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Best places to move from Gta

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Best places to move from Gta

Hi Just wanted to know has anyone moved from gta brampton,mississauga, etc to the west. Kitchener, guelph, london or woodstock.

I am thinking of heading west due to the fact house prices are to much gta. Maybe heading west can get a better house at better price. Its a big change. Many advantages. Just wondered if anyone on here has gone through same situation.
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how far west, winnipeg, regina, saskatoon have decent RE prices, alberta is cheap these days too.
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I have clients moving out to the Kitchener area quite regularly, they seem to be happy overall with their decision.
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Rare that you see someone here say they’re willing to move to a more affordable city. Good on OP for taking action. Kitchener is pretty nice, also had a friend that moved to Guelph and has not looked back.
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liquidsuite wrote: Hi Just wanted to know has anyone moved from gta brampton,mississauga, etc to the west. Kitchener, guelph, london or woodstock.

I am thinking of heading west due to the fact house prices are to much gta. Maybe heading west can get a better house at better price. Its a big change. Many advantages. Just wondered if anyone on here has gone through same situation.
lots of nice places outside the gta and 600k gets you a big newer house....
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There is no best place to move, each person has their own requirements. If you are looking just for an affordable house, why only Tri-Cities? Maybe London, maybe Sudbury, maybe Thunder-Bay (to stay in Ontario). Or move east, go to Bellville, Kingston...

If you have additional conditions, then your move will be restricted. Are you looking to commute to GTA? Are you working in a specific domain and need to be in a specific area?
Way too many questions to be discussed before you can get an answer...
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I moved Oakville -> Niagara 10 years ago and love it. Niagara offers a lot:
- proximity to lakes/beaches
- proximity to the USA
- diverse entertainment options (casinos, wineries etc)
- warmer weather than most of the rest of Ontario : IF YOU LIKE SNOW, DO NOT MOVE TO NIAGARA
- low housing prices!
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Tailwind72 wrote: I moved Oakville -> Niagara 10 years ago and love it. Niagara offers a lot:
- proximity to lakes/beaches
- proximity to the USA
- diverse entertainment options (casinos, wineries etc)
- warmer weather than most of the rest of Ontario : IF YOU LIKE SNOW, DO NOT MOVE TO NIAGARA
- low housing prices!
I thought it snow ❄️ much heavier in Niagara region as compared to GTA and also much longer
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If I moved west it would be either in the Elmira/St. Jacobs areas or Niagara.
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vivmk20 wrote: I thought it snow ❄️ much heavier in Niagara region as compared to GTA and also much longer
There's a difference between snowfall, and snow on the ground.

Slightly more snow falls in Niagara than in GTA, but at 2-3 degrees C warmer it melts much faster.

I used to drive to Markham once/week from Niagara and I would notice the temperature drop, and the snow on the ground increase, as I drove to Markham, and the reverse when I drove home.
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Def kitchener waterlerloo is the next best choice.
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Moved from TO to Mountain View last Fall. Pity hadn’t done that earlier. Same crazy RE prices are compensated by much better job opportunities and awesome weather / nature.
Probably will return home for retirement in 20 years...
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None.

GTA or die!
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GTA for LIFE
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What are your parameters? If all you want is cheap real estate, look at Nova Scotia. New Brunswick is cheap, too, but I think Nova Scotia is nicer. :-)
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sokolov wrote: What are your parameters? If all you want is cheap real estate, look at Nova Scotia. New Brunswick is cheap, too, but I think Nova Scotia is nicer. :-)
+1 on this. If your job allows you to work remotely, Nova Scotia is great.
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Nobody can answer that for you.

Personally (lived in Ottawa most of my life), I'd never want to live in Toronto (or Montreal) and Ottawa feels plenty big and suits me fine and I don't plan on ever leaving Ottawa expect for winters during retirement but I have to admit that Vancouver Island is appealing so maybe once the kids have grown and are moved out, I'd consider that.

What's your motivation? Housing cost (you might not have to move that far), jobs (really depends on what you do / want to do), weather (distance really depends on what you are looking for), social / family / friends (totally depends on you), culture and entertainment (hard to beat Toronto but that's very low on my list and any city of 100k probably has all that I need), etc. Urban / suburbs or rural? Large city? Small city? Village?

WFH has been mentioned but I think it's way too early to make a life changes because of that. I do think there will be more WFH opportunity once the "COVID-dust" settles but I think it won't be as drastic as many are predicting (my gut feeling is that most jobs will return to what they were before even if WFH is suitable) and it may change for a while (e.g. Shopify announced that all jobs will be WFH in the future but I would not surprised if in 6 months, they revise that policy - it make be WFH 4 days per week but 1 day per week in the office (moving 1000 kms away might make that difficult!)) Other companies (FB I believe) have said that they are looking at more WFH but will also be adjusting salaries to local market (Living and WFH from the Maritimes might be great but would you be willing to take a 50% pay cut to do it?)
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Oxxxy7 wrote: Moved from TO to Mountain View last Fall. Pity hadn’t done that earlier. Same crazy RE prices are compensated by much better job opportunities and awesome weather / nature.
Probably will return home for retirement in 20 years...
How is the job market right now there?

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