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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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Editor's Choice: Symphony Parkside Towns by Marlin Spring

Symphony Parkside Towns is a Marlin Spring masterpiece in Oshawa

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Symphony Parkside Towns is a Marlin Spring masterpiece in Oshawa

In the City of Oshawa, one of the Greater Toronto Area’s fastest growing cities and Durham’s largest municipality, Marlin Spring is preparing to launch a brand new community that is sure to hit all the high notes – Symphony Parkside Towns.

Orchestrated to provide top quality of life and convenience for residents, this collection of two- and three-level townhomes at 250 Harmony South (at Taylor Ave.) is situated in the midst of curated greenspace with parks and trails for exciting recreational possibilities. The community is close to schools, shops and GO Transit, is only eight minutes to Hwy. 401 and just 80 minutes to Kawartha Lakes.

Residents will also have a short drive to the numerous attractions of Oshawa, which is an evolving municipality that was recently ranked the 6th Best Place in Canada for employment. Transforming into a top technology, healthcare and research hub, Oshawa is not only bursting with opportunity but attracting incredible cultural venues, restaurants and shops to accommodate the needs of this evolving community.

Among the kaleidoscope of attractions in the city are the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, the Oshawa Museum, the Oshawa Regiment Museum, Lakeview Park with its sandy beach, the waterfront trail, and the beautiful National Historic Site Parkwood Estate (the setting for many feature films). Downtown is peppered with vibrant businesses, services, restaurants, pubs, cafes and shops.

Technologically speaking, the city boasts a Regional Innovation Centre geared to new tech start-ups, with plans to be relocated to the former 65,000-sq.-ft. Canada Post distribution centre. As for post-secondary education, Oshawa offers top-tier campuses such as the Ontario Tech University, Durham College, Trent University Durham Campus and the Lakeridge Health Education and Research Network.

The community of Symphony Towns is based on a prairie-modern style of architecture which, at its heart, is warm and inviting, but offers subtle contemporary elements such as larger windows, tone-on-tone colour palettes and glass railings to give a breezy, lighter feel to the community. Inside, the homes will feature incredible finishes, including freestanding tubs, quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, air conditioning, glass showers, and tall uppers in kitchens. Plus, each home will feature a large backyard – a rarity in urban townhome communities. If the backyard isn’t big enough, there will be an incredible on-site community park that will be available to Symphony owners and the broader community alike.

Symphony Parkside Towns start in size at 1,552 sq. ft., and are priced from the low $500,000s. Considering its excellent location that combines the serenity of nature and the convenience of local amenities, as well as its attractive price point, the community is sure to sell quickly. Interest in Symphony Parkside Towns is already extremely strong.

Marlin Spring is a well-respected developer with a proven track record. The company’s experience and knowledge span over 60 years in the industry with a diversified portfolio of lowrise, midrise and mixed-use projects in prime locations throughout the GTA. Aside from Oshawa, Marlin Spring is currently at various stages of developing projects in Danforth Village/Upper Beaches, The Beach, Stockyards, the Queensway, Vaughan and Markham. All Marlin Spring projects are in prime residential locations that offer strong potential for long-term value and growth. The company’s vision is to create homes and condominiums of value for generations to come.

Symphony Parkside Towns

For the best opportunity to call this new address home, register now at the website before there’s standing room only.


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