Oct. 21, 2021

10 Ways to Maximize the Curb Appeal of Your Home

Maximizing Curb Appeal

It’s time to put your house on the market. You’ve diligently prepared each room, paying attention to even the smallest detail. Perhaps you’ve upgraded the plumbing and electric service, making sure everything from “the bones” out will appeal to potential buyers.

But, as they say, “You never have a second chance to make a first impression.” And when it comes to selling a house, that first impression begins at the curb. No matter how beautiful your home is on the inside, you want to create anticipation before visitors to your open house step out of their car.

Here are 10 ways to maximize the curb appeal of your home and give a positive first impression:

Have New Shingles Installed

If your shingles have seen better days, it may be time to have them replaced. A new roof will increase the value of your home. Plus, it will assure those considering making an offer that they won’t have to factor in the cost of a new roof for many years to come. 

(Metal roofs are becoming increasingly popular, but you’ll want to check with your real estate agent before investing in one. Ask if it will increase the value of your home more than the cost of installation.)

Apply a Fresh Coat of Paint

Do your soffits and fascia need painting? How about your window frames? Maybe the entire exterior of your home? A gleaming coat of fresh paint makes a world of difference to the curb appeal of your home. If you don’t have the time or inclination to tackle this job on your own, there are professionals who can make short work of it.

Maximize Curb Appeal with Paint

Wash the Windows (and the Shutters)

Sparkling windows set off by freshly painted frames and freshly laundered window coverings will attract attention—the good kind.

And if you have shutters, you’ll want them to appear as clean and well-maintained as possible, whether that means a new coat of paint (wooden shutters) or a good scrub (vinyl shutters).

Spruce Up the Driveway

Depending on the condition of your driveway, it may need repaving, resurfacing, or just a good hosing down. No matter how long or short your driveway, if it’s stained and cracked, it will take away from the curb appeal of your house. However, if it’s clean and looks new, your home will look significantly better.

Wash the Car

Whether there will be a car parked in the driveway or the garage, it’s a good idea to take it through the carwash or handwash it before each scheduled open house. It’s a little detail, but sometimes it’s the little things that make a lasting impression. Even an older model looks better when it’s clean.

Curb Appeal Clean Car

Put Away the Bikes and Other Yard Clutter

Whether potential buyers have children or not, when considering making an offer on a new house, they’ll almost always prefer a minimalist approach to the exterior and interior of your home. So, put away the bicycles, rollerblades, trampoline (if practical), and other items that are “cluttering” your yard.

Cut the Grass 

The smell of fresh cut grass can do for potential buyers what the scent of fresh baked goods can do for them when they walk through the front door. It can stir up all kinds of pleasant memories. Plus, a neat and tidy yard is one of the most important ways to increase the curb appeal of your home. 

Trim the Hedges & Overgrown Bushes

A well-manicured lawn will make a great first impression, but hedges that are overrun with new growth and overgrown bushes can distract from the appearance of your yard. Remember that this, and any other task you’re not able to complete on your own, can be done by professionals. If you plan to do the job yourself but are concerned about damaging the plants, it’s advisable to do some research or get a professional opinion about how best to trim back overgrowth without damaging hedges, bushes—and possibly, trees.

Clean Hedges Curb Appeal

Sweep or Blow Off the Sidewalks (and Driveway)

When you’re cutting the grass and trimming the hedges, it’s common to get clippings on the sidewalks and driveway. Even if you’ve spent hours working on the appearance of your property, grass and leaves on these surfaces give the appearance of an incomplete project and may be difficult to overlook. Have a blower? You can make short work of the task? If not, you can still bring out the straw broom and give everything a good sweeping.

Weed the Flower Gardens

Fresh paint. Clean windows. A well-manicured lawn. Trimmed hedges. And … gardens overrun with weeds. No. Just no.

Some tasks can be accomplished in an hour or two. Some in an afternoon. However, weeding the gardens can take several sessions, especially if you have extensive gardens—or this is the first time you’ve gotten to them since last year. Pace yourself. Weeding gardens can be one of the most physically demanding tasks you have on your list.

Once all the weeding is done, you may also want to spread several bags of mulch over the gardens and fill in the gaps. Talk about increasing curb appeal!

A Word about Selling Your Home in the Winter

When possible, plan your move several months ahead, especially if you’ll be moving in the winter. In this way, you can tend to outdoor tasks that are weather-dependent. It’s unlikely you’ll be able to get your roof reshingled or the house repainted once the weather turns cold. And while you may be able to tidy up the gardens, depending on how much snow you get, you may not even be able to get to them. 

And one of the most important things to remember if you’re selling your house in the winter is to keep the driveway, sidewalks, and stairs free of ice and snow. It doesn’t matter how much curb appeal your home has if potential buyers are looking at it from their back after having fallen.

Posted in Market Updates
Oct. 13, 2021

The Top 5 Restaurants in Oshawa You Need To Try

Restaurants Oshawa

Oshawa is a city in Ontario that lies right along the shoreline of Lake Ontario. Oshawa is sixty kilometres east of downtown Toronto and is a vibrant city with many parks, playgrounds, walking paths, museums and marvelous restaurants to eat at. The restaurants in Oshawa are very diverse and feature dishes from all over the world. It's easy to find various restaurants such as Italian, Indian, and good, home-cooked family restaurants. Many restaurants in Oshawa, Ontario source their ingredients from local farmers' markets and local gardens, making their dishes stand out in freshness and taste. Below are the top five restaurants in Oshawa that you need to try!

