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Richmond Hill real estate has been in demand for several years and it’s easy to see why. Richmond Hill is four kilometres North of Toronto’s most Northern boundary and 20 kilometres North of Toronto’s downtown core. The 28th most populous municipality in Canada, Richmond Hill was Canada’s fastest growing community in the 1990s. The population of Richmond Hill is 185,541.

Richmond Hill is a municipality within York Region. Neighbouring municipalities include the Town of Markham to the South and East, the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville to the East and the City of Vaughan and the Township of King to the West and the Town of Aurora to the North.

In the early 20th century, Richmond Hill was famous for its roses. In fact, Richmond Hill’s motto is “En la rose, je fleuris,” which translates into English as “Like the rose, I flourish.” Richmond Hill’s twin city is Lakeland, Florida. In 1971, Oak Ridges, a community around Lake Wilcox, became part of Richmond Hill.

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Major Retailers

You don’t have to leave town to do your shopping. Hillcrest Mall at Yonge Street and 16th Avenue has major retailers including the Hudson’s Bay, Roots, American Eagle Outfitters, Sport Chek, The Gap and GoodLife Fitness. You’ll also find most of the big box stores including Walmart, Future Shop, Canadian Tire, Home Depot and Winners in Richmond Hill.

Public Library

The Richmond Hill Public Library has three branches in town including the Richmond Hill Central Library, the Richmond Green Library, the Richvale Library and the Oak Ridges Moraine Library.

Transportation

Richmond Hill is serviced by two GO Transit stations: Richmond Hill Station at Major Mackenzie Drive East and Yonge Street, and Langstaff Station at Hwy 7 and Yonge Street. Discussions are underway about potentially extending the Toronto subway line to Yonge and Hwy 7. York Region also operates the Viva bus rapid transit system in Richmond Hill with buses running along major streets in town and South along Yonge Street to the Finch Subway Station.


Schools

If you are considering purchasing Richmond Hill real estate, you can be confident in the town’s excellent schools. The York Region District School Board oversees 25 elementary schools and five secondary schools including Alexander Mackenzie High School, Langstaff Secondary School, Richmond Hill High School, Richmond Green Secondary School and Bayview Secondary School. The York Catholic District School Board operates 13 Catholic elementary schools in Richmond Hill, and two Catholic high schools: Jean Vanier Catholic High School and St. Theresa of Lisieux Catholic High School.

Recreation and Community Centres

Richmond Hill has many municipal recreation and community centres, the largest of which is the Richmond Green Sports Centre and Park at 1300 Elgin Mills Rd. E., which is equipped with skating rinks, baseball diamonds, an amphitheatre and a skateboard park.

Golfing enthusiasts can play at any of Richmond Hill’s own golf courses including Bloomington Downs Golf Centre, which has an 18-hole golf course, driving range and batting cage, as well as the Richmond Hill Golf Club and Bathurst Glen Golf Course, which both offer 18-hole golf courses. Golf memberships are available at the private golf facility, the Summit Golf and Country Club.

Famous Richmond Hill natives include Elvis Stojko, Emanuel Sandhu, Mag Ruffman, R.H. Thomson, and Bob Wall, Jeff O’Neill, and Mike Cammalleri of the NHL.

Richmond Hill is home to the David Dunlap Observatory, which at 74” is the largest reflecting telescope in Canada. The Oak Ridges Moraine, a land ridge leftover from the Ice Age, passes through Richmond Hill, providing environmentally sensitive wetlands, forests and meadows.

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Richmond Hill Employers

The largest employers in Richmond Hill are York Central Hospital, Apotex and Bulk Barn Foods. Other companies who have offices in Richmond Hill are Compugen Inc., Rogers Communications, Lexmark, Staples Business Depot, Acklands Grainger Inc., Compuware, Science and Medicine Canada and DMC Mining Services.

Richmond Hill’s Central Business District is located at East Beaver Creek Drive near Leslie Street and Hwy 7. The Town of Richmond Hill’s municipal offices are located at 225 East Beaver Creek Road.

