Buyers always want to know who their neighbours will be. While you can certainly get a sense of who they are from the demeanour of people on the street, and the care taken with houses and gardens, even from the cars and bicycles parked in driveways and curb-side, it is nice to have more information. In Toronto you can download ward profiles from the city website. This is a great tool that I use for educating clients about new neighbourhoods that they are considering. But a quick litmus test for a home is to use this tool from Environics that profiles the community in our quick postal code search.