Oshawa

Often referred to as the eastern anchor of the Greater Toronto area, Oshawa is a strikingly scenic city located on the sandy shores of Lake Ontario. Oshawa is an Ojibwa name that means "the crossing place", but with an established infrastructure of entertainment, business, and recreation, today it's a perfect place to settle into.

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Oshawa Real Estate Stats

Average Home Price $955K
Lowest Listing Price $550K
Highest Listing Price $3M
Total Property Listings 397
Avg. Price/SQFT $601

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Thanks to the General Motors Headquarters located in Oshawa, economic prosperity led to consistent real estate growth. The population continues to grow, creating the need for even more modern and exciting homes and neighborhoods.

Oshawa is a modern community with a rich history, featuring a wide variety of real estate opportunities. The Oshawa homes for sale are typically colonial, craftsmen, cottage, cape cod, and country homes. Oshawa real estate gives home buyers the opportunity to live in a small waterfront city that’s still close to Toronto.

Townhouses in Oshawa often feature plenty of square footage and amenities that makes the most of the space, like double-door entrances, four car driveways with a garage, and large yards with backyard patios for entertaining.

There are many newly built large family homes with updated interiors that include hardwood flooring, gas cooktops, quartz countertops with extra cabinet space, second-floor laundry rooms, and open concept layouts.

Whether you decide to live in South Oshawa on or near the lake, in the vibrant downtown core, or in the north closer to the rolling hills and boreal forests, there’s a property for you.

With over 30 elementary schools in Oshawa, including public, catholic, and private schools, Oshawa is also a great place for families. 22,000 full time students also call Oshawa home at one of the three post secondary schools in the city -- Durham College, Trent University Durham, and University of Ontario Institute of Technology. The ability to learn, live, and work at such a high level in a strong community is why so many prospective home buyers look to Oshawa.

Oshawa is continually growing and surrounded in prime real estate space. For those interested in commercial real estate, there is an abundance of investment opportunities in and around Oshawa. Various lots that can frequently be found listed include everything from apartment complexes, to spacious industrial plots within the city limits, to over 4 million square feet of land in one listing.

Discover Life In Oshawa

Following the shoreline of Lake Ontario, Oshawa is about a 40 minute drive from Toronto, heading north via ON-401 W and the Ontario 401 Express highways.

The drive is a spectacular one, through the Southern Ontario landscape and passing through incredible communities along the way, like Pickering, Whitby, and Ajax.

The city of Oshawa is visually stunning, which is why many films have chosen to shoot there, including 2003’s Best Picture Oscar winner Chicago.

It isn’t just the film industry that thrives in Oshawa. The city was once considered “The Automotive Capital of Canada”, “The City in Motion”, and “The City That Motovates Canada'', because of the automotive industry there. Now, Oshawa is better known for being a fast growing hub in the fields of education and science.

For aspiring business owners and entrepreneurs, the Regional Innovation Centre in Oshawa provides support and start-up facilities.

Oshawa is a thriving community where opportunity lies in remarkable career opportunities, and the amenities and entertainment to enjoy it. It’s a city for balancing work and life.

Interested in learning more about Oshawa real estate? Contact us online or call 905-668-1511 for more information about buying and selling a home in Oshawa and other communities in the Durham Region.

Things to Do in Oshawa

The career and educational opportunities in Oshawa are vast, but it’s the incredible things to do in Oshawa that make it all the more worth it.

The surrounding area offers an array of summer activities you’d expect to find on a lake or in the country. There’s more than 400 hectares of parkland to explore and 27 kilometers of paved trails to make it easy to do so.

There’s over a hundred playgrounds in Oshawa, along with nine splash pads, eight ice rinks, and three skateboard parks for the opportunity to have fun at any age. Indoor and outdoor swimming pools, fitness centres, community centres, sports facilities, sandy beaches, and conservation areas are all just a few compelling reasons to call Oshawa home.

Ontario is a sports loving province and Oshawa certainly has several sports teams to support year-round, like the Oshawa Generals in the Ontario Hockey League.

The spirited downtown of Oshawa offers substantial options for discovering the arts, culture, and entertainment of Oshawa. Not only are there galleries and museums like Art @ The ARC and the Canadian Automotive Museum, but there’s also a public art initiative to promote public works around the city.

There’s plenty to see and do for those that visit or live in Oshawa, but there are a few key attractions everyone must experience, such as:

Schools in Oshawa

Oshawa has a great variety of primary and secondary schools of all kinds.

The public schools here are served by the Durham District School Board, of which there are more than 30 elementary schools. The Catholic schools in Oshawa, more than ten of them, are served by the Durham Catholic District School Board.

So there are plenty of public and Catholic schools in Oshawa, some of which are french speaking, french immersion, private, charter, and more.

There are also three very popular post-secondary schools located in Oshawa, Durham College, Trent University Durham and University of Ontario Institute of Technology, attended by approximately 25,000 students.

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Oshawa FAQs

Is Oshawa in the GTA?

Oshawa is located in the Durham Region of Ontario, which is just east of the City of Toronto and part of the Greater Toronto Area. So yes, Oshawa is part of the GTA. The GTA consists of the City of Toronto and the regional municipalities of Durham, Peel, York and Halton.

What is Oshawa known for?

Oshawa is known for many things. Located on Lake Ontario, it offers plenty of waterfront vistas, as well numerous parks and trails. It is the biggest city in the Durham Region and home to General Motors Canada, the Oshawa Museum, the Canadian Automotive Museum, and several universities.

Is Oshawa a safe place to live?

Compared to other parts of the GTA, Oshawa is a very safe place to live. The community has quiet residential streets and friendly neighbourhoods that are very community-oriented, so many people know their neighbours and people often look out for each other.

What are housing prices like in Oshawa?

Oshawa real estate ranges from modest bungalows to grand estates, modern condos and townhouses, and everything in between. Housing prices in Oshawa tend to be more affordable than in Toronto, and you can often get more square footage for your money.

How far is Oshawa from Toronto?

Oshawa is located 61km from downtown Toronto. The drive takes about 45 minutes on the 401-W and the 401 Express depending on traffic. You can also take the GO Train, which has a number of routes that will take you to various points in Toronto.

Is Oshawa a good place to invest in real estate?

As the Toronto housing market gets hotter, more people are looking to nearby communities like Oshawa to invest in real estate. Oshawa is part of the GTA, but the housing prices are much more affordable than in Toronto. Plus, the community offers many benefits for home buyers including proximity to nature, excellent amenities, and easy commutes to Toronto. Plus, if the steady climb in Oshawa home values continues, you could see great returns on your investment.

 

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