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Neighbourhood Watch: Oshawa & Whitby

Is Oshawa & Whitby the next hot new destination?

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Is Oshawa & Whitby the next hot new destination?

As prospective homebuyers have looked outside the Toronto core in search of more affordable homes in recent years, many have headed to Hamilton, Burlington, Milton and other points west.

This migration may soon change.

“The west end of the GTA has a greater diversity of communities that are attracting a diverse range of buyers,” Christopher Alexander, executive vice-president, ReMax of Ontario-Atlantic Canada, told Condo Life earlier this year. “In the past 10 years, there has been significant focus on the growth and development of these regions, whereas historically, Durham has not traditionally been viewed in this same regard. With the boom in areas towards the east, like Prince Edward County, and the affordability leveling out, we will likely see the tide begin to turn.”

So, there you go, prospective condo buyers – keep an eye on Whitby, Oshawa and other parts of Durham Region.

Podium Developments' Ironwood in North Oshawa
Podium Developments’ Ironwood in North Oshawa

Economic diversity

And don’t let any potential uncertainly over General Motors Canada’s announcement late last year that it would close its Oshawa assembly plant bother you. Oshawa, and other points in Durham, are about a lot more than one company.

“(The) employment sector in Oshawa has been shifting for some time, and Oshawa has healthily diversified to add technology, educational institutions, healthcare, administration and many professionals to its offerings of great jobs and companies in the market,” says Christian Huggett, vice-president, development, at Podium Developments. The company has a number of developments in the city.

“(The GM news) has not altered our plans,” he says. “We continue to believe that the outlook is bright for home sales in North Oshawa, buoyed by its proximity and relationship to schools, the 407 network, the significant growth occurring and planned for North Oshawa, and that our site is unique in its physical and design characteristics to make it stand out.”

Strong natural location just east of Toronto along Hwy. 401 are among the reasons Whitby and Oshawa draw attention. With Whitby just 59 kms from Toronto and Oshawa 62, commuting is a real option – particularly with recent GO Transit improvements and the expansion of Hwy. 407.

Durham Region Transit connects with the other cities in the region, including Pickering, Ajax, Clarington, Brock and Uxbridge. The 401 runs through the south of region, Hwy. 7 runs across its northern edge and the Hwy. 407 extension to Hwys. 35 and 115 across the top of Durham Region.

Translation? Getting to, from and around Durham is getting increasingly easy, which makes living here and working elsewhere a real possibility.

Expanding attractions

As with any growing municipality, Whitby and Oshawa also offer expanding amenity and retail options. The Oshawa Centre, for example, is the largest shopping complex in Durham and is home to more than 230 outlets. And in downtown Oshawa, of course, there’s a variety of unique shops and restaurants.

In Whitby, Pearson Lane is a historical development that houses boutiques, cafes and services.

Nature is also front and centre, as Oshawa is home to wildlife preserves such as the Pumphouse Marsh, Second Marsh and McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve. Oshawa Botanical Gardens boasts North America’s largest contemporary peony collection, and on Oshawa’s Lake Ontario shoreline, Lakeview Park offers many picnic areas, playgrounds, sports fields, a waterfront pier and sandy beaches.

In Whitby, more than 100 parks more than 60 kilometres of trails, including the Bio-Diversity Trail, the Cullen Central Park Trails, Otter Creek Trail and the Whitby Shores Waterfront Trail, await residents. The 670-acre Lynde Shores Conservation area is known for its wildlife and provides habitat for nesting birds.

Location, location, location

Located east of Toronto in York Region, Durham forms the east end of the GTA . Whitby is 59 km from Toronto, Oshawa 62 km. Durham population 645,862; Oshawa 159,458; Whitby 128,377.

Key landmarks

  • Key Landmarks
  • Lynde Shores Conservation Area
  • Oshawa Botanical Gardens
  • Oshawa Centre
  • Tribute Communities Centre

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Axess Condos by The Daniels Corporation

Ironwood by Podium Developments

Treehouse Studios by Karmina Developments

UC Tower by Tribute Communities


Harbour Ten10 by Castle Group Developments

Prince George Landing by RoseWater Developments

Prince George Landing by Stockworth Developments

Station No. 3 by Brookfield Residential

The Landing at Whitby Harbour by Carttera Private Equities


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Harbour Ten10

A tremendous lifestyle awaits at Harbour Ten10

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A tremendous lifestyle awaits at Harbour Ten10

Quality of life is high on everyone’s list, so what better place to move than Harbour Ten10, where a tremendous lifestyle awaits in one of Canada’s most desirable communities.

Harbour Ten10 is located in the heart of the town of Whitby, consistently recognized as one of the top places to live in Canada, taking the 25th spot overall in moneysense.ca‘s 2018 ranking of 415 communities across the country. There are numerous reasons why Whitby ranks so high, including exceptional amenities, great weather, a strong healthcare network (including more than 80 doctors’ offices) and a robust economy.

Consistent with the Harbour Ten10 name, the site is less than 10 minutes from what buyers ranging from young families to empty nesters could ever need, with such desirable amenities as: Whitby’s historic downtown (just one km away), the Oshawa Centre (with 230 stores), Whitby Public Library, Oshawa Golf and Curling Club, Lynde Shores Conservation Area on Lake Ontario and local public and high schools as well as Trent University – Durham campus, the Ontario Institute of Technology and Durham College. Port Whitby Marina and Iroquois Beach Park with its long sandy beach and picnic areas are also minutes away.

When you aren’t out and about, a great lifestyle can be found on the home front as well, thanks to an impressive list of onsite amenities. Amenities that include: a social lounge with fireplace, an onsite greenspace with playground, a barbecue area, dedicated rooms for yoga, games and parties, and an upscale, hotel-like lobby. And grass cutting during the green season and snow clearing in the winter are taken care of so that homeowners can spend more time doing what really matters. It’s also a great perk for snowbirds and people who like to travel.

Harbour Ten10 is made even more appealing by the remarkable value proposition of these homes, with prices starting at $399,990 or hundreds of thousands of dollars less than downtown Toronto. Built by Castle Group – which has won three design awards from BILD, Toronto’s builder group — the condos in this midrise community include such upscale features as nineft. ceilings, laminate plank flooring throughout and textured granite countertops.

In addition to all that’s at your doorstep, Harbour Ten10 is a short drive from the 401, 407 and the 412 and just six minutes from the GO Train Station, which gets you to Union Station in just 20 to 25 minutes.

Visit the sales office, located at 1010 Dundas St. E. in Whitby. The sales office is from noon to 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends and holidays; closed Fridays. To learn more and to take advantage of a limited time offer of Bonus Incentives worth up to $30,000, including a free parking spot and Extended Deposit Structure, call or visit the website.




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