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Markham is a hotbed of economic development and growth

Markham – a hotbed of economic development and growth

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Markham – a hotbed of economic development and growth

As the fourth most populous community in the GTA – after Toronto, Mississauga and Brampton – Markham has been a hotbed for economic growth and development for years.

It’s long been known as a centre for growing sectors such as technology and life sciences – and therefore employment growth – one of the key drivers of housing demand.

Today, Markham is home to more than 1,000 such companies, with IBM, Huawei, Honeywell, Advanced Micro Devices, Motorola and Oracle all having their Canadian headquarters located in the city.

Residence has its price

Buying a home in Markham may cost you, though, as it has also become one of the GTA’s most expensive housing markets.

According to the Royal LePage Home Price Index for the first quarter of 2020, aggregate home prices grew 6.9 cent year-over-year to $1 million. Standard two-storey prices grew 6.6 per cent to $1.16 million, while detached bungalows increased 5.7 per cent to $1.02 million.

Still, new-home development is a priority for Markham City Hall and Mayor Frank Scarpitti, who was first elected in 2006 and is known as developer- and builder-friendly. The city has a number of new home developments underway, including some high-profile condo and lowrise projects.

The revitalization of Downtown Markham has been spearheaded by The Remington Group’s multi-use development along Main Street, which includes expansive retail shops, a Marriott Hotel, a Cineplex, as well as a variety of condo buildings and townhomes.

Cultural diversity

Culture is also an important attraction in Markham, with The Flato Markham Theatre offering more than 300 live performances each year, showcasing the diversity of the city. In addition, Varley Art Gallery encompasses the historic Kathleen McKay House, which was the home of Group of the Seven’s Frederick Horsman Varley for the last 12 years of his life. Measuring 15,000 sq. ft., the gallery is the second most popular tourist attraction in York Region.

Markham also has dozens of parks with baseball diamonds, soccer pitches and children’s play areas and splash pads. The city also boasts more than 22 kms of scenic pathways with 12 bridges that provide recreational activity for joggers and cyclists.

The largest park in the city is the Milne Dam Conservation Park. Measuring 305 acres, it is bordered by thick forest on the south and east and the Rouge River runs through the middle.

Toogood Pond is an 82-acre park that features a partially naturalized pond and marsh, and it recently underwent revitalization to remove sediment, restore the shoreline and plant native foliage.

Getting around Markham is facilitated by easy access to Hwys. 404 and 407 and the DVP, and for public transit, York Region Transit/Viva connects with all nine York Region municipalities, and GO Transit provides regular train and bus service.

Location, location, location

Population of 328,940, located in the Regional Municipality of York in the GTA; distance from downtown Toronto, 30 km

Key landmarks

• Flato Markham Theatre

• Varley Art Gallery

• Milne Dam Conservation Park

• Angus Glen Golf Club

Select housing developments

Abbey Lane Towns by Poetry Living

Cornell Markham by Ballantry Homes

Canvas on the Rouge by Flato Group

Cornell Rouge by Madison Group

Kennedy Manors by Kylemore Communities

Riverwalk Meadows by Flato Group

Union Village by Metropia

Union Village by Minto Communities

Victory Green by Remington Group

Village Homes on the Avenue by Andrin Homes


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Minto Communities and Metropia launch Union Village in Markham

Minto Communities and Metropia launch Union Village in Markham

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Minto Communities and Metropia launch Union Village in Markham

Minto Communities and Metropia have launched Union Village, the master-planned community, to resounding success in Markham. The initial phase one launch saw more than 330 homes – a mix of single-family homes, back-to-back townhomes, rear-lane and traditional townhomes – sold over a four-day period.

In addition to its prime location, Union Village features a variety of attractive architectural options, abundant greenspace with family-friendly and active living amenities, and every residence benefits from fundamentals of feng shui and the crowning green features of Minto Communities’ commitment to sustainability.

