Dolly,If you want to buy a house in Toronto, Vancouver or anywhere you really need to be pre-approved for a loan before you begin to look. You will need a down payment and you will need to demonstrate that you have a regular income so that you can make the mortgage payments. AND have enough money left over to set aside for home repairs which can pop up unexpectedly.Are there houses in Toronto, yes, but you will probably have to find an area surrounding the downtown areas or central city. And your small enclosed garden will be very small.You can do your daydreaming on several websites. I suggest one which will let you define your search criteria rather than just reading a bunch of ads. The site below are just 2 of many. _http://www.househuntingintoronto.com/buyâ€¦_http://www.torontohomescanada.com/I also suggest doing all searches with a map of the entire area so that you get some kind of feel about where things are._http://worldneighborhoods.com/pictures/tâ€¦_http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_neiâ€¦But please remember that since you do not actually know the city, you should get to know it before you buy. You need to learn the neighborhoods, know how you will get to and from work. With a dog, I suggest living as close to work as realistically possible; yet in a neighborhood in which you are comfortable and feel at home. Sometimes it is better to rent for a year although having a dog does make it more difficult.Now I have a question for you. Are you a Canadian citizen? If you aren't, the answer is whoa, slow down. You will need a residency permit first.