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Good and Bad areas of Ajax

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Good and Bad areas of Ajax

Hello! My future husband and I are planning of moving to Ajax. We are looking to buy a house in a not so expensive area. We Would like to know what are nice neighbourhoods in Ajax and the 'not so nice areas' or neighbourhoods of the city. Thank you!
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EsnaDemitro wrote:
May 6th, 2017 3:45 pm
Hello! My future husband and I are planning of moving to Ajax. We are looking to buy a house in a not so expensive area. We Would like to know what are nice neighbourhoods in Ajax and the 'not so nice areas' or neighbourhoods of the city. Thank you!

If "not so nice" means high violence/obvious drug usage/run down.... These area do not exist in Ajax. Previously the north end(Rossland) & lake driveway home owners were labled as those who took good care of their properties, while central Ajax was so so/mixed bag. You should be fine anywhere in Ajax to raise a family.

Ps. Ajax has been my home for the past 22+ years... Before Harwood exit was closed, and the rise of big box stores on Hwy2 between Westney and Salem. Let me know if you have other questions.
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EsnaDemitro wrote:
May 6th, 2017 3:45 pm
Hello! My future husband and I are planning of moving to Ajax. We are looking to buy a house in a not so expensive area. We Would like to know what are nice neighbourhoods in Ajax and the 'not so nice areas' or neighbourhoods of the city. Thank you!
Ajax has become expensive over the last 2 decades so you won't find any cheap areas there. If you can't afford those detached, a cheaper alternative is probably those new condos they are building around Harwood and Bayly. The houses around Shoal Point and Audley near the lake are nice. And so are some of the new houses between Rossland and Taunton. However, these are also expensive. Ajax is generally a quiet suburb so you rarely hear any violence such as the one you hear happening in Toronto.
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Hrrmmm, how often do you read or watch the news?

https://www.niagarathisweek.com/news-st ... ty-centre/
https://www.ontariopolicereports.com/20 ... bery-ajax/
http://www.cp24.com/news/several-gunsho ... -1.3181504
http://www.torontosun.com/2017/02/11/de ... ng-in-ajax
http://toronto.ctvnews.ca/two-teens-cha ... -1.3278539
http://www.cp24.com/news/brothers-arres ... -1.2832347
Sam9876 wrote:
May 7th, 2017 12:26 pm
Ajax has become expensive over the last 2 decades so you won't find any cheap areas there. If you can't afford those detached, a cheaper alternative is probably those new condos they are building around Harwood and Bayly. The houses around Shoal Point and Audley near the lake are nice. And so are some of the new houses between Rossland and Taunton. However, these are also expensive. Ajax is generally a quiet suburb so you rarely hear any violence such as the one you hear happening in Toronto.
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I would never move there, seems crime has really picked up now. A couple years ago a north neighbrohood shot up and bullet holes went into several houses, some reckless gangs shooting guns in family neighbourhoods, and this was in a "high end" area.

Check out the crime map for ajax, its covered in crime all over:

https://www.crimereports.com/home/#!/da ... &shapeIds=
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We live in north of Ajax (Taunton) since 2014 and is very quiet and family oriented. Since we move, every summer there are around 10 or more houses for sell just in our little crescent, meaning new neighbours every year. Right now there are 7 houses for sell in our crescent and is not summer yet! My point is while we being very lucky with good and friendly neighbours you never know when the safety of the area is going to change. Here at north of Ajax is very rare to see police cars checking or doing rounds because of unsafe areas. However one of my neighbours who live here for the last 15 years told us that every summer there are a lots of break in our area. So far we are very happy with the safety and family enviroment here at the North of Ajax.*Knocking wood*
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Jungle wrote:
May 7th, 2017 2:01 pm
I would never move there, seems crime has really picked up now. A couple years ago a north neighbrohood shot up and bullet holes went into several houses, some reckless gangs shooting guns in family neighbourhoods, and this was in a "high end" area.

Check out the crime map for ajax, its covered in crime all over:

https://www.crimereports.com/home/#!/da ... &shapeIds=
The map for Ajax over the last two weeks, looks a lot less congested then Toronto police map or even York region (Newmarket). Set your date range to the past 21 days, and find any area that's 4 major streets wide(east to west) by 7 major streets deep that has the same housing density.

No one is saying that Ajax is the utopia, heaven or mecca of Ontario. But in the GTA taking into consolidation the population, it is a relatively calm city.
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I moved into the Salem and Taunton area last June. IMO, I love this place. It's fairly quiet and lots of young families. As for crime, I wouldn't say it's crime free. There have been issues with people breaking into cars, garages & homes. But personally (knock on wood) haven't had any issues in my little neighbourhood.