“The success of Union Village really speaks to the quality of the project at every facet,” says Peter Maleganovski, director of land development, Minto Communities. “We knew designing a community in the centre of a municipality like Markham would demand excellence in design and expert planning for residents. It was essential for us to emphasize the beauty of the natural surroundings and create communal spaces for families to gather. We’re so glad purchasers have responded so positively to Union Village and are excited to release more residences in our later phases of launch.”

Union Village comprises two parcels of development, split down the middle by the Bruce Creek. Maximizing on the stunning natural landscapes of the area, Bruce Creek and its valley are being restored and included as part of an extensive pedestrian and cycling trail system which provides residents with access to Main Street within approximately 20 minutes. Union Village also features preserved wetlands, several new parks, playgrounds, and the incorporation of a century-old Bur Oak tree as a park focal point and gathering place for community members.

Union Village is located in the heart of Markham and within walking distance to the charming heritage village Unionville. Retail, restaurant and cultural amenities are all close by, with nearby community centres and libraries, top-performing schools, exciting events and entertainment options. Historic Unionville offers a charming, small town sentiment, with numerous attractions to revisit Markham’s past.

Union Village offers a wide range of housing types, giving residents the opportunity to select a home that best suits their lifestyle. Home sizes range from 1,267 to 4,508 sq. ft., in architectural styles such as French, Second Empire, French Country, Period Revival/Tudor, Canadiana, Modern and West Coast Contemporary. All interior floorplans have been designed with input by feng shui master, Paul Ng.

In addition to the consistency of unique interior layouts which feature ideal energy flow, residents still can customize their interiors by selecting the features and finishes of their choice through the Minto Communities Design Centre. Sustainable features within homes include Energy Star for New Homes certification, LED lighting, water efficient fixtures, low VOC paint and Green Label Plus-certified carpeting for indoor air quality.

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Neighbourhood Watch - Markham

Markham is a hotbed of economic development and growth

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Markham is a hotbed of economic development and growth

As the fourth most populous community in the GTA – after Toronto, Mississauga and Brampton – Markham has been a hotbed for economic growth and development for years.

It’s long been known as a centre for growing sectors such as technology and life sciences – and therefore employment growth – one of the key drivers of housing demand.

Today, Markham is home to more than 1,000 such companies, with IBM, Huawei, Honeywell, Advanced Micro Devices, Motorola and Oracle all having their Canadian headquarters located in the city.

Residence has its price

Buying a home in Markham will cost you, however, as it has also become one of the GTA’s most expensive housing markets.

According to the Royal LePage Home Price Index for the fourth quarter of 2019, aggregate home prices grew two per cent year-over-year to $951,228, condos grew 4.9 per cent to $486,898.

Still, new-home development is a priority for Markham City Hall and Mayor Frank Scarpitti, who was first elected in 2006 and is known as developer- and builder-friendly. The city has a number of new home developments underway, including some high-profile condo projects.

The revitalization of Downtown Markham has been spearheaded by The Remington Group’s multi-use development along Main Street, which includes expansive retail shops, a Marriott Hotel, a Cineplex, as well as a variety of condo buildings and townhomes.

Cultural diversity

Culture is also an important attraction in Markham, with The Flato Markham Theatre offering more than 300 live performances each year, showcasing the diversity of the city. In addition, Varley Art Gallery encompasses the historic Kathleen McKay House, which was the home of Group of the Seven’s Frederick Horsman Varley for the last 12 years of his life. Measuring 15,000 sq. ft., the gallery is the second most popular tourist attraction in York Region.

Markham also has dozens of parks with baseball diamonds, soccer pitches and children’s play areas and splash pads. The city also boasts more than 22 kms of scenic pathways with 12 bridges that provide recreational activity for joggers and cyclists.

The largest park in the city is the Milne Dam Conservation Park. Measuring 305 acres, it is bordered by thick forest on the south and east and the Rouge River runs through the middle.

Toogood Pond is an 82-acre park that features a partially naturalized pond and marsh, and it recently underwent revitalization to remove sediment, restore the shoreline and plant native foliage.

