Buying your forever home isn’t just about the chef’s kitchen or an ensuite bathroom oasis — being close to schools is one of the top priorities for many house hunting families.
Whether you’re seeking an athletics-focused high school, or an elementary school that’s walking distance to home, there are hundreds of schools across the Greater Toronto Area for families to consider. If you’re in the market for a never-lived-in home that makes a short trip of the daily school commute, these up-and-coming single-family and townhome new construction projects might strike your fancy.
Developer: Esquire Homes
Nearest schools: Ajax HS, St. Bernadette Catholic School, Bolton C. Falby Public School, Carruthers Creek Public School
Priced from: $809,990
Situated in a mature neighbourhood surrounded by parks, the Kings Landing is a 35-residence community of single-family homes. Besides the walkable commute to school, this development is within close distance to everyday conveniences. Get all of your weekly shopping done in record time with a No Frills, Food Basics, Shoppers Drug Mart, LCBO and Dollarama right across the street.
Developer: The Conservatory Group
Nearest schools: College Park Elementary School, Vincent Massey Public School, Sir Albert Love Catholic School, Beau Valley Public School
Priced from: $519,900
This collection of townhomes and single-family residences is just a little ways south of the Harmony Valley Conservation Area, a popular spot among hikers and dog walkers who use the off-leash area. Heading a few minutes north to Taunton Road East, there’s a ton of options for retail, grocery shopping and restaurants at the SmartCentres Oshawa North location, including a giant Walmart Supercentre and Real Canadian Superstore.
Developer: Sunrise Homes
Nearest schools: Bill Crothers Secondary School, John XXIII School, Parkview Public School, Unionville High School
Priced from: $1,200,000
Showcasing timeless exterior architecture, these townhomes on Highway 7 offer up to 3,300 square feet of living space. Close to entertainment and grocery amenities — Whole Foods Market, Cineplex and Markham Town Square — this 52-unit community also provides a quick and convenient commute to downtown Toronto via the nearby GO transit stations.
Developer: Kalexia Developments
Nearest schools: Michaëlle Jean Public School, Beverley Acres Public School, Jean Vanier CHS, Richmond Green Secondary School
Priced from: $1,050,000
This intimate collection of 41 townhomes exhibits French traditional architecture. There are three styles to choose from, traditional three-storey homes, rear lane townhomes or village townhomes, but each design comes topped with a Mansard-style roof and terrace. Getting farther afield is easy, with quick access to the Richmond Hill GO station and the local Viva bus route.
Developer: Stanford Homes
Nearest schools: Dolson Public School, Tribune Drive Public School, St. Aidan Catholic Elementary School
Priced from: $659,990
Have your pick from this collection of townhome, semi-detached and detached homes near Brampton’s Alloa neighbourhood. This suburban community is close to a ton of little parks and the local bus route, while being just a short drive from the Brampton Walmart Supercentre, FreshCo and Fletcher’s Meadow Plaza.
Developer: Queenscorp Group
Nearest schools: St. Paul Secondary School, Cawthra Park Secondary School, St. Dominic Separate School, Janet I. McDougald Public School
Priced from: $629,900
Now under construction on Cawthra Road, this enclave of 148 residences features townhome and flat layouts. This community isn’t far from the offerings of the great outdoors, surrounded by numerous parks and a seven-minute drive to Lake Ontario. Located between the Port Credit and Long Branch GO stations, you can reach downtown Toronto from this community in half an hour.
Developer: Biddington Homes
Nearest schools: Post’s Corners Public School, St. Andrew Catholic Elementary School, Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School
Priced from: $645,900
These four-storey townhomes on Glenashton Drive are just down the street from numerous eateries, grocery stores and services in Oakville’s River Oaks neighbourhood. Proximity to Memorial Park Playground, daycare centres and local schools are convenient features in this vibrant community.