Na­ture-lov­ing 905ers

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The par­ents: Nikki An­dal, pho­tog­ra­pher and blog­ger who works in IT, & Le­nard An­dal, soft­ware de­vel­oper Home: De­tached home in Rich­mond Hill Kids: Ma­son, four, & Carter, two

Did you al­ways plan on rais­ing your kids in Rich­mond Hill?

Nikki: We didn’t want to be down­town Toronto. Rais­ing two kids, we wanted to be out­side with parks and have just a lit­tle bit of a slower life. It’s like cot­tage life, but we’re five min­utes from the 404 to go down­town.

Do you find there are any chal­lenges that come with liv­ing north of the city?

If you’re try­ing to go to a con­cert or a Blue Jays game, you might have that ex­tra half hour drive. And some­times we miss that down­town food. We’re OK with those two.

Where do your week­ends take you as a fam­ily?

We love the out­doors and we have a lot of ad­ven­tures. Ev­ery week­end now, we’re out on the boat in the lake in the sum­mers, or we’re hik­ing through the trails. I find we’re a lit­tle more phys­i­cal now. The kids are in­side less and spend less time on their elec­tron­ics. They’re more apt to be out­side with the kids in the area play­ing.

Do you find that there’s a great sense of com­mu­nity in your neigh­bour­hood?

When we moved in, all the neigh­bours came out and started telling us where to go and where to eat. There are so many kids around us. It’s just an amaz­ing en­vi­ron­ment that we love rais­ing our kids in. There are days when we don’t even lock our door. It’s just a dif­fer­ent mind­set. We can just go walk­ing at night and not worry about the kids play­ing. We al­ways have our eyes on them, but it’s a dif­fer­ent kind of safety. It’s a great feel­ing.

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