This website isn’t called “Ajax Realty Blog,” and yet I feel that checking in on some of the areas outside the GTA might be prudent at times.
The average price of a detached home in Toronto was $1,053,871 in September, and some of those detached houses could be 2-bedroom bungalows, or even simply land value!
So today, let’s take outside Toronto, and head further east into the “greater” Toronto area, and look at what detached houses cost in Port Union, Pickering, Ajax, and Whitby…
A true believer in capitalism and free markets would hear a complaint about the price of real estate in Toronto, and reply, “If you don’t like it, then move out of the city.”
Some folks, it seems, just might do that.
Maybe others would follow suit if they knew what home prices were like outside Toronto, so I figured we should take a little look-see.
I always talk about the same things when it comes to evaluating single-family, residential freehold properties – schools, parks, transit, and infrastructure.
So with that in mind, let’s look at four houses, in the four areas I mentioned east of Toronto, and check out how they stack up not only in terms of the size of the house, beds/baths, etc., but also in terms of surrounding amenities.
1) Port Union
Okay, fine, you got me. Port Union isn’t exactly a town unto its own, and it’s actually part of Toronto, but I wanted to start here because most people think of this as outside Toronto when it’s actually just on the east-most boundary, and right before Pickering.
37 Andona Crescent is available for sale for $524,888.
-26 x 106 Foot Lot
The house is located one block from Adams Park, and is a 15-minute walk down Port Union Road to Joseph Howe Public School (the yellow shade on the map).
Rouge Hill Go Station is at the bottom of Port Union Road, and that’s a 37-minute train ride to Union Station in Toronto.
Go east of the Rouge River, and you’re bordering on Pickering. Go further east – past Frenchman’s Bay, and you’re in prime Pickering!
1317 Anton Square is available for sale for $534,900.
-30 x 108 Foot Lot
The house is located two blocks from Glengrove Park, and a 10-minute walk up Liverpool Road to Maple Ridge Public School, which ranks a 7.8 out of 10 in the Fraser institute’s public school rankings – good for 391st out of 3,037 Ontario schools.
It’s also a 15-minute walk to Pickering Town Centre.
Pickering Go Station is 1.9 KM from the house, and you have to cross the 401 to get there, but from Pickering Go Station to Union Station is only 46 minutes.
Pickering and Ajax mesh together, not unlike Burlington and Hamilton, although don’t tell that to the folks who live in Burlington…
83 Panter Crescent is available for sale for $499,900.
-50 x 100 Foot Lot
The house is located (and keep in mind – this is Google maps telling me all the travel times), 1-minute from Duffin’s Park, and 2-minutes from Duffin’s Bay Public School.
Duffin’s Bay Public School ranks very high as well – a 7.7 out of 10, or 445th out of 3,037 schools in Ontario.
Let’s zoom in a bit on the location here:
How is THAT for a location?
It’s also a 10-minute walk, or a 2-minute drive down to Ajax Waterfront Park.
Ajax Go Station is a hike, no doubt about it. It’s not walkable (unless 42 minutes is walkable…) but it’s a 12-minute bus, and the Ajax Go Station is a 49-minute train ride to Union Station.
I should probably mention here that there are “express” trains and trains that make far more stops, but the express is 49-minutes, and the “slower” train is 67-minutes.
Whitby is further north than both Ajax and Pickering, so not as idea for commuting via either the 401, or the Go Train, but some of the neighbourhoods seem more established and traditional than what you find in newer areas of Ajax and Pickering.
Case in point…
84 Robinson Crescent is available for sale for $499,900.
-50 x 148 Foot Lot
The house is located literally across the street from Robinson Park, and is a 13-minute walk to Pringle Creek Park, and to Pringle Creek Public School, which ranks a 7.7 out of 10 by the Fraser Institute, or 445th out of 3,037.
The house is 4.8 KM to the Whitby Go Station, or 8-minutes by car. Transit is a step down in Whitby from Ajax & Pickering, as the area is a bit more spread out.
Whitby Go Station, for what it’s worth, is 57-minutes by express train to Union Station in Toronto.
Well there you have it, folks!
Imagine a detached, 4-bedroom house on a 40-foot or 50-foot lot for under $500K? That’s going to start at $1.5 Million in Toronto!
A cynic will tell me, “David, if you move to Sudbury, you can get a house like that for $150,000.”
But we’re still talking Greater Toronto Area here, folks. This is all within a 1-hour train ride to Union Station in the heart of downtown Toronto.
For what it’s worth, I don’t work in Port Union, Pickering, Ajax, or Whitby, so if this blog post convinced you to start looking there, I’m not your guy.
But I think if you own a house in Toronto, you should know what’s going on outside of it as well. It doesn’t hurt to keep up to date, and who knows – maybe you learned something today.
Have a great weekend, everybody!