If you're looking to invest in real estate in the Greater Toronto Area, you're no doubt making the rounds of the pertinent real estate sites right now. Oakville real estate, Mississauga homes, downtown Toronto condos, they're all great. But where you really want to be living is Markham, Ontario. Markham is one of the fastest growing Toronto suburbs, and for good reason. It offers a connection to Ontario's small farm town past coupled with access to all the best amenities and newest houses. A quick browse of this website is all you'll need to decide that Markham, ON is the right place for you, because it's got information on everything you need to know about from where the best schools are to what year it was founded. So give it a browse.
Just north of the city of Toronto on the Rouge and Don Rivers is the town of Markham, Ontario. Though Markham's population is 261,000 and increasing, it has never officially been designated a city, which makes it the largest town in all of Canada. Markham has also been rated one of the best communities to live in Canada. Its balance of old farm land and modern urban development attracts new residents from all over the world. Currently over 65% of Markham, ON residents identify themselves as belonging to a visible minority, with the largest contingents being of Chinese, South Asian, and African Canadian descent.
The GO train connects Markham to Toronto, making it an easy commute for anyone who currently has a job in the city to live in town. There are numerous other employment options in Markham as well, as the town as billed as "Canada's High-Tech Capital" due to its involvement in the technology industry. AMD, IBM, Apple, Motorola, Toshiba, and Sun Microsystems are just a few of the major companies with their Canadian headquarters in Markham. Markham, ON is also known as a health care center for the York region, as Markham Stoufville hospital provides emergency and non-critical care to a number of surrounding towns and the Shouldice hospital is one of the top facilities in the world for hernia treatment.
Though Markham, Ontario district high schools turn out students who score highly on standardized tests, the town of Markham isn't a center for post-secondary education, since it only has a few career colleges. Most students go on to study in the major universities and colleges of nearby Toronto.
Like many towns, cities and municipalities in Ontario, the town of Markham existed first as an umbrella government that encompassed a number of smaller villages and settlements in the York region, with a cohesive "downtown" area and unified town identity coming afterward. What this means for you as a home buyer is that the neighbourhoods you'll be choosing from will often have a quaint village feel, because they used to be villages, and often still have the "welcome to" sign. Some neighbourhoods, like Thornhill and Unionville, actually still persist as separate communities in the minds of Ontario residents.
In terms of home style, Markham, ON and its constituent villages offer you a wide variety of choice. Though most of the suburban residential development occurred in the 1980s and 1990s, meaning that most of the houses are less than 20 years old, there are still some older heritage style houses in neighbourhoods like Vinegar Hill, existing alongside newer homes. Unionville is one of the most affluent communities in Canada, while Canada's newest residents often find their homes in Wismer Commons and Milliken Mills. There is also a lot of farmland still existing in the area, especially in Cashel and Cedar Grove.
Overall, housing is much cheaper here than closer to Toronto, so you can afford more house than you normally would be able to. The household income of the average family in Markham is around $77,000, climbing all the way up to $127,000 in the more upscale neighbourhoods like Unionville.
If you're now convinced that Markham, Ontario is where you want to make your next real estate purchase, and not Yorkville, Toronto all you need to do now is contact one of our Markham real estate agents. They can help you with listings, home visits, inspections, negotiations and paperwork during your home search and before you know it you'll be all settled in to your new home in Markham, Ontario. So give them a call today. Finding you the prefect home is what they live for.