Toronto Neighbourhood Guide

Oshawa

Homes in Oshawa

The revitalized and gentrified Downtown Oshawa, north of Bloor Street, has a distinct upscale tone. Here you will find one of the largest and best collections of Tudor and Edwardian style houses in the Greater Toronto Area. These houses were built in the 1920s, 30s and 40s. North of downtown Oshawa, you can see how the city continued to grow, and the housing stock changed to reflect the architecture of the 1950s and 60s, where ranch-style bungalows and split-level homes were the desired style of housing.

As you make your way even further north into the Taunton Road area you will come upon “New Oshawa”. This master planned community situated in the northeast corner of the City is expected to one day be home to 20,000 residents. Harmony Creek Valley runs through the centre of this community, which when complete will include pedestrian and bike paths that will link up with Oshawa’s vast trail system. The architecture of the homes here are a nice combination of heritage style exteriors, and contemporary interiors.

The south end of Oshawa is dominated by a long industrial corridor that overlooks Lake Ontario. It is not surprising then that this neighbourhood has traditionally been a working class area. The housing stock here consists of modest dwellings, that were likely built or added onto by their original owners in the early 1900s. There are also a fair number of subsidized rental apartment buildings in this area, where the rents are geared to incomes. Some new housing has recently been built in south Oshawa, which has provided a ray of hope for this long neglected part of the city.

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