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Kid friendly neighbourhoods/streets in Orchard (Burlington)?

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Jun 18, 2018
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Kid friendly neighbourhoods/streets in Orchard (Burlington)?

Hello,

we are thinking of making a move from Toronto to Burlington and are looking to move to a family-friendly neighbourhood. The consensus seems to be that the Orchard is a good neighbourhood to live in, but I would like to know more specifically which streets/areas are particularly kid friendly and which have nice houses/properties. Also, any we should avoid? The price range also seems to vary widely. Are $1.5 mil houses really that much better than the $800,000 ones? They all look beautiful to me, coming from a 100-year old semi in Toronto :) We are in our late 30s/early 40s and have a 4-year old daughter and a cat. Thanks!!!
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May 2, 2011
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Oakville, ON
I think all of the Orchard is pretty safe for kids and families. The area was built up in the early 2000's I believe so a lot of younger families. Close to all the amenities you could want or need. Close to Hwy 407/QEW and Upper Middle/Dundas. We looked there when searching for a house, but ended up settling in Oakville. Was told that there were two builders in the area (Mattamy and Sundial) I believe. The Sundial homes were said to be of poorer quality. A lot of the lots in the neighbourhood are extremely small as well, which we didn't like. Need to go to a house built before 2000 if you want a decent-sized lot if that's important to you.

The range in price is all due to the size differences and number of bedrooms. They range from townhouses up to 5+ bedroom homes > 3,000 sq. ft.
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Feb 11, 2007
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Any cul-de-sac in Burlington/Oakville will be nice and quiet.
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Sep 29, 2014
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Toronto, ON
Moved to Burlington ‘Core’ from Toronto. Great for kids. Lots of parks, festivals, restaurants, etc. I think anywhere in Burlington is safe for kids really. I wouldn’t be limited to the ‘Orchard’
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Jun 18, 2018
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Thanks for all your replies. I guess I should specify that I don’t just mean a safe street/area but one that has a sense of community, friendly neighbors, lots of people hanging out outside. We live in a family friendly Neighbourhood now, but the people around us are all older and not super friendly. I would not recommend my street, but I know of streets just a bit down that have people hanging out on porches and kids playing on the street. I was hopeful by to get some insight like that about Burlington.
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Jun 26, 2009
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I guess I'm one of those "unfriendly" neighbours :-( I just don't appreciate screaming kids on bicycles, trashing my flowers, bumping in to my cars or throwing garbage all over. Talking to their moron parents didn't do any good - kids became more vicious now. Was thinking about moving to Burlington as well, someone recommend that city as one having more mature neighbourhoods? Grinning Face With Smiling Eyes
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Jun 17, 2004
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Burlington
I live in the Orchard. You'll find most of the streets pretty family friendly, especially ones close to a school. Stay away from the main drags (Sutton, parts of Blue Spruce, parts of Orchard Rd, Dryden). Detached houses right now seem to be going from the high 600s for a 1 car garage 3 bedroom to the mid 900s for 4 bedroom 2 car garage. The houses over 1M are generally Ravine lots or are quite large / have larger land. Mattamy and Sundial were 2 of the main builders (I think there was some Fernbrook, and ours was a Bucci (they only did a couple of streets). Do yourself a favour, take a Saturday or an evening, park at one of the parks in the neighbourhood and take a walk around. That'll give you a good feel of what things are like.
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Jun 18, 2018
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Haha Tommy! That was me a few years ago. Now that I have a kid I don’t mind it as much. As long as their parents are nice to hang out with :)
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Dec 4, 2009
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Waterdown
Streets in the Orchard are so tight, and once cars are parked, it’s a single file kind of road... I never understood the thinking when they build that.

I can still remember climbing the apple trees out there, when it was an Orchard...
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Jun 18, 2018
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Thanks valen!
I like the idea of just hanging out in the Neighbourhood to get an idea of what it’s like. Maybe we’ll do it this weekend.
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Jun 18, 2018
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Todd, I agree, though I don’t mind a small house and a narrow street. I saw that the lots in Millcroft are much larger but the houses are much more expensive. I’m also not sure the neighborhood has a lot of kids. Do you have a suggestion for a different neighborhood?
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Nov 26, 2008
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GTA
Look South of the QEW. Massive lots, wide streets, and quiet. The only beef is smaller homes but we have made it work for the last 8 years.
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Jun 18, 2018
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So, there is a house on Viking St right now that looks nice - any experience with this area?
Also, Phoebe Crescent in south Burlington - is this practically Oakville (not that it matters)?

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