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Halton Hills: Milton, Acton & Georgetown all have the small town charm, and are close to the city

Milton, Acton & Georgetown all have the small town charm, and are close to the city

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Milton, Acton & Georgetown all have the small town charm, and are close to the city

Like so many other areas surrounding Toronto, Halton Hills – including Milton, Acton and Georgetown – is seeing its own spate of new development, as buyers head out of the city in search of larger homes and lower prices.

And in these areas, the predominant new housing type is still lowrise, though, also like other areas, new developments typically offer a mix of singles, semis and townhomes.

Small-town charm

Despite their proximity Toronto, these areas still boast much of their small-town charm, however. Established estate properties and historic neighbourhoods are now being joined by new masterplanned communities, including homes for young families.

Milton, the largest and fastest growing town in the area, features newer amenities such as the Mattamy National Cycling Centre and Milton Centre for the Arts to complement Kelso Conservation Area and Rattlesnake Point. And don’t forget the prized golf courses in the area, including Royal Ontario, Rattlesnake Point, Greystone, Granite Ridge, Piper’s Heath, Georgetown, Halton Country Club and Hornby Glen.

Georgetown has a notable cultural vibe, with live theatres and art galleries, including the Williams Mill Visual Arts Centre in the historical village of Glen Williams, The Gallery at the Halton Hills Library and Cultural Centre, Beaumont Mill, also in Glen Williams, and many private studios.

And who could forget Acton, perhaps most well-known for the Olde Hide House, Canada’s largest leather store? This famous leather goods retailer isn’t just a shopping opportunity, however – though it is worth the drive to Acton. Indeed, the tanning industry has been an important part of the local history since the mid 1800s, thus this heritage and the Olde Hide House are forever woven together.

For those looking for more tradition retailers, Milton, Acton and Georgetown are all a short drive from Toronto Premium Outlets, located just off Hwy. 401 at Steeles Avenue and Trafalgar Road, which opened in 2013.

Nature’s doorstep

Perhaps one of the most appealing attractions to Halton Hills is its location at nature’s doorstep – alongside the Niagara Escarpment. Besides Kelso, the area also has some of the most beautiful parks and trails in the province, including the Crawford Lake Conservation Area, the Glen Eden Ski & Snowboard Centre and the Mount Nemo Conservation Area.

If all that isn’t enough, Milton, Acton and Georgetown are all also blessed with easy highway access. Hwy. 7, connecting Acton and Georgetown; Regional Road 8 (Steeles Avenue) between Milton and Brampton; Regional Road 25 connects Acton and Milton; and Hwy. 25 connects with Hwys. 401 and 407.

Location, location, location

Located in Southern Ontario in Halton Region, 60 kms from Toronto.

Population:

Milton 110,128;
Georgetown 42,123;
Acton 9,462.

Key landmarks

• Kelso Conservation Area

• Rattlesnake Point

• Mattamy National Cycling Centre

• Toronto Premium Outlets

• The Olde Hide House

Select housing developments

ACTON

Oak Meadows by Finoro Homes

MILTON

Hawthorne South Village & Soleil Condos by Mattamy Homes

Milton Village by Great Gulf

Panorama by Andrin Homes

Panorama by Canvas Developments

Panorama by Royalpark Homes

West Country by Country Homes

GEORGETOWN

Hello Georgetown by Remington Group

The Chase by Eden Oak Homes


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The future is now in Brampton

The future is now in Brampton

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The future is now in Brampton

It’s one thing for a neighbourhood to be in transition, quite another for an entire city. But that’s precisely what’s happening in Brampton, where a concerted effort to bring the municipality into the future now, is yielding visible results.

In a city of about 600,000 – the third largest in the GTA and the ninth largest in Canada – Brampton has been booming for years. Consider, for example that current population is almost double what it was not even 20 years ago.

What’s attracting newcomers to Brampton in such numbers? In short – economic growth. Indeed, with major companies such as Loblaw Companies Ltd., Canadian Tire Corp., Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Ltd. and Rogers Communications Inc. having headquarters in the city, employment opportunities have been plentiful. Brampton’s economy in recent years has diversified to include sectors such as communications technologies, life sciences and business services.

Cybersecure catalyst

And even more recently, education. Just last month, for example, the City confirmed a collaboration with Ryerson University, outlining the required funding and resources needed for establishing the Ryerson University-led Innovation Hub and Cybersecure Catalyst in downtown Brampton. This includes the Chang School of Continuing Education expanding its cybersecurity courses; launching the Brampton Incubation/Innovation Hub; and the Cybersecure Catalyst, a new national centre for innovation and collaboration in cybersecurity.

“This is a very exciting move forward for Brampton, moving important projects with Ryerson University closer to reality,” says Mayor Patrick Brown. “These projects will help spur economic growth, create jobs and position Brampton as a hub for cybersecurity.”

Managing such growth requires planning, including the City’s Vision 2040, a long-term vision to reinvent Brampton. The plan includes such key transformations as including model new neighbourhoods; an improved transit network, new core loop, walking and cycling networks; better designed communities, handsome buildings; and sustainability built into everything.

Budgeting growth

Brampton’s 2019-21 budget proposal includes initiatives to that end, including increasing Brampton Transit’s fleet by 16 per cent over three years, adding 46 conventional buses and 25 Zum buses; creating a new Marketing and Foreign Direct Investment Program; and a Community Improvement Program to incentivize the economic sectors identified in Brampton’s Economic Development Master Plan.

It’s not all about business in Brampton, however. Proximity to nature also helps deliver quality of life in the city. Gage Park, Brampton’s oldest municipal park, opened in 1903; Heart Lake Conservation Area, occupying 169 hectares in the Etobicoke Creek watershed; and Chinguacousy Park, a 40-hectare park in the Bramalea section of town.

Location, location, location

• Population 593,638

• 42 kms from Toronto, 20 kms to Mississauga

Key landmarks

• Gage Park

• Heart Lake Conservation Area

• Chinguacousy Park

• Bramalea City Centre

• Shoppers World

Select upcoming housing developments

Beechwood by Paradise Developments; detached, semis and townhomes.

• FirstHome Sunny Meadow by The Daniels Corporation; townhomes.

Mayfield Village by Regal Crest Homes; singles, semis and townhomes.

Mount Pleasant North by Mattamy Homes; townhomes.

Union Mount Pleasant by Mattamy Homes; boutique midrise condominiums.

Upper Valleylands by Fieldgate Homes; townhomes and semis.

Vales of the Humber Estates by Regal Crest Homes, single-detached homes.

• Westfield by Royalpark Homes; detached and semis.


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