Getting around Markham is facilitated by easy access to Hwys. 404 and 407 and the DVP, and for public transit, York Region Transit/Viva connects with all nine York Region municipalities, and GO Transit provides regular train and bus service.

Location, location, location

Population of 328,940, located in the Regional Municipality of York in the GTA.

Distance from downtown Toronto, 30 km

Key landmarks

  • Flato Markham Theatre
  • Varley Art Gallery
  • Milne Dam Conservation Park
  • Angus Glen Golf Club

Select housing developments

9999 Markham Road by OnePiece Holding

Canvas on the Rouge by Flato Developments

Gallery Towers by Remington Group

Langstaff Gateway by Kylemore Communities

Panda Markham Condos by Lifetime Developments

Riverview by Times Group


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Flato Developments breaks ground at Canvas on the Rouge Condos - Jan2020

Flato Developments breaks ground at Canvas on the Rouge Condos

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Flato Developments breaks ground at Canvas on the Rouge Condos

With available units already 70 per cent sold, Flato Developments has begun construction at Canvas on the Rouge Condos in uptown Markham.

“Flato has been focussed on developing master-planned communities in Ontario for over a decade,” says Shakir Rehmatullah, Flato Developments’ president. “Markham is an incredible location for growing families, which is why we’ve designed a condominium project that appeals to them. Regardless of the size of your family, there’s truly something for everyone.”

Boasting scenic views of the greenbelt and Rouge River, Canvas on the Rouge is a unique collection of condominium suites with one, two and three bedrooms ranging from 605 to 1,024 sq. ft. Specifically designed with families in mind, Canvas offers countless building amenities, such as a party room, gym, guest suite, whirlpool, concierge and roof top terrace, with an extensive array of amenities nearby.

From its enviable location in North Markham near Little Rouge Creek, Canvas is minutes from the Mount Joy GO Station, Hwy. 407, the Centennial Community Centre, Markham Stouffville Hospital, and virtually unlimited greenspace.

“Canvas allows homebuyers to live in the safety and security of an established community near the Rouge River,” says Rehmatullah. Transit is at your beck and call, highways just minutes away and greenspace surrounding the property. Canvas gives you luxury, location, and an unparalleled quality of life. Plus, living in Markham means homebuyers never have to give up any of the amenities of larger centres like Toronto.”

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Flato Markham Theatre Performing Arts Awards Sept 10, 2019

Flato Markham Theatre honours locals in annual performing arts awards

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Flato Markham Theatre honours locals in annual performing arts awards

Flato Markham Theatre Performing Arts Awards Sept 10, 2019
Markham Performing Arts 2019 winners, staff and artists

The Flato Markham Theatre recently hosted its 5th Annual Performing Arts Awards, with celebrations honouring homegrown artistic achievements. Special performances included a three-time Provincial champion in piano, Richard Yeh, musical excerpts from the best of Broadway from Markham producer Brian Goldenberg and a special guest appearance by award-winning recording artist, Pavlo.

But the spotlight shone on the real stars of the evening: Community Group/Artist of the Year, Markham at the Movies; Professional Artist of the Year, Canada’s Ballet Jorgen; Partner of the Year, Asian Television Network; and a new category this year, Ambassador of the Year, Alicia and Alex Chiu.

Markham at the Movies (MATM), chaired by Paul Sylvester, is a non-profit group, run by volunteers and film enthusiasts who focus on bringing award-winning Canadian and international films to Markham’s resident’s doorstep. Markham at the Movies is a partner of Film Circuit, a division of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) group. It started at a small scale, presenting movies in the Theatre’s rehearsal hall and has grown into a popular community cultural event, now presenting a six-movie series throughout the year at the Flato Markham Theatre.

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Left to right, Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti, Shakir Rahmatullah and Eric Lariviere

Ballet Jörgenis not only an internationally respected touring ballet company, but it is also one of the only companies that will take professional ballet productions to smaller communities across Canada and into the US. Executive Director Stephen Word and his team brings outreach opportunities within those communities, giving young dancers opportunities to perform with the ballet onstage.

