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Editorial for the Woburn neighbourhood, Toronto

Welcome to Woburn

As housing prices in Toronto continue to rise, neighbourhoods in Scarborough become more attractive by the day, and much like a fine wine — Woburn gets better with every passing year. Covering a vast swath of land to the south of the 401, Woburn is a sprawling neighbourhood, with a diverse population and a family-friendly atmosphere.

For nature lovers who want to be close to the city, this neighbourhood has a ton of appeal; bounded to the east by parklands and to the south by Scarborough Golf and Country Club, residents have a wealth of outdoor activities available. Whether it’s golf, hiking, skating, or a pick-up game of basketball — you’ll find a facility, field, or trail to suit your needs.

And if nature isn’t your thing, there are many conveniences afforded to residents of this neighbourhood; on Lawrence sits the Cedarbrae Mall, which houses boutiques and big box stores. There are also many standalone retail stores, restaurants, and fitness centres throughout the area. Ellesmere provides additional shopping and dining options, and is also host to a number of office buildings.

Within Woburn, there are a multitude of excellent schools for children, and plenty of athletic programs and facilities to keep kids occupied after school. The condo scene in Woburn has picked up in recent years — Woburn condos can be found in over a dozen buildings, with more nearing completion; renters and buyers have their pick of traditional and modern high-rises, all with varying layouts and amenities.

Condo Life in Woburn

For first-time homebuyers, there are some very affordable Woburn condos; 1275 Markham Road Condos is an older building that has suites which range from roughly 1350 to 1650 square feet, and sell for the price of a 1 bedroom in downtown Toronto.

Buyers who want modern, can still get expansive suites at reasonable prices — Ellipse - West Tower Condos has 800 square foot 2 bedroom units that go for less than 500k, and amenities include a gym, pool, and sauna.

Most Woburn condos are located on the north side of the neighbourhood near the 401, which grants residents an easy commute and places them within walking distance of Scarborough Town Centre, which is just west of Woburn’s borders.

Transportation

Woburn has a 66 Walk Score — condo owners can run most errands on foot, but those who live in more residential areas may need a vehicle or public transit to get things done. Public transit users have buses on all major roads and McCowan Station is on McCowan Road for subway service.

Car owners who commute have a great starting point — the 401 is just north, allowing for fast travel to major highways, and Kingston Road is south for shorter trips.

Woburn Overview

The Locals: A diverse population of first-time home buyers, young families, and empty nesters who are resisting the urge to sell their bungalows.

Code of Conduct: Residents don’t feel the need to rush around on weekends, and Sunday drivers ensure that they can’t.

What You’ll Find: A balance of nature and convenience.

What You Won’t Find: Lofts.

The Homes: Ranch style bungalows and traditional and modern high-rises.

Sealing the Deal: Reasonably priced condos and easy commuter access.