Top 5 Reasons Why Vaughan is Becoming One of the Top Neighbourhoods in the GTA for Real Estate Demand
When it comes to choosing a house to buy, location is key. Location is cited as one of the top priority factors for prospective and past home buyers. In the GTA, there are a handful of townships where real estate growth and demand seem to be soaring – and Vaughan is one of them. Here are the top reasons why Vaughan is becoming one of the top neighbourhoods in the GTA for real estate demand:
Reason #1: New Subway Line and Ease of Transportation
Since the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) extended Line 1 (Yonge-University line) beyond Yorkdale, and into Vaughan, there has been a boom of real estate developments and activities in Vaughan. The Vaughan Metropolitan Centre was opened in December 2017, providing easier and faster subway access for those who want to commute to downtown. The location of this subway station is also ideal because it’s in close proximity to IKEA, RioCan Colossus Centre, and Vaughan Mills. This brand new station also has pretty impressive interior architecture and design.
Reason #2: Access to Good Schools, Community Centres, Entertainment, and Amenities
The Fraser Institute, which ranks schools and education programs across Canada, consistently ranks elementary and high schools in Vaughan as some of the top in the GTA. This includes Le-Petit-Prince, Glenn Gould, and Pierre Berton – to name a few. The rankings are based on grade 3 and grade 6 average levels in reading, writing, and math.
In addition to good schools, Vaughan has some state-of-the-art and well maintained community centres such as Vellore Village Community Centre and Maple Community Centre. They provide public access to gyms, swimming pools, fitness centres, arenas, outdoor rinks, and various classes ranging from fitness to arts.
When it comes to entertainment and amenities, Vaughan has Canada’s Wonderland, Vaughan Mills, Dave & Buster’s (great arcade place for kids and adults alike), RioCan Colossus Centre, IKEA, Reptilia Zoo, and Boyd Conservation Area (for the hiking and nature enthusiasts out there).
Reason #3: Brand New, State-of-the-Art, Smart Hospital
Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital, which began construction in 2016, is slated to complete in late 2020. This will be the first new hospital being built in York Region in the last 30 years. Upon completion, Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital will provide a state-of-the-art emergency department, modern surgical services, advanced diagnostic imaging, ambulatory clinics and intensive care beds. Other specialized services will include Medicine, Birthing (Obstetrics), Pediatrics, Mental Health and the York Region District Stroke Centre. In terms of capacity, there will be 350 beds on opening day, and scaled to 550 beds over time. The majority of patient rooms will be private (following best practice of preventing the spread of infections).
Best of all, this will be the first hospital in Canada to feature fully integrated smart technology systems and medical devices. These systems will be able to speak directly to one another, enabling more efficient information exchange throughout the building complex.
Reason #4: Diverse and Multi-Cultural Neighbourhood
GTA is already known for being ethnically and religiously diverse, and Vaughan is no exception. Vaughan is home to the Baitul Islam Mosque, headquarters of the Canadian Ahmadiyya Muslim community. The endless choices of dining options and restaurants also speak to the multi-cultural makeup of the neighbourhood – where you can find supermarkets and food ranging from Chinese, Italian, and Spanish to Greek, Japanese, Middle Eastern, and anything in between.
Reason #5: Proximity to Downtown Toronto and Other Key Locations in the GTA
Vaughan is only a 20 to 25-minute drive to downtown Toronto, depending on traffic, with easy access to Highway 400 and Highway 407. Its location on the western portion of York Region also means that it’s close to Pearson Airport (only about 20-minute drive), and other towns and areas in the GTA such as Markham, Richmond Hill, Mississauga, and Brampton (making it ideal for commuting – for those who work in the surrounding areas).
Reason #6: Cultural Activities and Festivals
Annual events held in Vaughan include the Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival (in Kortright Centre for Conservation) and Woodbridge Ribfest. The City also organizes various events throughout the year, such as Vaughan WinterFest, Concerts in the Park, Canada Day festivities, and Lunar Chinese New Year celebration. Check out the list of events and festivals on the City of Vaughan website. There is a never a shortage of fun activities to do with the family!