Richmond Hill now has its own live entertainment arts centre, the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, located on Yonge Street in old Richmond Hill. Artists performing for the 2012 season include Jennifer Warnes, America, Michelle Wright, boyz II men, Debbie Reynolds, Betty Buckley, Steve Patterson and Vicki Lawrence.

 

Richmond Hill Restaurants

You’ll find a variety of cuisine in Richmond Hill; there’s no need to travel into the city for fine dining. Restaurants along Yonge Street in old Richmond Hill include Rhapsody, Richmond Grill and Café En Passant. Italian food lovers can try Piatto Vecchio, Tutto Bene, Sarpa or Fraticelli’s while seafood connoisseurs will want to visit the Octagon or Marlowe. Thai and Japanese restaurants include Tomo Japanese Restaurant, Akasaka Japanese Restaurant and Thai Basil. Popular chain restaurants in Richmond Hill include the Keg, Alice Fazooli’s and Jack Astor’s.

 

Resources

If you are considering Richmond Hill homes for sale, you will find that the town has many resources to offer residents. Swimming enthusiasts will enjoy five public swimming pools including the innovative Wave Pool at Lois Hancey Aquatic Centre at 5 Hopkins Street, which features a 160-foot water slide, a sauna on deck and a whirlpool. The recently-opened Oak Ridges Community Centre at 12895 Bayview Avenue features a six-lane leisure pool, fitness studio, gym, Ecological Centre and program rooms. Richmond Hill has various community centres including Newkirk Centennial Pool and Fitness Studio, Elgin West Community Centre and Pool.

The Richmond Green Sports Centre and Park features two skating rinks, an amphitheatre, skateboard park and baseball diamonds.

Living in Richmond Hill means you won’t have to go far to enjoy summer recreation activities. The town’s Lake Wilcox, a kettle lake, has three municipal parks including Sunset Beach Park, Jesse Venek Park and North Shore Parkette where residents can enjoy kayaking, canoeing, windsurfing and fishing on the lake.

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Hospitals

There is one hospital in Richmond Hill: the Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital, formerly called York Central Hospital located near Major Mackenzie Dr., and Yonge St. The Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital will open in a few years and provide complementary services to Richmond Hill residents.

To address the growing needs in the area, the Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital will open in 2018/19 and provide additional services.

Performing Arts

Offering an alternative to live theatre and music in Toronto, the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, which opened in 2009, offers jazz, rock, folk and pop music performances, as well as opera, musicals, drama and poetry readings.

The Richmond Hill Central Library, located at 1 Atkinson Street, offers the latest resources for lending including ebooks, DVDs, music and traditional books. Other Richmond Hill library branches throughout the town include the Oak Ridges Moraine Library, the Richmond Green Library and Richvale Library.

Oak Ridges Moraine

Richmond Hill contains some of Ontario’s most environmentally-sensitive lands in the Oak Ridges Moraine. The land is valued for its wetlands, rolling hills and forests. The moraine’s soils filter rain water that discharges to the Don, Humber and Rouge Rivers. Species that can be observed in the Oak Ridges Moraine include the Red-sided Dace, Peregrine Falcon, Dense Blazing Star, Jefferson Salamander and Monarch Butterfly. The Oak Ridges Corridor Park Trail is a 428-hectare environmental sanctuary between Bathurst St. and Bayview Ave., just north of Jefferson Ave., which offers walking amidst forests and kettle lakes including Bond Lake and Phillip’s Lake.

 

Richmond Hill Churches

Richmond Hill has many religious institutions reflecting the town’s diverse communities including Richmond Hill United Church, Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church, Richmond Hill Baptist Church, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Our Lady Queen of the World Roman Catholic Church, St. Mary Immaculate Parish, St. Mary & St. Joseph Coptic Orthodox Church and the Richmond Hill Country Shul.

