The city of Oshawa is apparently divided into a few sections……North Oshawa, South Oshawa and downtown. North Oshawa is the place to be we’re told……with all of the new houses going in developers use slogans in their ads repeating over and over….come home to prestigious North Oshawa or last chance to live in North Oshawa!! The media and the real estate industry are just as bad. I’ve only met a couple of realtors with positive things to say about South Oshawa. I’m not saying the community is perfect. It’s not. But I do think people need a perception makeover.
When my husband and I were house hunting back in 2007 we were more afraid of the property taxes in the north part of Oshawa then the reputation of the dreaded South Oshawa. My in laws and a few great friends live in the south end of Oshawa. They’ve never run into any problems. So in the end we bought a home in South Oshawa. We hadn’t moved in yet and the comments started. I hired a company to move a couple of items for me and the owner stopped by to see how the move was going and he asked me why I would by a house in such a sh*tty part of town. I will never use that moving company again.
I really got to know South Oshawa when I was on maternity leave. While I am lucky to have a healthy daughter, she wasn’t keen on sleeping so we hit the pavement with the stroller on a daily basis. We have great community parks, a beautiful new community centre and……it was so quiet.