No. 5: Port Perry

Average sale price: $676,902

An hour northeast of Toronto, this quaint town on the southern tip of Lake Scugog is packed with affordable detached housing. Three-bedroom bungalows sell for the price of two-­bedroom condos in downtown Toronto, and they come with an added benefit: proximity to Port Perry’s Victorian main street, which is lined with gorgeous heritage buildings and charming storefronts. The natural setting makes the place feel like cottage country, complete with a lakefront promenade perfect for afternoon strolls. Best of all: Ontario’s Greenbelt legislation restricts new development in the surrounding countryside, meaning the chances of sprawling new subdivisions spoiling the idyllic view are almost nil.

What’s selling?

150 Bigelow Street
A detached split-level with three bedrooms and two baths.
Listed at $499,900
Sold for $488,000


395 Cochrane Court
A detached bungalow with three bedrooms and three baths.
Listed at $499,000
Sold for $485,000


The town has an adorable Victorian main street:


The man-made Lake Scugog is great for fishing, with an abundance of bass, pike and jumbo perch: