Creek in rural Bowmanville, Ontario

The Durham Region is just east of the GTA, but it feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of Toronto. Throughout the region there are quaint rural communities that are close to nature and exude small-town charm. 

You really get the best of both worlds in the Durham Region because you can live a peaceful life and still be close to urban centres. This is what makes real estate in Durham Region so highly sought after.

If you’re looking for a place to call home that offers a slower pace of life than a big city, these are some of the best rural communities in the Durham Region.


Located on the far eastern edge of the Durham Region, the municipality of Clarington has a great mix of small towns and countryside. It is about a…

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a home buyer and an inspector doing a home inspection

A home inspection is an essential part of the home buying process. As a buyer, you want to make sure that your new Durham Region home is safe, structurally sound, and has properly functioning systems. A home inspection can identify any major problems.

The home inspection process involves having a third-party professional come in and thoroughly inspect a home for any major issues that may not be visible or obvious to a layperson. This can help you determine whether you want to go through with the sale.

As a seller, you may also want to do a home inspection to help determine the value of your home and whether there are any issues that may affect the asking price and closing sale. It will also help you provide full disclosure at the time of the…

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Couple standing behind a welcome mat that says Our First Home

Buying a home for the first time can be both exciting and overwhelming. It’s a huge milestone, but also a big investment. The good news is it doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. 

Many first-time home buyers in Southern Ontario gravitate towards the Durham Region. Not only is the real estate here more affordable than Toronto, but the area boasts friendly communities and plenty of green spaces.

If you’re considering buying real estate in the Durham Region, these are some steps you can take to find the ideal home that fits your budget and needs.

Work With a Local Durham Region Real Estate Agent

Navigating the real estate market can be a difficult task, especially if you’ve never bought property before. A Durham Region real estate agent…

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Young boy feeding deer at the Oshawa Zoo

More families are choosing to move to the Durham Region not only because the real estate can be more affordable than nearby Toronto, but also because the area offers a myriad of fun things to do with the whole family.

The Durham Region is renowned for its parks, entertainment venues, and friendly communities where there are always interesting events taking place. Families will find plenty of activities that both kids and adults will enjoy.

From adrenaline-pumping sports to animal encounters, unique museums and more, these are some of the best family-friendly activities in the Durham Region.

Get Up Close and Personal with Animals at the Oshawa Zoo

Animal lovers won’t want to miss a trip to the Oshawa Zoo & Fun Farm. The zoo has more than 40…

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Oshawa, like all of the communities in the Durham Region, has a rich history in Ontario.

The celebration of arts and culture is ever present because of this, and with growing populations that appreciate these things more than ever, it’s reflected in the food scene as well. Coffee is no exception.

People love their coffee, and whether it is for functionality, enjoying it with others, or simply the taste of it, passion for espresso never seems to wane.

That is exactly the reason so many terrific coffee shops can be found throughout the entirety of the Durham Region. Downtowns are vibrant with business, and residents love exploring them, and stopping in for a cup of coffee is a daily routine for many.

If you live here, you likely already know…

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For so many reasons, the Durham Region is a very popular area for families looking to buy a home.

Every community here is unique, with family friendly places to go and things to do. Commuting is easy for the household, streets are quiet and safe, and larger metropolitan cities are always just a short drive away.

What also makes the Durham Region, and the communities and neighbourhoods within it, such an ideal home for families of all sizes, are the schools available here.

Many cities in the Durham Region, like Oshawa, Pickering, and Clarington, have a population of roughly 100,000 people and more. This creates a large demand for enough schools to serve every type of student with high quality education.

Nearly all of the students in the…

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Beautiful backyard patio at a Durham Region home

Canada has its stretches of tough winter months, but there are areas that have hot, sunny, and long summers.

The Durham Region in Southern Ontario is known for its incredible summer season. This isn’t just because the weather is bright and hot, but there are also so many ways to enjoy it.

The beautiful countryside has rolling hills and open areas, pools and patios are ideal for backyard entertaining, and of course, Lake Ontario provides some of the best views and recreational activities in the province.

For home buyers and home owners that live in the Durham Region, their outdoor space provides an amazing way to enjoy it all in privacy. Most single family homes here offer fenced-in, spacious backyards with different features, like an…

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A commute is the journey one takes from their home, to work, and then back home again.

For many people, this is a daily routine and a lifestyle that seems to be becoming more popular as property prices remain higher in city centres. Whether by car or transit, commuting to work in the city from a surrounding community has many benefits.

The Durham Region is a regional municipality in Southern Ontario. Located to the east of Toronto, the Durham Region covers more than 2500 square kilometres, with many large cities located within it as well, like Oshawa.

Living in a major city like Toronto has its advantages, but living in the Durham Region gives residents quick access to Toronto and so much more. Most families appreciate the quieter lifestyle,…

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Because the 2500 square kilometre area of the Durham Region has such a rich and diverse landscape, there are many different property types for sale available here.

In communities like Brooklin and Courtice, there are many country homes for sale, and residential homes with plenty of space. Most of the cities, like Oshawa, Pickering, and Clarington, are situated beautifully along the shore of Lake Ontario. Waterfront homes for sale here offer the unique opportunity to live a beach lifestyle.

Many people choose to live in the Durham Region as a more affordable alternative than living in Toronto. There’s more space in these communities, it’s easily commutable, and home prices are typically lower here. This has made it a popular choice for all types…

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The Durham Region is one of the most desirable places to live in all of Ontario right now.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city, and because of the opportunities there, the metropolitan area has grown over the years to have some of the best places to live. Several communities in the Durham Region serve as the perfect community to settle down in with the ability to commute to other larger cities. They’re also great places to live and work from, raise a family, enjoy the quiet countryside, or find a beautiful home with a view of Lake Ontario.

Dan Plowman has been the #1 Real Estate Agent in the Durham Region for years, and his professional and dedicated team have dominated the real estate market here. Through experience, they know each community's…

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