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Posted in Oshawa
Sept. 22, 2021

The 5 Restaurants in Pickering You Need To Try

Pickering Restaurants

Pickering is a great place full of exciting activity, a diverse demographic, beautiful surroundings, and of course, a multitude of fantastic dining options! The city has everything from classic old-school diners to hot new restaurants. Want some recommendations? We've got you covered! We've compiled a list of the top 5 restaurants you just have to try in Pickering, each one offering a unique dining experience to suit all taste buds! 

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Posted in Pickering
Aug. 19, 2021

Ranked: The Best High Schools In Whitby, Ontario [2021 Edition]

The Best Highschools in Whitby, ON

Whitby is a city in the Greater Toronto Area, part of Durham Region, and has a population of approximately 130,000 residents of all ages. Whitby borders Oshawa and Brooklin to the east in Durham Region; Ajax and Pickering to the north; and the town of Georgina to the west. It's primarily composed of residential areas with some industries near Highway 401 and Highway 407 on the southeastern outskirts of town.

With such a growing population, there are obviously a number of schools in the area. Since the school system in Whitby is highly regarded, it's no surprise that there are several top-rated school options to be found within the city.

The public schools offer an excellent and affordable education for your children. The Catholic Schools are also renowned for providing top-notch academics and moral values. There are several schools dedicated to high-quality French immersion programs as well, offering the opportunity for the students of Whitby to expand their language skills in a fully immersive program. Finally, there's always private schooling if you're looking to invest more money in your child’s future education. You can't go wrong with any of these great options! 

The following are some of the very best high schools in Whitby, Ontario, to give you an idea of what to expect when it comes to education in this region of the Greater Toronto Area. 

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Posted in Whitby
Aug. 9, 2021

The 5 Restaurants in Whitby You Need to Try

5 Restaurants in Whitby You Need To Try

Whitby is a beautiful waterfront town located in the heart of Durham region, between Pickering and Oshawa and is about 48 km east of Toronto. Although the population here mainly consists of a Caucasian demographic, Whitby welcomes any and all diversity, and continues to grow its population year after year. 

Whitby is home to a great restaurant scene full of a little bit of everything. With restaurants offering a range of options, including local, farm-to-table cuisine, fresh seafood, pub fare, and multiple ethnic cuisines, to say Whitby is diverse in its food choices would be an understatement.  No matter what your tastes are, you’ll be sure to find something you enjoy! 

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Posted in Whitby
June 9, 2021

The 5 Restaurants in Ajax You Need To Try

Top 5 Restaurants in Ajax

Ajax, Ontario is a creative and cultural community located on the shores of Lake Ontario, approximately 40 minutes northeast of Toronto, and has a very diverse restaurant scene. In the article below, we have compiled the top five best restaurants (in no particular order!) that encompass the culture and diversity that this town has to offer.

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Posted in Ajax
May 20, 2021

5 Things to Look for When Buying A House With A Pool

5 Things to Look For When Buying a House With a Pool

Having a pool in the backyard to enjoy each summer is something a lot of families consider to be an essential must-have. It is a great place for family fun to happen as well as physical activity. More benefits of a pool include increased home value, a place to host a summer pool party, saves you money; no need to travel as much when looking for a place to cool down during a heatwave. 

A pool isn’t for everyone but for the ones who are searching for a house with a pool, it is good to know some of the most important things to be looking for. Below are 5 things homebuyers should look for when buying a house with a pool.

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Posted in Buying
April 25, 2021

The Complete Guide To Buying A New Construction Home

Complete Guide To Buying A New Construction Home

There are essentially two options when it comes to purchasing a new home: buy a pre-existing home or build a brand new one. There are pros and cons to both options, of course, but building a new construction home is the only way to truly get what you want for your home and is particularly appealing if this is going to be your Forever Home. 

When you go with a new build, you have the advantage of getting exactly what you want without the hassle of searching through copious homes that other families have already broken in. This exciting process can be intimidating, for sure, but with some research and a bit of know-how, it can be quite an enjoyable experience! 

The following is a guide to purchasing your new construction home and includes a step-by-step guide to the process, questions you’ll want to consider, and a few tips to save money on what can add up to be a pricey purchase. 

A Step-By-Step Guide

Step 1 - Acquire an Agent

Many people think that you don’t need a real estate agent if you’re building a home, but it’s recommended to have a buyer’s agent represent you. Find someone who is familiar with new construction builds and who will work well with you to get exactly what you want out of your dream home. With an agent by your side, someone who knows just what questions to ask and has plenty of connections and recommendations for your benefit, the whole process will be much smoother than if you take it on on your own. 

Step 2 - Find the Right Lender

Not all mortgage brokers will offer home construction loans. These loans differ from the traditional mortgage as the construction loans are released in the form of draws throughout the construction process rather than all at once. Builders will typically have a list of recommendations to lenders who provide this service or you can do your own research and meet with your financial advisor to find someone who will get you the loan you need. 

