Where to buy real estate in Durham in 2019 - MoneySense

Where to buy real estate in 2019: Durham Region, Ont.

Our top 3 picks for Ontario’s Durham Region all offer great value for first-time home buyers.

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Rank Neighbourhood Area Average home price (2017) Value Momentum Average price vs. area Avg. price vs. metro district Avg. price vs. outer region 1-year price change 5-year price change Final Star Rating
1 Bowmanville Clarington $456,692 62.71% 93.64% 109.3% 92.49% 60.8% 20.86% 84.3% ★★★★
2 O'Neill Oshawa $438,398 86.02% 73.31% 86.6% 71.99% 47.3% 1.74% 75.7% ★★★★
3 Lakeview Oshawa $376,182 89.41% 72.88% 83.2% 69.10% 45.4% -29.48% 85.6% ★★★½
4 Vanier Oshawa $511,824 92.80% 62.29% 71.4% 59.30% 39.0% -10.94% 74.4% ★★★½
5 McLaughlin Oshawa $420,292 76.27% 72.88% 97.1% 80.68% 53.1% 0.54% 78.7% ★★★½
6 Cannington Brock $481,341 91.10% 65.25% 82.2% 66.25% 43.6% -1.84% 101.6% ★★★½
7 Donevan Oshawa $553,431 81.78% 71.19% 91.3% 75.87% 49.9% 3.62% 76.0% ★★★½
8 Centennial Oshawa $474,627 70.76% 70.34% 105.0% 87.24% 57.4% 8.80% 76.4% ★★★½
9 Village East Pickering $581,441 86.86% 42.37% 59.4% 74.81% 49.2% -24.03% 73.0% ★★★½
10 Sunderland Brock $601,386 63.14% 80.08% 113.7% 91.65% 60.3% 0.11% 90.6% ★★★½
11 Downtown Whitby Whitby $439,984 67.37% 77.54% 92.9% 94.79% 62.3% 9.33% 77.1% ★★★½
12 Beaverton Brock $690,014 87.71% 39.41% 86.0% 69.35% 45.6% -8.87% 56.7% ★★★
13 Blue Grass Meadows Whitby $582,162 50.42% 76.27% 106.6% 108.76% 71.5% 12.90% 72.1% ★★★
14 Eastdale Oshawa $606,155 63.14% 75.42% 110.4% 91.76% 60.3% 15.76% 69.4% ★★★
15 Central Ajax $705,702 65.68% 59.75% 93.3% 95.55% 62.8% 27.29% 65.7% ★★★
16 Bay Ridges Pickering $594,227 50.85% 62.71% 88.3% 111.24% 73.1% 2.42% 79.7% ★★★
17 Samac Oshawa $589,178 58.47% 74.58% 112.7% 93.67% 61.6% 17.30% 71.2% ★★★
18 Pinecrest Oshawa $695,829 60.17% 51.69% 111.8% 92.87% 61.1% 11.11% 62.9% ★★★
19 Rural Brock Brock $671,247 35.17% 99.58% 136.0% 109.68% 72.1% 25.54% 123.4% ★★★
20 South West Ajax $775,982 54.66% 52.12% 103.3% 105.81% 69.6% 12.17% 61.6% ★★★
21 Taunton North Whitby $689,858 20.34% 67.37% 119.8% 122.32% 80.4% 15.91% 68.2% ★★★
22 Port Perry Scugog $691,427 52.54% 44.07% 105.5% 108.74% 71.5% 7.38% 61.3% ★★★
23 Lynde Creek Whitby $623,330 48.73% 52.54% 106.8% 108.99% 71.7% 11.21% 61.6% ★★★
24 Courtice Clarington $635,224 51.69% 66.95% 116.1% 98.25% 64.6% 17.57% 67.0% ★★★
25 Rural Scugog Scugog $538,162 59.32% 63.14% 97.2% 100.13% 65.8% -1.11% 72.0% ★★★
26 Newcastle Clarington $707,335 73.31% 20.34% 100.2% 84.83% 55.8% 1.10% 54.7% ★★★
27 Pringle Creek Whitby $699,817 40.25% 59.32% 109.2% 111.49% 73.3% 15.67% 67.4% ★★★
28 Windfields Oshawa $713,017 34.75% 75.85% 132.8% 110.31% 72.5% 7.32% 79.7% ★★★
29 Taunton Oshawa $664,898 29.24% 58.90% 135.3% 112.39% 73.9% 12.10% 68.1% ★★½
30 South East Ajax $508,132 56.36% 40.25% 102.3% 104.81% 68.9% 6.72% 61.8% ★★½
31 Orono Clarington $215,000 79.24% 31.36% 94.6% 80.10% 52.7% 1.49% 55.3% ★★½
32 Rouge Park Pickering $119,667 97.03% 5.51% 26.9% 33.89% 22.3% -77.82% -38.4% ★★½
33 Farewell Oshawa $756,671 100.00% 5.08% 22.7% 18.86% 12.4% -73.12% -27.2% ★★½
34 Central East Ajax $780,121 29.66% 58.90% 116.5% 119.27% 78.4% 15.52% 66.4% ★★½
35 Liverpool Pickering $692,056 29.66% 56.78% 97.6% 122.97% 80.9% 15.03% 67.8% ★★½
36 Central West Ajax $767,328 48.31% 37.29% 106.5% 109.09% 71.7% 4.28% 62.2% ★★½
37 Uxbridge Uxbridge $774,240 38.14% 41.95% 95.0% 120.95% 79.5% 11.31% 56.4% ★★½
38 Duffin Heights Pickering $575,977 33.47% 40.25% 96.9% 122.04% 80.3% 7.73% 60.3% ★★½
39 Blackstock Scugog $606,455 76.69% 29.66% 88.1% 90.79% 59.7% -15.22% 45.8% ★★½
40 Northglen Oshawa $781,828 53.81% 46.61% 115.0% 95.59% 62.9% -6.37% 64.0% ★★½
41 Brock Ridge Pickering $277,005 27.97% 60.17% 97.8% 123.24% 81.0% 11.04% 70.2% ★★½
42 Woodlands Pickering $711,065 95.34% 4.24% 34.7% 43.66% 28.7% -68.63% -50.2% ★★½
43 Port Whitby Whitby $720,971 38.14% 45.34% 109.8% 112.08% 73.7% 12.79% 60.1% ★★½
44 West Shore Pickering $756,459 45.34% 35.17% 90.2% 113.64% 74.7% -9.40% 59.4% ★★½
45 Williamsburg Whitby $693,499 30.51% 61.86% 116.8% 119.24% 78.4% 16.45% 71.0% ★★½
46 Rolling Acres Whitby $772,543 45.76% 46.61% 107.1% 109.31% 71.9% 10.03% 63.0% ★★½
47 Brooklin Whitby $760,153 23.31% 41.95% 119.3% 121.77% 80.1% 11.90% 61.7% ★★½
48 Kedron Oshawa $833,235 22.88% 62.71% 144.2% 119.82% 78.8% -5.59% 71.4% ★★½
49 Northwest Ajax Ajax $1,105,721 12.71% 44.07% 128.3% 131.34% 86.4% 16.78% 61.0% ★★½
50 Rosebank Pickering $769,374 2.97% 70.76% 138.3% 174.29% 114.6% 5.46% 116.9% ★★½
51 Amberlea Pickering $934,418 36.44% 27.12% 96.3% 121.27% 79.7% 3.64% 55.6% ★★½
52 Highbush Pickering $810,197 13.56% 55.08% 116.9% 147.29% 96.9% 17.05% 62.9% ★★
53 Northeast Ajax Ajax $784,158 14.41% 36.86% 124.7% 127.71% 84.0% 18.02% 55.6% ★★
54 Rural Clarington Clarington $985,364 12.29% 47.03% 146.1% 123.60% 81.3% -2.98% 62.7% ★★
55 Rougemount Pickering $1,052,839 9.75% 18.22% 123.3% 155.32% 102.1% -18.79% 59.1% ★★
56 Dunbarton Pickering $199,000 7.20% 13.14% 131.7% 165.96% 109.1% -15.49% 52.8% ★★
57 Rural Oshawa Oshawa $1,069,546 97.46% 2.54% 37.8% 31.37% 20.6% -84.26% -65.3% ★★
58 Rural Whitby Whitby $935,596 2.97% 36.86% 165.2% 168.59% 110.9% 0.62% 47.8% ★½
59 Rural Uxbridge Uxbridge $925,000 13.98% 14.83% 115.8% 147.47% 97.0% -12.96% 51.5% ★½
Value
Measures how affordable the neighbourhood is compared to the surrounding area and the region overall
Momentum
Measures how quickly prices are appreciating in this neighbourhood, with an emphasis on long term appreciation

