Condos in Mississauga are a relatively new phenomenon, especially when considering the lengthy history of the land. Indigenous peoples long lived in what is now the city of Mississauga, with settlers arriving in the 1600s, and yet it wasn’t until 1974 that Mississauga would be officially established as a city.
Mississauga’s close proximity to Toronto contributed to the former city’s intense growth in recent decades, with Mississauga offering a less hectic (and less expensive) alternative to Canada’s largest metropolis. Mississauga also shares a number of important qualities with Toronto — namely its diversity and inclusivity. Mississauga, in particular, is home to large Indian, Pakistani, Filipino, Jamaican, and Chinese populations (to name a few), with more and more immigrants welcomed into the city each year.
Besides being able to meet people from all over the world, Mississauga residents can also engage with this multiplicity of cultures by way of one very important channel: food. Restaurants serving up authentic items from around the world are hardly scarce in Mississauga, and residents hoping to cook dishes from their new favourite cuisines can head to specialty grocery stores like PAT (Korean), Adonis (Middle Eastern), Starsky Foods (Polish), or Charlie’s West Indian Food Mart.
One thing that differs greatly between condos in Mississauga and those in Toronto is cost: according to the Toronto Real Estate Board the average price of a Mississauga condo is 35% less than that of a downtown Toronto condo, as of this writing. So while prices are certainly rising in both cities, condo seekers are likely to get more value for their money in Mississauga.
And while Mississauga has its fair share of contemporary glass towers — like the curvy twin towers known collectively as Absolute World — the city is far from inundated with indistinguishable skyscrapers. Condos in Mississauga range from 1970s-style townhouses to craftsman-style low rises and everything in between.
Similar to Toronto, Mississauga is a city of neighbourhoods. Each unique area appeals to prospective residents in different ways, like the Downtown Core with its endless lineup of attractions, and Port Credit with its idyllic lakeside locale.
The latter is perfect for prospective residents who plan to spend much of their free time outside. A handful of parks are set up along the mouth of the Credit River where it spills into Lake Ontario, such as Port Credit Memorial Park and JC Scaddington Park. And after a long day in the sun, Port Credit residents can head to any of the numerous restaurants along Lakeshore Road East. Port Credit is also a commuter’s dream: a trip into Toronto’s financial district takes all of 30 minutes on the GO Train from Port Credit Station, and drivers can make the journey in as little as 20 minutes.
As for those who want to live in the centre of it all, there’s no neighbourhood better than Mississauga’s Downtown Core. Located between Hurontario Street and Confederation Parkway, and stretching from the 403 down to Burnhamthorpe Road, this small yet dense pocket of the city is where the action happens. The aptly named Celebration Square is used as a venue for festivals and festivities including New Year’s Eve and Canada Day celebrations. And besides all the tempting restaurants in the neighbourhood, one of the best places to go for a quick bite is the recently revamped food court at the Square One Shopping Centre.
Then there’s Streetsville, a neighbourhood so charming it’s best known as “The Village in the City.” Unlike other areas of Mississauga, the options in Streetsville range exclusively from low- to mid-rise residences — and for many residents, the lack of soaring towers is exactly what makes the neighbourhood so alluring. The Tannery Square Condos, for example, is a great example of a small-scale, intimate building in Streetsville: it contains just 46 homes in all. And when residents want to engage in big city life, a bus ride over to Square One Shopping Centre takes all of 30 minutes, while the bus departing from Streetsville GO Station lands passengers at Toronto’s Union Station in just over one hour.