Why live in Oshawa, Ontario?

Parkwood Estates in Oshawa

Oshawa... a great place to live

The city of Oshawa has had a reputation over the years as a blue collar GM town. The 'Shwa they called it and not always affectionately, but this city of over 140,000 inhabitants and home of the Oshawa Generals has been changing for numerous years now and potential home owners are starting to see why. Oshawa offers amazing growth and value! In 2007 Oshawa even won a gold medal from the International Awards for most Livable Communities putting Oshawa on the map at an international scale.

Growth can be seen in may areas of the city from a burgeoning downtown that features many new restaurants, a new 450,000 square foot court room, the GM Centre, and numerous faculties of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, to the thousands of homes being built all over the city, specifically in the north end or "New Oshawa" as some call it. Add to that public works projects and the announced expansion of the 407 and its easy to see why people are starting to notice the city.

Value is even easier to see when you compare the prices of Oshawa real estate when compared to Toronto or even other areas of the Durham Region with average sale prices under $250,000 with many homes in good locations available for less. This doesn't translate into run down shacks, but real value for homes not much further from downtown Toronto than Brampton.

Oshawa really is a city on the upswing. An exploding downtown, new employment opportunities, room for expansion, new schools being built, a high standard of living and a commutable distance to Toronto have caught the eye of buyers in the area as well as first time buyers weighing the difference in what they can afford in Toronto compared to Oshawa. All in all Oshawa seems poised to lead the region in growth for some time.

For more information on Oshawa neighbours in the Durham Region visit Whitby, Ontario

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agvulpes 5 years ago from Australia

If I was contemplating moving to the area I would certainly visit Oshawa! It seems to have many advantages such as reasonable real estate prices, close to water etc.

Thanks for sharing :-)

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mothercristina 5 years ago

Good info. Sounds like a nice place to live.

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