Step 3 - Research Builders

Take the time to do your research on a number of builders. Not everyone is the same and much of the time, you do get what you pay for. Look up online reviews, ensure they follow local building codes and check into companies with whom they partner. Find yourself a builder who is going to work with you to create everything you envision and will do so at a fair price.  

Step 4 - Visit the Home Site

It’s important that you’re familiar and happy with your potential new neighbourhood. Arrange a time to check out the project sites and scope out your new surroundings. Look into nearby schools, grocery stores, and other amenities that are important to you. Inquire about potential commercial expansions or any future plans for additional residential buildings that may encroach on your territory. Look into the demographics of the area you’re looking at, make sure it’ll be a good fit for you and your family. 

Step 5 - Start Designing!

The fun part of choosing to buy a new construction home is picking out the style that you like best. Plan your home to suit your lifestyle; will you need plenty of bedrooms for your budding family? Do you want a cozy bungalow to spend your retirement years? Do you prefer open floor plans complete with floor-to-ceiling windows to soak up all that natural light? There are so many options when it comes to building a home that you can pick and choose to fit your exact specifications. 

Step 6 - Choose Your Standards and Upgrades

All of your standard items include things such as flooring, paint colours, cabinets and countertops, light fixtures, and tiling. All these basic amenities that every home needs to have. The upgrades are all the little splurges you want to sink your teeth into! If you want the fancy appliances in your kitchen, factor them into your budget. It’s easy to get carried away with the upgrades, so if you’re on a strict budget, be very picky with what you choose to splurge on. You’ll be living in this home for the foreseeable future, so be sure you’re getting exactly what you’re looking for. 

Step 7 - Get a Home Inspection

Even though your house will be brand new, you’ll still want to get an inspection done before you officially close the deal and move in. If the builder happened to miss something or didn’t live up to your expectations, now is the time to get that taken care of. Home inspections can be done all throughout the building process to ensure each stage of the build is going according to plan. Home inspections are an important and necessary part of the home-building process, whether you’re purchasing an existing home or building a brand new one. 

Step 8 - Interim and Final Occupancy

This is an exciting stage during the closing process, it means your home is almost ready for you to take over! Your lawyer and real estate agent will help you through the final stages of the home-buying experience. Interim Occupancy means the house is just about ready for you and you’ll need to take care of any outstanding deposits and payments. The Final Occupancy is when your ownership will officially take place. At this time, your mortgage payments will commence and all builder fees will need to be paid before the contractor can sign over the house to your name. 

Step 9 - Time to Move In! 

At this point in the process, all the Is are dotted and the Ts are crossed. Your home is officially your home! The last step of the building process includes you taking ownership and moving into your beautiful new home! Sit back, relax, and enjoy the home created especially for you! 

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Questions To Ask Your Builder (Early On)

It can be overwhelming to take on the process of buying a new construction home. It’s easy to get lost in the whole ordeal, sometimes it’s best to have a written list of questions before you meet with a realtor or a builder. Some questions you may want to jot down include:

How long will building take? It’s important to keep to a schedule when building a new home, particularly if you’re planning your current lease around the building process. Something many people don’t think about is permits; ask your builder if the build time is inclusive of acquiring the necessary building permits. 

Is the lot included in the costs? Sometimes when you’re picking from a model home, you can get swept up in the base cost of the house, the interior, and exterior features, and may forget about the land options. Larger lots may add to your expenses. 

What are the standard finishes? The builder may present you with the best of the best, including top-of-the-line appliances, fixtures, and finishes. Be sure to inquire about the base model options and then you can add on and upgrade from there. The design stage of your house will come later, so it’s best to know what kind of costs you’re looking at upfront in order to factor in the items you wish to splurge on in the later stages. 

Can you purchase your own appliances? Just because you’re working with a certain contractor or builder, doesn’t necessarily mean you have to work with every vendor they recommend. If you want to do some research and find your own appliances or you have custom features in mind that the builder doesn’t offer, ask if it’s ok to bring in your own sources. Some builders will be more lenient than others when it comes to outside vendors, so be sure to find out right away what they offer and how flexible they are. 

Is landscaping included with the build? Depending on your lot size, you may have the opportunity to get creative with your landscaping. Some builders will offer basic landscaping services and others leave it completely up to you. You’ll want to be sure of what you can expect with your finished home. 

It’s Possible To Save On New Construction Homes

Despite what some might think, building a new home doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg! Sure, it may cost more to build initially than to just purchase an existing home, but think long-term. When you build a brand new house, you won’t have to worry about repairs and renovations, you won’t need to tear down and reconstruct, you’ll be getting exactly what you want in the first place. When it comes to the initial building costs, here are some handy tips to keep in mind in order to keep expenses down:

  • Plan a budget and stick to it: Before you even begin to design your home or meet with contractors, sit down with a financial advisor to determine what kind of budget you can afford. Factor all costs into this budget. This allows you to splurge in some places and scale back where necessary.  
  • Choose the right builder: Not all builders are the same. You’re going to want to research and compare several different builders, preferably ones that come highly recommended in your area. Compare quality as well as cost, as in many cases, you get what you pay for. 
  • Inquire about closing cost incentives: Some builders offer incentives if you select their preferred lenders, this can include a few thousand dollars off of your closing costs. 
  • Is it possible to DIY?: A great way to skip costly prices is to just do it yourself. If you’re handy and willing to put in the time and effort, there are plenty of ways to save money. 
  • Research your appliances: There are so many options when it comes to appliances, from basic models to fancy upgrades, from different finishes and matching sets. Do your research, read the reviews, and find what will suit your home best. Keep in mind, you can always stick to the basics for now and upgrade later on down the road. 
  • Look at energy-efficient options: More and more, builders are offering green options when it comes to appliances, heating, plumbing, etc. These energy-efficient options may seem like the more expensive route, to begin with, but over the years they could save you a lot of money on utilities! 

