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Neighbourhood Watch: Oshawa & Whitby

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 homes in recent years, many 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 Condo Life 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, prospective condo buyers – keep an eye on Whitby, Oshawa and other parts of Durham Region.

Podium Developments' Ironwood in North Oshawa
Podium Developments’ Ironwood in North Oshawa

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 bother you. 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 developments in the city.

“(The GM news) has 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, and that our site is unique in its physical and design characteristics to make it stand out.”

Strong natural location just east of Toronto along Hwy. 401 are 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, and on Oshawa’s Lake Ontario shoreline, Lakeview Park offers many picnic areas, playgrounds, sports fields, a waterfront pier and sandy beaches.

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

Key landmarks

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

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Axess Condos by The Daniels Corporation

Ironwood by Podium Developments

Treehouse Studios by Karmina Developments

UC Tower by Tribute Communities


Harbour Ten10 by Castle Group Developments

Prince George Landing by RoseWater Developments

Prince George Landing by Stockworth Developments

Station No. 3 by Brookfield Residential

The Landing at Whitby Harbour by Carttera Private Equities


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Prince George Landing is located in the historic village of Brooklin

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Prince George Landing is located in the historic village of Brooklin

Offering captivating designs and spacious living, is the newly opened Prince George Landing condos and townhomes in Brooklin. Here, you’ll find a selection of one-, two- and three-bedroom suites, each with a large terrace or balcony that overlooks the surrounding township. Residents will have access to a wide range of perks, including on-site boutique shops, underground parking and more.

Designed with you in mind

This Brooklin location allows for easy access to Highway 407, the Whitby GO station, The University of Ontario Institute of Technology and the GTA, while still providing home owners with an intimate, small-town feel.

On the first floor of Prince George Landing (Rosewater Developments) will be commercial space, augmented by a fully landscaped courtyard, and a ravine that backs onto the property.

Home sizes range from 764 to 2,986 square feet. Spacious living and dining areas define the floorplans, and personal space can be designed to fit individual preferences. The fabulous balconies are extensions of the indoor layouts, and provide a connection to the cultural hub of Brooklin.

A balanced lifestyle

At Prince George Landing (Stockworth Developments), staying active is easy with a number of walking trails and bike paths in community parks, close by. In Brookln, residents have access to the Brooklin Kinsmen Park, beautiful gardens, social clubs and nearby golf courses.

The township of Brooklin has a dynamic urban core, surrounded by suburban living, as well as well-protected historical and cultural gems. Neighbourhood schools include Meadowcrest Public School and the recently opened Brooklin High School.

Connectivity to surrounding cities, including Toronto, is of the utmost importance to many, and with public transit, and Highway 407, it’s no surprise that Brooklin is a desireble area.

Creature comforts

Local restaurants and shops are just minutes away, and when you need to tend to the necessities of life, you’ll find Shoppers Drug Mart, the LCBO, Canada Post and financial institutions within a reasonable distance. Other nearby amenities include the Brooklin Towne Centre, the Brooklin Community Centre and Library, and the Luther Vipond Brooklin Memorial Arena.

Each home in the Prince George Landing development offers inspired living areas, with architectural complements that help to individualize each space. The historical surroundings were certainly an influence in the design, along with the desire to include upgraded, modern conveniences.

With security and safety in mind, each suite includes a personal security system, and ground floor suites are equipped with sensors on the windows and the patio doors.

The natural scenery, along with convenient proximity to essential amenities, has heightened the anticipation for this exclusive development.


The sales office is located 17 Baldwin Street in Brooklin.



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Live like royalty in Durham Region

The culmination of hard work combined with luxurious design has resulted in a wonderful interpretation of grand living at Prince George Landing in the heart of Brooklin. This contemporary community is made up of a combination of townhomes and apartments that are well-suited for those with exquisite tastes.


As part of the city of Whitby, residents have access to a wide range of restaurants, shopping, amenities and attractions. Locally, the charm of Brooklin comes to life at the annual fair held on the first weekend in June for the past 100 years.

Golf enthusiasts have their choice of nearby courses, including Lyndebrook, Winchester, Lakeridge Links and Whispering Ridge. Whitby is also home to 125 parks, 60 kilometres of walking/hiking trails, and is close to Lynde Shores and Heber Down conservations areas.


Whitby continues to enhance their development plans to best serve its residents. Highways 407 and 412 have been extended to the Whitby area, and construction is estimated to be finished by 2020. Widening of Highways 401 and 7 are also underway to assist with the volume of traffic. Metrolinx recently released their plans to create a second GO commuter station, which will be located at the Whitby/Oshawa border. These types of expansions not only make getting around very easy for its residents, but they ultimately make the city more desirable for future home buyers.


Prince George Landing will front Baldwin Street, and back onto a ravine. All residents will have exclusive access to an exercise room, a party room and a landscaped courtyard. In addition, each suite includes underground parking and a walk-out deck to take in the beautiful surroundings.

Within the community, The Princess Charlotte and the Prince William collections feature one-, two-, and three-bedroom suites that are situated above an exquisite group of boutique shops.

The Prince Henry collection consists of spacious, and gracious, walk-out townhomes. Exterior facades on each building project a timeless elegance with architectural enhancements. Inside, luxurious features include smooth, nine-foot ceilings, granite countertops in the kitchen with a double, undermount sink, laminate hardwood flooring throughout, as well as a soaker tub and four EnergyStar® appliances.

Rosewater Developments and Stockworth Developments are both long-standing developers who have combined their talents in the creation of Prince George Landing in Whitby.


The Sales Office is located at 17 Baldwin Street North, and is open from noon to 6 pm. Monday to Thursday; and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends and holidays.



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