So, it’s not The Beaches, and it isn’t really close to the beaches either — but if you’re looking for a lakeside neighbourhood with affordable prices, then West Rouge is one to consider. Tucked away in eastern Scarborough and bounded to the north by the 401, residents of West Rouge have the best of both worlds; a quiet community away from the bustling streets of Toronto, and easy commuter access for those who work downtown.
Nature lovers are certain to be at home here — Chesterton Shores and the Waterfront Trail are located on the southern end of the neighbourhood, providing kilometres of picturesque walking trails and unobstructed views of Lake Ontario; if you’re longing for sand between your toes, following the trail to the east will take you to a sandy beach — eat your heart of Woodbine.
Parents have nearby schools for their children — and parks, playgrounds, and recreation activities to keep the young ones busy; West Rouge Park houses a community centre which has youth programs and a sports complex. Commercial spaces are limited in the neighbourhood, with a small selection of businesses on Island Road and Port Union; restaurants, bakeries, salons, retail stores, and financial institutions.
Entertainment options beyond those found outdoors are in short supply — The Black Dog Pub is the local watering hole for the area, but you’ll have to venture outside the neighbourhood boundaries for additional options. While most residents live in single family homes, there are some West Rouge condos as well and they happen to be the most affordable options in the neighbourhood.
Condo buyers have 2 properties to choose from in West Rouge; Rouge Hill Walk Townhomes and Beach House Towns. The living experience found in these townhomes are quite similar — you can expect expansive floor plans ranging from 1000 square feet to 1500 and 1700 respectively.
West Rouge condos have modest amenities — as is often case with townhomes — so, you won’t get many extras. In terms of location, buyers may find Rouge Hill Townhomes to be more appealing due to its proximity to the lake, but both properties place residents near restaurants and bus routes.
One particularly appealing aspect of West Rouge condos is that they are well below the price per square foot of other units found in the GTA — if your 500 square foot condo downtown feels more like an expensive closet, then you might want to trade it in for a 1200 square foot townhouse, which probably costs about the same.
If you’re looking for a walkable neighbourhood — keep looking. In West Rouge, walking is about recreation, not getting from point A to B. The neighbourhood has reasonable transit options, with bus stops on major roads, and West Rouge GO is located within the neighbourhood.
Car owners who opt for West Rouge condos won’t have to suffer through city traffic — until they reach the city — because heading north on Port Union will have you on the 401 in minutes.