Pickering

Pickering is a city that maintains its small town feel despite its rapid expansion. Offering lakefront living and forested areas, this Southern Ontario urban center is a surprisingly scenic one. The closest Durham Region community to Scarborough and Toronto, Pickering offers an easy commute with larger (and often newer) properties. With an emerging downtown core and new neighbourhoods on the fringes of the city, Pickering is quickly becoming a place that more and more people are calling home. View all homes for sale in Pickering or click to read more about Pickering real estate.

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Pickering Real Estate Stats

Average Home Price $1.3M
Lowest Listing Price $565K
Highest Listing Price $40M
Total Property Listings 214
Avg. Price/SQFT $737

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The Pickering real estate market is diverse, offering homebuyers a range of sizes, styles, and price points. Properties across the city of Pickering suit a variety of lifestyles, from professionals seeking centrally-located condos, to families looking for safe, kid-friendly neighbourhoods.  

Within the suburban areas of the city, homes for sale are typically constructed in the standard Craftsman, cottage, and Colonial styles. These properties, often recently-renovated or located in new developments, are family-sized and are located on safe, residential streets. With set speed limits, kids often play out on the street and ride bikes around the community. Although home features vary, homebuyers will commonly find spacious, open-concept floorplans with large windows, quartz or granite countertops, laminate or hardwood flooring, and high or vaulted ceilings. In regards to exterior features, brick and stone are overwhelmingly used in home construction, and large, fenced-in yards are commonly found in Pickering properties. Many have chosen to landscape their property, adding in back decks or patios, and sometimes even pools or hot tubs. 

Pickering, though a city, presents a desirable, Southern Ontario lifestyle, which mixes the urban and the rural. In the semi-rural areas, homes for sale lean towards cottage and range-style designs, although luxury estates usually showcase a greater range of styles, both traditional and contemporary. Additionally, Pickering's continuous expansion has led to a significant portion of the properties for sale on the market being new construction homes, although these often luxury homes. 

For those looking for luxury homes in Pickering, possibly even with Lake Ontario beachfront views and access, home buyers will see many impressive options on the market. Waterfront homes can include older properties with a lot of charm and history, as well as new construction properties. Amenities of these multi-million dollar listings will vary, but popular features include upgraded kitchens and appliances, multiple-car garages, fireplaces, finished basements with in-home theaters and bars, composite decks, smart technologies, wine coolers or storage, in-ground pools, and more. 

There are also many condominiums, townhouses, and apartments available in Pickering. A more affordable option in most cases, these properties can suit professionals, singles and couples, as well as families. New construction townhomes and condos are quite modern in appearance, with the latter often having excellent amenities within the complex. Townhomes are close to the community's schools, while condos are located on or near the city's main roads, providing easy access to transportation and shopping.

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

Discover Life in Pickering

Many people are looking into the Pickering real estate market because of its close and commutable distance to Toronto. It’s only a thirty minute drive (about 40 kilometres), via the Ontario 401 Express and Don Valley Pkwy S, to the downtown. As such, Pickering appeals to those who work in the city but are looking for more space, as well as families seeking a more laid-back atmosphere. Pickering isn’t only a convenient city to choose to live, but a vibrant community in its own right, with a rich history, popular arts and culture scene, popular attractions and amenities, and excellent homes for sale.

Homebuyers often select Pickering for their next property, not only for the career opportunities, but also for the lifestyle that this city offers. This population growth has established a proud and dynamic community, with an increased cultural diversity and homeowners from many different backgrounds.

With so many people from all walks of life calling Pickering home, the arts and culture, dining, and entertainment scene is celebrated and appreciated here. Definitely make sure to check out the beloved Pickering Food Truck Festival that happens every year. Arts Unleashed is an initiative that introduces kids to art and encourages their talent and passion for it.

Education like this has become top priority for the Pickering community, especially with so many families with children and teenagers living here. There are over twenty schools within Pickering that make up multiple school boards, including public, Catholic, and French-immersion schools.

Things to Do in Pickering

With changing seasons, changing landscapes, and a growing city, there’s definitely plenty of things to do and see in Pickering.

