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A former Toronto bedroom community on the shores of Lake Ontario, Mississauga has done some serious waking up in the past few decades. Canada's fastest growing city (and sixth most populous already), the suburb-turned-metropolis has earned a reputation as the mid-sized city of the future. As you might imagine, it contains some of the newest and most coveted real estate in the Greater Toronto area.

Mississauga’s economy flourishes in large part because the city is home to Canada’s busiest airport (Lester B. Pearson International) and plays host to scores of business travelers. More than 60 Fortune 500 companies base their headquarters in the city, with the healthcare, banking, pharmaceutical, electronics, and advanced manufacturing industries playing particularly large roles. The days of Mississauga’s residents trekking to big sister Toronto to earn a paycheck are long gone; in today’s Mississauga, tens of thousands more people come into the city to punch the clock than leave it. With nearly 1,000,000 travelers going through the gates at Pearson every day, the city exudes a perpetually frenetic, on-the-go vibe.

As an international business hub, Mississauga also attracts a lot of migrant workers, resulting in an incredibly diverse culture. More than half the population speaks a language other than English, and various parts of the city are inhabited by large numbers of South Asians, Chinese, Filipinos, African Canadians, Latinos, and Arabs. Mississauga is a city that takes great pride in its many colors. Fiesta Ng Kalayaan, Muslim Fest, Viet Summerfest, and the Mosaic Festival are among the many annual events that pay tribute to some of the different ethnic groups who call themselves Mississaugans.

The city has begun to draw college students in droves as well. The recently-expanded University of Toronto-Mississauga has grown at a rate of 1,000 students a year since 2002 and now enrolls more than 13,000. Sheridan College, with an enrollment of 18,000, opened a state-of-the-art new facility in 2011. In a city where everything is either new or expanding, secondary education is no different.

As late as the early 1970s, the city was mostly farmland – which seems hard to believe when you look at its skyscraper-dotted skyline today. A feeling of newness pervades Mississauga, and with more condos, businesses, and houses continuing to sprout up, its upward trajectory seems primed to continue.

Mississauga has many charms, but a stellar public transit system isn’t one of them – yet, anyway. The city grew by sprawl rather than master planning, and its modest bus fleet hasn’t quite caught up. Depending on where you live, you may be able to use the MiWay local buses to bounce around downtown, but be prepared for long waits. A common wait time for a bus on a normal weekday is 30-45 minutes, which can feel like an arctic eternity on a brisk December morning. Weekend routes, meanwhile, are extremely limited, so using public transit on Saturdays and Sundays requires advanced planning. Obviously, at least for now, it’s beneficial to have your own vehicle in Mississauga to be able to work, shop, and play conveniently.

Cyclists, rejoice – eventually, anyway. Mississauga announced a plan in 2010 to morph into one of Ontario’s most bicycle-friendly cities over the next 20 years. When complete, the city will have developed more than 900 km of on-road and off-road cycling paths.

Mississauga consists of more than 20 unique neighbourhoods. The vibrant downtown core, where new real estate and businesses continue to sprout, is the most rapidly growing area and will eventually be home to 100,000 people, the city estimates. The City Centre includes the Sheridan College campus, city hall, numerous urban parks, and the bulk of the city’s business offices. Luxury condos, townhouses, lofts, and apartments are the standard fare in the downtown area, making it a popular locale for students, singles, and young urban professionals.

If you’re looking for a house for sale in Mississauga further from the hustle and bustle, you have a variety of attractive neighbourhoods to choose from. The most popular include:

Port Credit – Situated on Credit River's shores, this chic, revitalized area features a mix of newer townhouses and condos for sale along with historic homes loaded with character. Its main street is dotted with shops, boutiques, and eateries, making the neighborhood one of the most walker-friendly in Mississauga.

Malton – Located a stone’s throw from the airport, Malton is the city’s oldest neighborhood, and one of its most diverse. Residential options include cozy, well-established houses, bungalows, and townhouses. The Malton area is home to some of the most affordable houses for sale in Mississauga.

Clarkson Village – This neighborhood bordering Lake Ontario consists largely of well-established, spacious homes on tree-lined streets. Real estate in Clarkson Village is generally among Mississauga’s priciest.

Lorne Park – One of Mississauga’s most affluent neighborhoods, Lorne Park boasts some of the most fabulous residences in Ontario. Many homes in Lorne Park sit on expansive lots, and many homeowners enjoy views of Lake Ontario from their back windows.

Streetsville – The heart and soul of Mississauga, Streetsville features rows of grandiose Victorian houses on its main street, surrounded by neighborhoods with houses of all shapes and styles, new and old. There’s a distinct small town vibe in Streetsville, which maintains many well-kept historic streets and buildings. The village is the site of numerous popular annual events, including Canada Day, the Bread and Honey Festival, and the Santa Claus Parade.

Other neighborhoods with great reputations for families include Churchill Meadows and Erin Mills. Meadowvale, meanwhile, is one of your best bets for finding less expensive (but still high quality) real estate in Mississauga. Cooksville is perhaps the city’s most colorful melting pot and serves up a wide variety of ethnic restaurants.

Mississauga is arguably Ontario’s most family-friendly (which is to say, kid-friendly) city. It features 26 massive indoor playgrounds, a trampoline park, paintball facility, mega-arcade, and recreational clubs for every sport from swimming and figure skating to rowing and canoeing. With 13 hockey arenas, meanwhile, Mississauga has no shortage of available ice time – a major selling point to many house hunters throughout Ontario.

Like other cities in Ontario, Mississauga has a plethora of outdoor attractions, including 2 golf courses, nearly 500 parks, 23 trails, a conservation area, butterfly conservatory, and a scenic waterfront trail popular with bikers, hikers, and picnickers. Port Credit, an historic village on the banks of the Credit River, features numerous scenic walking paths as well.

The city’s most popular annual event, meanwhile, is Carassauga, a “Festival of Cultures” that celebrates the artistic and culinary offerings of virtually every ethnic group that calls the city home. Nations that set up pavilions at the mega-event include Brazil, Slovakia, Thailand, Korea, Iraq, Vietnam, and a dozen others (yes, Canada is one). Carassauga is an annual reminder of just how quickly Mississauga has gone from a sleepy Anglo-Saxon suburb to a booming and all-inclusive melting pot.

The bulk of the city’s nightlife is concentrated in the downtown core, where you’ll find numerous night clubs, sports bars, and beer pubs. And if you’re really feeling adventurous after hours, just journey about 30 miles east and you’ll find a world of nightlife in Toronto.