People often ask me “is it better to live in Port Credit or Lorne Park?” And, of course, the answer to that question is alway a bit more complex than meets the eye. The two areas are similar in that they are both highly desirable residential areas with a broad mix of housing types from the modest to the luxury home category. Port Credit has a distinct downtown shopping area centred around the harbour. There is certainly charm with the boats, the lake, river, park, and quaint stores and businesses. There are modest small homes for sale, and to the north of the Village there are the Mineola East and Mineola West neighbourhoods, with their large lots are magnificent mansions!
Clarkson/Lorne Park has its Village too, although most people would agree that it is not as charming or historical as compared to the Village of Port Credit. However, it is a practical shopping and commercial strip of businesses, some in quaint older buildings with interesting architecture. There are antique stores, travel stores, real estate offices, and fine restaurants. I think the trend is for the Village of Port Credit and Clarkson Village to compare themselves to downtown Oakville, and feeling a bit out shone, to continue to upgrade their businesses and appearance. These two huge residential areas are so much in demand, and offer such a high quality of life, it is impossible to expect anything other than continued renovation and upgrading of the shopping districts in both!
PS. This is an important footnote! When I refer to Clarkson/Lorne Park, I am referring to an area from Southdown Road west to the Credit River. This is the boundary north of Lakeshore Road for the Lorne Park School District. Remember that the area east of Southdown Road is also frequently called Clarkson as well, but it is not in the Lorne Park School district and therefore homes are not as expensive west to Winston Churchill.