Homes for Sale in Pickering
Immediately to the east of Toronto, Pickering is home to over 88,000 residents who have come to live in this vibrant city from all around the world. Since Pickering is adjacent to the City of Toronto, many young professionals and families choose to live here and enjoy a convenient commute to work downtown Toronto, in Scarborough or York Region. With excellent regular GO Transit service to Union Station, living in the suburbs of Pickering is an attractive option for many.
History of Pickering
Starting in the 15th century, Pickering was inhabited by Huron Aboriginal peoples. However, the first recorded history of the area comes from 1669, when M. Fenlon, a French Jesuit missionary, reached the shores of Pickering, and began his missionary work with the Huron people.
When the British took over Canada after the French-Indian War, the Township of Pickering was surveyed around the year 1776, and by 1813, had 180 residents who had emigrated from Britain. During this time the main thoroughfare of Pickering, Kingston Road, was created, stretching from Toronto to Kingston.
It wasn’t until 1941 that the south-eastern part of Pickering was sectioned off to become its own town, called Ajax.
Living in Pickering, Ontario
Amenities abound in the City of Pickering, with recreational, leisure and sports activities available for residents of all ages. Shoppers will delight in the recently renovated Pickering Town Centre mall, Pickering Farmer’s Market, and the unique Pickering Flea Market.
Pickering is also a city of opportunity, and in 2013, was found to have the most jobs out of all Durham Region municipalities with over 29,000 positions. Established and emerging businesses alike have found success in the city, and the Province of Ontario predicts that over 40,000 new jobs will be created for Pickering residents in the next 20 years.
Real Estate in Pickering
The older, more established neighbourhoods of Pickering are located nearer to the shores of Lake Ontario, while older homes with larger lots tend to be found in the rural northern parts of the city. Most of the homes in Pickering were built in the post-WWII period.
The building of new homes in Pickering has slowed due to restrictions on land development in the northern portion of the city. This has caused Pickering’s resale homes and few new developments to become hot properties among buyers and sellers. The popularity and appeal of homes for sale in Pickering has caused property values to increase greatly, and home prices here are the highest among Durham Region’s communities.
Our years of experience in the Durham Region real estate market will help you find a great home at a great price. If you are looking for the best real estate Pickering has to offer, contact Brian Kondo now.