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Vaughan is on the move – in more ways than one

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Vaughan is on the move – in more ways than one

Vaughan is a city on the move – quite literally, and in more ways than one. Located north of Toronto in York Region, Vaughan has long been one of the fastest growing municipalities in Canada, with a population now exceeding 306,000.

Comprising the Woodbridge, Maple, Thornhill, Concord and Kleinburg communities, each with their own characteristics and enjoying their own growth, Vaughan is a hub of development and activity. Once known as the city above Toronto, it’s now “the place to be.” And with good reason.

Hub of activity

With Hwys. 400 and 407 right there, and Hwy. 7 also running through town, transportation and transit have long been important parts of Vaughan. Now they’re central to its future, with the new Vaughan Metropolitan Centre rapid transit station, the north terminus of the western section of the Toronto subway’s Line 1. It is also a major transit hub for York Region Transit and the Viva and Zum bus rapid transit services.

Economic growth is occurring in lockstep. Vaughan is now the third largest employment centre in the GTA after Toronto and Mississauga, and the largest contributor to York Region’s economy.

Manufacturing is the star economic performer here, accounting for 22 per cent of total employment, followed by construction, retail and wholesale trade, and transportation and warehousing. United Parcel Service, in fact, operates a signature shipping warehouse near Jane and Steeles.

In the near future, you can add healthcare to the mix of economic and lifestyle benefits, as the City has entered into a first-of-its-kind partnership with Mackenzie Health, York University and ventureLAB.

The City is leading the collaboration to transform an 82-acre parcel of land at Jane Street and Major Mackenzie Drive into the Vaughan Healthcare Centre Precinct. Vaughan, York University, Mackenzie Health and ventureLAB are to study to the best use of lands surrounding the site of the Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital.

The goal of the collaboration is for the Vaughan Healthcare Centre Precinct to leverage resources to bring healthcare, innovation and jobs to this growing community.

“This feasibility study is an illustration of how partnerships can be truly effective when values, principles and beliefs are perfectly aligned,” says Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua. “The new state-of-the-art Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital will be a catalyst for other uses, like medical offices, labs and research space, healthcare incubators, and education and conference rooms related to healthcare. This is where thought leaders, subject matter experts and innovators will come together to advance a shared vision of healthcare innovation. This transformational collaboration will benefit the healthcare of residents of Vaughan and beyond.”

Lowrise living

Though Vaughan is noteworthy for a lot of condominium development centring around new transit infrastructure, there’s also noteworthy new lowrise communities in the area. This is where buyers come for expansive single-detached homes and large lots.

And once you’ve bought a home in Vaughan, Improve Canada will help you furnish and operate it. Located in Concord and more commonly known as the Vaughan Home Improvement Centre, the complex is a unique offering of about 400 home improvement stores.

Location, location, location

Located in the Regional Municipality of York; bounded by Brampton to the west, King to the north, Markham and Richmond Hill to the east and Toronto to the south; more than 273 sq. kms; population 306,233; includes the communities of Concord, Kleinburg, Maple, Thornhill and Woodbridge.

Key landmarks

  • Canada’s Wonderland
  • Kortright Centre for Conservation
  • McMichael Canadian Art Collection
  • Reptilia Zoo
  • Vaughan Home Improvement Centre
  • Vaughan Metropolitan Centre
  • Vaughan Mills

Select housing developments

Adesso Modern Towns by Capital North Communities

Copperwood by Sorbara Group

CountryWide Homes in Woodbridge by CountryWide Homes

New Kleinburg by Paradise Developments

New Kleinburg by Arista Homes

New Kleinburg by Fieldgate Homes

Port Royal Collection at Kleinburg Crown by Caliber Homes


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LOCAL FOCUS: Vaughan

Vaughan now known as ‘The Place To Be’

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Vaughan now known as ‘The Place To Be’

by Gale Beeby

No longer is Vaughan just the city above Toronto, it’s now known as ‘The Place To Be.’

HOUSING OPTIONS

In Vaughan, over 80 per cent of the housing is single-family, detached dwellings, and about 94 per cent of residents own their own home. However, with the province’s Places to Grow policy, Vaughan is seeing a boom of condominium towers along the vibrant Highway 7. Maple, Concord, Kleinburg and Woodbridge are also seeing housing booms, with lots of master-planed communities on offer.

Click here for a full list of developments for sale in Vaughan.

