The Best Neighbourhoods to Buy a Home in Durham Region

The region of Durham is a large area located in the Golden Horseshoe of southern Ontario. It is located east of Toronto, and the diverse range of communities make up an area of about 2,590 square kilometers. You’ll find a vast variety of neighbourhoods to choose from in the Durham Region, from small towns to bustling urban centers full of employment in a variety of industries, and everything in between. This area has a population of over 633,130, and in light of rising prices in Toronto real estate, experts estimate that Durham Region will be home to 810,000 residents by the year 2021.

While Durham Region is located close to Toronto, the 401 and Go Transit rail and bus lines serve most areas near Lake Ontario, and the communities have remained affordable to the average homebuyer. These factors have made this area a prime region for new home buyers to “drive until you qualify,” rather than settle for the smaller square footage Toronto condos offer.

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If you’re looking for an affordable home close to nature that is an easy commute to urban centers or Toronto itself, check out the best neighbourhoods to buy a home in Durham region.

Riverside Hermitage (Ajax)

Known as one of the most affluent neighbourhoods in the community of Ajax (population 109,000) and indeed all of Durham Region, Riverside Hermitage is a great location for upscale family living. Home to four elementary schools and Pickering High School, this mature neighbourhood also boasts a golf course and community park. Ideal for large families, you’ll find large fully detached homes on expansive lots here. Whether you’re commuting to Toronto for work or you are employed at one of the many corporations that call Ajax home, you can’t go wrong with a home in Riverside Hermitage.

Vanier (Oshawa)

Further east of Toronto you’ll find the suburb of Vanier located in Oshawa. Oshawa is currently one of the most popular bedroom communities outside of Toronto, and Vanier is a great area within this town with a population of 149,000. Located about 60 kilometers from downtown Toronto, Vanier provides residents with easy access to the 401. For those who don’t need to commute, the shopping district on Stevenson Road has every amenity you’ll need. Residents love Vanier because of its family friendly streets, mature neighbourhoods and older, fully detached housing stock.

Taunton North, Whitby

If older, mature neighbourhoods aren’t your thing, and you crave the crisp freshness of a new build, Taunton North should be your home. The Taunton North development is brand new and boasts new developments along with new roads, new schools and new – well, everything! Taunton North is close to the 407 and is about a one hour commute if you work in the city, depending on traffic. Amenities are nearby with the shopping center on Harmony Road North. Coldstream Park and Legends Center provide ample entertainment for your family. Taunton North is a great place to call home.

Brooklin, Whitby

If you want the space and affordability that living further from downtown Toronto affords, but you’re still looking for a community with a downtown core and a unique, defined identity, Brooklin is the place for you. Located in Whitby, Brooklin is a newer area close to the 407 and full of charm with new homes built on spacious lots. Unlike many newly developed areas nearby, Brooklin has a unique feature in that it has an actual town center at the corner of Winchester Road East and Baldwin Street. This intersection is home to dozens of amenities and restaurants including a variety of big box stores and the Brooklin Pub. Nearby you’ll also find the Luther Vipond Brooklin Memorial Arena, a public library, parks, and a baseball diamond. Brooklin truly has everything you’ve been craving in a small and vibrant neighbourhood.

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