Brampton has grown immensely in the past decade and its population continues to grow each year. Although many Bramptonites are proud of this growth, some newcomers might be put off by the sheer number of people that live here, which in 2013 was just over 600,000 people according to CBC News. If you’re new to the area and you’re looking to buy or rent your first home, don’t be deterred by Brampton’s size; here are 10 reasons why Brampton is the perfect place to call home!
1) Affordable Homes
Searching for homes in Brampton is a little bit different than searching in other GTA cities. With a price tag that makes it easy on your wallet, Brampton has a lot of beautiful homes at great prices. Just take a look at Royal LePage’s new House Price Survey and you’ll find that 83% of homes sell for under $500,000! Great Location: One of the best things about living in Brampton is its close proximity to Toronto and Mississauga. For example, travelling downtown takes only 30 minutes by car or 1 hour by public transit! Crime rates are low: After all, where do you think they film Suits?
2) Great Schools
If you have kids, finding a new home is even more important. As it turns out, moving around isn’t as easy for kids as it is for adults. It’s a good idea to try and find a home in a great school district so your children will be able to get a head start on life. From excellent teachers to activities that range from soccer teams to music lessons, there are plenty of opportunities for your child at school that can easily make up for any inconveniences of relocating during his or her formative years. If you want your kids growing up with opportunities they wouldn’t normally have access to elsewhere, go big and move outside of your traditional comfort zone: Choose Brampton!
3) Excellent Transportation
In recent years, Brampton’s transportation system has undergone a major overhaul. That’s meant more buses and increased frequency of service, making it easier for residents of all ages to get around town. If you haven’t taken a ride recently, be sure to hop on and check out just how easy it is to move around now! No more wasting time stuck in traffic when there are so many things to do in Brampton. It’s time you gave it a try! We’ll help you find your dream home today at VIP Realty Inc., we can’t wait to work with you!
4) Safe Communities
Living in Brampton is safer than most cities in Canada. The city’s homicide rate of 1.5 per 100,000 residents is much lower than that of Toronto (5) and Montreal (3.2). Safer still, more than half of all residential break-ins occur through an unlocked door or window; keeping your home properly locked and making sure your windows are double-paned can deter criminals from trying harder techniques. On top of safety, living in a safe community means access to local amenities such as parks, arts and culture venues, a variety of restaurants and other businesses downtown—things that will make it easier for you to lead a healthy lifestyle right here at home.
5) Lots of Choices in Amenities and Culture
Looking for things to do? Brampton has more than 50 parks and facilities that offer plenty of recreation opportunities, in addition to its art galleries, theatres, historic sites and museums. There’s also a multitude of options when it comes to shopping or just hanging out with friends – from grocery stores and farmer’s markets to boutique clothing shops and posh restaurants, you won’t be bored in Brampton. In fact, you might just forget there’s another place called Toronto.
6) Low Crime Rate
In 2012, there were only 11 violent crimes per 100,000 residents in Brampton. Compare that with Toronto, where you have a 1 in 33 chance of being a victim of violent crime. Although some may view Brampton’s popularity as just another symptom of white flight, these numbers suggest that it’s not all about race and social class; rather, it’s all about statistics and safety. In fact, people are moving here at such a steady rate—more than 10 times faster than they are leaving—that city council has had to actively work to encourage density and infill development along existing transit lines instead of creating new communities from scratch on greenfields. While Brampton is Canada’s ninth largest city (with over 600 000 residents), it’s one of its most diverse, with significant populations from India and Pakistan (Brampton). South Asians make up nearly half the population here!
7) Easy Access to Toronto
Drive down Highway 401, which has connected Toronto and Hamilton for over 50 years. This highway will take you straight into Toronto in about an hour. There are also three public transit options that run from Brampton: Züm, GO Transit, and MiWay. Whatever your mode of transportation might be, getting around is simple and convenient.
8) Beautiful Parks, Pathways, and Trails
A great way to explore both town and nature is on our network of parks, pathways, and trails. Here you can get active with hiking or biking, or just sit back and enjoy some sunshine. Our 30+ parks offer a variety of activities for everyone – playgrounds for kids, ice rinks for hockey enthusiasts, picnic tables for families – all in one convenient location! Looking for more outdoor fun? We’ve got that too! There are over 40 kilometres of multi-use pathways within city limits and we are home to two major watersheds with hundreds of kilometres worth of trails. Plus we have dozens of walking/hiking trails that take you through ravines and historic sites throughout Brampton.
9) Small City Vibes, Big City Opportunities
With a population of over half a million, Brampton is Canada’s ninth largest city. It’s also one of Canada’s most ethnically diverse cities—the 2011 census recorded that more than 50% of its residents are immigrants, and almost 30% speak a language other than English or French at home. However, despite its size, it maintains an air of small-town friendliness with plenty of parks and recreation areas. It’s also affordable: though its cost of living has risen over recent years due to an influx in real estate development (it now rivals Toronto for housing prices), it remains significantly cheaper than other major cities like Vancouver and Montreal.
10) Heart Lake Conservation Area
Some of you may know that Toronto’s city limits are actually shared with a number of smaller, suburban cities. One such place is Mississauga, which shares its southern border with Brampton. Though it’s a relatively new city – formed in 1974 – it has more than 150 parks and lakes, including Heart Lake Conservation Area. The park consists of 200 acres of pristine woodlands where you can hike or bike on some 21 kilometres of trails through forested areas, wetland marshes and open meadows. But there’s more than just stunning scenery: The lake itself attracts anglers from all over who come to fish for bass, walleye and muskie (you must purchase a fishing licence). Nearby riverbanks offer campsites for those who want to spend multiple days enjoying nature.