Richmond Hill Walking Trails

Hikers and cyclists will discover several trails in Richmond Hill including the Thomas Broadhurst Trail, which is bounded by North Lake Road to the South, Wood Rim Drive to the East, Worthington Drive to the North and Lorridge Street to the West. The Saigeon Trail, opened in 2010, is located in the Rouge Tributary Valley and intersects with Yonge Street and Gamble Road, as well as other trails in town. Take the East Humber Trail and discover fields, vegetation, wetlands and meadows and birds such as the Yellow-Billed Cuckoo, the Black-Billed Cuckoo, the Red-Breasted Nuthatch and the Red-Necked Pheasant.

Things to think about before moving to Richmond Hill

Investing in Richmond Hill real estate is a good investment. Richmond Hill experienced a .0574% increase in its population from 2006-2010, with the majority of residents opting for single detached homes. Currently, 65% of Richmond Hill is urban development while 35% of the land is devoted to natural areas. The population of Richmond Hill contains ethnic origins including 22.3% Chinese, 12.9% Italian, 7.3% Iranian and 6% East Indian.

History of Richmond Hill

If you are looking to buy Richmond Hill real estate, you will be interested to know that Richmond Hill’s history stems back to 9000 to 7000 B.C. when the area was occupied by Paleo Indians. The earliest Iroquoian village in York Region was located on the east side of Lake Wilcox from 1280 to 1320 A.D. One of the first European families to settle in Richmond Hill were Balsar and Katharine Munshaw from Pennsylvania who settled in Elgin Mills and later moved to Markham Township. The Munshaws were one of many Loyalist supporters from the U.S. who received land from the Upper Canada Executive Council in return for serving in the British military. Richmond Hill was a valued passage from Georgian Bay to the Great Lakes.

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Richmond Hill was slow to develop in the early 19th century compared to neighbouring villages such as York Mills and Thornhill. The latter two villages were both rich in streams upon which mills could be built, which resulted in flourishing communities. Richmond Hill United Church at 10201 Yonge Street was built in 1880 in the Gothic Revival style and boasts the tallest steeple of all of the churches in Old Richmond Hill. St. Mary’s Anglican Church at 10030 Yonge Street was also built in the Gothic Revival Style in 1872 and is the oldest church in old Richmond Hill. Construction to the church in 1881 included adding a spire. Richmond Hill was known as the “Rose Capital of the World” in the early 20th century due to its prolific rose growing. Historic Buildings in Richmond Hill The Thomas Boynton House, built in 1875, is a designated historic site. The Ontario farmhouse features a steep centre gable, gingerbread trim and Gothic window and is now home to the Richmond Green Park, an art exhibition space. The earliest example of a Mennonite dwelling in Richmond Hill is the Eyer Wideman Home at 1045 Elgin Mills Rd. Built in 1828 by Pennsylvania Dutch David Eyer, the building is now a local youth centre. The Burr House was built in 1820 by Rowland Burr in the cottage style. The house changed handed several times and operated as blacksmith businesses. The town purchased and renovated the building in 1973 at the urging of the Richmond Hill Historical Society in light of nearby land development. Burr House is now home to the Hill Potters Guild and the Burr House Spinners and Weavers Guild and operates as a craft gallery and tea room. Prominent citizens of Richmond Hill in the early 20th century frequented the Richmond Hill Lawn Bowling Club at 43 Church Street, built in 1918. The club, surrounded by century homes, now offers bowling leagues for adults, seniors and youth. The Richmond Hill Heritage Centre at 19 Church Street, formerly the Amos Wright House, was built in the Regency style in 1840. Richmond Hill gained worldwide fame with the publication of Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace in 1996. The historical fiction novel tells the real-life story of Grace Marks, a Richmond Hill maid convicted of murdering her employer, Thomas Kinnear. The Alias Grace Park was opened in 2010 at Aladdin Crescent and Ridgestone Drive in Richmond Hill to commemorate Atwood’s Giller-Prize-winning novel.
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