of not only the City of Toronto but is also comprised of the surrounding areas including Oakville, Mississauga, Brampton, Markham, King, Pickering and Ajax.
Washroom – bathroom, loo or restroom
905 – the area code for just outside Toronto often used to describe the suburbs of the GTA
Some Nicknames For Toronto
Hogtown – Toronto was home to one of Canada’s earliest meat packers
Hollywood North – lots of movies and television shows are shot in Toronto as it is often a stand in for New York City, Chicago and Washington DC
The 6ix or The Six – popularized by the rapper Drake refers to the Toronto area codes 416 and 647
YYZ – airport identification code for Toronto Pearson International Airport
Av & Dav – the intersection of Avenue Rd and Davenport known for its row of flower markets
The 5 Thieves – the term used affectionately by locals to describe the upscale gourmet food stores on Yonge St south of Summerhill that includes a butcher, green grocer and fish market
The Hangar - the Air Canada Centre, home to the Toronto Raptors (basketball) and Toronto Maple Leafs (hockey)
The Mink Mile – the stretch of Bloor St West between Yonge and Avenue Road where all the designer luxury brands have their flagship stores
The ROM – the Royal Ontario MuseumHave Questions About Buying Real Estate In Toronto? Contact Me
|Victoria Boscariol is a real estate agent in Toronto Canada with Chestnut Park Real Estate Limited Brokerage. With over 20 years experience, Victoria has been helping people successfully buy and sell condos and houses in Yorkville and downtown Toronto. As a Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) she has worked with Buyers from around the world moving to Toronto from China, Russia, Brazil, India, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Cyprus, Italy, Germany, The United Kingdom, Australia and the United States.
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