T.O. na­ture lovers

Midtown Post - - Main Street -

The par­ents: Jur­gita Dron­ina, prin­ci­pal dancer with the Na­tional Bal­let of Canada, now in The Sleep­ing Beauty & Ser­guei En­dinian, real es­tate agent with Chest­nut Park Home: Semi-de­tached house in Sum­mer­hill Kids: Damian, five

Did you al­ways plan on liv­ing in the city?

Jur­gita: I did want my child to grow up hav­ing both a city and na­ture set­ting. Once we moved to Toronto, we were look­ing for some­thing very cen­tral in the city as well as hav­ing a neigh­bour­hood that of­fers plenty of na­ture.

So how easy is it to ac­cess that na­ture?

We live just by a city ravine and have a small house. We come from Europe, where it’s all apart­ment liv­ing in the city, so hav­ing a house feels like a lux­ury. We spend a lot of time out­side and are rarely stuck at home.

Do you take much ad­van­tage of Toronto’s cul­tural of­fer­ings?

We love go­ing to the Royal On­tario Mu­seum, On­tario Sci­ence Cen­tre or to a kids’ per­for­mance. Days off are strictly for fam­ily, and we trea­sure our time to­gether. How does your com­mute af­fect your fam­ily time? I don’t drive, so the dis­tance be­tween work, home and the the­atre is very im­por­tant to me. Home to school is a 30-minute walk, and home to the the­atre is 15 min­utes. I don’t de­pend on traf­fic.

What unique ad­van­tages does your child have here?

Our son loves the city, and no mat­ter how much we all travel, we al­ways want to come home to Toronto. The ed­u­ca­tion is fab­u­lous, and the bal­ance be­tween work and life is splen­did. Damian is of­ten a guest at the Na­tional Bal­let of Canada per­for­mances.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.