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What do you get when you mix great weather, affordable housing, low crime rates, and a perfect location? According to MoneySense.ca, you get Whitby, Ontario, the best place to live in the Durham Region and the ideal place to find the house of your dreams.

Situated less than 50 km east of Toronto on the shores of Lake Ontario, Whitby has developed into a premier residential destination for couples, families, singles and retirees alike. With an abundance of attractive and affordable real estate popping up in the city’s northern half in recent years, Whitby’s population has climbed to more than 130,000 residents (compared to roughly 87,000 in the year 2000). Not just a place to lay your head, Whitby also boasts a diverse job market (especially in the southern half) that allows many of its residents to live, work, and play without going beyond city limits. Its proximity to Toronto, Oshawa, and the rest of the region makes it an ideal living locale no matter where you punch the clock in the metro area.

Unlike other, largely homogenous Toronto suburbs, Whitby is a culturally diverse melting pot that includes significant numbers of South Asians, Chinese, African-Canadians, Filipinos, Aboriginals, and Latinos. If you’re looking to raise a family in a largely suburban, laid-back environment that still boasts the type of diversity that you usually only find in big cities, then buying a home in Whitby is the way to go.

In the MLS listings for Whitby, it’s common to see a wide range of real estate, from elegant, Victorian-inspired homes on tree-lined suburban streets to cozy little ranches and townhouses near bustling urban centers. Hardly “just” a community geared towards families with kids, Whitby is home to many singles as well, who account for 40 percent of the population.

A fleet of Durham Region Transit buses provide local service throughout Whitby and also connect the city to its surrounding communities. There’s also a GO station in Whitby that connects commuters to most of the Toronto area. The Via Rail trains in Whitby provide direct service to downtown Toronto as well. Rideshare services and taxicab companies are well represented in Whitby as well.

Whitby is a tale of two cities. The southern portion is largely industrial, its limited number of neighbourhoods comprised largely of smaller, older homes and apartment buildings. New real estate is rarely developed in South Whitby these days, except for Whitby Shores, a highly picturesque lakeside community featuring a wide spectrum of real estate options.

The further north you travel – Myrtle, Ashburn, Brooklin, etc – the more modern and suburban the landscape becomes. These communities lay claim to the most spacious (and yes, pricey) homes for sale in Whitby. Hardly cookie cutters, many of these new homes are Victorian-influenced and feature gabled roofs, stone detailing, and spacious, welcoming front porches. Several subdivisions throughout north Whitby have an “early Ontario” ambiance, complete with old-timey street lamps and street signs.

In the mood to have some fun in the sun? Take a stroll along the beautiful Lion’s Promenade by Port Whitby Harbor or get in tune with Mother Nature at the wildlife-laden Lynde Shores Conservation Area. Or else you can take a nature walk in Pannett Park or soak up some rays at Iroquois Beach. The city also features more than 900 acres of parkland and 60 km of trails. A town that takes its sports seriously, Whitby is also home to the beloved Whitby Dunlops of Major League Hockey and the Brooklin Redmen of the Ontario Major Lacrosse league. At the gargantuan Iroquois Sports Complex, meanwhile, you can master your own sporting skills on 6 ice pads, 6 tennis courts, a soccer pitch, or 5 baseball fields. The super-rec-plex also includes an Olympic-sized pool and a skate park. House hunters who aim to live active, healthy lives are sure to appreciate the many health-and-exercise-minded amenities the city offers.

Cultural attractions in Whitby include the historic Centennial Building (formerly the Ontario County Courthouse in the 1850s), the Station Gallery visual arts centre, and the one-of-a-kind Camp X Intrepid Park (which attracts World War II buffs from all over the country). Of course, living in such a centrally located city as Whitby, you're never more than an hour away from the lifetime's worth of cultral attractions that are spread out all over the Golden Horseshoe.