Oakville, Ontario is located in an enviable geographic position. Sitting on the shores of Lake Ontario, and centrally located between the large cities of Toronto and Hamilton, the Town of Oakville with a population of approximately 175,000 still retains a small town community feel.
The GO commuter trains are full every morning with Oakville residents travelling to their jobs in downtown Toronto. Luckily, the Town of Oakville has a number of large employers, allowing many residents to live and work in close proximity.
Here is a list of Oakville's Top Ten Employers
1. Halton District School Board - 4000
2. Ford Motor Company of Canada Ltd. - 3491
3. Regional Municipality of Halton - 1650
4. Halton Healthcare Services Corp. - 1600 (Hospital)
5. Sheridan College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning - 1500
6. Tim Hortons - TDL Group Corp. - 761 (Franchisers, warehouse & head office for coffee & baked goods)
7. Corporation of the Town of Oakville - 690
8. Goodrich Landing Gear / Goodrich Aerospace Canada Ltd. - 600
9. Omron Dualtec Auto Electronics Inc. - 600
10. G.E. Water & Process Technologies - 550
Many people are under the assumption that Oakville is not an affordable community to live in. While it is true that Oakville is an affluent community and many neighbourhoods boast high end homes, there are many areas where home prices are still very affordable.
Most of the recent growth in Oakville has taken place north of the Queen Elizabeth Highway. Builders began developing subdivions in the early 1980's and the new home construction continues today. While the older sections of Oakville boast large lots and century old homes and trees, these newer areas appeal to buyers for many reasons. Parks, trails, community centres, shopping, new schools, sports fields are all readily available to enjoy.
Oakville has it's share of shopping plazas and malls. One of the major reasons, despite being the size of a city, that it retains it's small town vibe is due to the downtown district. Oakville's downtown is welcoming and attracts residents and visitors to annual festivities such as Midnight Madness, Jazz Festival, Sidewalk Sale, Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, plus much more.
There are pancake breakfasts, tiny tot parades, bathtub races, big bike ride for Heart and Stroke, just to name a few more events and activities.
First time buyers in Oakville can still find condo apartments for under $200,000. Condo townhomes range from $250,000 up, and freehold townhomes and semi detached homes can still be purchased in the $300,000's.
Older detached bungalows are also available under $400,000, many with great sized yards. Fixer uppers are also available for the handyman. Many keen renovators have been able to turn a profit on reno projects here. We are findiing that many of today's buyers are looking for turnkey homes, as not everyone has the time or energy to do their own renovations.
Larger executive style homes can be purchased for $500,000 and up. Custom built homes and estates are also available over $1,000,000.
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