Buying a new construction home can be an affordable and wonderful experience for all home buyers. Don’t let the lengthy process or the seemingly endless array of decisions that come with it intimidate you. With the right agent to guide you and the proper research when it comes to builders, appliances, and styles, you’ll end up getting the home of your dreams, custom-made, just for you that suits your exact lifestyle and preferences! 

Posted in Buying
March 17, 2021

The Best Things To Do In Durham Region, ON

Best Things To Do in Durham Region

Durham Region is a beautiful municipality found in scenic Southern Ontario. Just east of Toronto, Durham makes up the east section of the Greater Toronto Area and consists of some of the finest, most charming small towns in Ontario. The gorgeous landscape of Durham Region consists of Lake Ontario, vast, mature forests, and plenty of natural parks. The perfect balance of urban and rural environments makes Durham Region the perfect home and tourist destination with some of the top destinations around. The following is a list of just a few of the many incredible things to do in Durham Region. 

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Jungle Cat World Wildlife Park

3667 Concession Road 6, Orono, ON L0B 1M0


Unleash your inner wilderness explorer by visiting Jungle Cat World, formerly named Orono Exotic Cat World. Here, you’ll be able to discover and learn about over sixty species of exotic animals including big cats such as lions, tigers, jaguars, and leopards along with many other interesting creatures like ring-tailed lemurs, cockatoos, and wolves. With over 170 animals within the park, Jungle Cat World will have your eyes popping in every direction!

The park features many fantastic programs for explorers of all ages. The Night Safari is a guided tour through the park after dark to get a look at the nocturnal animals. Behind The Scenes is a private program hosted by one of the fabulous Animal Coordinators. This hands-on experience allows guests to (safely) get up close and personal with the animals and become more familiar with these beautiful creatures. The Safari Zoo Camp is an overnight experience that’s been held every summer since 1995. Every year, approximately 300 campers between the ages of six and seventeen come for a unique experience, sleeping on site and learning about zoo keeping and animal and reptile handling. The senior campers even get the opportunity to feed the animals! 

Ski Lakeridge 

790 Chalk Lake Road, Uxbridge, ON L9P 1R4


Those looking to enjoy a winter activity have plenty of options. Durham Region is home to some fantastic ski resorts including Dagmar Ski Resort, Skyloft, and Ski Lakeridge. Nestled into the Oak Ridge Moraine, Ski Lakeridge offers a unique experience, as it’s the only ski resort in the area that offers a snow-tubing track. Thrill-seekers can hurtle down the snow-covered hills, which reach a vertical rise of 300 feet, over and over again. Ski Lakeridge also offers alpine skiing, snowboarding, and cross-country skiing opportunities. For those who don’t own their own equipment, the resort has an excellent rental program. 

With twenty-three trails, five lifts, and seventy skiable acres, Ski Lakeridge has ample space to keep snowbirds entertained for hours on end! The various trails offer different challenge levels, so anyone from beginner to expert can enjoy the runs. Lakeridge also consists of mogul runs, three dedicated terrain parks, and snowshoe trails. Never been skiing before? No problem! Ski Lakeridge provides the opportunity for ski and snowboard lessons for all ages. This fantastic resort is the perfect place to spend a snowy, wintery day in Durham Region. 

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Oshawa Centre 

419 King Street West, Oshawa, ON L1J 2K5 


Durham Region is home to the largest shopping mall east of Toronto: the newly renovated Oshawa Centre. This two-storey shopping complex consists of over 260 retail stores and public services. The Oshawa Centre first opened in 1956 and only included twenty-eight stores in the beginning. Recently, the mall underwent a $230 million expansion project. Phase one of this renovation process began in 2013, adding sixty new retail spaces, two full-service restaurants, and a brand new food court that seats 1,000 people. The second phase of the construction began in 2017 and included updated entrances, new ceiling treatments, lighting and tiling updates, and the addition of a new underground parking garage that contributes an additional 250 parking spaces. Upon completion, this gorgeous shopping centre consists of 1,219,962 square feet, making it the largest shopping mall in Durham Region. 

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The Robert McLaughlin Gallery 

72 Queen Street, Oshawa, ON L1H 3Z3


Art enthusiasts in Durham Region are provided with a real treat. The Robert McLaughlin Gallery is the largest public art gallery in the region. Established in 1967, this beautiful building has been a staple in the artistic community for decades. The Gallery is home to an exceptional collection of Canadian contemporary and modern artwork. The permanent collection contains over 4,500 outstanding works of art and offers an exhibition of some of the top pieces in Canada’s heritage. This extensive collection includes Canadian paintings, sculptures, and prints, offering a variety of beautiful masterpieces for all preferences. 

