North Whitby in Durham Region. What used to be considered a rural community, with sleepy farmlands on the north shore of Lake Ontario is now bustling with expansion.
A quick drive through this thriving town reveals lots of ongoing development. Brooklin - located at the south junction of Highways 12 and 7 - and the town’s northern section overall, has been at the centre of the growth of residential homes. The area is slated to become the next desirable million-dollar neighborhood.
With the extension of Hwy. 407 and the north-south corridor to Hwy. 401, this is only increasing the community’s desirability for families wanting to raise their families in a smaller community, but having the convenience of seamless travel to the big metropolis. Expansion of the highway is expected to continue until 2020.
Besides constructing luxury homes in subdivisions that have constantly been moving northward, Whitby has been home to the headquarters for a number of government command centres: namely,
- Durham Region Police Service
- Durham District School Board, and
- Regional Municipality of Durham
As well, the more recent addition of the Abilities Centre is a state-of-the-art facility that offers sports, fitness, arts and life skills programming for children and adults of varying abilities. It’s recognized internationally as a centre of excellence for its fully accessible design and programming.
The Lakeshore East Go Transit service includes a train and bus station in Whitby, conveniently located near Hwy. 401. This has been great for residents who work in Toronto. But now, with all the development taking place, there’s a feeling in the air that the Go will be bringing people from outside the area in to Whitby. That will surely be a gain to the town and its citizens, as it means more industry will be moving in and more local jobs will be created. People already living there will surely appreciate this. And such benefits will likely influence house prices to increase.
The average house price in Whitby for March 2016 was $541,822. The average price of a single detached Whitby home in the same period was $612,527.
According to Sandra O’Donohue, President of the Durham Region Association of Realtors, sales in Durham overall increased by 7%, compared to March 2015. She adds, “A decrease in inventory coupled with high demand produces healthy price growth, continuing our seller’s market.”
The Association reports 1,166 residential transactions in March 2016.
North Whitby residents are positioned for the benefits that are coming.