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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 lowrise homes in recent years, most of them 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 HOMES Magazine 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, homebuyers – keep an eye on Whitby, Oshawa and other parts of Durham Region.

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. 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 townhome developments in the city.

“(The GM news) 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.”

Location just east of Toronto along Hwy. 401 is 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.

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 59 km from Toronto, Oshawa 62 km. Durham population 645,862; Oshawa 159,458; Whitby 128,377.

Key landmarks

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

Select housing developments

OSHAWA

Eastmore Village by Delpark Homes

Ironwood by Podium Developments

O North Urban Towns by Greycrest Homes

Symphony Towns by Marlin Spring

Winchester Estates by Menkes Developments

WHITBY

Park Vista by Paradise Developments

Park Vista by Fieldgate Homes

Station No. 3 by Brookfield Residential

The Hamptons at Country Lane by Heathwood Homes


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COVER STORY: EDITOR'S CHOICE: Delpark Homes

COVER STORY: EDITOR’S CHOICE: Delpark Homes

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COVER STORY: EDITOR’S CHOICE: Delpark Homes

Exciting things are happening!

Delpark has designed and built thousands of homes across Southern Ontario, in cities and towns including Ajax, Barrie, Brampton, Bowmanville, Etobicoke, Markham, Mississauga, Richmond Hill, Oshawa, Toronto and Whitby.

They are personally committed to each and every home they build and pride themselves on their craftsmanship and their customers’ satisfaction.

Many Delpark homeowners refer their friends and families and often buy new homes from them more than once. They understand what it takes to design and build a great family home – one that provides everything a modern family could ask for, including plenty of room to grow.

ROSS MODERN TOWNS

Their recently opened project, The Ross Modern Towns in North Oshawa, is a smart collection of townhomes that come loaded with technology. Built for today’s modern families, The Ross is all about contemporary style and function, featuring spacious open-concept living spaces with the emphasis on living. Kitchens flanked by living and dining areas that are open and visible, inviting families to participate in meal preparation, do homework, play games and enjoy time together in a warm and comfortable environment. Separate lower level family rooms with access to the outside. Exquisite master suites with spa-style ensuite bathrooms and second and third bedrooms with plenty of closet space.

But it is in the finishes of these homes that you’ll see the real Delpark difference. Standard finishes include granite kitchen countertops, luxurious laminate flooring in living/dining room, nine-foot ceilings on second floor, five-appliance package which includes stainless steel refrigerator, stove, dishwasher and white washer and dryer, high-quality ceramic, pressure treated wood decks and an impressive assortment of technology features that put these homes in a class all their own.

The Ross offers USB combo outlet receptacles making it easy to charge devices without scrambling for chargers, Kevo smart lock with Bluetooth deadbolt that operates from your smart phone, a WiFi light switch in the master bedroom making it possible to turn the lights on and off from your phone, a Nest Thermostat E that you can program to lower temperatures when you are not at home and increase them when you are, and an Amazon Echo Dot hands-free voice controlled device that is as fun as it is functional, allowing you to play music, order on line, ask questions and more.

A big part of The Ross’ appeal is its location in family-friendly North Oshawa. This spectacular community offers choice schools, excellent shopping, dining, recreation and close proximity to GO Transit, public transit and highways. There’s room to play, room to sport and room to explore – all within a quick drive of The Ross. And for commuters, Union Station in downtown Toronto is only a 45-minute ride away on the GO train.

The Ross Modern Towns are priced from the low $500,000s, making them an affordable choice for young families, singles or those looking to downsize.

THE BROOK

With Phase One successfully sold out, Delpark Homes launched the First Release of homes at Phase 2 of The Brook in North Oshawa. These homes sold out in record time! The Final Release of Phase 2 is coming in early summer, along with the opening of a beautifully decorated Model Home. Located along Grandview Street North, this exclusive collection of beautifully designed single detached homes on 36-, 40- and 45-foot lots is expected to sell out quickly.

Conveniently close to the Highway 407 extension, Highway 401 and Durham Region Transit routes, the area also offers a wide selection of local amenities from shops and grocery stores to parks and schools (including Durham College and UOIT), as well as recreational centres.

Priced from the $700,000s, the homes at The Brook Phase 2 boast charming exterior designs characterized by soaring rooflines, large windows and brick and stone facades. Surrounded by lush conservation lands, some lots even back onto the pristine Harmony Creek watershed, offering the ultimate private outdoor oasis. Plus, each home is available in multiple elevations to ensure a dynamic, yet cohesive streetscape.

Inside, the homes range in size from 2,251 to 3,576 square feet and feature open-concept layouts with nine-foot ceilings on the main floor and eight-foot ceilings on the second floor. Kitchens come equipped with quality custom cabinets, stylish ceramic tiles and granite kitchen countertops.

Image courtesy Delpark Homes
Image courtesy Delpark Homes

People are urged to register now for the final release of homes in Phase Two. By registering, you’ll have advance access to the new Model Home as well as the opportunity to select your choice of lot and model before anyone else.

DELPARK HOMES

Ross Modern Towns

Located at 843 King Street West, Unit 10 (at Thornton Road), Oshawa, the Sales Centre is open Monday to Thursday from 1 to 7 p.m., Saturday, Sunday and holidays from noon to 5 p.m.; closed Friday. Go online to register for the new release of homes.

416.342.1685

The Brook

Go online to register for the new release of homes or to find information on any of Delpark’s new home communities.

DelparkHomes.ca


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