Many big names of the art world are familiar along the walls of The Robert McLaughlin Gallery including Canada’s largest collection of artwork by the Painters Eleven as well as a dedicated selection of abstract art, which can be connected to the well-known Alexandra Luke of Oshawa. Alexandra Luke studied under Hans Hofmann, a renowned artist and teacher, out of Provincetown, Massachusetts. Along with the famous names found within the walls of the gallery, the building itself was also designed by the wonderful Canadian architect, Arthur Erickson. Everything about the beautiful Robert McLaughlin Gallery, inside and out, is a wonder to see. 

Pickering Museum Village

2365 Concession Road 6, Greenwood, ON L0H 1H0


History buffs can enjoy the largest living history museum found in Durham Region, the Pickering Museum Village. Not only one building, this experience is found within an entire village designed to take guests back in time to a simpler lifestyle. While exploring this quaint and quiet village, visitors will take in a unique experience through live interpreters and can explore the various heritage buildings including a blacksmith shop, a general store, a schoolhouse, a hotel, and a chapel. Each building is filled with intricate details and a plethora of information about what life was like way back when. 

The Pickering Museum Village offers creative and interactive programs for people of all ages. Kids programs feature crafts and activities as well as plenty of hands-on experiences. Themed tours are available throughout the year for even more excitement. The popular Ghost Walk is open to those willing to brave paranormal investigations and discover evidence of spirits and ghosts. The History Detective event gives guests a chance to solve puzzles and riddles throughout the museum under the guidance of a Museum Interpreter. At Hallowe’en, the village is filled with jack o’lanterns, costumes, and candy. The fun never ends at this old-time village! 

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Treetop Eco-Adventure Park

53 Snow Ridge Court, Oshawa, ON L1H 7K4 


If you’re looking for a challenging and exciting adventure, look no farther than the Treetop Eco-Adventure Park found at the edge of Oshawa. This fantastic aerial park features five zip lines, including the majestic Big Zip, a 60’ high, 734’ long, premier zip line, high ropes suspension bridges, Tarzan ropes, barrels, log swings, and challenging obstacle courses set within the treetops. Treetop Park is perfect for all ages, consisting of five youth and adult courses, one children’s course, and a junior children’s course. The staff  of Treetop Eco-Adventure Park are incredibly helpful and very knowledgeable, and will make your experience climbing through the trees absolutely unforgettable. 

Darlington Provincial Park

1600 Darlington Park Road, Bowmanville, ON L1C 3K3


Darlington Provincial Park is a beautiful part of the Ontario provincial Parks system and sits on 510 gorgeous acres of some of the finest terrain in Southern Ontario. The small park is dominated by gently rolling hills and is bordered by the northern shore of Lake Ontario with a long stretch of sandy beach along the shore. Enclosing the McLaughlin Bay, Darlington Park also consists of a protected marshy area filled with a diverse array of flora and fauna. Animals that can be sighted within the borders of Darlington Provincial Park include white-tailed deer, squirrels, and a variety of other small animals. Plenty of fish and amphibian life can also be found, particularly around the McLaughlin Bay. 

Every year, the park hosts an annual monarch tagging program, providing an educational experience for those interested. The park is part of a greater monarch conservation program and migrating monarch butterflies fill the skies each year, creating a beautiful display of fluttering wings. Darlington Park also provides family campgrounds available for day passes as well as overnight use. Group campsites and picnic facilities offer ample space for get-togethers and group events.

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Wooden Sticks Golf Club

40 Elgin Park Drive, Uxbridge, ON L9P 1N2


One of the most beautiful golf courses in all of Southern Ontario can be found within Durham Region. Wooden Sticks is a favourite among local golfers and was designed by Ron Garl. The eighteen-hole course features twelve holes inspired by famous PGA courses from around the world, the rest are unique rounds designed for a challenging and unforgettable experience. Players can enjoy a thrilling and balanced game while taking in the beautiful scenery; majestic trees, tranquil waters, and open green grounds surround the luxurious golf course. 

Along with the exciting and beautiful game that golfers will enjoy, Wooden Sticks Golf Club is also home to a fabulous restaurant and banquet hall. Club-goers can indulge in a drink or two on the beautiful outdoor patio between games or enjoy a five-star meal after a full afternoon of golfing. Wooden Sticks is known to host beautiful weddings and events as well. The large banquet hall and outdoor reception space provide the perfect spot for celebrations and group events. Whether you’re looking for a place to brush up on your golf swing or enjoy a fantastic evening out, Wooden Sticks Golf Club is luxury at its finest. 