Asian Television Network (ATN) delivers South Asian and Asian content to residents across Canada. Shan Chandrasekar, president and CEO of ATN, pioneered South Asian programming in Canada in 1971 and ATN has grown into one of the leaders in the media industry today, operating 54 specialty tv channels along with radio channels across the country.

Alicia and Alex Chiu have been long time supporters of the Flato Markham Theatre. Alex left politics this last election and holds the current record for the longest serving councillor in Markham. For the Theatre, Alex has been instrumental for the growth of the Theatre Gala which raises money for its Discovery programs and has championed raising the profile of the event, making it into a prime fundraising event for culture in Markham and York Region. Alicia and Alex have been involved in the Federation of Filipino Canadians, including their “Taste of Broadway” event.

Every year the Flato Markham Theatre chooses a Canadian artist to design the Markham Performing Arts Awards. This year’s talented artist is Cathy Mark. Working from her studio on the north shore of Lake Scugog, her metalwork is inspired by Canadian flora and fauna. The award she created for Community Group/Artist of the Year for Markham at the Movies is a metal sculpture of young fiddleheads and ferns representing the audience (fiddleheads) with the full-grown ferns representing the films themselves. The Performing Artist of the Year award for Canada’s Ballet Jorgen, depicts a moose teaching a bear to dance, symbolizing the ballet company (moose) offering its hand to and guiding the young bear who represents the young dancers the company mentors and their involvement in the community.

Flato Markham Theatre is a jewel in the crown of the Markham community, located only 30 minutes from the downtown core. The intimate, 527-seat, state-of-the-art performance facility provides patrons with unforgettable access to a host of internationally acclaimed artists and productions through its annual Diamond Season presented by Weins Canada. Illuminating the central theme that the live arts in Markham matters, the season features the best of classical, jazz, world music, dance, comedy, pop artists, and family entertainment. Flexible ticket package options and complimentary parking are available.

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Andrin Homes

Andrin Homes has 30 years of homebuilding excellence – with more to come

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Andrin Homes has 30 years of homebuilding excellence – with more to come

It’s not every day that a company gets to celebrate a milestone as significant as 30 years in business. But as 2020 approaches, Andrin Homes prepares to do just that.

And not just 30 years of building homes, but 30 years of developing new communities – with many of the homes and developments award-winning, and themselves worthy of celebrating.

“Andrin does more than just build homes,” says President Peter Smith. “We build communities. We are proud of our past accomplishments and look forward to the future, confident that we have the skills to create quality developments that will stand the test of time.”

Indeed, just imagine how homebuilding – like any industry – has evolved over three decades. Andrin Homes has not only kept pace with changing consumer demands and construction techniques, it continues to deliver – with excellence.

The company’s commitment to detail extends well beyond the completion of its new homes. It focuses on sourcing the best products, providing the best value in the best locations, and wants to provide its homebuyers with the best customer service – before and after the sale.

“We must be doing something right,” Smith says. “As we approach the 30th anniversary of Andrin in 2020, we continue to build one outstanding community after another, with thousands of homes completed across the GTA and beyond. Our commitment to deliver excellence in design, craftsmanship and customer service will never change – this is the foundation of our success.”

Timed with the 30th anniversary, Andrin has four outstanding newhomebuying opportunities for GTA residents.

Boatworks at Victoria and Dufferin in Whitby

Launch a new chapter in your life in Whitby, where Boatworks offers beautiful townhomes and semi-detached homes, just minutes from the waterfront to the south, downtown to the north, and easy access to the GO station, the 401 and the 412. Why Whitby? The town was ranked as one of the 2019 Best Communities in Canada by Maclean’s Magazine, citing strong amenities and culture, among other features. With more than 90 parks, including year-round trails at Cullen Central Park, a popular farmers’ market from May to October and other highlight community features, there’s no doubt Whitby is one of the best places to connect with nature and enjoy life.

