This Mississauga community is tops in Peel if you’ve got teenagers, study shows


Published March 6, 2023 at 11:32 am

It seems there’s plenty of advice out there for families with young children looking for some of the best places in Mississauga and Brampton in which to live and raise kids.

But what about families made up of a teenager or three?

A recent ranking/study conducted by Canadian digital real estate platform Wahi listed its choices for best places to live in the GTA depending on what your priorities are.

Wahi “crunched the numbers for 400 neighbourhoods in five GTA regions,” including Peel (Mississauga/Brampton), and ranked the top three in 11 categories based on different lifestyles, needs and interests such as families, retirees, foodies, shopping, nature lovers, nightlife and more.

In Peel, it was determined that the best neighbourhood for families with teenagers is Upper Erin Mills, a big selling point of which is its convenient proximity to Erin Mills Town Centre and “a handful of community centres.”

Brampton West, close to the city’s downtown core, ranked No. 2 while the Fairview community in Mississauga, which is near Square One Shopping Centre, was third on the list.

“In search of a neighbourhood where older kids won’t get bored and can get around on their own? Then check out these top-ranked neighbourhoods in Peel for families with teenagers,” Wahi said in its preamble. “Our top choices are based on several factors: nearby high schools and parks, proximity to shopping and the cycling and pedestrian friendliness of the area.”

Aerial photo of Erin Mills Town Centre

In placing Upper Erin Mills in the top spot, Wahi noted that homes in the area are close to many conveniences.

“Conveniently located near Erin Mills Town Centre, this culturally diverse neighbourhood is close to a handful of community centres, outdoor trails and spacious parkland. Home to three high schools, there are plenty of activities to keep teens engaged.”

Additionally, the median selling price of a home in the area is $863,600 and houses are selling for about $9,000 under asking price, Wahi numbers show.

In placing Brampton West at No. 2, Wahi said the community is “close to Brampton’s bustling downtown corridor” and “has no shortage of eateries and cultural events for teens to enjoy.”

Median selling price of a home is $865,000.

Describing Mississauga’s Fairview area, Wahi notes that “this new community is home to Square One Shopping Centre, parks and sports fields, making it a perfect choice for families with teens.”

The median home sale price is just under $800,000.

Wahi’s Where to Live 2023 is described as a “first-of-its-kind interactive and comprehensive ranking” of the GTA’s top neighbourhoods by region ranked against 11 lifestyle categories.

It was produced following an Ontario-wide survey of 500 homeowners conducted by Wahi and Angus Reid between Feb. 8 and 10 of this year.

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