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Standing out from the crowd in Mississauga

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Standing out from the crowd in Mississauga

Mississauga has always been a city of noteworthy accomplishments, from its inception as a city in 1974 combining the former townships of Lakeview, Cooksville, Lorne Park, Clarkson, Erindale, Sheridan, Dixie, Meadowvale Village, Malton, Port Credit and Streetsville; to being home to Canada’s longest-serving mayor, Hazel McCallion, from 1978 to 2014.

You might expect such a track record of ambition from one of the most populous – and fastest-growing – municipalities in Canada.

Covering a huge swath of land – 288 square kms, 13 km of which front Lake Ontario – Mississauga comprises many distinct neighbourhoods and communities. The former town of Port Credit, for example, once a sleepy little industrial locale, home to the iconic – and smelly – St. Lawrence Starch Co. plant from 1890 to 1990, today is a much sought-after residential area, thanks to its prized waterfront location.

Local histories

Many of these areas host annual festivals that pay respect to local histories. Streetsville, for example, holds its annual Bread and Honey Festival, paying homage to the area’s roots as a mill town. And Port Credit’s Mississauga Waterfront Festival and the Southside Shuffle blues and jazz festival display everything that the community has to offer.

With McCallion running the show over 12 consecutive terms, until she stepped aside and Bonnie Crombie won the election in 2014, Mississauga was known as a city of growth. McCallion consistently boasted she oversaw among the lowest taxes in Canada and made it easy for companies to do business there. Today, the area is home to more than 60 Fortune 500 companies, including Laura Secord Chocolates, Honeywell Aerospace, Walmart Canada and Kellogg’s Canada.

Getting around Mississauga is, well, you are travelling over a vast area, and traffic these days… But Hwys. 401, 403, 410 and the QEW all run for stretches through the city, and there’s no shortage of GO Transit and Mississauga MiWay Transit options.

Waterfront recreation

For sports and recreation, again Mississauga is blessed with numerous recreational winter and summer sports leagues with decades of local history. Using the Streetsville example again, the Vic Johnston Community Centre dates back to 1961, and sits adjacent to Memorial Park and the Credit River.

And, following the Credit River down to Port Credit, Memorial Arena is another beautiful old barn, sitting adjacent to Memorial Park and facing Lake Ontario. The park itself serves as host location for some of the area’s largest festivals.

Then there’s the Paramount Fine Foods Centre (formerly Hershey Centre), where the Ontario Hockey League’s Mississauga Steelheads play, and which also is home to a number of community rinks.

Location, location, location

• More than 288.42 square kms, 13 kms fronting Lake Ontario; bounded by Oakville, Milton, Brampton, Toronto and Lake Ontario

Key landmarks

• Living Arts Centre

• Mississauga Celebration Square

• Paramount Fine Foods Centre

• Sheridan College Business School

• Square One Shopping Centre

• University of Toronto Mississauga

Select housing developments

20/Twenty Towns by Consulate Development Group

Eleven 11 Clarkson by Saxon Developments

Jewels of the Meadows by Ideal Developments

Lakeview Village by Lakeview Community Partners

Parc Towns by The Daniels Corporation

The Clarkson Urban Towns by Haven Developments

Tuxedo Park by Maple Valley Development Corp.


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Edge Tower 2

Solmar Developments takes advantage of all that Mississauga has to offer with their new condo at Burnhamthorpe and Hurontario

Why is Mississauga a breath of fresh air for new condo buyers? Mississauga was largely built by newcomers to Canada, and that was a result of our modern immigration policy, beginning in the 1970s.

The growth of Mississauga was a modern success story showcasing the evolution of Canadian culture. Mississauga’s most common languages after English, according to 2016 Census data, are Chinese, Urdu, Arabic, Polish, and Panjabi.

Mississauga has grown successfully because of a combination of a political desire to attract new businesses, and new and existing Canadian residents, and a desire to be pro Real Estate Development. These policies were championed by the legendary Mayor Hazel McCallion, and continue under the strong leadership of the current Mayor, Bonnie Crombie. Mayor Crombie often speaks about the importance of attracting good paying jobs to Mississauga with a catch phrase, “Mississauga is open for business!”

“A strong and expanding local economy creates skilled, well-paying new jobs, and new and existing residents need nice places to live that are affordable”, says Mayor Crombie.

Home to over 60 of the worlds Fortune 500 companies, Mississauga is known to be strong in the pharmaceutical industry, banking and finance, electronics and computers, Aerospace, transportation parts, and equipment.

The new LRT was an important component in creating a modern, world class city, connecting the region of Peel, from north to south along Hurontario, offering residents convenient and rapid access to Union Station, the Airport, or anywhere on the Metrolinx transportation system.

Ontario’s third largest city projects its largest population growth, by far, to be in its downtown core, at Burnamthorpe and Hurontario.

The Mississauga Downtown Core features Square One Shopping Centre, Ontario’s largest and most sophisticated mall, featuring world class shopping like Holt Renfrew, Armani, Hugo Boss, Gucci, and the Rolex Boutique.

Local residents can live the modern downtown lifestyle with conveniences like Whole Foods, Chapters, Earls, the Bier Market, the Living Arts Centre, and Sheridan College all within a short walk.

Condominium apartments are the modern choice for Real Estate offering a luxury, care free lifestyle at an affordable price, compared to the soaring price, and the physical maintenance required, with houses and townhouses.

With downtown Toronto new Condo prices typically ranging between $1,000 to $1,400 per square foot, Mississauga is a breath of fresh air for GTA Buyers who would have traditionally chosen downtown Toronto.

Over the last number of years, there has generally been a $150 to $200 per square foot difference between buying a premium quality downtown condo versus a premium quality Mississauga Condo.

Buying a triple A condo in Mississauga versus downtown you can currently save as much as $600 per square foot, if you compare two new condos that both have:

  • a superior location;
  • proximity to the LRT (versus subway downtown);
  • walking distance to world class luxury shopping, trendy restaurants, major post-secondary education;
  • an experienced Developer known for providing superior quality finishes and workmanship.

Compare Solmar Developments, Edge Tower 2

Located in Mississauga’s downtown core, on the new Hurontario LRT, Edge Tower 2 offers the best quality finishes and workmanship in Mississauga and is being built by an experienced Italian Developer.

The incentive package is also the best in Mississauga, and unheard of downtown, with free parking, free locker, free assignment, 5 per cent deposit this year (15 per cent over 18 months)*, a low lot levy cap, and the ability to rent during occupancy.

With the best quality finishes and the strongest incentive package offered in Mississauga new high rise condos, many consider it to the best value in the GTA. You can judge this for yourself by visiting the Designer decorated, model suite at the Presentation Centre and get a sneak preview of Edge Tower 2.

Visit the The Presentation Centre, located at 24 Elm Drive West. The Presentation Centre is open from noon to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends; closed Friday.


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