Country Lane at Taunton and Country Lane in Whitby

Whitby is all about family living. Country Lane – a master-planned community of freehold towns and 26-ft. single-detached homes boasting traffic-calming roundabouts, walking and cycling trails, a park splashpad and playground – is perfect for families of all sizes. And with the recent expansion of Hwy. 407, connecting Whitby with Hwys. 401 and 412, heading out into surrounding communities or into downtown Toronto has never been easier.

Glenway Urban Towns at Yonge and Davis Drive in Newmarket

Newmarket last year was named one of the Best Places to Live in Canada by MoneySense Magazine. This sentiment matches perfectly with Glenway Urban Towns, with a collection of urban townhomes and live/work towns with distinguished architecture and luxurious interiors, located adjacent to the Newmarket GO station. With sprawling parks and trails, and easy access to Hwys. 404 and 400, Glenway Urban Towns is perfectly suited for young families and professionals alike.

Village Homes at McCowan and 16th in Markham

Markham has been a hotbed for growth and development for years, with a booming local economy and employment growth. Combine this with cultural diversity, countless recreational amenities, natural attractions such as Toogood Pond, and proximity to Hwys. 407 and 404, and it all makes Markham a great choice for a new home location. At Village Homes, with townhomes and semis in a convenient location, residents are close to everything that makes Markham so popular.

Andrin’s new-home communities offer a wide range of styles to meet buyers’ ever-changing needs in the GTA. These communities include urban towns, traditional condominium towns, semi-detached and single-family homes.

Combine this range of product types with excellent locations, centrally and conveniently positioned close to amenities, transit, and lifestyle choices that Andrin offers in Whitby, Newmarket and Markham, and you have the very kind of affordable housing supply the GTA so desperately needs more of.

All of this, of course, delivered with the usual excellence Andrin, its homes and its communities have become known for.

What else do you expect from a company about to celebrate 30 award-winning years in the business? All of this and more of the same in 2020, its milestone year in homebuilding, and more in future years to come.

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Kylemore Communities - Kennedy Manors

Kylemore Communities’ Kennedy Manors luxury town manors in Markham now open

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Kylemore Communities’ Kennedy Manors luxury town manors in Markham now open

Kylemore Communities is renowned for its luxury homes, and Kennedy Manors is no exception! Discover a new, limited collection of luxurious three-storey Town Manors at Kennedy Manors in Unionville, Markham. This release offers a selection of 15- and 19-ft. wide rear lane designs and 23-ft. wide traditional townhomes, all in Kylemore’s distinctive architectural style. Located within a highly desirable residential neighbourhood on the west side of Kennedy Rd., just north of 16th Ave., Kennedy Manors is now under construction and will offer occupancy dates starting fall 2019 and February 2020.

Exteriors at Kennedy Manors have combinations of brick, stone and stucco with covered front porches and architectural details resulting in streetscapes of unparalleled appeal. Townhome layouts have three levels of deluxe finished living space with bright, open main floors and three or four bedrooms on the upper level where spacious master bedroom retreats are located. Larger models offer a fourth or fifth bedroom on the lower floor. Sizes compare favourably with single-detached homes and range from 1,725 to 2,730 sq. ft. and priced from $1.2 million.

Luxury interiors include an abundance of upgraded finishes such as grand 10-ft. ceiling heights on main floor and nine-ft. on the upper floor, gas fireplace, deluxe cabinetry throughout, choice of imported ceramic tile and premium carpeting. Engineered hardwood flooring on main floors with oak stairs, and kitchens with granite countertops and a SubZero/Wolf stainless steel-finish appliance package.

Representative of Kylemore's luxury features.
Representative of Kylemore’s luxury features.

Kennedy Manors has an incredible location just minutes to prestigious Main Street Unionville, is convenient to Hwys. 404, 407, and two GO Stations, plus Angus Glen Community Centre, Markville Mall, dining, and Angus Glen Golf Club. Excellent schools and daycare facilities are also nearby. Kennedy Manors is perfect for luxurylovers who appreciate the convenient location and proximity to Markham’s fine amenities.

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Kennedy Manors

Visit the presentation centre, located at 4500 Major Mackenzie Dr. E. in Markham.