If there were areas I'd avoid in Ajax it would probably be the south end closer to Bayly & Harwood area. It's run down and reminds me of Etobicoke. But I haven't had any problems in that area. Don't read too much into the crime reports. Theres crime everywhere. Ajax for the most part is fairly safe. Again, young families, lots of kids running around, & a friendly atmosphere. I'm originally from Malvern in Scarborough. If anything it feels like the new Malvern out here. Newer houses but the same bunch of hard working 2nd generation immigrant families. I have a bunch of friends who live in Durham which is cool. I don't mind the commute either.
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akswun wrote:
May 8th, 2017 9:00 am
I moved into the Salem and Taunton area last June. IMO, I love this place. It's fairly quiet and lots of young families. As for crime, I wouldn't say it's crime free. There have been issues with people breaking into cars, garages & homes. But personally (knock on wood) haven't had any issues in my little neighbourhood.

If there were areas I'd avoid in Ajax it would probably be the south end closer to Bayly & Harwood area. It's run down and reminds me of Etobicoke. But I haven't had any problems in that area. Don't read too much into the crime reports. Theres crime everywhere. Ajax for the most part is fairly safe. Again, young families, lots of kids running around, & a friendly atmosphere. I'm originally from Malvern in Scarborough. If anything it feels like the new Malvern out here. Newer houses but the same bunch of hard working 2nd generation immigrant families. I have a bunch of friends who live in Durham which is cool. I don't mind the commute either.
This.
I can remember family saying that Pickering/Ajax was getting busy like Scarborough 25 yrs ago.

Grew up in Pickering/Ajax. Only real part of Ajax that had a reputation for being rough was Westney Heights area 20 yrs ago. Not sure about today.
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The "new Malvern" is a fitting description. Anecdotally, many friends and family who grew up with me in Malvern moved out east towards Pickering and Ajax. Malvern is nowhere near as bad as its reputation suggests - its quite safe, but the transit is terrible. But moving out to an area with essentially the same community (with larger houses being the only difference) would feel like a lateral move. Not putting down anyone that lives there, this is just my opinion.
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Of course for a town of 110K, there is bound to have some crimes here and there but I find majority of the neighborhoods to be relatively safe.
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There's not too many pockets of "not so expensive" areas in Ajax. Prices have gone up dramatically over the past two years. The North end of the town have newer built homes less than 10 years old. Central / South Ajax is older homes, and would be less expensive than the north ajax.

I would suggest you take a weekday and a weekend off to see how the neighbourhoods are in the north and south ajax. Just drive around the block and check out the community centres, and grocery stores. Also, to see how traffic is during rush hours and on the weekend on Kingston Rd. This would give you a better feel of the area. Peoples opinion online is very subjective and may not reflect the community/area as a whole.
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don't know where are bad areas but i lived near Pickering high school (near church street).
close to 401, and right by pickering - literally West of church street is pickering. i'd say it's a good area.

Houses near pickering high school are close to $1M or above for newer houses.
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EsnaDemitro wrote:
May 6th, 2017 3:45 pm
Hello! My future husband and I are planning of moving to Ajax. We are looking to buy a house in a not so expensive area. We Would like to know what are nice neighbourhoods in Ajax and the 'not so nice areas' or neighbourhoods of the city. Thank you!
My fiancee and I just moved to South Ajax and love it. We're near Salem and Bayly so very close to the lake. It's a beautiful area, lots of young families too. We're in the John Boddy development area. I would keep an eye out for their releases as they are going to be releasing more soon. There was also a previous development done by Tribute Communities a few years back. . They are one of the top builders, and rarely ever have delays. We were only delayed by 6 weeks because of the trades strike, pretty amazing.

This is our first summer here so we're going to make use of the trails. I highly recommend this area as it has good potential for schools being built in the area too. Another plus is it's a 10 minute bus ride to the Ajax GO station taking the 223 bus. I also avoid the heavy traffic going north on Salem when getting off the 401 because there are far less people that live south of the 401.

If you want more info on the area let me know. There is a nice big Facebook group for South Ajax so it feels like a nice community.
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I moved to Ajax 8 years ago. I live in central Ajax which is the original development from WWII, lots of small bungalows, much like cottage country. The prices of housing in this little section tend to be lower priced than the rest of the town because they're smaller than the newer built homes. It' s a very quiet and family oriented neighbourhood and Ajax in general is far safer and less expensive than living in Toronto proper. Having said that, because it's a small town, property taxes are higher than a larger municipality, but generally property prices are lower. I like living here. it's small enough to feel like a community but big enough to have everything you need more or less on your doorstep. It is a bedroom community with a lot of big box plazas, so it is extremely car oriented and often quite congested for the size of the town, but that's the only drawback. It has a very good waterfront area and lots of community events.

There aren't any 'bad' areas in this town, but beware the housing in the newer developments are often converted with an apartment or two and planning for these homes was meant for single family residence, so there is never enough parking for all the vehicles at each house which in turn causes the streets to be very congested with parked cars and not very safe for children playing or crossing the road, that's one reason our area is so quiet, they are 99% single family owner occupied, but they rarely come up for sale, usually a handful each year if that.

I would think that you have moved by now since your post is an older one, but good luck on your move.

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