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Pickering and Ajax – enjoying the growth and poised for more

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Pickering and Ajax – enjoying the growth and poised for more

Located in the heart of Durham Region but just east of Toronto, Pickering and Ajax comprise one of the fastest growing areas in Ontario.

Pickering, for example, with a population already at about 94,000, is expected to grow to 190,000 people by 2031, drawn by the city’s divers and stable economy. Pickering is home to a variety of national and international companies, in industries such as energy, advanced manufacturing, logistics, and pharmaceutical.

The area also has available land and space to facilitate this growth. The Pickering Innovation Corridor boasts 800 acres of greenfield, prestige employment land, located along a limited access transportation route directly adjacent to the site of the future Pickering Airport.

Pickering is in major transition, with new growth targets set for the city. The new and developing community of Seaton, for example, is preparing to welcome 70,000 new residents and 35,000 new jobs.

Neighbouring Ajax is similarly prosperous, as the town has a well-deserved reputation for progressive thinking. Among the major projects underway is a redevelopment of the downtown, with new public spaces at Pat Bayly Square.

The future of downtown Ajax comprises a focus on “active, livable, innovative, vibrant and eco-focused,” according to the Town.

Lowrise living

Still sometimes considered suburbs of Toronto, Pickering and Ajax appeal to those in search of single-family and other ground-oriented homes, since, well, there is new lowrise home development in the area. And, like elsewhere in the GTA, “missing-middle” type housing such as townhomes, as well as condos, are also gaining popularity here.

Nautical Village, on Pickering’s waterfront, is a welcome natural amenity enjoyed by residents, with quaint shops, cafes and restaurants, as well as a splash pad and park. An expansive waterfront trail runs along Frenchman’s Bay and during the summer, Millennium Square hosts open air concerts.

Pickering and Ajax boast a number of golf courses, including Glen Cedars, Hawthorne Valley, Seaton Golf, Pickering Golf Club and Watsons’ Glen.

Ajax is home to Ontario’s only quarter horse racetrack, Ajax Downs, and for those who really love games of chance, there’s Casino Ajax.

Live and love in nature

Pickering is blessed with a natural location along Lake Ontario, with kilometres of waterfront greenspace. Add in more than 85 parks, sports fields and trails, as well as three conservation areas, public areas around Frenchman’s Bay and the Hydro Marsh, and it’s all a pretty unbeatable locale for nature lovers.

Ajax boasts its own expansive system of cycling and walking trails totally 74 kms. Veterans’ Point Garden commemorates the town’s history and is dedicated to the HMS Ajax, the DIL Plant and the employees who lived in Ajax during the World War II.

And being so close to Toronto, Pickering and Ajax naturally benefit from the transit and highway infrastructure expansion taking place in the area. Durham Region Transit and GO Transit, as well as Hwy. 401 as the main arterial hub west to the DVP into Toronto or east to Hwy. 115, getting around, to and from Durham Region has never been easier.

Location, location, location

  • Pickering and Ajax are located just east of Toronto in Durham Region; Pickering population, 94,000; Ajax population, 119,670

Key landmarks

  • Casino Ajax
  • Claremont Conservation Area
  • Frenchman’s Bay
  • Greenwood Conservation Area
  • Petticoat Creek
  • Pickering Town Centre
  • Veterans’ Point Garden

Select housing developments

PICKERING

A Towns by Paradise Developments

NuTowns by Madison Group

Seaton Whitevale by Mattamy Homes

Seatonville by Opus Homes

Seatonville by Deco Homes

AJAX

A Towns by Fieldgate Homes

Harkins Ridge by Castleton Communities

Westney Place in Nottingham by Tribute Communities


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Whitby Meadows

Editor’s Choice: Whitby Meadows

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Editor’s Choice: Whitby Meadows

Offering the largest new home selection of its kind in Whitby

This October 2017, six of the GTA’s most respected homebuilders will be holding the much-anticipated Grand Opening of Whitby Meadows, the GTA’s most sought-after master-planned community.

In one of the greatest Canadian powerhouse collaborations, Paradise Developments, Arista Homes, Fieldgate Homes, Great Gulf, OPUS Homes and DECO Homes will be offering the largest choice of new homes ever introduced in Whitby. Whitby Meadows offers an extraordinary selection of single detached homes, semis and freehold townhomes on lots up to 42-feet wide. Freehold townhomes will be priced from the $600,000s.

Offering unprecedented selection, service and convenience, Whitby Meadows brings together the expertise and resources of the most talented architects and professionals in the province.

Built around an inviting 10-plus-acre park, the family-focused master-planned community will feature both traditional and contemporary architectural details, absorbing the region’s small-town flavour and historic character.

Layouts at Whitby Meadows offer the maximum in style and comfort. The exquisite interiors will vary by builder. Some will include nine-foot ceilings heights, pre-finished natural oak solid flooring and natural gas fireplaces. The designer-inspired kitchens will include custom-quality upper and lower cabinetry, granite countertops with under-mounted sinks, imported ceramic tile and spacious breakfast areas. Master ensuites offer matchless luxury and space and tiled bathtub surrounds.

Located at Rossland Road West and Coronation Road, Whitby Meadows is central to all of Whitby’s major social and recreational amenities, including an abundance of excellent schools, parklands and open green spaces. The Whitby area offers over 68 kilometres of recreational trails, 127 playgrounds and more than 950 acres of lush, permanently protected parks. Families will also get to choose from some of the best educational facilities in the GTA with over 20 public schools and 10 separate schools in the immediate area.

The range of sports and entertainment facilities for the whole family is virtually endless. Chief among them is the Iroquois Park Sports Centre, Canada’s largest municipally owned and operated recreation facility. Furthermore, Whitby Meadows is just moments away from a variety of retail establishments. Rich in character, historic downtown Whitby offers first-class shopping with a unique collection of stores and restaurants.

Easy access to local transit, the Town of Whitby is well-serviced by a comprehensive network of local public transportation. Residents at Whitby Meadows are also in close proximity to the new Highway 412, Highway 401 and the Highway 407. The GO Transit station is also just minutes away, offering convenient access to both trains and buses.

The Whitby Meadows’ Sales Centre will be located on the northwest corner of Taunton Road East and Coronation Road in Whitby. The complex will feature a sales office for each builder to showcase their offering.

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