Hume­wood home­own­ers

Thornhill Post - - Currents -

The par­ents: Marnie Adler, free­lance TV pro­ducer & di­rec­tor and Pi­lates in­struc­tor, & Stephen Adler, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor for the Cana­dian Friends of Tel Aviv Univer­sity Home: De­tached house in Hume­wood with de­tached Pi­lates stu­dio in back Kids: Sa­man­tha, 11, & Mia, 9

How has it been rais­ing a fam­ily in the city?

Marnie: We lived in Thorn­hill for 10 years, and we only re­cently moved to Toronto. It was un­af­ford­able for us to live in the city, so we made a 10-year plan to move into the city. The Hume­wood neigh­bour­hood is un­be­liev­able. We spent a lot of time think­ing where the best place for adults and children and school and so­cial would be, and I think we nailed it.

How has the move af­fected your com­mute times?

When ask­ing my daugh­ter Mia, the ma­jor dif­fer­ence that’s a big deal for her is that she gets to see her par­ents more of­ten. Stephen now has a 10-minute com­mute. The ac­ces­si­bil­ity has been life-chang­ing. It was 10 years of com­mut­ing. I can re­mem­ber the day when I got into my car tech­ni­cally “early” at six o’clock, and it took me two hours to get home.

Do you have ma­jor safety con­cerns now that you’re in the city?

I worry about it 10 times more than when we lived in Thorn­hill. We read about break-ins in the neigh­bour­hood. Friends of ours have had their cars bro­ken into mul­ti­ple times. Did I ever think about lock­ing my door in Thorn­hill? Here I’m lock­ing my door and putting my shades down. My older daugh­ter had a phone way ear­lier than I would have con­sid­ered it. For safety, I think it’s a pri­or­ity.

How has the school­ing tran­si­tion been?

In Thorn­hill, we put them into French im­mer­sion, and they started get­ting bussed to their school. When they got home, there was no one to play with. Now they can they can walk to school, have play dates after school.…

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