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West Shore

Part of the Greater Toronto metropolitan area, West Shore is a neighbourhood within Pickering, Ontario.

Housing

The housing stock of West Shore is composed primarily of single detached homes and row houses. This part of the city experienced its most significant construction boom between 1960 and 1980, so most of the available properties are from this era. This part of Pickering offers mainly four or more bedroom and three bedroom homes. Homeowners occupy nearly 90% of the properties in West Shore and 10% are rented.

Transportation

The car is usually the favoured approach to navigate West Shore. It is very convenient to access a place to park, and most real estate listings are a short drive from the closest highway, such as Highway 401. However, West Shore is not particularly transit friendly. Nonetheless, the neighbourhood is served by a few bus lines, and the closest bus stop is usually a short walk away. Commuting by bicycle is challenging in this neighbourhood because riding is made arduous by the typically sloping terrain, and this part of Pickering is home to a quite bad cycling infrastructure. Walking is also not very practical for property owners in West Shore as very few common errands can be run on foot.

Services

In West Shore, parents and their schoolchildren will usually be able to reach daycares and primary schools on foot. On the other hand, this neighbourhood does not have any high schools. With respect to eating, some, but not all, property owners in this area will live within walking distance of the closest supermarket. Residents of West Shore benefit from a few restaurants as well.

Character

The character of West Shore is exemplified by its slower-paced ambience. This part of Pickering is good for those who need a quiet atmosphere, as the streets are quite tranquil - although there are still several louder areas, especially near Highway 401 or one of the railway lines. Finally, although the neighbourhood does not contain any green spaces, parks are especially well-situated in nearby neighbourhoods, which results in them being easy to get to from the majority of locations within the neighbourhood.

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