Welcome to wonderful Whitby! Located in southern Ontario, this town is nestled along the north shore of Lake Ontario, just 20 kilometers east of Toronto. Known as the commuters suburb, Whitby, Ontario is the ideal home for those who work in or around the Greater Toronto Area. Offering coastal living at a fraction of the price compared to Toronto and some surrounding areas.
Whitby Houses For Sale
As mentioned before, Whitby is known as the commuters suburb. Many who work in Toronto call Whitby home due to its affordable living and close proximity to the downtown core. Housing is affordable, averaging $657K, a 15% drop from 3 months ago, which falls well below some other areas such as Vaughan or Oakville. Now is the time to consider Whitby as houses are only lasting an average of 3 weeks on the market. The 2016 Canadian census reported 128,377 residents of Whitby.
Much like its fellow lakefront towns, Whitby has numerous parks and trails for residents and visitors to enjoy. There is over 60 km of trails throughout Whitby, Ash Creek Channel Trail, Iroquois Trail, and Whitby Shores Waterfront Trail. Having 10.6 km of waterfront trails that can be enjoyed by walking or cycling along. Make sure to stop along the path at a scenic natural area such as Lynde Shore Conservation Area or Thickson's Woods.
The town of Whitby maintains 125 parks throughout the year, which boasts 950 acres of active parkland and over 1000 acres of passive open spaces and beaches. A notable park is Baycliffe Park, dubbed “rocketship park” after its rocket ship climbing structure. Cool off at the splash pad, enjoy the basketball court or soccer field or take advantage of the jogging trail.
A unique feature offered in partnership with the town and community groups is community gardens. These shared green spaces are areas where residents can come together and grow fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers. A chance to work together and promote partnerships and social interaction.
A main attraction in the town is the Port Whitby Marina. This 420-slip, award-winning facility is located on a natural harbour in Lake Ontario. Enjoy visiting the Avalon Lounge Clubhouse which has panoramic views of the harbour, a lobby lounge, hot beverages, and free newspapers. Elevate your next event by utilizing this space to offer ambiance and breathtaking views.
The Best Whitby Neighbourhoods
The northern part of Whitby remains relatively rural, whereas area closer to the downtown core, Lake Ontario and the 401 are more heavily populated. Offering neighbourhoods in both allow for those looking a Whitby to choose more country or more city living.
Located north of the downtown area, Brooklin, is a rural community near the highway 12 and highway 7 junction. In 2013, approximately 20,000 residents of Whitby were located in the Brooklin area, and due to the increased demand in the area thousands of homes have been built since the 90’s. Many subdivisions on Brooklin have Victorian style influenced homes. There is an emphasis on street-scape, even having old fashioned street lamps. The average cost of housing in Brooklin is approx. $770k, as the balanced blend of city and country, has made it a desirable area.
In the eastern part of Whitby is the neighbourhood of Bluegrass Meadows. A wide variety of housing styles are able to accommodate people from all different walks of life. The average cost of living in this area is $670k, which is slightly higher than the overall average of Whitby. The area has an impressive 15 parks spread throughout offering play equipment, splash pads and a lacrosse pad. There are also 4 schools in the area, 2 public, and 2 Catholic.
Port Whitby boasts scenery like no other. Its close proximity to amenities and the GO train station make it a desirable area for commuters and lake lovers. Due to its area, there is a large mixture of housing types. Condos and semi-detached properties are more popular. Being close to Lake Ontario has unique living opportunities. The stunning views and marina life draw many to call this area home.
Located near the Ajax/Whitby border, Williamsburg has become one of Whitby’s most desirable neighbourhoods. Averaging house prices of $680k, WIlliamsburg, keeps residents close to all necessities. From commercial plazas to golf courses and conservation areas, Williamsburg has all you could want directly inside your neighbourhood. Falling to the west of town keeps commuters that much closer to Toronto as well.
Whitby newest recreational facility is the Brooklin Community Centre and Library. This 3,716 square metre, state of the art building opened its doors in November 2010 and has quickly become a hub for residents. A large 2 story building which offers a seniors room, youth centre, pre-school space, gymnasium and meeting rooms are able to accommodate events and functions of all kinds. Also housing a branch of the Public Library, this building remains buzzing all year long.
The Whitby Public Library is the doorway to discovery. Servicing Whitby with three separate branches, the library provides programs and events for residents of all different ages. An extensive database and premium programs designed to meet the needs of the growing community are just some of the things you will find when walking through the doors.
Whitby’s downtown core boasts more than 470 business ranging from restaurants, clothing shops, and spas. A trip downtown is more than just shopping, there are historic sites and museums to be taken in as well. A number of events and festivals are also hosted downtown allowing for residents and visitors to experience a sense of community and fun!
The town is home to Canada’s largest municipally owned and operated recreation facility. The Iroquois Park Sports Centre (IPSC) is a 250,000 square foot facility that houses 6 arenas, 2 pools, a fully licensed restaurant, food court, elite athletic training facility, banquet halls, and meeting rooms. Outside, there are 6 illuminated tennis courts, 3 illuminated tournament-quality baseball diamonds, another two unlit ball diamonds, and a fully lit tournament quality soccer pitch.
Public education is provided by the Durham District School Board in Whitby, also having their headquarters located in the town as well. There are 24 Elementary schools and 5 Secondary Schools scattered throughout the area.
The Catholic School Board, Durham District Catholic School Board, provides education out of 12 Elementary Schools and 2 Secondary Schools.
For those interested in full french education, the Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir offers one Elementary School, École élémentaire catholique Jean-Paul II (JK-grade 6) and one Secondary SChool, École secondaire catholique St-Charles Garnier (grades 7-12) which services all of Durham region.
Whitby is also home to the internationally known independent day and boarding school, Trafalgar Castle. This educational establishment provides offers a university pre-programme for grades 5 - grade 12 at a woman's only facility.
Alternative education is also available at a number of different locations around Whitby in the private and Montessori sectors of education.
Also governed by the Durham Transit Authority, Whitby's inner-city transportation is provided by way of city buses, offering stops and access to all areas of town. Standard transit is available on a large number of city buses as well as paratransit services for those requiring extra assistance.
The GO train systems also run through Whitby allowing for quick transportation on the east to west axis. For those needing to commute the GO train system offers easy and convenient travel to Toronto and surrounding areas of the GTA.
For drivers, there are access points to the major highways 401 and 407 with the 412 connecting the two.
When it comes to unique dining experiences, Whitby has no shortage of restaurants. Ethnic diversity is available however, there are also options when it comes to atmosphere and vibes.
In the mood for “northern cottage vibe” for dinner? The Brock House would be just the place. Appropriately decorated in woods-y accents, fireplaces, and most likely plaid, The Brock house offers an eclectic menu with all the cottage life feels of Northern Ontario.
If you are interested in a farm-to-table type of dining experience, Bistro ‘67 has got you covered. A contemporary restaurant with a unique menu will keep patrons coming back.
Other well-visited establishments are Hot Rocks Creative Diner, State & Main Kitchen & Bar and Berry Hill Food Company. Whether grabbing drinks and apps for happy hour or catching up with friends over a late dinner, these, plus many others in Whitby offer delicious dining and unique atmospheres.
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