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Homebuyers head to GTA west… but don't ignore the east

Homebuyers head to GTA west… but don’t ignore the east

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Homebuyers head to GTA west… but don’t ignore the east

It’s not exactly earth-shattering news, since we’ve been able to observe the trend for the last few years, but a new report from ReMax of Ontario-Atlantic Canada underlines just to what degree homebuyers are heading west.

West, as in Hamilton and Halton Region – Burlington, Oakville, Halton Hills and Milton.

In analyzing sales trends in nine Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) districts over the past five years, ReMax notes those areas captured 10.1 per cent of total market share in 2018, with a 2.3-per-cent increase over 2013.

The reasons are fairly obvious: The quest for homes at affordable prices. Indeed, this spillover effect has stimulated homebuying activity in most areas flanked by Toronto’s core and Hamilton. Burlington, in particular, soared between 2013 and 2018, with home sales almost doubling and average prices climbing 50 per cent to $769,142.

Builders of new homes also recognize the appetite for lowrise homes in the west.

But with such strong growth in Burlington, how long will this market remain an affordable option?

“The communities in the west will still be affordable compared to Toronto proper, but what we are going to see is a continued uptick in demand for more of the outlying communities like Brantford, Waterdown, Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge and even as far-reaching as London and Niagara,” Christopher Alexander, executive vice-president, ReMax of Ontario-Atlanti Canada, told HOMES Publishing. “What will really impact the growth of these markets, outside of availability and affordability, will be the underlying transit systems and investments in local economies, as people still have a need to be connected to the GTA core.”

But, Alexander also told HOMES Publishing, the window of opportunity to head west may be closing.

“As the west end of the GTA continues to see growth and price appreciation, a leveling effect will likely come into play (with the east region),” he says.

GTA east areas such as Durham Region may not have the same appeal as the west – currently. “The west end of the GTA has a greater diversity of communities that are attracting a diverse range of buyers. 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, yes, prospective homebuyers, go west if you like, but also keep an eye on the east.


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LOCAL FOCUS: Milton, Acton & Georgetown

LOCAL FOCUS: Milton, Acton & Georgetown

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LOCAL FOCUS: Milton, Acton & Georgetown

by Gale Beeby

Rolling countryside and the Niagara Escarpment define these picturesque communities

HOUSING OPTIONS

The two towns — Acton and Georgetown are part of the Town of Halton Hills — offer a diverse range of housing, including homes for young families, established estate properties, historic neighbourhoods and new master-planned communities.

Click here to see a list of homes for sale.

Rolling hills and picturesque scenery are just two of the perks of living a quality lifestyle in Glen Williams.
Rolling hills and picturesque scenery are just two of the perks of living a quality lifestyle in Glen Williams.

LEISURE PURSUITS

Georgetown has a big cultural vibe with live theatres and many art galleries, including the Williams Mill Visual Arts Centre in the historical village of Glen Williams, The Gallery at the Halton Hills Library and Cultural Centre, Beaumont Mill, also in Glen Williams, and many private studios.

In Milton, the town boasts the Mattamy National Cycling Centre (Milton Velodrome) with many cycling events. The Milton Centre for the Arts hosts many performing and visual arts programs. There are plenty of fabulous golf courses in the area, including Royal Ontario, Rattlesnake Point, The Club at North Halton, Greystone, Turtle Creek, Granite Ridge, Eagle Ridge, Piper’s Heath, Georgetown, Halton Country Club, Glencairn and Hornby Glen.

The Niagara Escarpment as seen from Rattlesnake Point.
The Niagara Escarpment as seen from Rattlesnake Point.

PARKS & REC

The Bruce Trail, which winds its way along the Niagara Escarpment from Niagara to Tobermory, passes through the area and is its defining geographical formation. The Escarpment was named a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations in 1990, one of only 12 in of Canada.

The area also has some of the most beautiful parks and trails in the province, including the Crawford Lake Conservation Area, the Glen Eden Ski & Snowboard Centre, Kelso Conservation Area, Mount Nemo Conservation Area, Mountsberg Conservation Area and the amazing Rattlesnake Point.

RETAIL THERAPY

Georgetown, Acton and Milton offer a variety of shopping experiences, from quaint downtown boutiques, bakeries and butchers, to a large selection of big box stores. In the Glen Williams area, you will also find a large selection of crafts made by local artisans. The first Premium Outlet mall in Canada opened in 2013 at Steeles Avenue and Trafalgar Road.

EASY ACCESS

There are four mains roads: Highway 7, connecting Acton and Georgetown; Regional Road 8 (Steeles Avenue) between Milton and Brampton; Regional Road 25, which connects Acton and Milton; and Regional Road 3 (Trafalgar Road), between Ballinafad and Oakville. Highway 25 connects with Highways 401 and 407. GO Transit runs bus service to and from Halton Hills and train service to Georgetown.

BY THE NUMBERS

Population:
Georgetown: 42,123
Acton: 9,462
Milton: 110,128

Walk score:
Halton Hills: 40
Milton: 42

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