There is so many great neighbourhoods in Oakville offering parks, community centres and walking trails and no matter how much development happens in the community most of call home, it still has a small town feel while having all the amenities needed for a busy family. The area is generally broken into North Oakville and South Oakville with many communities in each.
This community is made up of the Village of Bronte as well as the neighbourhoods that have been developed to the west of the village in the past 30 years. Waterfront properties and others south of Lakeshore are significantly more expensive than the average home in the area. There are three distinct areas within Bronte: The Village itself, which is home to many condo and townhome developments which many seniors find desirable; numerous older, detached homes surrounding the village (between Third Line and Burloak and south of Rebecca to Lake Ontario); and the newest development of Lakeshore. Bronte also offers high rise condos. Bronte is known for some great restaurants and parks. The most notable park is Shell Park, which boasts a skateboard park, dog walking park and many sports facilities.
Built on the grounds of the old Richview Golf Club, this community is nestled between Bronte Rd. and the Oakville/Burlington town line, Bronte Creek borders the lush parklands of Bronte Creek Provincial Park. This is one of Oakville’s newest communities and offers upscale family neighbourhood range from first time buyers to executive custom residences by Fernbrook and Monarch Homes. These homes have beautiful landscaping, fine interior upgrades and elegant curb appeals.
A planned subdivision that was built in the 1980’s, this neighbourhood is tucked away east of Ford Drive, between the QEW and Royal Windsor Dr. Residents are attracted by its proximity to Mississauga and easy access to the QEW and 403.
This small community is a mix of older, smaller homes as well as newer condominiums, townhomes, and even lakefront estates. The value of homes varies dramatically, depending on the location. A variety of very affordable housing exists in the north end of this district, with luxury homes and lakefront estates located further south. The Harbour district is also located here, south of Lakeshore Road on the banks of Lake Ontario. It is home to a number of lakefront townhome developments, as well as detached, renovated and custom built homes.
College Park, located in North East Oakville, is home to the renowned Sheridan College, which is known for its great arts programs amongst others. College Park offers some beautiful lots backing onto Sixteen Mile Creek. In addition, the Oakville Golf Club is located in College Park, surrounded by homes with the attractive feature of backing onto a golf course. Generally speaking, most homes in the College Park area were built in the 70’s and early 80’s, with some newer development over the years. Residents enjoy mature treed lots and easy access to the QEW and the Oakville GO station.
Located in North East Oakville just above the QEW, Falgarwood is a mature community rich with parks. Many homeowners here enjoy quick and easy access to the QEW, 403, GO Stations and downtown Toronto.
The Ford community encompasses the Southeast corner of Oakville. Minutes to the QEW, commuters love the easy access to Downtown Toronto (25 minutes by car or GO train). At the end of the day, they enjoy returning home to a neighbourhood rich in wooded areas and parks. Ford offers a blend of traditional family homes as well as newly constructed custom residences. Much of the residential development took place in the 1960’s & 1970’s, with many homes refreshed over the years through renovations.
Glen Abbey is one of the first truly planned communities in Oakville and home to the world famous Glen Abbey Golf Club. Most homes here were built in the 80’s and 90’s, with a few newer builds. Glen Abbey offers maturity by way of landscaping and tree canopies.
One of the newer subdivisions in Oakville, Joshua Creek is an upscale community. This neighbourhood is located close to excellent shopping (big box stores) and is next to the White Oaks Golf Course. One of the many elements residents find appealing is its proximity to Toronto and Mississauga, and easy access to highways. Located close to the 403, 407 and QEW, this community boasts a travel distance of a mere 30km (approximately) to downtown Toronto. For those who prefer public transit, it is only a 25 minute train ride to Union Station (the heart of downtown Toronto) from nearby Clarkson GO Station.
