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The Best Townships for Historic Homes for Sale in Durham

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Blog by Mary Roy | November 9th, 2015

James_Matthewson_House,_built_1864,_7143_Ashburn_Rd.,_Ashburn,_Ontario.jpgIf you’re looking for historic homes for sale, Durham region has a variety of small townships that will fit your criteria. Unlike other areas of the GTA that have slowly succumb to demolition and reconstruction, many of the smaller townships in Durham region have kept their characteristic old homes. If you’re looking for a historic house in Durham, the following townships will have properties for you.

Port Perry

Port Perry is a charming city in the township of Scugog that is home to many historic homes for sale. This Durham region community is known to be a desirable place to raise children and lead a quiet lifestyle. With many boutique stores, farmers markets and a beautiful waterfront, historic homes in the area fit the aesthetic of the community perfectly. Many of the century homes in Port Perry are found in the downtown core of the city, with large lots and mature trees.


Newcastle is a small community that is only a short walk to the local waterfront area. Incorporated in 1856, there are still some homes that have stood throughout the community’s entire existence. Though some parts of Newcastle have seen development in recent years, the area is still home to many century properties that line the downtown core. Though it has a quiet downtown with small local businesses, residents still have the benefits of grocery stores and restaurants. If you want a small town experience without losing the benefits of a larger atmosphere, Newcastle may be for you.

Downtown Bowmanville

Bowmanville may not be your first thought when thinking of areas for historic homes in Durham region, but this town has a surprising amount of century properties. Bowmanville is larger than many of the other communities in Durham with a significant amount of historic properties, but this only gives residents more benefits. For those looking for a century home, but also the perks of large grocery stores, big box stores, schools and similar benefits, downtown Bowmanville will be perfect for you. Many homes are over 100 years old, with some dating back to the mid 1800’s when the town had just over 3000 people.

Downtown Whitby and Old Oshawa

Downtown Whitby and old Oshawa are two areas of large towns that have a surprising amount of century homes. If you look past the fact that Whitby and Oshawa are not quaint villages, something many seek out when looking for a century home, buyers can find charming aged properties in subdivisions of the downtown core. What makes these two areas unique to other Durham region communities is that homeowners can own a charming century home while still being minutes away from a GO station, local parks, and large grocery stores. Masson and Simcoe Street in Oshawa are both well known for their aged properties and pristine amenities.

If you’re looking for historic home for sale in Durham region, there are many communities that will meet your needs. It’s important to know what type of area you’re looking to live in, and what amenities are important to you. If a quiet and touristy area is what you want, Port Perry may be the place for you. If you want the benefits of a large city, Downtown Whitby or Old Oshawa will offer you the best of both worlds. When you want to buy a historic home in Durham region, no one is more suited than the team at Mary Roy and Team. Contact us today and get started finding your perfect century home.