It's All About the Location
Location, location, location is still the real estate mantra when buying, but these days that desired location could actually be somewhere quite different. For the modern down-sizer, a good location is anywhere that offers a better quality of life, so that more time can be spent doing the things that they want to do.
In the northwest corner of Mississauga is the quaint, historic community of Streetsville. It's here that Dunpar Homes
introduced Streetsville Centre
– a new development right in the middle of it, at 80 Thomas Street.
This 200-unit enclave of luxury custom towns and semis
is within walking distance to everything you could possibly need, and only a quick, 30-second jaunt to the GO Station across the road. A two-minute stroll puts you on the main street, where you'll find charming shops and restaurants. Another five minutes and you're at Streetsville Memorial Park, with its soccer field, baseball diamond, community centre, outdoor pool, hiking trail and 100-seat picnic grounds. Highways 401, 403 and the QEW are close by, and Toronto Pearson International Airport is a 10-minute drive.
When Jane Jacobs penned her now famous The Rise and Fall of American Cities, she noted how urban renewal usually led to the loss of neighbourhoods and an elimination of local experiences. As a result, Jacobs lobbied to save old buildings – those familiar landmarks that create a sense of place.
The sleepy village of Streetsville escaped the demolition policies of the 70s and 80s, leaving many of the old buildings intact. The relatively small population keeps the town centre accessible.
Dunpar Homes follows similar planning principles and looks for desirable infill properties that are close to existing amenities, like services, retail and transportation routes. Such locations are coveted for their organic growth, while creating that solid sense of place that Jacobs found to be so important.
Originally founded in 1818 on a 648,000-acre tract of land (the last on the Credit River), Streetsville was named after a Niagara surveyor – Timothy Street. In exchange for his services he was granted 1,000 acres on the fast flowing river, where he built his own home in 1825.
Off the beaten track, Streetsville's architecture and cultural diversity grew at a slow pace over two centuries. Jacobs believed that adding a few buildings every year created a healthy urban fabric, with structures of all ages, and styles, represented.
The spacious homes at Streetsville Centre range in size from 1,500 to 2,600 square feet, with roof-top decks and balconies off the kitchen. Prices start in the mid $800,000s for three-bedroom designs that have well-proportioned principal rooms and two-car garages. Interior features include, granite countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms, an under-mount kitchen sink and a frameless glass ensuite shower, as well as smooth ceilings and stainless appliances.
The Information Centre is located at 80 Thomas Street in Mississauga.