Why GTA Residents are Relocating to Barrie


The GTA used to be a convenient place to live. But lately, it’s become known for its unbearable traffic, soaring home prices, and rising crime rates. That’s why more and more GTA residents are relocating to Barrie. Centrally located in Ontario, Barrie is accessible, affordable, and packed with local amenities. Whether you’re looking to downsize or grow your family, it’s one of the best places to live in the province.

Simplify modern living


Why do GTA residents find Barrie so appealing? It has all the amenities of a Canadian city without the congestion and crowding of a major urban centre.

For example, just like in the GTA, you’ll be surrounded by a range of everyday amenities in Barrie. These include brand-name grocery stores and coffee shops, movie theatres, performing arts centres, and over 200 restaurants. But that’s not all. You’ll also have nature at your doorstep. Instead of having to drive a couple of hours to find a great fishing spot or ski hill, you’ll be able to enjoy your favourite outdoor activities even on a weeknight.

With its traffic-free roads and serene lake views, Barrie makes daily life simpler and more peaceful. And when you need to head south for work or play, GO Transit’s Barrie line has you covered.

Benefit from new developments and amenities

Over the last 40 years, Barrie’s population has grown by more than 560%. This boom makes the city an attractive home for growing families and small businesses, and it’s opening doors to a range of new opportunities. In particular, with many residential and commercial developments in the works, it won’t be long before you have even more local stores, restaurants, recreational centres, and libraries to choose from.

But with Barrie set to become a major transit hub in southern Ontario, these opportunities are just the beginning. Located just 3.9 km from 430 ESSA, the transit hub won’t only make it easy to access GO trains, local transit, and inter-city buses. It will also spark redevelopment projects in the surrounding area and pave the way to turn the existing downtown transit terminal into a lively farmers’ market and food hall.

Enjoy better value and affordability

Owning a home may not seem like a realistic goal in the GTA, but it is in Barrie. That’s because home prices are much more affordable in the city north of the city. How much can you save by relocating to Barrie? Quite a bit. Currently, homes in Toronto cost an average of $812,413, and prices rose by 5.6% over the past year. In comparison, the average cost of a home in Barrie is $480,940, and prices rose by just 2.8% in the last year.

As a result, Barrie has lots to offer if you’re looking for more space or better value for your money. And don’t forget that with major developments and expanded transit options on the horizon, buying in Barrie now is a smart investment.

The best of both worlds

In Barrie, you don’t have to compromise your quality of life to be near the amenities and activities you love. You also don’t have to sacrifice space to find a home you can afford. Instead, you can hit the yoga studio any day of the week, admire gorgeous Lake Simcoe while relaxing on the beach, and live in a home that truly works for you.

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Nick Stillo