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Home to Canada's first "bedroom community" the Southern Ontario city of Brampton is one of the fastest-growing real estate markets in the greater Toronto area.

Once officially known as "The Flower Town of Canada" for its abundant floral beauty and thriving greenhouses (of which there used to be around 150 in operation), Brampton has since grown into an industrially diverse place, with strongholds in the realms of manufacturing, retail, information technology and life sciences. With 523,000 inhabitants, it's the ninth largest municipality in Canada.

2011 Census data shows its demographics as being about 33 percent white, 38 percent South Asian, 14 percent black, 3 percent Filipino and 2 percent Latin American, with many more nationalities making up smaller pockets of the population. Roughly 52 percent of Brampton residents speak English as a first language, followed by 18 percent for whom Punjabi is their native tongue.

Brampton has one public higher learning institution: Sheridan College, founded in 1967. For elementary and secondary education, the city has two school boards: one overseeing secular schools and one overseeing Catholic schools. Cultural touchpoints include the Rose Theater, the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives, and six libraries.

Among the town’s largest employers are Loblaw Companies Ltd., Rogers Communications Inc., Chrysler Canada Brampton Assembly Plant, Maple Lodge Farms, Canadian Tire Corp, Sellers, Coca-Cola, Gamma-Dynacare Medical Labs and Olymel LP.

The Brampton Guardian is the city’s sole newspaper, and it hosts two radio stations geared toward the greater Toronto area: CIAO and CFNY. Its sister cities are Miami Beach, Florida and Plano, Texas.

Brampton offers public transportation options in the form of rail and bus transit. Its Bus Rapid Transit System is called Zum (pronounced “zoom”). GO buses offer service between its three stations in Brampton, Bramalea and Mount Pleasant as well as nearby York University and two Toronto subway stations: Yorkdale Mall and York Mills.

The city is served by the privately-owned Brampton Airport, although the majority of travellers use Canada’s most bustling airport, Toronto Pearson International, for their long-distance travel.

Back on the ground, the Brampton Bicycle Advisory Committee works year-round to make the city safer for bicycling, as well as raise awareness of the benefits of cycling as a viable transportation option in Brampton.

Peel County, in which Brampton sits, was re-structured into the Regional Municipality of Peel by the Ontario provincial government in 1974. It now includes the tri-city composition of Brampton, Bramalea and and Lake Heart, which share amenities and obligations like a library system and regional taxes.

Downtown Brampton’s axis lies at the intersection of Queen Street and Main Street; this old section of town boasts properties dating back to the 1830s, mostly built in Victorian- and Edwardian-style architecture. Tree-lined streets showcase beautiful homes built in Georgian, Tudor, English Cottage and Dutch Colonial styles.

But the city is far more than its historical centre; in fact, the Brampton real estate scene is booming as it’s building new homes more rapidly than any other municipality in the greater Toronto area.

The Brampton MLS is ripe with newly-built homes in Fletchers Meadows, a burgeoning development in the northwest quadrant, and the Vales of Castlemore in the northeast, the former of which boasts plans for 15,000 (mostly) detached homes once completed, and the latter of which has already hit the 4,000-home mark with its sprawling estate lawns and French Manor/English Countryside architecture.

For those looking for Brampton homes for sale that fall more toward the half-century mark in age, though, Canada’s first “bedroom community” can be found in the Streetsville Glen subdivision around Bramalea Road and Queen Street East.

Brampton’s pedestrian-friendly downtown core offers more than 320 businesses open to those wishing to shop, eat, drink and generally kick back and relax in the heart of the city. From June through October, a weekly farmers market sets up shop on Saturday mornings, drawing strong crowds looking for locally-grown produce and foodstuffs.

Downtown also houses the city’s theatre district, centered around the Heritage Theatre on Main Street. The Rose Theater, opened in 2006 and formerly known as the Brampton Performing Arts Centre, plays host to year-round performances and is also situated near Garden Square and the Fountain Stage, both of which draw passers-by in for entertainment in temperate weather.

For shoppers in need of anything from new clothes to electronics, two hubs serve their needs with a host of options: Bramalea City Centre, a shopping centre on Peel Centre Drive, and Queen Street, along which sit strip plazas, standalone stores, car dealerships and fast food restaurants, as well as the newly-renovated Shoppers World Brampton.

Locals frequent popular restaurants serving South Asian, East Asian, Portuguese and barbecue-style cuisine. Favorites include Biryani King (a Pakistani restaurant on Gillingham Drive), Toshi Japanese Restaurant (also on Gillingham), Tandoori Flame (an Indian buffet on Dixie Road), Pamier Kabob (serving Afghan food on County Court Boulevard), Nando’s (serving Portuguese food on Hurontario Street), RD’s Southern BBQ on Kennedy Road North, and Sushi House on Main Street.

Prior to dinnertime, Brampton residents find local recreation centers, sporting events and community festivals the perfect places to work up an appetite. Its multiple hockey, lacrosse, soccer, cricket and baseball options keep spectators busy in their respective seasons, while summer softball leagues abound and the 65-acre Professor’s Lake draws crowds in nice weather.