Overview

South West Ajax is bounded on the north by Highway 401, on the east by Harwood Avenue South/Highway 44, on the south by Lake Ontario, and on the west by Church Street South. Along with the South East area of Ajax, South West holds part of the downtown area of Ajax, which is centred at the intersection of Harwell and Bayly Street.

Real Estate

Families looking at South West real estate listings are undoubtedly doing so with not only the downtown area but also the area’s natural attractions in mind. South West is bounded on the south by Lake Ontario, and is home to a variety of waterfront views and activities: from the family-oriented beaches at Rotary Park to the spectacular high-elevation views at Lion’s Point, South West has something for every beachgoer.

There are also plenty of inland parks in South West, including Lion’s Park, Duffins Park, Lakeside Park, and Clement’s Woodlot.

Homes

South West real estate is sought after not only for its convenience and family-friendliness, but also for the exciting future of downtown Ajax. A development plan for a new Ajax City Centre in the downtown area is currently in motion, which is anticipated to be fully completed by 2040. This plan includes the construction of high-rise condominiums, shopping malls, office buildings, and fresh new landscaping to revitalize the area.

South West homes for sale include many spacious single-family detached homes, as well as smaller bungalow-type MLS listings and townhouses.

History

The town of Ajax grew up around the Defense Industries Limited shell plant that opened during World War II, and Ajax’s military-influenced history shows. The name of the town itself comes from the name of a British Warship, the H.M.S. Ajax, which participated in the a significant British naval victory against the Germans in the war at the Battle of the River Plate. Although the plant was closed in 1945, the steam plant that powered it remained, and still stands in the downtown area of Ajax today.

Getting Around

Toronto is easily accessible from South West, both by car and by train. Highway 401 provides a fairly quick route to Toronto. For rail commuters, there is the Ajax GO Station (100 Westney Road). The area is also served by Durham Regional Transit, which provides connections to the GO station.

Shopping

Shopping is easy to find along Harwood Avenue in the downtown area. This shopping district is set to be improved and expanded by the downtown Ajax improvement plan, which will see some shopping plazas torn down to make room for updated versions and others retrofitted for a more modern crowd. There are also smaller shopping plazas along Bayly Street.

There are both public and Catholic schools in South West, as well as a Montessori school and an Exceptional Learning Centre. Ajax High School is located just on the other side of Harwell Avenue.

Entertainment

The entire southern border of South West is composed of beautiful, unspoiled lakeshore. A six-kilometre asphalt path runs the entire length of the shore, which can be used for walking, jogging, or biking.

There are many more ways to enjoy the waterfront besides walking the paths. South West and the surrounding neighbourhoods are home to several yearly festivals that draw crowds from all over Durham. The Ajax Canada Day Celebration is held at Rotary Park every year. This large festival includes live entertainment, children’s activities, craft fairs, games, and many other activities, and even provides a free shuttle service to and from other parts of Ajax.

There is also a multi-park celebration, the Ajax Waterfront Festival, which is held at both Rotary Park and Lion’s Point, as well as at Carruthers Marsh Pavilion and Veterans Point. This festival features “The Taste of Ajax”, where guests can find delicious food from local restaurants, as well as sand-sculpting contests, live entertainment, and beer gardens.

Another popular event at Rotary Park is Theatre in the Park, in which the Driftwood Theatre Company presents productions of Shakespeare.

Another venue for live entertainment is Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club (235 Bayly Street). Many big-name comedians have performed at this club, including Jim Carrey and Howie Mandel.