LEISURE PURSUITS

The largest theme park in Canada – Canada’s Wonderland – is in Maple and measures 330 acres and boasts 16 roller coasters. It also has a 20-acre water park and its fall season includes Halloween Hunt. Historically, the areas of Woodbridge, Concord, Nashville and Maple have been agricultural and a number of farmers’ markets are open during the summer.

The City of Vaughan is also home to some of the best public and private golf courses in the GTA, including The National, The Board of Trade, Bayview, Thornhill, Cardinal, Eagles Nest, Maple Downs and Copper Creek.

PARKS & REC

People are drawn to Vaughan because of its high quality of life, abundant green spaces and exciting attractions.

Toronto & Region Conservation Authority Photo
Toronto & Region Conservation Authority Photo

In Woodbine, the Kortright Centre for Conservation is a natural oasis and environmental educational centre on 800 acres of pristine woodland. Located at the headwaters of the Don and Humber Rivers, the 990-acre Boyd Conservation Area offers a number of outdoor activities, including a trail system, lots of picnic areas and bocce courts.

Bindertwine Park in Kleinburg features a trail systems that links it to the grounds of McMichael Canadian Art Collection and the Kortright Centre.

RETAIL THERAPY

Vaughan Mills, located at Highway 400 and Rutherford Road, is one of the GTA’s popular shopping attractions, with over 200 outlets shops and services. It also includes entertainment attractions like Hollywood’s Lucky Strike Lanes, Pro Hockey Life, Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World and LEGOLAND Discovery Centre. At Highway 7 and Weston Road is another large shopping district, the Colossus Centre, which also features a slew of outlet and big box stores, plus a 19-screen Cineplex.

EASY ACCESS

Vaughan mass transit is served by the York Regional Transit/Viva system, which links the entire region with Toronto and the Region of Peel. Currently, YRT is building a bus rapidway along Highway 7, between the Richmond Hill Centre (where the subway extension ends) to Warden Avenue. The City of Vaughan is surrounded by several major highways, including Highways 400, 401, 404, 407 and 427, making it an easy place to commute anywhere in the GTA.

BY THE NUMBERS

Population: 306,300

Walk score: 49

From Vaughan: Elizabeth Arden

Vaughan.ca


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Local Focus: Vaughan

Local Focus: Vaughan

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Local Focus: Vaughan

by Gale Beeby

No longer just the city above Toronto, it’s now known as ‘The Place To Be’

HOUSING OPTIONS

In Vaughan, over 80 per cent of the housing is single-family, detached dwellings, and about 94 per cent of residents own their own home. However, with the province’s Places to Grown policy, Vaughan is seeing a boom of condominium towers along the vibrant Highway 7. Maple, Concord, Kleinburg and Woodbridge are also seeing housing booms, with lots of master-planed communities on offer. Click here for a full list of developments for sale.

LEISURE PURSUITS

The largest theme park in Canada – Canada’s Wonderland – is in Maple and measures 330 acres and boasts 16 roller coasters. It also has a 20-acre water park and its fall season includes Halloween Hunt. Historically, the areas of Woodbridge, Concord, Nashville and Maple have been agricultural and a number of farmers’ markets are open during the summer.

The City of Vaughan is also home to some of the best public and private golf courses in the GTA, including The National, The Board of Trade, Bayview, Thornhill, Cardinal, Eagles Nest, Maple Downs and Copper Creek.

PARKS & REC

People are drawn to Vaughan because of its high quality of life, abundant green spaces and exciting attractions.

In Woodbine, the Kortright Centre for Conservation is a natural oasis and environmental educational centre on 800 acres of pristine woodland. Located at the headwaters of the Don and Humber Rivers, the 990-acre Boyd Conservation Area offers a number of outdoor activities, including a trail system, lots of picnic areas and bocce courts.

Bindertwine Park in Kleinburg features a trail systems that links it to the grounds of McMichael Canadian Art Collection and the Kortright Centre.

RETAIL THERAPY

Vaughan Mills, located at Highway 400 and Rutherford Road, is one of the GTA’s popular shopping attractions, with over 200 outlets shops and services. It also includes entertainment attractions like Hollywood’s Lucky Strike Lanes, Pro Hockey Life, Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World and LEGOLAND Discovery Centre. At Highway 7 and Jane Street is another large shopping district, the Colossus Centre, which also features a slew of outlet and big box stores, plus a 19-screen Cineplex.

EASY ACCESS

Vaughan mass transit is served by the York Regional Transit/Viva system, which links the entire region with Toronto and the Region of Peel. Currently, YRT is building a bus rapidway along Highway 7, between the Richmond Hill Centre (where the subway extension will end) to Warden Ave. The City of Vaughan is surrounded several major highways, including Highways 400, 401, 404, 407 and 427, making it an easy place to commute anywhere in the GTA.

