The best neighbourhoods in Ajax, Ontario

There are plenty of reasons why buyers are choosing Ajax, Ontario when moving to or around the GTA. Along with the more affordable real estate options, Ajax offers beautiful views of Lake Ontario, ideal commute times for those who work in Toronto, as well as a handful of amenities and services within its city limits. 

From well-kept parks, beautiful walking trails, stunning shorelines, and much more, Ajax is a quieter, calmer city than many of the areas around Toronto. 

Ajax is full of well established neighbourhoods that feature a wide variety of homes styles, sizes and prices. Due to its affordability, especially when compared to other cities around the GTA, Ajax is an ideal location for a range of buyers. From first time homeowners to those looking to settle into their golden years - Ajax has a neighbourhood for you! 

Here is a snapshot of some of the best neighbourhoods in Ajax.

Duffins Bay

Duffins Bay is a beautiful and family friendly neighbourhood. It is bordered by Westney Road S to the north, Harwood Avenue S to the east, Finley Avenue to the west and the shores of Lake Ontario to the south. 

Real Estate:

Homes located in the Duffins Bay neighbourhood are mainly detached single family dwellings with a few townhomes and townhome style condominiums. Closer to the waterfront, high rise condominium developments have been built. 

A primarily family oriented neighbourhood, Duffins Bay saw its original residential development between 1960 and 1980. 

The vast majority, nearly 95%, of residents that live in Duffins Bay are homeowners. 

Homes for sale in Duffins Bay generally feature between 3 and 5 bedrooms and 2 and 4 bathrooms. The median list price of homes for sale in Duffins Bay is roughly $625,000. 

Schools: 

The city of Ajax, Ontario is served by the Durham District School Board and the Durham Catholic District School Board. 

Schools in the Duffins Bay neighbourhood are:

Duffins Bay Public School

What’s Nearby:

One the main attractions in the Duffins Bay area is the Waterfront Park and Veterans Point Garden. Residents of Duffins Bay routinely enjoy visits to the park which includes strolling through well cared for flower gardens, wide, paved trails, waterfront vistas and a war memorial. 

Within the Duffins Bay neighbourhood is also the St. Francis Center which hosts a number of art and cultural events and activities such as live theatre, film screenings, concerts, music recitals and art shows. 

Along the northern border of the Duffins Bay neighbourhood, residents have easy access to a number of restaurant options, services and retail stores. 

Commutes:

The neighbourhood of Duffins Bay is 4.5 kilometers from the downtown Ajax area. 

Travel to Toronto, Ontario:

Toronto - 49 kilometers via Ontario 401/Don Valley Pkwy S (41 minutes)

Toronto International Airport - 55 kilometers via Ontario 401 (38 minutes)

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Riverside

Riverside is one of the most affluent neighbourhoods in Ajax, and arguably the Durham Region. Full of well established homes and well rated schools, Riverside has been a sought after area for many buyers. 

Real Estate:

Homes within Riverside are mainly large, single family dwellings that are situated atop expansive lots. 

High homeownership rates, nearly 95%, is evident as the streets are lined with manicured lawns and well maintained properties. 

Riverside is an ideal neighbourhood for those with large families as many of the properties are two storey homes with 3 - 6 bedrooms and 2 - 5 bathrooms. Residents enjoy attached single or double garages and large private laneways. 

Homes for sale in Riverside generally fall between $700,000 and $1.2 million depending on size, exact location and amenities. 

Schools: 

The city of Ajax, Ontario is served by the Durham District School Board and the Durham Catholic District School Board. 

Schools in the Riverside neighbourhood are:

What’s Nearby:

The Riverside Golf Course is set in the heart of the neighbourhood and provides avid golfers with a chance to test their skills and enjoy a round with family or friends. 

Also meandering through the neighbourhood of Riverside is the Duffins Trail System which hosts a large section of the trans canada trail network. Residents can enjoy a break from city life and escape to nature on one of the many trail networks. 

Just south of the Riverside neighbourhood is Kingston Road West which offers quick and easy access to all areas of Ajax as well as neighbouring cities. Along Kingston Road West is a selection of restaurants, shops and services. 

Commutes:

The neighbourhood of Riverside is roughly 6 kilometers from the downtown Ajax area. 

Travel to Toronto, Ontario:

Toronto - 45 kilometers via Ontario 401/Don Valley Pkwy S (38 minutes)

Toronto International Airport - 51 kilometers via Ontario 401 (34 minutes)

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Discovery Bay 

Nestled in the south west pocket of Ajax is the beautiful neighbourhood of Discovery Bay. The neighbourhood is bound by nature with Lake Ontario to the south and Duffins Creek greenbelt and marshlands to the west. 

Real Estate

Real estate throughout Discovery Bay is a mix of residential styles. Single family homes, townhomes and condominiums are mixed throughout the landscape, however detached single family properties are the primary style. 

Discovery Bay underwent most of its residential development throughout the 1980’s and many of the homes for sale are from that time period. 

The area is great for large families as many of the homes for sale in Discovery Bay feature between 3 and 5 bedrooms and 2 and 4 bathrooms. 

Pride of ownership is evident as over 90% of residents of Discovery Bay own their property. 

Prices for homes for sale in Discovery Bay range depending on size, age and amenities can fall between $600,000 and surpass $1 million. 

Schools:

The city of Ajax, Ontario is served by the Durham District School Board and the Durham Catholic District School Board. 

Schools in the Discovery Bay neighbourhood are:

Lakeside Public School

What’s Nearby:

Discovery Bay is home to a number of parks and recreational areas. Having the shores of Lake Ontario border its south side, Discovery Bay residents enjoy access to waterfront trails and scenic lookouts.

The main park in the Discovery Bay neighbourhood is Rotary Park which is located along the shoreline. Visitors will enjoy the pathways, picnic areas, paved trails, pavilions and playgrounds. 

Within minutes of the Discovery Bay neighbourhood residents will have access to a large number of dining and restaurant options, shopping and retail stores and services of all types. 

Commutes:

The neighbourhood of Riverside is roughly 3.6 kilometers from the downtown Ajax area. 

Travel to Toronto, Ontario:

Toronto - 46 kilometers via Ontario 401/Don Valley Pkwy S (37 minutes)

Toronto International Airport - 53 kilometers via Ontario 401 (33 minutes)

These are just a few of the many well established and friendly neighbourhoods that make up the city of Ajax. Whether settled into your first home, moving up or downsizing, our team is ready to help you find your perfect property! 

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