Durham Regional Forest

Concession Road 7, Uxbridge, ON L9P 1R4


The winding trails of the Durham Regional Forest stretch for over sixteen kilometres. Located at the very top of the Oak Ridges Moraine, there are four main loop trails within the forest: Maple, White Pine, Spruce, and Red Oak. Several side trails branch off of these main trails, allowing hikers to fully explore the beautiful, mature trees of the forest. Established over ninety years ago, the Durham Regional Forest is made up of mixed hardwood forest and plantation forest. The trails are all well-marked, allowing easy navigation, even if you’re unfamiliar with the area. Plenty of year-round recreational activities can be enjoyed within the forest. In the snowy winter months, visitors can enjoy snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. During the warmer months of the year, mountain biking, hiking, and horseback riding are popular activities. Hiking is particularly popular during the fall, when the leaves are bursting with colour and the crisp air hasn’t yet caused a snowfall. 

Cobourg Beach

138 Division Street, Cobourg, ON K9A 3P3


Beachgoers flock to the beautiful Cobourg Beach during the hot summer months of the year. This gorgeous stretch of sand offers ample opportunity to kick back and relax on a sunny afternoon. Located just west of Victoria Park, Cobourg Beach is made up of a mix of pebbles and sand, a vast grassy area, and a peaceful boardwalk that runs from Hibernia Street to Ontario Street. 

Cobourg Beach consists of several incredible features that make this day-trip area perfect for the whole family. With two play structures, a splash pad, plenty of picnic tables, a fenced-in basketball court, and a charming cantena, fun can be had by all, all day long. Close to the downtown core, visitors can also choose to venture through the charming shops and boutiques that line the streets. Throughout the year, many events and festivals are set up along the beach including a series of volleyball tournaments, the Sandcastle Festival, annual Canada Day celebrations, and more. Nonstop fun awaits all those who visit this popular, beautiful beach. 

No matter what hobbies and activities pique your interest, it’s guaranteed that there is the perfect something for you waiting in Durham Region. From the sun-kissed beaches to the sheltered forests and campgrounds, from the intriguing heritage sites to the contemporary shops and boutiques, Durham Region is filled with fantastic outings and excursions for all ages, all year round. With an unending list of activities and events, locals and visitors alike can indulge in the eclectic and unique opportunities of this amazing municipality. 

Posted in Durham
Feb. 16, 2021

The Best Places To Live In, In Durham Region, ON

The best places to live in Durham Ontario

Durham Region is a fantastic municipality in Southern Ontario that makes up the east-end of the Greater Toronto Area. The region has a great mix of rural and urban cities and towns and is filled with beautiful landscapes and farmlands. The bigger cities, such as Oshawa, Pickering, and Ajax, are perfect for urban living without the crowds of a city like Toronto. The rural communities such as Greenbank, Nestleton, and Sunderland are perfect for quiet country living.  Whatever lifestyle best suits you, there is a perfect place to match in Durham Region. The following is a list of some of the very best places to live in, in Durham Region. 

Port Perry

Port Perry is a charming, small community of approximately 9,455 people. The town is a popular tourist destination, particularly in the summer when the shops are in full swing, the park is full of activity, and the waters of Lake Scugog are the perfect temperature for boating, tubing, and fishing. Port Perry has a rich history and many of the buildings have been restored to their original state, adding an old-time feel to the character of the town.

Real Estate

The Port Perry real estate market is filled with several new developments as well as historical homes dating back to the mid 1800s. Most of the homes for sale in Port Perry are detached, single-family homes along with a few rowhomes and fantastic retirement residences. 

The average cost of real estate in Port Perry is approximately $728,228. There are dozens of large estates situated on sizable plots of land. Surrounding the town is plenty of farmland, making up picturesque landscapes and a quiet, country feel. 

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Port Perry falls under the jurisdiction of the Durham District School Board as well as the Durham Catholic District School Board. DDSD is made up of 131 schools and approximately 70,175 students. DCDSB consists of forty-four elementary schools, seven secondary schools, one adult education centre, and one continuing education centre. 

The public schools found in the Port Perry community include:

Port Perry High School

R.H. Cornish Public School

S.A. Cawker Public School

Prince Albert Public School

Private schools found in the Port Perry community include:

Good Shepherd Catholic School

Children’s House Montessori School

What To Do

Residents of Port Perry are able to enjoy dozens of annual events and festivals. The beautiful Palmer Park, located in the heart of Port Perry, is host to incredible excursions including Canada Day celebrations, the Santa Clause Parade in the winter, several car shows, and so much more. 

Port Perry and the surrounding area are home to an incredible array of craft breweries, wineries, and distilleries. Right in the heart of Downtown is Old Flame Brewery and just outside of town are Ocala winery and the newest addition to Durham Region, Slabtown Cider Co. 

The Great Blue Heron Casino is a large draw to the town of Port Perry. This grand casino has been a staple of the community for many years and is situated on Scugog Island on the edge of Port Perry. 


Port Perry is conveniently located within an hour’s drive to some of southern Ontario’s hottest destinations. From the vibrant city of Toronto to cottage-country Peterborough to trendy Vaughan to the beaches of Cobourg, there are countless attractions, amenities, and natural resources to explore. 

Toronto: 83 kilometers via 407 W / 404 S (55 minutes)

Peterborough: 66 kilometers via ON-7A E / ON-115 N (54 minutes)

Vaughan: 73 kilometers via Durham Regional Road 2 / 407 W (49 minutes)

Cobourg: 87 kilometers via Durham Regional Road 2 / 407 E (57 minutes)


Brooklin is a trendy village in the town of Whitby. The area used to be primarily farmlands and expansive open grounds. With the popularity of commuting for work in the last few decades, developers took advantage of the ideal location and constructed beautiful neighbourhoods to meet the demand. The close proximity to Toronto makes Brooklin one of the top homes in the Greater Toronto Area.  

