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    Mar252010

    Ford Drive Neighbourhood

     

     

     

     

     

    Ford Location:

    South East Oakville - Bordered by Lake Ontario to the South, Royal Windsor to the North, Maple Grove to the West and Winston Churchill to the East

    Area Snapshot:

    The Ford Drive area in Oakville is a well established part of town in the very Southeast corner (closest to Lake Ontario and bordering Mississauga).  With tree-lined streets and its proximity to downtown Oakville and Toronto, Ford Drive has been a well sought area of town for many years.Ford Drive is a great spot for Toronto bound commuters.  Toronto's Union Station is accessible in 20 minutes from nearby Clarkson GO Station.  It also has easy access to most major area highways: QEW, 403 and 407.  Perhaps more importantly is Ford's specific location along the QEW.  Traffic tends to clog up just west of Ford Drive straight through Burlington area.  Residents in the area save precious commuting time by accessing the highway immediately before the traffic congestion.  There are many reasons why this area is highly coveted but I would be amiss if I did not mention the area's desirability for commuters as it is a major factor for many of the home buyers I work with.  Anyone who spends a significant portion of there day is sure to agree.

    If being close to a rink is important to you, the Ford area is ideal boasting not one but two arenas – Maple Grove Arena and the large Canlan Ice Sports Arena located at Ford Drive and Cornwall.  Lake Ontario is within walking distance from any part of the Ford area.  Along the shores, are a number of lookouts and walking paths accessible to pedestrians.  There are a number of trails in this part of town, most notably the Waterfront trail just mentioned (it runs from Burloak Drive to Winston Churchill Road) as well as Joshua’s Creek Trail (running from the southern-most part of Winston Churchill through to Dundas Street and 9th Line).  Although not a part of Ford itself, if you head east along Lakeshore Road to Southdown Road, you will also find some great trails and wooded neighbourhoods in Rattray Marsh, off Orr Road just a few minutes away in Mississauga.

    A spring 2009 decision by the Halton District School Board is changing the elementary school boundaries in Southeast Oakville effective September 2010, effectively closing some smaller schools.  After much debate, English taught elementary school children will be attending Maple Grove Public School and French taught students will attend E.J. James school.  Both schools are undergoing renovations to accommodate the shifts in student populations.   There is also easy access to a number of private schools in the area.

    Community shopping can be done at Maple Grove Village located at Maple Grove and Cornwall.  There are also retail, grocery and restaurants in nearby Clarkson (right across from the Clarkson GO station).  The Ford area is so conveniently located in between two great downtown areas – the downtown Oakville shopping district as well as the charming community of Clarkson, near Lorne Park in Missisauga.  Restaurants, high end shopping and people watching in local coffee shops abounds in both these areas. 

    Ford Housing Information:

    The Ford area is almost exclusively made up of detached

    homes, including many bungalows, split level and two storey homes.  If you are looking for a town home or condo, it will be hard to come by in the Ford Drive area.  Established in the 70’s and 80’s, Ford Drive is a well maintained area with tree lined streets and mature gardens.  Most homes in the area have been well maintained with many undergoing extensive renovations and in some cases newer custom built homes have been built on desirable lots. 

    Homes in this neighbourhood start around the $450,000 mark and go up significantly from there depending on the home itself, lot size and location.  In terms of land value, the location and desirability of the Ford Drive area makes it one of the most expensive areas to live in Oakville.

    NOTE: Housing information varies significantly from street to street and month to month in large part due to fluctuating market conditions, desirability and demand for each home.  When it comes to moving into a new home, generalities are not enough which is why I highly encourage anyone interested in finding out specifics about the area to contact a local real estate expert who can provide you with information specific to you.  To find out more about my services, follow this link to my website www.lindsaywalls.com

    Ford Area Public and Separate Schools

    Ford Public Schools*:

    Current

    JK-GR5:  Chisholm School OR Maple Grove (English)

    GR6-GR8: E.J. James  (English)

    GR9-GR12: Oakville Trafalgar High School (English/French)

    GR1-GR8: Linbrook (French)

    Planned for Sep 2010*

    JK-GR8: Maple Grove (English)

    JK-GR8: E.J. James (French)

    GR9-GR12: Oakville Trafalgar High School (English/French)

    Ford Catholic Schools*:

    JK-GR8: St. Vincent (English)

    GR9-12: St. Thomas Aquinas (English)

    NOTE: School boundaries for Ward 3 (Southeast Oakville) were announced to be changing in Spring 2009.  For more information on this matter, read my blog article at LINK!!!!!!!!

    *Local school boundaries are subject to change at the discretion of the school boards.  Visit the Halton District School Board or Halton Catholic School Board websites to confirm boundaries.

    Commuting from Ford:

    Clarkson (6 min; 4.2 km’s) or Oakville (7 min; 4.8 km’s)

    Distance to local highways:

    QEW (Ford Drive) – 6 min; 4.1 km’s

    HWY 403 (Ford Drive) – 6 min; 4.8 km’s

    HWY 407 (Ninth Line) – 11 min; 10.8 km’s

    HWY 401 (at 427) – 22 min; 27.7 km’s

    HWY 401 (at Trafalgar) – 20 min; 20.6 km’s

     

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