Where do you live?: Downtown Toronto
What's it like?: I'm in the heart of downtown, so as you can imagine it is very vibrant, and you'll always see people outside at all hours of the night. You'll find many 24-hour food joints, 24-hour grocery stores, and there are bars, clubs, and entertainment literally within 5 minutes walking. There is no need for a car and actually a hassle and complete waste of money. If you need transit, there are streetcars at every corner and a subway minutes away from each other. Or, just grab a taxi as they are in herds here. Living downtown you will 95% be living in a high-rise condo, and it has it's perks - concierge, gym, pool, sauna, steam room, theatre etc. As with any big city, there are the good neighbourhoods, and the sketchy ones. Obviously, avoid the sketchy ones. There is nothing to do in them anyways unless you're looking for a blowjob behind an alley (by both a female OR male prostitute). Also, there is a gay village up here, something I'm assuming small towns don't have. Save up your money now, because downtown living is not cheap (tons of restaurants, stores, businesses around to find a job), but well worth it for your sanity and well-being, especially as a gay man.
Do you enjoy it?: Very much so and I wouldn't live anywhere but downtown in a big city. You will never find one type of person and it will most likely be a culture shock for someone in a small city, but you will adapt. If you're walking downtown streets between the hours of 10am-9pm (and later on weekends), especially during rush hour, streets will be annoying to walk, and if you're like me who likes to walk at a fast pace and shove these bitches out ma way when I need to get somewhere, you'll get annoyed and frustrated with people who have no sense of direction. That's what I don't enjoy about downtown living. However, to have the convenience of my university being a 5 minute walk from my condo, 2 grocery stores seconds from my building, living with a friend and having friends all nearby, and although at a premium, seeing the bright lights from the 32nd floor, and many others I can't name, I've already sold myself. Oh and if you open up Grindr from where I live, you'll find guys extremely close, many cases in the same building as you - hook-ups or friendship, you'll meet people. Overall though, it's the best decision I've made to move down here and I wouldn't have it any other way.