Real Estate

Homes for sale in Brooklin are primarily made up of attached and detached single-family homes. The steadily growing population has called for a multitude of new developments to sprout, forming several beautiful subdivisions. 

Brooklin is a bedroom community, most of the residents commute to the GTA for work. Many of the locals prefer quieter living outside of the hustle and bustle of Toronto. The average cost of such a luxury is approximately $932,747. 

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Brooklin falls under the management of the Durham District School Board as well as the Durham Catholic District School Board. 

There are eight elementary schools in the area including:

Meadowcrest Public School

Winchester Public School

Brooklin Village Public School

Blair Ridge Public School

Chris Hadfield Public School

St. Leo’s Catholic School

St. Bridget Catholic School

Blessed John Paul II Catholic School

There are five high schools in the area including:

Brooklin High School

Donald A. Wilson Secondary School

Saint-Charles Garnier Catholic School

All Saints Catholic Secondary School

Anderson Collegiate Vocational Institute

What To Do

There is so much going on in Brooklin that it’s easy for residents to find something that appeals to them. The historic downtown core is home to dozens of diverse dining establishments, unique retail shops, delightful spas, and plenty of local businesses. 

The beautiful Grass Park is centrally located in Brooklin and is familiar to the locals. The vast green grounds are perfect for hosting the many year-round festivities including the Harvest Festival and Christmas In The Village, as well as lazy afternoons spent picnicking and relaxing. 

There are ample opportunities for recreational and educational programs for the young and old of Brooklin. The Community Centre as well as the Brooklin Branch Library offer plenty of programs including arts and crafts, nature programs, exercise programs, and more. 


The village of Brooklin is close by to several fantastic locations. The close proximity to major roads and highways, including Ontario Highways 7 and 12 as well as the 400 series, provide easy access to a multitude of incredible towns and cities. 

Commutes to nearby cities include:

Toronto: 64 kilometers via ON-407 W / ON-404 S (41 minutes)

Peterborough: 79 kilometers via ON-407 E / ON-115 N (51 minutes)

Vaughan: 54 kilometers via ON-407 W / York Regional Road 53 (35 minutes)

Cobourg: 77 kilometers via ON-407 E / ON-401 E (47 minutes)

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Pickering Beach

This beautiful community found in Ajax is located along the scenic Lake Ontario. Pickering Beach is east of Toronto and is a slice of picturesque scenery in the urban city. The community is surrounded by tranquil parks and quiet neighbourhoods, perfect for nature lovers and families to settle down and take in all the beautiful surroundings. 

Real Estate

The Pickering Beach real estate is highly competitive and listings move quickly. The area used to be made up of luxury cottages for wealthy Toronto citizens. Now, many of these homes have been replaced by modern permanent residences and is one of the most desirable places to live in Durham Region.

Luxury homes for sale in Pickering Beach range in cost from anywhere between $550,000 to well over $1 million. The average cost of real estate in Pickering Beach is approximately $912,207. 

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Pickering Beach locals are served by the Durham District School Board. DDSB contains 131 schools and approximately 70,175 students. Alternatively, residents can attend one of the many Catholic schools found within the Durham Catholic District School Board, which is home to fifty-two elementary and secondary schools. 

Schools within the Pickering Beach community include:

Pickering High School

Ajax High School

Fairport Beach Public School

Frenchman’s Bay Public School

Southwood Park Public School

Carruthers Creek Public School

Duffin’s Bay Public School

Saint James Catholic School

What To Do

Pickering Beach is home to plenty of picturesque parks. These vast green spaces are ideal for birdwatching, picnics, walking or biking along the many scenic paths, and various sporting events. Parks in Pickering Beach include:

Paradise Beach

Lakeside Park

Kinsmen Park

John A. Murray Park

Ajax Waterfront Park

There are also plenty of shopping opportunities available to the residents of Pickering Beach. Many big box stores as well as unique local boutiques provide a diverse selection of retail. Dining options are also diverse in this incredible community. Residents can enjoy everything from small, unique eateries to craft breweries and distilleries to familiar franchise favourites. 


Pickering Beach is home to a plethora of parks and waters, but for those who wish for a change of scenery, the proximity to the 400 series makes it easy for locals to explore neighbouring towns and cities, from the bustling Downtown Toronto to the quiet of Peterborough and everything in between, residents of Pickering Beach can enjoy a multitude of activities and lifestyles. 

Commutes to nearby cities include: 

Toronto: 50 kilometers via ON-401 W / Don Valley Parkway (34 minutes)

Peterborough: 96 kilometers via ON-401 E / ON-35 (1 hour)

Vaughan: 56 kilometers via ON-401 W / ON-404 N (37 minutes)

Cobourg: 74 kilometers via ON-401 E (46 minutes)


Bowmanville has been one of the top up-and-coming neighbourhoods for the last two decades. What was once established as a quaint and quiet farm town has grown into a much more suburban town, filled with retail shops, restaurants, and endless entertainment. With a population of over 40,000, Bowmanville has quickly become one of the most popular communities in Durham Region to settle down and raise a family. 

