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Conveniently located near the center of the Golden Horseshoe and sandwiched by the Niagara Escarpment and Lake Ontario, Burlington is an aesthetic and family-friendly city widely considered one of Canada's best places to live.

What do you get when you mix low crime rates, high incomes, a thriving economy, well-respected schools, moderate weather, and entertainment options for all ages? According to Money Sense, you get the best mid-sized city in all of Canada. Indeed, there’s a lot to like about Burlington. Situated at the geographic hub of the Golden Horseshoe, the city's residents have easy access to Toronto, Mississauga, Niagara Falls, Hamilton, and the rest of the region. Largely suburban but hardly a somnolent “bedroom community,” Burlington also boasts a robust and diverse economy that allows an increasing number of residents to work, live, and play without ever leaving its borders.

If you’re a big fan of nice weather – who isn’t? – you’ll feel right at home in Burlington. The city’s proximity to Lake Ontario makes for mostly moderate temperatures year-round, while the Niagara Escarpment shields it from harsh elements as well. Pleasant weather is one of the reasons Burlington’s numerous outdoors attractions – the Royal Botanical Gardens, the Niagara Escarpment Trails, the downtown Waterfront -- draw tourists in droves throughout much of the year. The city is also home to an astounding 580 hectares of parkland, nine golf courses, and some of Canada’s most picturesque hiking trails, campgrounds, and gardens. If you prefer to get your exercise hustling down a scenic trail rather than a crowded city block, you’ll fit right in.

The city consists largely of upper income and middle-upper income residents, but that doesn’t mean every house for sale in Burlington is astronomically priced. Real estate in Burlington runs the gamut from multi-million dollar mansions along the downtown waterfront to modestly priced starter homes and everything in between. Young couples, large families, retirees, and singles alike can often find numerous homes in the Burlington MLS listings that fit their needs and their budgets.

You’d be hard-pressed to find a better public transportation system in a mid-sized city than the Burlington Transit. The local buses hit up all the major downtown hotspots and even connect to schools, malls, downtown Hamilton, and a trio of GO Transit stations. If, like many residents of Burlington, you punch the clock in Toronto or Mississauga, your best bet might be to ride the rails to work and save your own gas guzzler for daytrips to Niagara Falls.

From grandiose mansions to modest townhomes, real estate in Burlington comes in all shapes and sizes. Generally speaking, you’ll find the newer and more prestigious homes in the northern and eastern quadrants, while South Burlington is home to many older, traditional homes. Some of the most popular neighbourhoods in Burlington include:

The Orchard: Situated in the northeast corner, this neighbourhood includes large, elegant homes and some smaller, budget-friendly options as well. A popular choice for first-time homeowners, couples, and large families alike.

Millcroft. Arguably North Burlington’s most prestigious neighbourhood, Millcroft is a golf course community featuring some of the city’s most extravagant houses for sale. The area is home to much of the city's elite.

Alton Village. Like the Orchard, Alton Village features newer homes in a wide range of prices. Residential development didn’t begin here until 2006, so you’re guaranteed that “new house smell” (or does that only apply to cars?).

Aldershot: Historic and eclectic, Aldershot is a lakeside community that includes the Botanical Garden, Lasalle Park, and lots of wide open spaces. Houses for sale in Aldershot tend to disappear from the Burlington MLS listings very quickly

Longmoor: Situated a stone’s throw from Lake Ontario, this neighbourhood is nevertheless one of Burlington’s most affordable. An ideal option for nature lovers, Longmoor includes the Nelson, Iroquois, and Longmoor Parks.

Roseland: South Burlington’s answer to Millcroft, Roseland is dotted with multi-story luxury homes on wide, tree-lined streets.

Downtown: The heart and soul of Burlington, the downtown area is where the action is. The most walker/biker-friendly part of town, downtown is dotted with shops, eateries, theatres, and businesses. Homes overlooking Lake Ontario on downtown's edge are among the most sought-after in Southern Ontario.

Other family-oriented neighborhoods with high-quality homes for sale include Headon Forest, Tansley Woods, and Pinedale. If you prefer a condo (yard work? no thank you!) instead of a traditional detached home, the Corporate area may be your future stomping grounds. Tyandaga, meanwhile, is another golf course community tailor-made for homebuyers with deep pockets.

In the mood to get out and have some fun in the sun? Take a stroll on the Brant Street Pier and soak in the breathtaking views of Lake Ontario, or fall in line with the bikers, walkers, and roller-bladers on the paved Waterfront Trail. Stop and smell the flowers at Canada’s largest botanical garden, enjoy the Zen-like stillness of Mount Nemo Conservation Area, or hike the nature trails alongside the escarpment.

One reason Burlington is popular among families is that it is home to a plethora of kid-friendly attractions, including a pair of massive indoor playgrounds, a rock climbing facility, putt-putt course, several bowling alleys, and the legendary Museum of Oddities. Several history museums (Ireland House, Joseph Brant Museum) and cultural attractions (the Art Gallery of Burlington, the Burlington Performing Arts Centre) are located in the city as well.

Burlington is also home to a dozen ice rinks and plays host to the beloved Cougars of Junior A Hockey League fame. The city is also an extension of Maple Leafs country, and many residents make frequent voyages into big sister Toronto to catch Leafs games.

Edmonton may be Canada’s official “Festival City,” but Burlington is no slouch either when it comes to epic annual celebrations. Canada’s Largest Ribfest brings the masses to Spencer Smith Park each Labour Day weekend, while the (free) Sound of Music Festival attracts nearly a quarter-million visitors every summer. And no holiday season is complete without checking out the Festival of Lights extravaganza that illuminates Spencer Park from dusk till dawn for 40 days each winter.

If you’re a night owl, look no farther than downtown Burlington, where you’ll find a variety of live music venues, dance clubs, sports bars, theatres, and comedy clubs. And if you’re really in the mood to party like the Leafs just won the Cup, journey a mere 60 km and you’ll find a world of libations and laughs in Toronto.