BY THE NUMBERS

Population: 306,300

Walk Scores: 49

From Vaughan: Elizabeth Arden

Vaughan.ca



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Cover Story: Concord Canada House

Cover Story: Concord Canada House

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Cover Story: Concord Canada House

Concord Adex unveils its final piece of the Concord CityPlace community – an iconic tribute to Canada

Concord has revealed the crowning jewel of its Concord CityPlace community.

Concord Canada House features two Canadian-themed residential towers that will stand on the existing Presentation Centre location, completing Concord’s commitment to the CityPlace community. As the final development, Concord Canada House will redefine the Toronto skyline, and will complete the 45-acre masterplan community that began over 20 years ago.

“In 1997, we began transforming Toronto’s former railway lands and the CN Tower area into the vibrant community you see today,” said Dennis Au-Yeung, Chief Financial Officer at Concord. “This year marks Concord CityPlace’s 20th Anniversary and we’re proud to have played a part in the spectacular change that has taken place in this neighbourhood in the last two decades.”

Today, Concord CityPlace is a vibrant and mature community, with parks, restaurants, libraries, day care, a future community centre and school, and other services. With the addition of Concord Canada House, Concord CityPlace will be the largest residential development created in the City of Toronto, consisting of 31 residential towers, 10,000 homes, and more than 20,000 residents.

Concord Canada House is a celebration of Concord’s commitment to redeveloping Toronto’s downtown. To represent this, each of the towers of Concord Canada House will feature a signature maple leaf motif, which will be illuminated at night to showcase the iconic Canadian theme. Along with the illuminated towers, various elements throughout the project have also been meticulously designed and incorporated into the project to pay tribute to Canada, its culture and incredible landscape.

Located at 23 Spadina Avenue and Bremner Boulevard in the heart of Downtown Toronto, Concord Canada House will include 1,400 condominium residences, 26,000 sq. ft. of office space, and 21,000 sq. ft. of dynamic shopping, dining and entertainment that will wrap around the entire base of the project. The two iconic residential towers will reach 68- and 79-storeys, providing residents with unmatched views of Lake Ontario, Toronto Island and the city, and create two new landmarks in the Toronto skyline.

“Understanding the significance of its location, history and the vibrant Concord CityPlace community, we decided to build our crown jewel as a tribute to Canada, Toronto, and the neighbourhood we’ve spent the last 20 years growing,” says Gabriel Leung, Vice President, Development at Concord. “We decided to take this condo development one step further and set out to bring iconic Canadian elements to life.”

Along with a community that is already within walking distance of Canoe Landing Park, the Rogers Centre, restaurants and the entertainment district, Concord Canada House will add a significant collection of amenities. Building on the underlying Canadian theme, this community will add 60,000 sq. ft. of amenity space that will include a resort-style spa and indoor pool, state-of-the-art fitness gym, and a spectacular rooftop lounge. Concord Canada House will set new heights in its amenity design — the roof top level will be the highest residential amenity in Canada. Concord Canada House’s SkyGym and SkyLounge on the 68th and 79th floors will give residents panoramic views of the city and Lake Ontario. Whether it’s taking in the views from the hot tub, watching the sun rise during your morning workout, or watching the sunset with your friends in the banquet lounge, residents will have exclusive access to one of Canada’s truly unique amenities.

Along with the SkyGym and SkyLounge, Concord Canada House will have another one-of-a-kind amenity for its residents to enjoy, an iconic outdoor space above the 10-storey podium that will include a Rideau Canal-inspired ice skating rink that will transform into an outdoor pond in the summer. With amazing views in every direction, Concord Canada House will also feature oversized outdoor living rooms with wood grain decks and built-in heaters so residents can enjoy the great outdoors all year round.

With a host of luxurious amenities that will make Concord Canada House a remarkable and dynamic place to live, there is also a collection of features that make it effortlessly practical. There’s an automatic touchless car wash system and a wheelwash station to ensure your car and the parkade always look their best, and in keeping with Concord Green Initiatives and commitment to the environment, the parkade will also feature electric vehicle charging.

From its distinctly Canadian-themed architecture and design, incredible amenities, luxurious residences and iconic location, Concord Canada House will be a spectacular tribute to Canada, and is destined to redefine luxury living in Downtown Toronto.

For more information, visit ConcordCanadaHouse.ca.


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