South East Oakville is home to some of the town’s most exclusive neighbourhoods and most expensive homes yet it also has a mix of more affordable housing too. From the luxurious estate homes of Morrison, to the more varied housing options in neighbouring Ford, this part of Oakville is one of the town’s most desirable communities and offers fast access to Toronto.
Roughly speaking, when we talk about South East Oakville we’re talking about the area to the south of the QEW (403), stretching down to the shores of Lake Ontario. It encompasses the neighbourhoods of Olde Oakville, Morrison, and Ford, so that’s everything east of Sixteen Mile Creek.
Morrison and Olde Oakville
South east Oakville is best known for its sprawling estate homes, particularly those close to or on the shores of Lake Ontario. These magnificent mansions include much of Oakville’s most expensive real estate, but this is also among the most expensive and affluent neighbourhoods in the whole of Canada. The sky’s the limit when it comes to buying a beautiful home in Morrison where they have been known to sell for up to $37 million. This isn’t the exception though – frequently homes in south east Oakville, including the historic streets of Olde Oakville, will sell for between $5 million and $15 million.
In the far south eastern corner of Oakville is the sizeable community of Ford. Named for the Ford Motor Company complex and headquarters, this large community grew around the factory from the 1950s with a great deal of new housing built in the 60’s and 70’s. As many of the workers wanted to live nearby, this part of Oakville started out with more affordable housing than neighbouring Morrison, and although it is still more affordable here Ford has caught up with the rest of Oakville in that house prices are well above the national average.
Still, Ford is a highly desirable neighbourhood and is particularly popular with city commuters as it’s so close to Toronto. You can reach downtown Toronto in about 25 minutes if driving by car or taking the GO Train. And it’s always been a popular neighbourhood for families not least because it’s home to the Oakville-Trafalgar High School. This school is consistently ranked as the best in Oakville, and is usually among the top 15 secondary schools in Ontario.
More affordable, albeit more compact, housing is generally located in the subdivisions in the north of Ford, while the south boasts some of Oakville’s best waterfront properties. If you can’t afford the waterfront price tag though, many residents are buying older homes with the plan to knock them down and build beautiful custom homes in their place. Ford is a good place to do this because the older homes have larger lots.
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