Real Estate

Bowmanville real estate is made up of condos, detached, single-family homes, townhomes, and retirement living. There are plenty of options to choose from when perusing the listings of this charming community suitable for all lifestyles and age groups. 

One-bedroom condos start around $359,900 and large, free-standing homes can cost an upwards of $1,849,000. The average cost of real estate in Bowmanville is approximately $824,945. The area is made up of friendly subdivisions, private and spacious lots, and a mixture of well-established homes along with new developments. The variety found among the listings caters to all types of people. 

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The Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board serves the residents of Bowmanville. KPRDSB is made up of seventy-three elementary schools, thirteen secondary schools, and three adult learning centres. The school board provides education to approximately 32,035 students in the urban and rural communities found within its borders. 

Elementary schools found in Bowmanville include:

Central Public School

Charles Bowman Public School

Dr. Ross Tilley Public School

Duke of Cambridge Public School

Harold Longworth Public School

John M. James Public School

Vincent Massey Public School

Waverly Public School

High schools found in Bowmanville include:

Bowmanville High School

Clarington Central Secondary School

What To Do

The locals of Bowmanville are familiar with the many fantastic amenities found within the community. The Canadian Tire Motorsport Park is one of the most popular areas of Bowmanville. The grounds are host to plenty of events throughout the year including minor grand prix races and major racing events by CASCAR, the SCCA, and NASCAR. Large music festivals and events are also held within the grounds, with available campsites to cater to the multi-day festivals. 

Several events happen year-round in Bowmanville, drawing large tourist crowds as well as bringing together the communities and neighbourhoods within the area. The annual Santa Claus Parade is a huge success and boost to the community and Applefest is a staple every fall. 


The benefit of living in beautiful Bowmanville is that you’re centrally located near all the top destinations of south-central Ontario. Busy city amenities, beautiful beaches, quiet cottage vacations, and vibrant shopping districts are all conveniently located within an hour from Bowmanville. The easy access to major roads and highways makes commuting to and from these locations a breeze. 

Commutes to nearby cities include:

Toronto: 77 kilometers via ON-401 W (49 minutes)

Peterborough: 65 kilometers via ON-115 N (45 minutes)

Vaughan: 81 kilometers via ON-407 W / York Regional Road 53 (51 minutes)

Cobourg: 45 kilometers via ON-401 E / Northumberland County Road 18 (32 minutes)


Uxbridge is a charming suburban community established in 1850. With approximately 21,175 people, many the residents of Uxbridge are employed at one of the many manufacturing companies including Pine Valley Packaging, Koch-Glitsch Canada, and Hela Canada. Residents also have the option of commuting for work to the many surrounding areas including Toronto, Markham, and Oshawa. 

Real Estate

Homes for sale in Uxbridge include a variety of single-family homes, both attached and detached, as well as condominiums and lofts. The diverse real estate makes the town perfect for all lifestyles from young professionals to growing families to retirees. 

The average cost of real estate in Uxbridge is $1,474,160. Small detached homes start around $499,000 and grand estates can be found for over $5,250,000. Attached homes in Uxbridge range in cost from $375,000 to $679,000. With such an array of price ranges and housing styles, Uxbridge is the perfect place for anybody and everybody to call home. 

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Uxbridge residents are provided top-quality education by the Durham District School Board as well as the Durham Catholic District School Board. There are six elementary schools located within the borders of Uxbridge and one secondary school.

Schools found in the Uxbridge community include:

Joseph Gould Public School

Quaker Village Public School

Scott Central Public School

Uxbridge Public School

Goodwood Public School

Saint Joseph’s Catholic School

Uxbridge Secondary School 

What To Do

Uxbridge is home to a delightful array of beautiful flora and fauna. With over 220 kilometers of managed trails, locals can explore the 8,000 acres of protected greenlands. These trails run through historic villages, quiet mixed forests, tranquil meadows, and scenic ponds and wetlands. 

Elgin Park is situated at the very heart of Uxbridge and is known as the picnic area where John A. MacDonald relaxed after his re-election. The park is a staple of the community and features expansive green space filled with walking paths, picnic shelters, and ponds. Elgin Park hosts parades and events such as Art in the Park and the Fall Fair. 

Skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts can enjoy the several ski resorts in and around the Uxbridge community. There are three major locations: Dagmar Ski Resort, Lakeridge Ski Resort, and Skyloft. 


Though Uxbridge may be a smaller community, the locals can easily venture out to the bigger cities in the GTA. Toronto and Vaughan can be accessed in under an hour and Peterborough and Cobourg are just over an hour away. Major roads and access to the 400 series are easily attainable. 

Commutes to nearby cities include:

Toronto: 74 kilometers via ON-407 / Don Valley Parkway S (54 minutes)

Peterborough: 82 kilometers via ON-7A E / ON-115 N (1 hour 6 minutes)

Vaughan: 63 kilometers via ON-407 / York Regional Road 53 (46 minutes)

Cobourg: 100 kilometers via ON-412 / ON-401 E (1 hour 4 minutes)

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