As the ninth largest municipality in Canada, and with a population of nearly 600,000, Brampton continues to grow and develop. It has recently been called one of the best cities for commuters, which means that many people are moving to Brampton and going to nearby areas for work.
For those who choose to live in Brampton, here are five of most desirable areas.
This is one of the older neighborhoods in Brampton as well as one of the largest: it spans between Highway 410, Bovaird Drive, Airport Road, and Steeles Avenue. The neighborhood also serves as a transit hub for the Bramalea GO station and Bramalea Bus Terminal, which includes Brampton Transit, Zum, and MiWay buses.
According to a 2017 report from Macleans, the average price of a house in Bramalea is $681,900. Other amenities of the Bramalea neighborhood include shopping malls like Bramalea City Centre and Trinity Common, Bramalea Community Park and Chinguacousy Park, Professor’s Lake, and several recreation and fitness centres. The Bramalea Civic Centre and the Chinguacousy Wellness Centre are also located in the area.
The oldest section of Brampton, the downtown core is in the midst of major revitalization, with the recent creation of Garden Square and the planned streetscaping that starts in 2018. The amenities in the area include many restaurants and shops, Peel Art Gallery, Museum, and Archives (PAMA), Gage Park, Garden Square, Rose Theatre, the Farmers’ and Harvest markets, Brampton Memorial Arena, and historical home Alderlea.
The neighborhood is roughly defined as the streets between Etobicoke Creek, Rosedale Avenue/Sproule Drive, McMurchy Avenue, and Harold Street. The Brampton GO Station serves as a major hub, incorporating GO trains and buses, VIA Rail, and Brampton Transit buses. Housing costs are lower in the downtown core, with an average price of $561,100.
Gore Meadows is one of the newer neighborhoods in Brampton, encompassing the area between Castlemore Road, Airport Road, Highway 407, and The Gore Road. This recently-developed area is home to lots of green space, including the Claireville Conservation area, which includes many hiking trails as well as Claireville Ranch.
Other benefits of living in the Gore Meadows area include community centers and a library (which also serves as the central bus station for the area), the Riverstone Golf and Country Club, Wet ‘n’ Wild Water Park, the Brunswick Zone Bramalea Lanes bowling alley, and the 747 Flea Market. Housing costs in this neighborhood can range from $844,000 to upwards of $1 million.
Heart Lake – which is bordered by Heart Lake Road, Conservation Drive/Wanless Drive, Bovaird, and Highway 10 – has a lot going for it. Housing prices average around $550,000 and the area has lots of amenities. The neighborhood also features the Heart Lake Bus Terminal and provides easy access Highway 410.
Besides the popular Heart Lake Town Centre, there are walking and bike trails, the Loafer’s Lake recreation centre, Heart Lake, the Cyril Clarke Library, Treetop Trekking, Turnberry Golf Club, and more. It’s also close to Broadway Farm’s Market and Downey’s Farm as well as Silver City Brampton and Trinity Common.
Mount Pleasant is another newer neighborhood in Brampton, known for its Thursday Farmers’ Market during the summer. This area comprises the streets between Mayfield Road, Mississauga Road, Bovaird Drive, and Creditview Road. The average price for a home in the area is $700,583, making it more expensive than other areas, but less so than Gore Meadows.
Mount Pleasant has a GO station with trains that run to and from Union Station in Toronto, and this station also serves as a hub for Brampton Transit. There are many other benefits to living in Mount Pleasant, such as the community centre and library, a village square, the Buick Park and Skatepark, Cassie Campbell Community Centre, and the Apple Factory Farm Market.