Comment 114038

By Shwa (anonymous) | Posted October 02, 2015 at 13:55:28

I have lived in many areas before moving to Oshawa. I do not miss the weekly drive-by shootings on Tuxedo court in Scarborough, nor the shootings and beatings in and around the schools and neighbourhoods in the "Kipling Corridor". To be honest, Oshawa is like the Vatican compared to those two areas in Toronto, and the labels being given to Oshawa are simply inappropriate - I recognize that the article was written 6 years ago, but a lot has changed. Best areas in Oshawa are in the North (read: north of Bond and west of Park, north of Bond and East of Ritson, and north of Rossland). Off course, there are exceptions, but in general this should be a good guide. I avoided the south (read south of the 401), however, it has come a long way with a lot of redevelopment since I moved here in 2006.

The taxes in Oshawa are high, but the rest of Durham is now going through bigger tax hikes than Oshawa(e.g. I think Oshawa is up only 1.5%, while Whitby is up 3.2%) and they will soon catch-up. Oshawa's taxes were high because of the environmental mess left behind by GM et. all, and that the City undertook to rehabilitate themselves.

Prognosis for real estate is probably the best in the GTA. Lower prices (for now), 407East, 401 Widening, new Hwy 412, new HWY 418, massive Oshawa Centre reno, new GO Stations to come (Thornton and Knob Hill farms), Downtown revitalization, UOIT. The area bound by HWYS 401, 407, 412, and 418 will likely become the next Mississauga, with Stevenson as one of the few full interchanges smack middle in this area is likely to be the best area in the future for investment - even though it's not technically part of the "Places to grow" geographic area.

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