After last Friday’s blog post about options for detached homes outside the city – notably Port Union, Ajax, Pickering, & Whitby, a few people asked for the same blog post, this time in the west end.
Ask, and ye shall receive!
Plus, I think it’s going to be a completely different result, and it might guide us toward a conversation about why house prices are so much more expensive west of Toronto than they are to the east.
Today, let’s look at Mississauga, Brampton, Oakville, and Burlington…
Were you surprised to see detached, 3-bed, 4-bath houses on 50-foot lots in Pickering & Ajax selling for 1/3 of what they would in Toronto?
It served as a tease to those of us who live in Toronto, but a few readers piped up and commented on how wonderful (and affordable…) their lives are out in what we consider “the boonies.”
As for houses to the west of Toronto, it’s not the same story.
I had to struggle to find pockets of Mississauga, Oakville, and Burlington where we could “make numbers say what we want,” and show detached homes under $1M.
You might be surprised (or not…) to see how many $2.5 Million homes exist in the Port Credit area of Mississauga!
But the goal with the houses on the east side was to keep things close to Lake Ontario, so that public transit was an option, via the Go Train. So for comparison purposes, I’m not going to pull houses from 401 & Mavis, but rather try to keep it to the south parts of Mississauga, Oakville, & Burlington. Brampton is north to begin with, so that’s that.
Here we go…
1069 Baldwin Road is available for sale for $759,900.
-Finished Basement with 5th Bedroom & Rec Room
-68 x 101 Foot Lot
Zoom in a little bit here and we see how close it is to the park, and the school, not to mention a shopping area that’s accessible on foot:
The house is 1.1 KM or a 13-minute walk to Westacres Public School, which ranks a 6.4/10 by the Fraser Institute.
It’s also two blocks from Westacres Park, and two blocks from the Longo’s and a small strip mall with infrastructure.
The house is an 18-minute bus ride to the Port Credit GO Station, which is a 27-minute ride to Union Station.
111 Mill Street is available for sale for $469,900.
-2 1/2 Storey
-40 x 192 Foot Lot
There are a lot of bungalow’s, sidesplit’s, and 1 1/2 storey homes, some of which have been poorly-renovated and are being flipped, but I picked this house because it’s an original brick home, has a ton of character, and while it’s far from A+ shape, it has solid bones, and is a better house than the crappy flips.
It’s also an exceptional location – let’s zoom in:
You’re 450 metres, or 5-minutes, from McHugh Public School!
You’re 5-minutes from the Arena, which means you could actually carry your hockey bag and not make your poor mother drive you…
And Memorial Park is, oh, about 5 1/2 minutes away.
Brampton Go Station is 1.4 KM away, on Main Street (which is home to all the commercial/retail, and is two blocks from the house), although Brampton Go Station to Union Station is a 62-minute Go-Bus ride, and that’s without traffic.
1389 Matthew Street is available for sale for $549,900.
-35 x 100 Foot Lot
-Finished Basement With 2-Bedrooms
Oakville is prohibitively expensive in some pockets. Actually, most pockets, but this is a 20-year old complex that at one time was probably a “sub division” and is now a decent pocket of homes.
The house itself is surrounded by greenspace:
The house is 3.1 KM to Falgarwood Public School, so it’s a bit of a hike, but the houses closer to the school (east of Eighth Line) are more expensive.
The house is 2.6 KM to the Oakville Go Station, and I have a buddy who used to live in this area and biked there every morning – it took him 11-minutes. But he did have two bikes stolen, albeit in six years…
The Oakville Go Station is a 24-minute train ride to Union Station in downtown Toronto.
682 Hager Avenue is available for sale for $579,900.
I looked at areas further east, and into Appelby, but I wanted to go with a house in the very heart of Burlington. This is the one!
-50 x 129 Foot Lot
Zoom in a bit, and you see the high school to the immediate east (it’s not marked, for some reason), and the public school behind it:
The house is 850 metres from Central Public School, or a 9-minute walk.
It’s also a 10-minute walk to Brant Street, which is the main drag.
The house is 3.0 KM to the Burlington Go Station, which is a 53-minute train ride to Union Station.
So there you have it, folks!
I know I said that “prices were higher on the west side,” and yet we saw similar prices in this blog as last week.
But the houses we looked at last week were considerably nicer than some of these!
I had a choice: either keep the price point consistent week-to-week, or keep the house type consistent between the two blogs. I figured the reason somebody would move from Toronto is for price, and hence, I chose the former.
Mississauga, Burlington and Oakville both have incredibly expensive pockets, and I would hesitate to say the same thing about Ajax, Pickering, and Whitby.
In any event, you can find a detached house on a 50-foot lot in all of these areas if you’re willing to look hard enough!