With much of the world shifting into more of a work-from-home situation, you might find yourself considering making a move out of the hustle and bustle of Toronto into something a bit more low-key. But if you love the feel of living in a city it might feel like a daunting decision to make. Enter: Burlington. This city just outside of Toronto is still part of the GTA but is just a short jaunt from the big city and can give you everything you’ve been looking for in a new place to call home.
With lower real estate prices, amazing green spaces and some seriously great safety stats, Burlington is an excellent place to buy a home. Whether you’re looking for a unit for yourself or thinking about buying something as an investment property, Burlington has many great options for you.
Top reasons to head to Burlington
Toronto is a very expensive place to live
With rents among the highest in Canada, Toronto is a very expensive place to live, especially as you start getting close to downtown. As families grow and look to expand their living space by breaking into the real estate market or upgrading from what they already own, Toronto is proving to be a very difficult market to grow in.
Driving is terrible in the city
With so many people trying to commute into the city, it can be extremely difficult to get around in your vehicle. Highways get backed up in the best of times, never mind during rush hour! If you live in the city you likely use some form of public transit to get around, since both driving and parking (and parking fees!) can be hard to handle day to day.
Work in Toronto? Well, Burlington has 3 GO Stations that connect commuters to Toronto daily. No matter where you live in Burlington, you’re minutes from a GO train connection!
Big city feel, small town attitude
Though Burlington is still a big city at nearly 200 000 people, it often feels much smaller than that. With many places to shop, dine, explore and relax, you’ll feel at home as soon as you get to Burlington. With everything you need within the city itself and Toronto just a short drive or train ride away, you’ll never miss a thing!
Burlington is an amazing community, here’s why…
Ranked the #1 best community in Canada and the best place to raise a family by Maclean’s magazine, Burlington is the perfect place for anyone to call home. With plenty of park spaces, shopping areas, multiple home styles and highways offering easy access to Toronto when wanted, Burlington has many things to offer families and couples alike.
Cost of living is lower
Despite being rather close to Toronto, a short Go Train ride away in Burlington you’ll find somewhat cheaper cost of living and lower real estate prices. If you’re trying to break into the real estate market either for your own family or to rent or flip the property, Burlington can offer a more affordable option with all of the same amenities.
There are amazing parks and green spaces
Unlike living in a big city like Toronto, in Burlington you are surrounded by parks, trails and green spaces. Whether you’re looking for somewhere to walk your dog, a great park for the kids or want to spend your time off taking in some great hikes, you’ll find them all not to far from home.
Burlington is home to the Niagara escarpment
With the Niagara escarpment running right through Burlington, you can even take in a piece of history as you explore the Bruce trail. This 750-kilometer ridge that runs from Niagara to Tobermory will give you endless inspiration and activity.
Located right on Lake Ontario
Burlington’s location right on Lake Ontario makes for a picturesque and peaceful city to call home. Since drive times around Burlington are greatly reduced from those in Toronto, you can be at the beach in no time! (Pictured above, the Burlington Pier in downtown Burlington on Lake Ontario)
Safety is paramount
For 14 years running the Halton region, which is home to Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton and Oakville, has been rated the safest large municipality in all of Canada. The overall low crime rate combined with the highest rate of clearance (or crimes solved) means that Burlington is an incredibly safe place for families to call home.
Schools are excellent
With several high-ranking schools in many neighbourhoods, Burlington is a great city to raise and educate a family. Whether you need an elementary school, middle school or high school, there are many excellent options for you to consider.
Make Burlington your new home
When looking into pre-construction condos, single family homes or multi family units, Burlington has a lot to offer to families of all sizes. With many green spaces, excellent schools, a huge sense of community and endless amenities, Burlington is a natural destination after living in Toronto. You’ll still get the same city vibe in some areas, or can opt for a quieter neighbourhood to enjoy the perks of homeownership.