905.887.9950

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Riverview by Times Group Corp.

Riverview at Uptown Markham is Markham’s first fully smart condominium towers

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Riverview at Uptown Markham is Markham’s first fully smart condominium towers

The fourth phase in the renowned Uptown Markham development by Times Group Corp., Riverview is a consummate balance of historic village charm and modern energy. On June 1, Times Group Corp unveiled Riverview’s most-anticipated family-sized units.

In a rare setting that overlooks the Rouge River, Riverview is an exclusive enclave of three smart signature towers, built to the highest and most energy-efficient LEED Gold standards. With the first two of three towers recently unveiled, Riverview’s last tower is set to open this Summer. Priced from the high $400,000s with units ranging from 579 to 2,360 sq. ft., the new residences offer a range of luxurious family-sized units unparalleled in the city of Markham.

The first fully smart condo towers in Markham, Riverview integrates intelligence, control and adaptability with energy, efficiency and comfort. Enabled by smart-home technology, Riverview offers an outstanding collection of smart condo features including occupancy-sensor smart lighting, automated parcel delivery, license plate recognition for automated entry, and a state-of-the-art Building Automation System (BAS) to control heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. Other features include enhanced security through smartphone-controlled common area access, cameras and elevator control, future ready electric vehicle charging stations, keyless smart lock suite entry, and advanced Rogers WiFi with unlimited ultra high speed 150 mbps Internet.

The in-suite Wall Pad Home Connect system lets residents use, see and speak video chat to welcome guests and connect to the Riverview concierge. Residents can immediately notify authorities of an emergency, stay up-to-date and receive timely event and building notifications, and receive local weather updates. Suite heating and cooling can also be controlled from your smartphone.

Committed to environmental sustainability, Uptown Markham is Ontario’s first LEED-certified privately-owned residential highrise development. River Park (phase 1) is the first and only LEED Platinum 10-plus-storey building in Canada; Riverwalk (phase 2) is certified LEED Gold and Riverside (phase 3) and Riverview are both LEED Gold candidates.

With the goal of eliminating its carbon footprint, Richview units include an exclusive Energy Star appliance package, thermally insulated Low-E Argon-filled and double-glazed windows, an Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV), and a four-pipe HVAC fan coil system for year-round resident-controlled heating and cooling.

Boasting the ultimate in modern luxury, interiors at Riverview will feature open-concept floorplans, welcoming foyers, 10-ft. ceiling heights, contemporary laminate flooring, and engineered quartz stone windowsills. Chef-inspired gourmet kitchens will include custom-designed deep upper cabinetry, premium granite countertops, undermounted stainless-steel kitchen sinks, ceramic tile backsplash, and undercabinet valance lighting.

At the heart of Uptown Markham is Uptown Market – more than 170,000 sq. ft. of shops, services and supermarkets — including a Whole Foods Market, Bed Bath & Beyond and an LCBO. A three-tier, state-of-the-art Amenity Pavilion with a rooftop terrace provides luxurious facilities for the most sophisticated lifestyles. Building amenities include a fully-equipped fitness facility with adjoining his/hers changing rooms, saunas, a large yoga studio, and an indoor swimming pool. Residents will also enjoy the spectacular multipurpose space featuring a bar and fireside seating, a dining area and catering kitchen, a library, party room, and a ping pong and billiards room.

Visit the sales office, located at 60 Town Centre Blvd., Unit A in Markham. The sale office is open from noon to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday from noon to 5 p.m. Weekends; closed Fridays.

905.479.5557
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Luxury Town Manors

Luxury Town Manors by Kylemore now selling in Markham

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Luxury Town Manors by Kylemore now selling in Markham

Kylemore Communities is offering a limited collection of luxurious three-storey Town Manors at Kennedy Manors in Unionville, Markham. Located within a highly desirable residential neighbourhood off Kennedy Road, just north of 16th Avenue, Kennedy Manors features a selection of 15- and 19-ft. wide rear lane designs and 23-ft.-wide traditional townhomes.

