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Urban sprawl

Posted on Monday March 8, 2021

The time to strike is now. The market is booming with strong immigration numbers and some individuals and families still choosing to live and buy in the GTA. For those looking outside the city, housing in small towns is being expanded by well-known GTA developers. Affordability, quality, and trust can be found on multiple levels from home prices and taxes, to the cost of living and raising a family.

People are leaping well beyond the edges of the GTA to the shores of Cottage Country and small Ontario towns in between. Looking for their first home or in the case of empty nesters, a move-down home with an active, outdoor lifestyle.

This is possible due to digital tools and the paradigm pivot that many companies have made due to the Covid pandemic. Spotify is one of the latest mainstream companies to announce a ‘work from anywhere’ model, which allows employees to work from home, its offices, or a combination of both.

Adaptable singles, couples and young families now have the digital tools and employment flexibility to work from home, from the cottage or virtually anywhere with a stable internet connection. People are consciously making the decision to sell their current home, move out of the city and start fresh.

For empty nesters and couples with adult kids, the attraction to places like Collingwood, Blue Mountain, Wasaga, Prince Edward County, Cobourg, Grimsby, St. Catharines and Niagara Falls is getting stronger.

Towns outside of the GTA and other big cities have a lower density and more open outdoor spaces. They can also be safer locations for raising a family and encouraging a more active, outdoor lifestyle. Especially for those who enjoy skiing, hiking, mountain biking, camping and sports. A getaway with typically lower crime rates than higher density locations with bigger populations.

These places offer more affordable homes and amenities that foster an active lifestyle – and all the same shops, services and big box stores you’d find in the GTA. While maintaining a relatively short commute back to the city. Not to mention the proximity to wine country, craft breweries and boutique restaurants.

Moving away from the big city in the current global climate is a no-brainer. Many of our clients are embracing the paradigm pivot and building incredible new homes in Collingwood, North Ajax, Huntsville, and Cobourg. Comfort, safety, space and affordability are the new leaders in choosing where to live.