The second-fastest growing city in Canada (after Mississauga), Brampton is a diverse and bustling city with the largest South Asian population in the GTA. In fact, Brampton residents represent more than 200 different cultures and speak more than 89 languages. This is truly a vibrant, cosmopolitan city.
The Province of Ontario has designated Brampton a key, urban growth centre and it boasts the second-highest growth rate among Canada’s 50 largest cities. Downtown Brampton has recently undergone a $55m revitalization.
The investment in this city coupled with its close proximity to downtown Toronto, major highways and the airport, has attracted a lot of industry. It’s the national headquarters of Loblaw Companies, Canon Canada, HBC and Clorox Canada to name a few but don’t let its status as a magnet of industry fool you. There’s also a whole lot of character and beauty to be found in Brampton.
Buyers, including new Canadians, looking for relatively affordable houses in a growing community within a short commute to Toronto.
When people think of Brampton Real Estate, they tend to think of suburban life in new build, cookie-cutter subdivisions and there’s certainly a lot of new build homes for sale in Brampton to be found. In fact, Brampton is building more new homes than almost any other municipality in the GTA but houses for sale in Brampton actually come in a wide variety of styles and heritages.
There are some lovely, heritage homes in the older sections of Brampton. Downtown Brampton has many picturesque, leafy, residential side-streets with almost every style of house imaginable including Georgian, Tudor, English cottage and Colonial. The heart of downtown Brampton has always been its four-corners at the intersection of Main and Queen streets and its here that you’ll find the highest concentration of the city’s historic homes. In particular, Main Street South offers some of the area’s best, early 20th century, character homes, all steps to the conveniences of the city centre.
Another great neighbourhood is the upscale community of Vales of Castlemore, popular with busy executives looking for luxury, detached homes. If you’re looking for a newer subdivision with executive-style homes, check out Streetsville Glen in Bram West. What’s nice about Streetsville Glen is that it’s right beside the golf course and the village of Churchville, Brampton’s only Heritage Conservation District. Even though there’s not a lot of room between houses (they’re packed in like sardines), lots tend to back onto lush landscapes making them feel statelier than they are.
Bramalea is perhaps the most well-known of Brampton’s neighbourhoods as Toronto’s first, major bedroom community. You’ll find every type and price point of property for sale here as well as Brampton apartments for rent. Bramalea is really a mini-city within the larger city of Brampton with decent shopping and amenities at your doorstep.
If you like the idea of a large, low-maintenance new build, then check out Brampton homes for sale in Fletcher’s Meadow in the northwest section of the city. This is one of the city’s largest new developments with over 15,000 homes.
Despite being the third largest city in the GTA, Brampton is also the youngest, not receiving its designation as a separate city in the Region of Peel until 1974. That said, it’s roots go all the back to the early 1820s when John Elliot and William Lawson, both from Brampton, England (in Cumberland) settled there. By 1853 it had around 500 residents and it was then incorporated as a village.
Brampton is known as Canada’s “flower city”. In 1860, resident Edward Dale established the area’s first flower nursery, exporting flowers around the world. Dale’s nursery soon became the area’s largest employer, leading to the nickname “Flowertown of Canada”.
Brampton’s Ontario Technology Corridor is one of the largest technology clusters in North America’s largest technology (after Silicon Valley and New York), employing more than 270,000 people.
Why We Love Brampton
It Has a Great, Community-feel
Despite it’s rapid growth, big box stores, industry hubs and major throughfares, Brampton, surprisingly, has a small community feel to it in many ways. Part of the reason is the nature of it’s commercial offerings. Although Brampton is home to some large employers, many Brampton businesses are small- to mid-sized businesses (<50 employees). The other reason for the community feel is the sheer volume of public gathering spaces.
Brampton has over 6,000 acres of parkland, multiple libraries, over 25 community centres and popular annual events such as the seasonal Farmers’ Market, Shakespeare in Garden Square, Rib’n Roll festival, skating on Gage Trail, Santa Claus Parade, New Year’s Eve celebrations and more.
The City of Brampton describes its residents’ lifestyle as “a high quality” one, “combining big city conveniences with traditional quality of life” and we agree. This is a city where old-world meets new in all of the best ways.
- $642KAverage home value in Brampton16.39%Year over year change in values
Historical Average Home Price in Brampton