Now there could be a new metric for homebuyers – trees.
Although it seems obvious, a new five-year study of 30,000 people in Toronto
by the Ontario Health Study, has confirmed that neighbourhoods with more trees mean healthier residents.
It found that those in leafy neighbourhoods are less likely to have health issues, such as hypertension and obesity, and that the benefits of planting at least 10 trees on a street has the same health-boosting impact as a $10,000 rise in income.
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The trend in recent years has been towards more Canadians wanting to live closer to the city core with an easier commute and a greater range of amenities.