Combinations of brick, stone and stucco with covered front porches result in streetscapes of unparalleled appeal. Townhome layouts have three levels of superior living space with bright, open main floors and three or four bedrooms on the upper level where spacious master bedroom retreats are located. Larger layouts offer an additional bedroom on the lower floor. Luxury interiors include an abundance of upgraded finishes. Sizes range from 1,725 to 2,730, priced from $1.2 million. Construction is underway, so quick closing dates are available.

Kennedy Manors is located just minutes to Main Street Unionville, is convenient to Highways 404, 407, and two GO Stations, and close to Markham’s fine amenities.

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Markham

Markham is a hotbed of economic development and growth

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Markham is a hotbed of economic development and growth

As the fourth most populous community in the GTA – after Toronto, Mississauga and Brampton – Markham has been a hotbed for economic growth and development for years.

It’s long been known as centre for growing sectors such as technology and life sciences – and therefore employment growth – one of the key drivers of housing demand.

Today, Markham is home to more than 1,000 such companies, with IBM, Huawei, Honeywell, Advanced Micro Devices, Motorola and Oracle all having their Canadian headquarters located in the city.

Residence has its price

Buying a home in Markham will cost you, however, as it has also become one the GTA’s most expensive housing markets, with median home prices now exceeding $1 million.

According to the Royal LePage Home Price Index for the first quarter of 2019, prices for a two-storey home grew 0.8 per cent year-over-year to $1.08 million; bungalows are down 11.4 per cent to $1.06 million; condos are down 2.1 per cent to $452,951. Overall, aggregate home prices were flat year-over-year, but still sit at $1.01 million.

In the GTA, only Richmond Hill, Oakville and Vaughan are more expensive.

Still, new-home development is a priority for Markham City Hall and Mayor Frank Scarpitti, who was first elected in 2006 and is known as developer- and builder-friendly. The city has a number of new-home developments underway, including some high-profile condo projects.

The revitalization of Downtown Markham has been spearheaded by The Remington Group’s multi-use development along Main Street, which includes expansive retail shops, a Marriott Hotel, a Cineplex, as well as a variety of condo buildings and townhomes.

Cultural diversity

Culture is also an important attraction in Markham, with The Flato Markham Theatre offering more than 300 live performances each year, showcasing the diversity of the city. In addition, Varley Art Gallery encompasses the historic Kathleen McKay House, which was the home of the Group of Seven’s Frederick Horsman Varley for the last 12 years of his life. Measuring 15,000 sq. ft., the gallery is the second most popular tourist attraction in York Region.

Markham also has dozens of parks with baseball diamonds, soccer pitches and children’s play areas and splash pads. The city also boasts more than 22 kms of scenic pathways with 12 bridges that provide recreational activity for joggers and cyclists.

The largest park in the city is the Milne Dam Conservation Park. Measuring 305 acres, it is bordered by thick forest on the south and east and the Rouge River runs through the middle.

Toogood Pond is an 82-acre park that features a partially naturalized pond and marsh, and it recently underwent revitalization to remove sediment, restore the shoreline and plant native foliage.

Getting around Markham is facilitated by easy access to Hwys. 404 and 407 and the DVP, and for public transit, York Region Transit/Viva connects with all nine York Region municipalities, and GO Transit provides regular train and bus service.

Location, location, location

• Population of 328,940, located in the Regional Municipality of York in the GTA

• Distance from downtown Toronto, 30 km

Key landmarks

• Flato Markham Theatre

• Varley Art Gallery

• Milne Dam Conservation Park

• Angus Glen Golf Club

Select new-home developments

Blue Sky by Fieldgate Homes, single-detached homes.

Cornell Rouge by Madison Group, towns, semis and detached homes

Opus Homes in Stouffville by Opus Homes, detached homes and townhomes

• Station Town by National Homes, townhomes

• Trendi Towns by Treasure Hill Homes, urban townhomes

UNION Margo by Aspen Ridge Homes, condos and townhomes


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