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Durham Region’s top 3 neighbourhoods to buy

1. Bowmanville, Clarington

About 75 kilometre east of Toronto, the community of Bowmanville is its own thriving city, surrounded by rural agricultural land to the north, east and west. That’s because the humid, warm summers and relatively mild winters here create extraordinarily fertile soil.

In recent years, Toyota Canada announced plans to open a new parts distribution site, which really helped to boost Bowmanville’s employment. Meanwhile, Toyota is committed to creating a new nature trail, which will be known as the Toyota Trail, connecting Soper Creek Trail to the new car parts plant, which is scheduled to open this year.

In terms of housing, Bowmanville offers exceptional deals for first-time buyers in the Greater Toronto Area. While it’s a bit pricier than surrounding communities—primarily because of how connected it is to current employment opportunities—it is almost 40% cheaper than the average house price in the GTA, and about 7% cheaper than the average house price in Clarington.


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2. O’Neill, Oshawa

As recently as three or four years ago, the community of O’Neill, in central Oshawa, was not the ideal spot to buy a home.

The housing stock is older, the schools weren’t considered the best and the central location attracted transient elements. But as home prices in the GTA kept climbing and climbing and climbing, desperate buyers started looking further and further—and some landed in O’Neill. Many were drawn to the area because of its proximity to transit, commuter highways, parks, a local golf course and the neighbourhood’s exceptional YMCA facility.

That’s when the area finally started to develop. Buyers will an eye for curb appeal started to update the post-war bungalows that dominate the single-family home stock in this neighbourhood.

Homes in this community still offer exceptional value, with the average-priced home in O’Neill selling for 13% less than surrounding communities, 28% less than Oshawa, and more than 50% less than the Greater Toronto Area.

3. Lakeview, Oshawa

Want a community that offers even more value? Look to Lakeview in Oshawa. In our 2015 ranking, this neighbourhood ranked No. 21; in our 2016 ranking, it slipped to No. 26, and again to No. 36 in 2017. Part of the reason for its up-and-down journey through our rankings is that, like O’Neill, the community is in need of updating. Still, you can’t beat the location’s convenience and, if you’re willing to put in the effort to update an older home, it’s a community just waiting to explode in value.

In addition to value-priced homes, you’ll find Lakeview Park and Cordova Park, with the Oshawa Creek running through them. Money has been poured into these parks, particularly in the south end where Lakeview Park is located, to help create a more attractive, family-friendly place. And it’s worked.

While Realtors are still on the fence about the community—as it still has a bit of work to gentrify—the value here is excellent, with the average home sitting at just above $375,000, a whopping 54% less than the average GTA home.