Arguably the most desirable location for custom home building in Oakville, this area is lush with 100 year old trees, large lots offering loads of privacy, and a tranquil, Muskoka-like feel to the community. Located in one of the best school districts in Ontario, teenagers here have the privilege of attending one of Ontario’s top rated public high schools for academics – Oakville Trafalgar High School. Families opting for private schooling don’t have to send their daughters far to provide them with the finest quality education, as offered by the acclaimed St. Mildreds-Lightbourn School for Girls.
A drive along Lakeshore Rd. E. reveals homes of the grandest scale, where private, gated entrances and acreage abound. Although much of the waterfront is privately owned by these estates, all Morrison residents can enjoy Lake Ontario at Gairloch Gardens, with its lavish gardens, walking trails and art gallery.
Oakpark is one of the newest communities. Situated south of Dundas near Trafalgar, this area includes residential, commericial and condominium development.
Olde Oakville is known for its mix of historic heritage homes and new custom built residences. Some of Oakville’s most prestigious streets are located here – including Balsam Drive, Chartwell Road and Gloucester Drive. Residents here enjoy taking advantage of the proximity to Downtown Oakville, strolling to the quaint shops and fine restaurants along Lakeshore Road. Nestled south of Lakeshore Road are private lakefront properties, public walkways and parks. This vibrant community boasts annual events such as the Midnight Madness, and various Arts and Craft shows.
Olde Oakville possesses distinct Heritage districts just to the north of downtown, as well as south of Lakeshore Road. Protected by the Ontario Heritage Act, modification of homes with historic significance is regulated to maintain and preserve the distinct charm of the era in which they were built.
River Oaks is a newer community bordering on the east side of Sixteen Mile Creek, centrally located in North Oakville. It is a family oriented neighbourhood with most homes built in the late 90’s or early 2000’s. River Oaks residents enjoy miles of nature trails, several parks and very close proximity to major retailers. Some more recently built condominium apartment buildings are also located here.
With the QEW running right through the centre, and sprawling across the full east/west expanse of Oakville, the district known as Queen Elizabeth was previously designated as employment lands. Now, the first residential projects are being developed here. Steps to the Oakville GO Station with its new multi-level parking structure now under construction, residents will enjoy an easy commute to downtown Toronto. They will also enjoy the short stroll to shopping and dining in trendy and rejuvenated Kerr Village, with everything Downtown Oakville has to offer just beyond.
Stretching from the QEW south to Lake Ontario, South Oakville is a mature and diverse community. This area offers a wide range of housing from multi-million dollar estates, rich history preserved in the heritage districts, to the modest post-war bungalows and family homes built in the 60’s and 70’s. Some of the most expensive real estate in Canada is located here, including breathtaking, private lakefront residences. The waterfront, however, can be enjoyed by all by way of public parks and promenades. South Oakville residents also thoroughly enjoy the boutique style shops and fine restaurants of Downtown Oakville.
South West Oakville
A desirable locale, this community is situated within walking distance of Lake Ontario. Originally developed in the 60’s and 70’s, South West Oakville is undergoing growth and rejuvenation by way of new custom home development and renovation of existing homes. All residents can enjoy the waterfront at Coronation Park, one of Oakville’s finest lakefront parks.
Much of the development of homes in Wedgewood Creek happened in the mid-to-late 80’s, with newer phases following. Located just west of Joshua Creek, residents here enjoy the same commuting benefits as the newer Joshua Creek area, with easy access to the 403, 407 and QEW. Large shopping plazas and big box stores are also abundant in this area.
West Oak Trails
Westoak Trails is a newer community of homes, most built in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. This area is known as a wonderful family community with fantastic walking trails nestled throughout the neighbourhood, as well as plenty of playgrounds and splash pads. It is centrally located within North Oakville, making it close to shopping and access to major highways (407, 403 and QEW).
One of the newest communities in North Oakville with some parts still under development, Westmount is located in the west end of town. It is a planned subdivision with access to all of the amenities North Oakville has to offer.
Residents enjoy mature trees and ravines, streets without sidewalks and close proximity to the QEW, while remaining close to Lake Ontario. West Oakville has a mix of split-levels and post-war bungalows as well as new custom homes and those that have undergone major renovations.