Why Markham Is a Great Place to Live

Markham real estate has been popular for many years due to the city’s proximity to Toronto. Markham offers a living experience that combines the best of city and country living. You’ll find a wide variety of Markham homes for sale including century homes, rural properties, new housing developments and resale homes in established neighbourhoods. Over the last 49 years we have seen Markham change dramatically. Do you have any questions about the significant growth that Markham has gone through?

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WHAT MAKES MARKHAM DIFFERENT?

The City of Markham has a diverse population base, and combines proximity to jobs with a comfortable & safe living experience.

Population:

328,966

Markham is Canada's most diverse community. When looked at further the population includes groups from North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Average Property Price:

$949,217

The average property price in Markham is currently over $900K. With over 400 corporate head offices and a population of nearly 330,000, Markham is well positioned to be the choice for home investment in the future.

Canadian Head Offices In Markham:

400+

Of the 10,400 companies in Markham, there is a high concentration of Canadian head offices located here – including industry leaders such as IBM, AMD, Redline Communications, Real Matters, OnX Enterprise Solutions, Huawei Technologies, Nightingale Informatix, Lenovo, GE Energy, Nexeya, Toshiba, Adastra, CDI, Qualcomm, and Genesys.

Downtown Markham

After years of development and growth, Downtown Markham has become an exciting place to live, work, and play in the city. The area is anchored by the 13-screen Cineplex Cinema, an outdoor museum featuring original works of art, and the world’s first solar-powered fine art carousel. Adding to the attraction are the landscaped green spaces, offices, residential real estate, shops, and the convenient access to VIVA and GO Transit.

About Markham

Markham is Canada’s most diverse community. The demographic population, when broken down by ethnic origins, include Chinese, Canadian, English, East Indian, and smaller numbers of Scottish, Irish, Italian, and Jewish residents.

The City of Markham is deep in history. The township was named after William Markham, Archbishop of York. Markham’s history dates back to the late 18th century when William Berczy first settled in the area along with several German families. Many of these families, however, moved to Toronto as a result of the lack of roads in Markham.

In the early 1800s, Joseph Reesor bought land at Hwy 48 and Hwy 7 and settled along with several Pennsylvania German families, many of whom were skilled craftsmen. The area, known as Reesorville and later Mannheim became known as Markham in 1825. Markham was incorporated as a town in 1972. The construction of Hwy 404, which was built in the 1970s, resulted in greater accessibility and increased intensification of the Town of Markham. The Town of Markham became an official city on July 1, 2012.

 

The City of Markham not only offers a look to the past but also a look to the future. Markham is recognized as Canada’s High-Tech Capital anchored by 1,500+ technology companies that generate 37,000 jobs. Defined by its rich heritage, well-planned communities, high-quality infrastructure, a talented workforce, and a pro-business environment, Markham’s business community includes outstanding companies and organizations providing globally competitive banking, financing, engineering, design, technical, and commercialization services.

Of the 10,400 companies in Markham, there is a high concentration of Canadian head offices located here – including industry leaders such as IBM, AMD, Redline Communications, Real Matters, OnX Enterprise Solutions, Huawei Technologies, Nightingale Informatix, Lenovo, GE Energy, Nexeya, Toshiba, Adastra, CDI, Qualcomm, and Genesys.

Markham is home to a leading community hospital. Markham Stouffville Hospital is equipped with 329 beds and provides diagnostic and emergency services. The hospital also delivers clinical programs in acute care medicine and surgery, addictions and mental health, and childbirth and children’s services. Partnering with other specialist providers, the hospital’s 500 physicians, 23 midwives, over 2,300 staff and nearly 1,300 volunteers make it the centre of community care for the residents of the City of Markham, the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville and the Township of Uxbridge.

The City of Markham also has the honour of having one of Canada’s oldest county fairs. The Markham Fair, which first originated in 1844, occurs annually on the weekend before Thanksgiving and hosts upwards of 60,000 attendees. Approximately 3,000 exhibitors will enter more than 10,000 items, which will be judged and put on display during the fair. As well as the competitive displays of our fall harvest, the community is further brought together to enjoy various forms of entertainment such as a horse pull, demolition derby, tractor pull, midway rides, livestock shows and displays of farm animals.

Transit

The City of Markham has easy access to Toronto because it is serviced by five GO Train Stations: Unionville GO Station, Mount Joy GO Station, Langstaff GO Station, Centennial GO Station, and Markham GO Station. Locally, the YRT (York Region Transit) services the local communities and subdivisions. York Region also operates VIVA bus rapid transit system in Markham with buses running along routes in the city and south along Yonge Street to the Finch Subway Station. Travelling from Toronto? Not a problem as the TTC regularly runs buses directly through the City of Markham.

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Explore Markham

Search for Markham shops, restaurants, parks, entertainment, places of worship and more on this interactive map.

