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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.”

ALSO READ: What we can learn from the looming GM closure in 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


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


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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Heathwood Eleven Altamont

Coming soon to North York – Eleven Altamont by Heathwood Homes

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Coming soon to North York – Eleven Altamont by Heathwood Homes

Heathwood Eleven Altamont

If you’re scouting about for new lowrise home options, take note: Eleven Altamont, by Heathwood Homes, is set to launch this fall.

Urban living on Yonge Street is what Eleven Altamont is all about, with luxury townhomes from 1,708 to 2,504 sq. ft., in two- and three-bedroom configurations.

Rich, dark charcoal brick and beige stone set the tone of sophistication for these luxury townhomes in a master plan around a landscaped courtyard garden. Inside, the homes offer large contemporary, open concept designs finished with only the finest in luxury appointments. Even more, each incorporates the flair and flexibility of a custom home catering to your own family’s unique needs. Choose whether you want your master suite on the second or third level. Select the most convenient location for your laundry and choose if you want a third bedroom or a family room. This is sophisticated urban living taken to the next level.

Heathwood Eleven Altamont

In the heart of North York

Set amidst tree-lined streets in the very heart of one of North York’s most sought-after established neighbourhoods, Eleven Altamont will afford cosmopolitan living in an intimate residential enclave, only minutes from everything that matters. Live just steps away from schools, parks, transportation and fabulous shopping.

Vibrant outdoor living is an integral part of Eleven Altamont. At the centre of the community is a landscaped courtyard where residents come together to relax, mingle and socialize. Walkways, trees and a parkette offer a soothing touch of green, while shaded benches invite you to rest and watch the world go by. This is your sanctuary, a retreat to come home to after a busy day.

Stroll through parks, savour international cuisines, send your kids to the best schools, enjoy a theatre production, hop on the subway and be downtown in minutes. Edithvale Park and Community Centre is steps away and offers a host of fun children’s activities, the Toronto Centre for the Arts provides world-class entertainment, and Mel Lastman Square hosts numerous civic events.

Heathwood Eleven Altamont

Highlight features include an eight-ft. front door, smooth nine-ft. ceilings throughout all three levels, eight-ft. interior doors with stained nickel lever handles and hinges, central air and a Smart Home Package that includes a home hub, smart thermostat video doorbell and more.

The master ensuite boasts an upgraded furniture-style vanity and free-standing tub and frameless glass shower with rain shower-style showerhead. For all bathrooms, you have your choice of granite or quartz countertops.

Epicurean tastes

For epicurean tastes, gourmet kitchens come with custom designed cabinetry with extended upper cabinets, your choice of granite or quartz square edge countertops, choice of designer selected tile backsplash, soft close doors and drawers and a premium appliance package.

Step outside your new luxury town and into the nearby great outdoors, with private rooftop terraces with a natural gas barbecue connection, on each terrace, and exclusive shared outdoor amenities, including seating areas, exercise areas, bicycle storage, pet zones and play areas.

Register now at heathwood.com


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Heathwood Homes’ Wallaceton in Kitchener has all the features that make you feel “home at last”

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Heathwood Homes’ Wallaceton in Kitchener has all the features that make you feel “home at last”

At Wallaceton in Kitchener, Heathwood Homes believes that a “dream home” shouldn’t require many, if any, upgrades at all. Because the new home you’ve been dreaming of probably has pretty much everything you want in the first place.

Out of this belief came the “Heathwood Included” philosophy, which is simply this: Heathwood Homes incorporates the most luxurious and stylish selection of features and finishes, not as optional extras but all included in the standard purchase price.

The perfect example of this are the luxury townhomes being offered at Wallaceton.

Superior exteriors

“Heathwood Included” begins with the the company’s homes, the exceptional stone and brick elevations with classic detailing and an oversized eight-ft. fibreglass main entry door. Maintenance-free, low E Argon-filled vinyl casement windows are incorporated throughout, with R27 insulated walls and R60 attic insulation. The attention to detail is evident with the colour coordination of all the materials and the elegant garage doors.

Main floor luxury

Lofty nine-ft. ceilings can be found throughout the main level, along with richly grained 3.25-in. oak strip hardwood flooring in a choice of colours. Oak stairs lead upstairs with matching handrail, nosing and pickets in choice of stain. Big bright windows let the sun stream in, and luxurious imported ceramic tile flooring is laid in the kitchen, breakfast room, powder room, foyer and mud room, with 4.25-in. baseboards and 2.75-in. casings throughout.

Master chef quality kitchen

Kitchens come equipped with trimmed archways, ceramic flooring, and custom designed cabinetry with extra height uppers for ample storage. Luxury stone 0.75-in. countertops are available in a choice of colours with square edge undermount stainless steel sinks and upgraded faucets. Most kitchens are also appointed with an extra large kitchen island with extended breakfast bar, and all feature a stainless steel range hood.

Magnificent masters and ensuites

On the second level, the master bedrooms invite you into a private sanctuary featuring a nine-ft. high tray ceiling, luxurious 40-oz. broadloom, and large walk-in closets. Also included is a spacious spa-inspired ensuite, with a freestanding soaker tub, glass shower enclosures, imported ceramics, and beautiful stone countertops.

Beautifully finished lower level

For most builders, a finished basement is an optional extra, but again it’s all part of “Heathwood Included.” With nine-ft. foundation walls, the basements offer extra height ceilings, too! This gives you fabulous extra space, which is yours to use as you choose. A children’s playroom, a home theatre room, a hobby room – whatever you need – all finished and waiting for you the day you move in. Even better – a conveniently located three-piece bathroom.

Wallaceton in Kitchener


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