The city of Mississauga, initially named for the Algonquian Mississaugas, a First Nations group that inhabited the area before the 1600s, has long been a favorite choice for Ontarians. This city of 700,000 is ideal for those who want to be close to the biggest job market in the province, yet far enough to still enjoy affordable Mississauga real estate.
While most of the neighbourhoods in Mississauga are wonderful places to raise a family, a few stand above the rest. Here are the top four family-friendly neighbourhoods in Mississauga.
Located along the shores of Lake Ontario, Port Credit has magnificent harbour views, beaches, shops and amenities within walking distance. When you live in Port Credit, there will be no shortage of activities to do with your family. Take a stroll through the waterfront JC Saddington Park, enjoy the arena at Memorial Park, or join story time at the public library.
But Port Credit has more to offer than just amenities. This neighbourhood is home to Kenollie Public School, one of the top rated schools in the city.
Housing stock in Port Credit is a mixture of condos and larger homes, and the average home price is $415,516.
Just west of Port Credit and east of the credit river valley is the community of Erindale. This quiet area is home to the University of Toronto Mississauga campus, and also Sheridan Park Public School, one of the better public schools in the city.
Erindale is perfect for families with young children looking for a little more space, as homes tend to be fully detached with larger square footage. The average home price in this well-established suburb is $406,994 making it an affordable destination.
As we move inland, we come to the popular neighbourhood of Streetsville. If you’re looking for a home in a family friendly area with a quaint European village feel, Streetsville is for you.
This charming community is home to a variety of shops, yoga studios, and restaurants, and a GO station that puts you just a short commute from the city.
Streetsville has a variety of homes to offer all types of families, from condos to townhomes to hundred-year-old two-storey gems. Once you settle in, your children will attend the coveted Vista Heights Public School, one of the best public schools in the city.
Just west of Streetsville is Meadowvale. Meadowvale has easy access to the 401 and 407 for parents working in downtown Toronto, and an extremely affordable average home value of $310,014.
You’ll find this quiet, spacious neighbourhood dotted with parks, and its proximity to the shopping on Winston Churchhill Boulevard helps it maintain a strong walk score of 61.
Home to Plum Tree elementary school, which consistently ranks in the top five public schools in Mississauga, you can’t go wrong if you settle in Meadowvale.
While Mississauga may have started out as a suburban oasis outside the city, it has quickly morphed into a destination of its own, complete with attractions, a vibrant downtown, and a distinct community feel. It’s this maturity and community identity that is leading more and more Canadian families to call this city home.
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