Thornhill Woods is one of many new suburban developments established recently north of the already existing Thornhill-Vaughan suburbs. It is defined as the area bordered by Highway 7, Bathurst Street, Dufferin Road and Major Mackenzie Drive. Since its establishment, the area has been experiencing immense growth and lots of changes.
Thornhill Woods is primarily home to young married couples and families, forming its reputation as a family community. The south part of the subdivision (below Rutherford Road) is filled with new homes, from clusters of townhouses to areas with detached double-garage homes. As of April 2010, there are no apartment buildings in Thornhill Woods; however, plans for their construction have been approved.
Generally a couple will move from a rental apartment in Toronto to owning a small townhouse in Thornhill Woods, and then move to a bigger detached home also in the area. In this sense, Thornhill Woods is very transitional. For the most part, families who have purchased homes in Thornhill Woods have done so because they can afford a brand new house for an acceptable price. However, prices are rising.
Shops and Services
For Thornhill Woods residents looking for groceries, prepared foods, meats and baked goods, the Sobey's grocery store in the Springfarm Market Place (usually called the Sobey's Plaza) in Thornhill-Vaughan provides a wide selection of international foods.
New strip malls, gas stations and shopping areas are springing up all around Thornhill Woods to feed the demand for convenient shopping. Rutherford Village Plaza (Rutherford Road and Bathurst Street) features another Sobey's grocery store, a drug store and convenience stores, while two other plazas have also recently been built in Thornhill Woods. The Promenade Shopping Centre in Thornhill-Vaughan and Hillcrest Mall in Richmond Hill are also close by for shopping.
As Thornhill Woods is home to many new families with young children, the recreational parks in the area are often bustling. Fortunately, the demand for more recreational green space is being met. In 2006, Sugarbush Heritage Park was officially opened. The park measures 2.4 hectares and is located in the heart of Thornhill Woods. Facilities include a children's play area, amphitheatre, gazebo, a lookout point, and an informal picnic area. Additional funds are being allocated to build four new smaller parks.
For entertainment, most residents head to other areas. Rainbow Cinemas at the Promenade Shopping Centre in Thornhill-Vaughan present current movies at budget prices. There is also a movie and entertainment complex at Highway 7 and Highway 400 that attracts a large crowd. For other forms of entertainment, residents usually travel to other parts of the Greater Toronto Area.
Thornhill Woods is good if you enjoy living in a suburban setting and you don't mind driving. "You're close to decent shopping and highways," says resident Joel Waldman, whose primary method of transportation is by car.
Thornhill Woods is only minutes from Highway 7, and the express toll route Highway 407. The area is central to many other major travel routes including Hwy 400 and Yonge Street. A trip downtown by car takes about 45-60 minutes.
Public transportation in the past has been sparse and inconvenient, but has improved recently. York Region Transit has established a new route which operates between the Thornhill Woods community and the central GO Finch Bus Terminal offering connections to the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) bus and subway systems. Service operates every 30 minutes during peak periods and every 40 minutes during off peak periods. Additionally, there are routes along the major arteries of Dufferin Road, Bathurst Street and Rutherford Road connecting to the new VIVA rapid transit system for faster access to the subway and TTC buses.
In the past 10 years Thornhill Woods has grown tremendously. In the 2001 census the population was 6,190, a number which almost tripled by 2006, reaching 16,100. The number of private dwellings has followed suit, increasing from just fewer than 2,000 in 2001 to over 5,000 in 2006. City of Vaughan development planners indicate that construction below Rutherford Road is completed.
Real Estate prices in the Thornhill Woods real estate market have increased drastically over the past 5 years. Huge double car garage homes have even doubled in price along with the smaller semidetached homes in the area. Thornhill Woods real estate is the most desired piece of real estate in the entire city of vaughan and you could bet that the Thornhill Woods real estate will hold it's value better than any other area in the GTA. Prices vary in the area and are still well priced compared to other high demand areas in the GTA. You could purchase an attached 3 bedroom home for as low $450,000 or an estate sized mansion for well over a million dollars all in the same area.
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