Access to the Lake from Several Parks
Quaint Downtown Village along Lakeshore
Only Clarkson and Port Credit offer the Lakeshore Village “Vibe”
Clarkson Village is a tale of two worlds, starting with the more affordable area of Park Royal and going all the way up to multi million dollar waterfront estate homes. If you speak to anyone who grew up in Clarkson, they either still live there, or get a far off look in their face, thinking fondly of it. It’s not a “picture perfect” village like you may think of in say, South Oakville, but people who know Clarkson, love Clarkson.
Over the past decade, Clarkson has been coming into its prime due to its south location and easy access to Toronto. The GO Train has made Clarkson attractive destination for professionals moving to Mississauga from Toronto, who want to trade in their 500 sqft condo for a house with a backyard but still be able to get into the city quickly.
Clarkson Village is not your typical suburban neighbourhood with only big box stores and chain restaurants. Take a stroll on Lakeshore Rd and you will find indie restaurants, several pubs, and shopping. It’s also very easy to head over to Port Credit or even downtown Toronto if you want a night out. Transit is good for those who don’t have a car and for young Singles, Young Families and even Seniors, Clarkson ticks all the right boxes.
Having said that, a large part of Clarkson is still a community in transition. There are still pockets of homes that suffer from lack of upkeep, although this is rapidly changing as prices rise and new owners are fixing them up. Schools, although improving with a new generation moving in, have had a poor reputation for a long time, and will take some time to fix. The economic demographics in Clarkson couldn’t be a wider mix of people, so if you are looking for the “white picket fence” suburb, this is not it. The Village is in a slow and steady phase of gentrification, and will continue, as demand for the area continues to rise and prices rise along with it.
Clarkson is located south of the QEW, between Winston Churchill and Clarkson Road. South of Lakeshore, it is east of Southdown road and ends at Jack Darling Memorial Park. Clarkson can be divided further into sections, On the west end of Clarkson, is Park Royal, which consists of a mix of town houses, semi-detached homes and detached homes.
Next is the area east of Southdown Rd and goes to just past Clarkson Road, this area often gets confused with Lorne Park because it falls in the Lorne Park Secondary School boundaries. Plus the area has a more ‘wooded feel’ like Lorne Park, but with smaller, older homes build mostly in the 1950’s & 1960’s.
Clarkson Village is the area south of the railroad tracks covering the village. Here you will find a mix older and historical homes, custom homes, condos and townhouses by Inverhouse and Walden Circle and luxury estate homes by the lake in the exclusive Rattray Marsh.
This Village has an immense variety of neighbours, from young professionals, families, singles and seniors, it just depends on what area of the village you are looking at. While economically the demographics vary widely from Park Royal to Rattray Marsh one thing almost everyone has in common is a pride in their community.
Clarkson has 4 Home Owners Associations, which is quite a few for the size of the area. It speaks to the residents long term commitment to ensuring that the needs of its residents are at the table with municipal affairs, as well as fosters a stronger sense of community among residents. Supporting or joining a local home owners association is a great way to meet the neighbours and get immersed into the activities and goals of a neighbourhood.
There are a variety of housing styles in Clarkson, from town homes to estate homes, but the most typical home you will encounter in Clarkson is the 1950’s to 1960’s suburban style home. Originally, homes were simple this reflected the working class demographic of Park Royal . However, if you drive through the streets of Park Royal today, you can see a drastic shift forward from many new residents investing in and renovating the homes. New exterior facings, doors, windows and landscaping are making a dramatic difference, one house at a time. Change is slow, but it is happening.
For Clarkson Village, Rattray Marsh, and the area east of Southdown Rd, there is more even mix of custom homes and small builder developments of large homes. Clarkson also has several high rises that are popular with both first time home buyers and seniors.