Vaughan (2006 population 238,866) is a city in York Region north of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Vaughan is one of the fastest growing municipalities in Canada, having nearly doubled in population since 1991. Vaughan is located in Southern Ontario and is part of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Its slogan is "The city above Toronto".
The first European to pass through Vaughan was the French explorer Étienne Brûlé, who traversed the Humber Trail in 1615. However, it was not until the townships were created in 1792 that Vaughan began to see any settlements, as it was considered to be extremely remote and the lack of roads through the region made travel difficult. The township was named after Benjamin Vaughan, a British commissioner who signed a peace treaty with the United States in 1783.
Around the facilities established by this group arose a number of hamlets, the oldest of which was Thornhill, which witnessed the construction of a saw-mill in 1801, a grist mill in 1815, and boasted a population of 300 by 1836. Other such enclaves included Kleinburg, Coleraine, Maple, Richmond Hill, Teston, Claireville, Pine Grove, Carrville, Patterson, Burlington, Concord, Edgeley, Fisherville, Elder's Mills, Elgin Mills, Jefferson, Nashville, Purpleville, Richvale, Sherwood, Langstaff, Vellore, and Burwick (Woodbridge).
There are six (and counting) communities that make up the city of Vaughan.
- Woodbridge, Ontario, North/South - Teston/Steeles, East/West - Hwy 400/Hwy 50
- Maple, Ontario, North/South - King Vaughan Line/Rutherford, East/West - Bathurst/Hwy 400
- Thornhill, Ontario, North/South - Rutherford/Steeles, East/West - Yonge/Dufferin
- Concord, Ontario, North/South - Rutherford/Steeles, East/West - Dufferin/Hwy 400
- Kleinburg, Ontario, North/South - Kirby/Major Mac, East/West - Pine Valley/Hwy 50
- Dufferin Hill, Ontario, North/South - Eglinton/Rutherford, East/West - Dufferin/Jane
Vaughan is a very distinct Real estate market. The growth in Vaughan has been dramatic over the past 20 years. We have seen Vaughan more than double in size over this time. The vast majority of the new homes have been detached homes on larger lots (though we have seen lot sizes smaller over the past 4 or 5 years. There are comunities with Townhouses and now we are beginning to see condominium buildings pop up all over the city.
The reason that Vaughan has become popular is the larger homes on larger lots at a much less expensive price than Toronto. Vaughan is an excellent City to raise kids with all the amenities of any large city.
Vaughan offers a great deal amout of greenspace from small neighbourhood parks to the Kortright Centre.
Shopping is not a problem as Vaughan offers one of the largest malls in Canada with Vaughan Mills and you are also able to still have the small town shops along Yonge street in Old Thornhill or the older areas of Woodbridge.
Overall we have found many moving from Toronto to Vaughan for the prices and to leavev the hustle and bustle of the big City but only be minutes away if you happen to work in the city.
Price range of homes in Vaughan
|Detached || $400,000 - over 5 million |
|Semis || $300,000 - $650,000|
|Townhouses || $300,000 - $600,000|
|Condominiums || $220,000 - to over 1 million|
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