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Aurora & Newmarket: Close to Toronto, but far from the hustle of city life

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Aurora & Newmarket: Close to Toronto, but far from the hustle of city life

With some homebuyers priced out of the downtown Toronto core, not to mention limited availability, many are heading to the suburbs in search of more affordable homes.

Those looking north – to Aurora and Newmarket – may indeed find savings. They may also get more bang for their buck, in the way of larger properties and lots for those prices.

But it isn’t all about paying less in Aurora and Newmarket, where proximity to nature, including the Oak Ridges Moraine, and expanding highway and transit infrastructure, make living here and working in Toronto an appealing option.

Aurora

Located in York Region, Aurora is an increasingly popular and affluent town. According to the 2016 Census, the population here grew 4.2 per cent from 2011 to 55,445 – but is forecast to grow to more than 69,000 by 2020.

With an average household income of more than $155,000, Aurora is one of the wealthiest towns, not just in the province, but in all of Canada.

What’s causing such growth? An increasingly diverse economy and business expansion, which drive housing demand and rising prices.

Through it all, Aurora has been able to maintain a small-town feel. In 2016, it was ranked as one of the Top 25 places to live in Canada.

Still, the October 2018 municipal election brought change to Aurora. Tom Mrakas unseated incumbent Geoff Dawe, running on a platform centred around housing and growth. He had said he wants to ensure better land use planning decisions are made through the Local Appeals Body and by implementing a Design Review Panel. He also intends to uphold the Official Plan and continue to oppose golf course redevelopment and improve municipal infrastructure.

Newmarket

Located just seven kms north of Aurora, with a population of more than 85,000, Newmarket, too, gets lots of love.

In a recent survey conducted by the Town, 95 per cent of residents said they are satisfied with Newmarket as a place to live, and 80 per cent are satisfied with overall service levels.

“The feedback received from the Community Survey results support Newmarket’s reputation as one of the Best Places to Live in Canada, according to MoneySense Magazine,” says Mayor John Taylor.

Like neighbouring Aurora, Newmarket was ranked in the top 25 communities in Canada in 2016 and 14th among best small cities. In 2017, Amazon Canada rated it as number 20 of the top 100 most romantic cities in Canada.

Also, as was the case with Aurora, the elections last year brought change to Newmarket, when then-Mayor Tony Van Bynen decided not to seek re-election. John Taylor took over, making the economy, business growth, community building and expanding new housing developments his top priorities.

Location, location, location

Aurora, population 55,445, 49 kms north of Toronto

Newmarket, population 84,224, 7 kms north of Aurora

Select upcoming housing developments, Aurora

Queen’s Grove by North Star Homes, luxury homes, Yonge Street and Bloomington Sideroad

Shining Hill by Townwood Homes, detached, semis and townhomes

Aurora Townhomes by Andrin Homes, townhomes

Select upcoming housing developments, Newmarket

Glenway on the Green by Lakeview Homes, bungalows

Estate Homes at Copper Hills by Redwood Living, estate homes

Redwood on Yonge by Redwood Properties, adult lifestyle condominiums


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Editor's Choice: Preston Homes

Editor’s Choice: Preston Homes

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Editor’s Choice: Preston Homes

Estate living at Copper Hills

In one of the GTA’s most anticipated new home launches, Preston Homes has just announced the release of their luxurious estate homes at Copper Hills.

This exclusive enclave will consist of 27 grand estate homes set on expansive cul-de-sac lots. This spring, Preston Homes will be releasing its first cul-de-sac (Hans Pfaff Court) comprised of seven estate lots, priced from the mid $2 millions.

The Preston Model Home on a 50-foot lot.
The Preston Model Home on a 50-foot lot.

The estate homes will range in size from 4,300 to 6,300 square feet with up to one-acre premium lots available.

Featuring spacious open-concept floorplans and exceptional finishes, each home will feature 10-foot ceiling heights on the main floor and nine-foot ceiling heights on the second floor and in the basement. There will be wide plank engineered hardwood flooring in the main principal rooms, custom gourmet kitchens with granite countertops, frameless glass shower enclosures in all second-floor bathroom showers and three-car garages, to name a few of the exceptional features of the homes.

Artist's concept of Copper Hills estate homes.
Artist’s concept of Copper Hills estate homes.

Also available for sale this spring will be two exceptional designer-decorated model homes on 50-foot lots (The Preston and The Harlow).

A classic design, The Preston offers 3,653 square feet of living space as an amalgamation of dark marble and hardwood flooring, combined with classic modern furniture. Distinguished by its gourmet kitchen, The Preston incorporates custom ivory brushstroke cabinetry, state-of-the-art appliances and a large central island with extra storage and a breakfast bar. Streamlined and ultra-sophisticated, this home features an elegant flow and an open-concept layout that’s perfect for entertaining.

Artist's concept of Copper Hills estate homes.
Artist’s concept of Copper Hills estate homes.

Urban, yet contemporary, The Harlow features white tile flooring in the foyer and kitchen and hardwood flooring throughout the main principal rooms. At 3,062 square feet, this model boasts contemporary fixtures and custom-designed furnishings with accents of grey and white. The kitchen features custom maple cabinetry, a white central island, Caesarstone countertops and recessed lighting. Modern in its design, The Harlow reflects the perfect example of contemporary design and architecture.

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Copper Hills

For more information on the Copper Hills estate homes, register today.

PrestonHomes.ca


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