Markham Fairgrounds

Markham Fairgrounds, McCowan Road, Markham, ON, Canada

Joyride 150 Indoor Bike Park

Joyride 150 Indoor Bike Park, Bullock Drive, Markham, ON, Canada

Paintlounge Markham

Paintlounge Markham, Main Street North, Markham, ON, Canada

The Mall at South Unionville Square

8339 Kennedy Rd, Markham, Unionville, ON, Canada

Pacific Mall

4300 Steeles Ave E, Markham, ON, Canada

Markville Shopping Centre

5000 Hwy 7, Markham, ON, Canada

Markham Village Library

6031 Hwy 7, Markham, ON, Canada

Market Village

4390 Steeles Avenue East, Markham, ON, Canada

Flato Markham Theatre

171 Town Centre Boulevard, Markham, ON, Canada

Cornell Library

3201 Bur Oak Ave, Markham, ON, Canada

Bob Hunter Memorial Park

Bob Hunter Memorial Park, 14th Avenue, Markham, ON, Canada

Milne Dam Conservation Park

Milne Dam Conservation Park, McCowan Rd, Markham, ON, Canada

Markham Village Community Centre

Markham Village Community Centre, Highway 7, Markham, ON, Canada

Markham Green Golf Course

120 Rouge Bank Dr, Markham, ON, Canada

Remington Parkview Golf and Country Club

6400 Steeles Ave E, Markham, ON, Canada

Milne Dam Conservation Park

8251 McCowan Rd, Markham, ON, Canada

Milliken Mills Park

Milliken Mills Park, Markham, ON, Canada

Markville Fitness and Wellness Centre

190 Bullock Dr, Markham, ON, Canada

Markham Civic Centre

Markham Civic Centre, Town Centre Boulevard, Markham, ON, Canada

GoodLife Fitness Centre

169 Enterprise Blvd, Markham, ON, Canada

Bushwood Golf Club

10905 Reesor Rd, Markham, Locust Hill, ON, Canada

Austin Drive Park

Austin Dr, Markham, ON, Canada

Tom’s Burgers

Tom's Burgers, Highway 7, Markham, ON, Canada

Peter’s Fine Dining

Peter's Fine Dining, Highway 7, Markham, ON, Canada

The Duchess of Markham

The Duchess Of Markham, Main Street North, Markham, ON, Canada

39 Spices

39 Spices, Main Street North, Markham, ON, Canada

T and T Bakery Cafe

T & T Bakery And Cafe, Main Street North, Markham, ON, Canada

Folco’s Ristorante

Folco's Ristorante, Main Street North, Markham, ON, Canada

Main Street Greek

Main Street Greek, Main Street North, Markham, ON, Canada

Slice of Fire Pizza

Slice of Fire Pizza, Main Street North, Markham, ON, Canada

It’s the Cat’s Meow Cafe

It's The Cat's Meow Cafe, Robinson Street, Markham, ON, Canada

Rawlicious

Rawlicious Markham, Main Street North, Markham, ON, Canada

Uncle Joe’s Family Restaurant

Uncle Joe’s Family Restaurant, Main Street North, Markham, ON, Canada

Inspire

Inspire Restaurant, Main Street North, Markham, ON, Canada

Main’s Mansion

Main's Mansion, Main Street North, Markham, ON, Canada

Lemon Bistro

Lemon Bistro, Main Street North, Markham, ON, Canada

Old Country Inn

198 Main Street Markham North, Markham, ON, Canada

St. Patrick’s Parish

St. Patrick's Parish, Highway 7, Markham, ON, Canada

Cornerstone Christian Community Church

Cornerstone Christian Community Church, Ninth Line, Markham, ON, Canada

The Bridge

The Bridge, 16th Avenue, Markham, ON, Canada

St. Mary & St. Samuel Coptic Orthodox Church (SMSSC)

St. Mary & St. Samuel Coptic Orthodox Church (SMSSC), McCowan Road, Markham, ON, Canada

St. Andrew’s United Church

St. Andrew's United Church, Main Street North, Markham, ON, Canada

St. Dimitrija Solunski Macedonian Orthodox Church

St. Dimitrija Solunski Macedonian Orthodox Church, Main Street North, Markham, ON, Canada

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church

St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Main Street North, Markham, ON, Canada

St. Thomas The Apostle Roman Catholic Church

14 Highgate Dr, Markham, ON, Canada

St. Andrew’s United Church

32 Main St N, Markham, ON, Canada

Rouge Valley Mennonite Church

7452 Reesor Rd, Markham, Locust Hill, ON, Canada

Markham Chinese Presbyterian Church

2250 Denison St, Markham, ON, Canada

Logos Baptist Church

133 Old Kennedy Rd, Markham, ON, Canada

Islamic Center of Markham

1330 Castlemore Ave, Markham, ON, Canada

Grace Church

19 Parkway Ave, Markham, ON, Canada

Ebenezer United Church

5000 Steeles Ave E, Markham, ON, Canada

Markham Events

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Find Local Schools In The Area

The York Region District School Board operates 46 public schools and ten secondary schools in Markham. The York Catholic District School Board operates 18 elementary schools and four secondary schools in Markham. To search a school simply enter the address in the field below.

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