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Located just 34 km east of Toronto on Lake Ontario's northern shores, Pickering is an economically and ethnically diverse city that features some of the most attractive and affordable real estate in Southern Ontario.

Hardly just another somnolent Toronto suburb, Pickering boasts a highly diversified economy built largely around the manufacturing, pharmaceutical, electronics, and energy industries. Cited by Profit magazine as one of Canada’s top 10 places to start a business, Pickering offers more economic opportunities than any other municipality in Durham. With a job-to-resident ratio of 1 to 3 – and an additional 40,000 new jobs expected to surface once the Seaton area is developed – Pickering is as much of a bustling economic hub as it is a bedroom community.

Unlike other, largely homogenous municipalities throughout the Golden Horseshoe, Pickering is nearly as colorful as Toronto itself. Visible minorities account for more than 30 percent of the population, with significant numbers of South Asians, Chinese, African-Canadians, Filipinos, Latinos, and Arab-Canadians all calling Pickering home.

Real estate in Pickering, meanwhile, is as diverse as its ethnic gene pool. Whether you’re in the market for a farmhouse in the rural northern sectors, a cozy little townhouse near the urban core, or a sprawling, family-friendly dwelling in the outlying suburbs, you’ll find a variety of quality options in Pickering.

Despite its prime location on Toronto’s doorstep – and the fact that its schools and neighbourhoods are consistently ranked among the Greater Toronto Area’s best – Pickering remains one of Southern Ontario’s most affordable areas. Largely a family-oriented community with family-sized dwellings, Pickering also includes plenty of smaller townhomes and bungalows ideal for singles, couples without children, and empty nesters.

The site of the popular summer resort Nautical Village, which overlooks the pristine Frenchman’s Bay, Pickering is a popular destination for tourists as well.

Like any highly suburban area, Pickering is almost entirely car-dependent. However, the Durham Region Transit buses do provide limited local service, and the city’s GO Station trains connect commuters to Toronto and the rest of the area as well.

Pickering “blew up,” so to speak, just after World War II, and South Pickering remains home to a plethora of well-established and well-preserved mid-20th century ranches and townhomes. The further north you travel, the more rural the lay of the land becomes. An influx of new housing developments has sprouted up in North Pickering in recent years, however, and the landscape is slowly becoming more suburbanized.

Highly regarded neighbourhoods that feature an assortment of small, mid-sized, and gargantuan homes for sale in Pickering include Liverpool, Rougemont, Dunbarton, Highbush and Amberlea. Each of these areas boasts low crime rates, plenty of wide open spaces, affordable housing, and a diversity of ethnic and age groups.

The lake – or just lakeside – is Pickering’s primary gathering place for much of the year. Locals and tourists flock to Lake Ontario each summer to boat, fish, ski, and swim, while the 650-km Waterfront Trail hosts a steady stream of walkers, joggers, cyclists, and roller bladers. Other well-traversed outdoor attractions include 4 conservation areas, one of the world’s largest urban parks (Rouge Park Valley), and the Altona Forest, a natural habitat that’s home to a range of wildlife including songbirds, foxes, coyotes, rare amphibians, and binocular-wielding bird watchers. A city that places great emphasis on being kid-friendly, Pickering operates nearly 20 “tot lots,” public play structures constructed for children between 18 months and 5 years.

Pickering Museum Village, the region’s largest living history museum, is a popular destination for history buffs from all over Canada and showcases 18 heritage buildings. The city is also home to a thriving arts community that keeps Pickering’s parks and galleries well-equipped with sculptures, murals, and abstract art creations. And, of course, with Toronto a short drive or GO ride away, you’re never more than a half-hour from an endless array of culture, entertainment, and nightlife.