Oshawa is a growing yet well-established city 60 kilometres east of Toronto. Along with other cities close to Toronto, Oshawa has experienced rapid population growth and is by no means the same city it was just a decade ago. Today, there is a nice blend between the old and the new, especially when it comes to real estate in Oshawa.
Working in Oshawa. As the “Automotive Capital of Canada”, Oshawa’s economy has long been closely tied directly or indirectly to the automotive industry with General Motors Canada as the city’s major employer. More recently, Oshawa has benefited from efforts to diversify its economy. The city has experienced major growth in multiple sectors including the health, bioscience and energy generation industries with thousands of people employed in related jobs.
Oshawa is increasingly becoming a centre for education, research, and innovative solutions. In addition to Durham College, Oshawa hosts campuses for both Trent University and University of Ontario Institute of Technology where you will find the Lakeridge Health Education and Research Network "LHEARN" Centre. This $6.6 million medical training facility was constructed in partnership with Lakeridge Health and numerous post secondary institutions including Queen’s University.
Having Fun in Oshawa. One of the biggest attractions in Oshawa is a home built by the auto baron R.S. McLaughlin named Parkwood National Historic Site which offers tours as well as event venues. Close by is The Canadian Automotive Museum, which highlights the automotive industry that has been so important in Oshawa's development.
For those who prefer to spend their recreational time outdoors, the Treetop Eco-Adventure Park at Oak Ridges Moraine with its zip-line adventures is a popular option amongst residents and visitors alike. Pumphouse Marsh, Second Marsh and the McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve offer a more tranquil outdoor experience. Lakeview Park with its historic homes, playgrounds and beaches is a popular weekend destination for residents of Oshawa.
Buying a home in Oshawa. As a rapidly growing community of over 150,000 people, Oshawa offers a wide range of neighbourhoods, many of which are newer developments in master planned communities, while others are older neighbourhoods that offer more mature, low density housing options, such as those found along Cavendish Court or in Central Oshawa along Mitchell Avenue and Drew Street. Downtown Oshawa still offers some excellent choices in Edwardian or Tudor style houses that were built in the early to mid-1900s. You will also find a range of condominiums closer to the downtown core. For those who are interested a more modern neighbourhood, North Oshawa, which is located in the area around Taunton Road, offers newer homes in growing communities. One sought after neighbourhood within North Oshawa is Windfields Farm. Touted as the place "Where the Country Meets the City," this community offers spacious homes on large lots. Another desirable neighbourhood can be found along Park Ridge Drive where you can spot a number of excellent options in Oshawa real estate with slightly smaller lots but beautifully maintained, quiet streets.