Of course, the waterfront creates many activities and attractions for the residents in Pickering. If you’re heading out on the water, you can do so by paddleboard, kayak, boat, or sailboat. Or stick to having a day at the beach, or taking a scenic walk along Beachfront Promenade and stop in at a cafe, ice cream shop, or boutique shop.

Hiking, biking, and nature walks are easy with the nearby forests that surround Pickering. The Altona Forest is 53-hectares of ecological forest, while the Rouge National Urban Park contains three trails winding through over 60 square kilometers of conservation area.

A few of the attractions that are favourites by residents and tourists alike are:

Schools & Education in Pickering

Like many communities in the Durham Region, the schools in Pickering belong to the four different school boards of:

  • Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board
  • Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board
  • Conseil Scolaire Catholique MonAvenir (French-Language Separate School)
  • Conseil Scolaire Viamonde (French-Language Public School)

There’s a wide variety of schools within each school board, depending on the type of education you’re looking for.

Pickering also has a chain of private schools throughout the area that serves kids all the way from kindergarten to grade 12. The Blaisdale Montessori School and Montessori Learning Centre are two of those schools.

Why Hire a Pickering Realtor?

If you're thinking about diving into the real estate market in Pickering, Ontario, let's chat about why having a Pickering realtor by your side is a great move.

On the Pulse of the Pickering Market

Pickering has it all—city buzz, quiet neighborhoods, and natural beauty. That means a ton of variety when it comes to real estate. As Pickering realtors, we live and breathe this market. We're always keeping an eye on property values and neighborhood trends. Whether you're looking to buy or sell, we can help you figure out what's hot, what's not, and where your property fits into the mix.

Making the Process a Breeze

Let's face it, buying or selling a home can feel like you're trying to solve a giant puzzle. But here's the good news—as your Pickering Realtor, we've got the blueprint. From hunting down the perfect property to handling all that paperwork, we've got you covered. You can enjoy the ride, while we steer the ship.

We've Got Your Back in Negotiations

Negotiating can feel like you're in a high-stakes poker game, but it doesn’t have to be stressful. As your realtor representation, we’ll step in to make sure you're getting the fairest deal possible. We're here to advocate for you and make sure your real estate goals are within reach.

Service Tailored to You

Your real estate journey is as unique as you are. That's why we make sure our service fits like a glove. We'll work closely with you to get a feel for what you want and need. We're not just here to make a deal, we're here to make your real estate dreams come true.

So, why hire a Pickering realtor? Because we're not just market experts, negotiators, and tour guides through the real estate process; we're your partners in this journey. And we're committed to making your experience in the Pickering real estate market not just successful, but also enjoyable and memorable.

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Pickering FAQs

Is Pickering part of the GTA?

The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) includes the City of Toronto and the regional municipalities of Durham, Halton, Peel and York. Pickering is part of the Durham Region, so it is also part of the GTA. In fact, Pickering is the closest city in the Durham Region to the city of Toronto. It is located just east of Scarborough.

How far is Pickering from Toronto?

It’s an easy drive from Pickering to downtown Toronto along the 401 Express and the Don Valley Parkway South. The trip should take about 35 minutes depending on traffic. GO Transit has a station in Pickering that operates a number of bus routes and a train route from Pickering to various points in Toronto.

What is Pickering known for?

Because of its close proximity to Toronto, Pickering is known as being a vibrant suburb with many of the same quality amenities you can find in Toronto. Residents who own real estate in Pickering love the lake views, parks, wide variety of restaurants, and shopping options. Pickering is also know for its biggest employer, the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station, the Pickering Town Centre, and the ghost town of Altona.

Is Pickering a safe place to live?

Pickering has a friendly suburban atmosphere, with many quiet residential streets and a few commercial areas. The city attracts many families and young professionals, many of whom move here to escape the hustle and bustle of downtown Toronto. Crime rates in Pickering are very low compared to other large cities in Canada.

What are housing prices like in Pickering?

Although Pickering is directly east of Toronto, the housing prices tend to be more affordable. For the same price that you might get a condo in downtown Toronto, you may be able to find a single-family home or even waterfront property in Pickering. 

Is Pickering a good place to invest in real estate?

Experts agree that Pickering is an excellent place to invest in real estate because the housing prices are lower than Toronto and home values have seen a significant increase over the past few years. Many people invest in Pickering properties as starter homes to build equity, long-term family homes, or rental properties.

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