Harding History:Lots 44, 45 and part of Lot 43, which were, originally, part of Markham, now, make up the neighbourhood of Harding, Richmond Hill. These lots make up the lands lying between Weldrick Road East in the south, Major Mackenzie Drive East to the north, Yonge Street to the west and Bayview Avenue to the east.
The Richard Vanderburgh home, built about 1833, and, now, the home of the Richmond Hill Chamber of Commerce, sits at the southeast corner of Church Street South and Weldrick Road East, but, but was moved from its original site to the west. That location was, probably, in the Yonge Street portion of Lot 43 which lies north of Weldrick Road East.
Lot 44 was home to several early settlers whose names are still remembered by the various local streets named after them. Sons of John and Mary Arnold held part of the property after 1805. In 1833 William Stockdale bought the south half. In 1839 Alexander Lawrence bought the south half from Stockdale, and, then, bought the north half from the Arnold brothers. Finally, William Harding bought the entire farm from Lawrence in 1875. Now, Harding's name lives on with Harding Boulevard as well as the neighbourhood that bears his name.
Abner Miles was the original owner of Lot 45 on the south side of Major Mackenzie Drive East. It appears that Miles was a visionary by owning properties at the now important intersections of Yonge Street and Major Mackenzie Drive and farther south at Yonge Street and Highway 7. But, he died in 1806, and the property ended up with John Langstaff. Langstaff's son, Lewis, bought the land in 1845, and sold it to John Palmer in 1853. Palmer's home still sits at the southeast corner of Yonge Street and Major Mackenzie Drive where it is used for business and professional uses.
Harding Real Estate: There is, somewhat, of a variation in the presentation of homes and the home styles in the community. Close to Yonge Street on the east side are the "Gibraltar" condominiums of 22 and 32 Clarissa Drive. Being Tridel-built, these buildings have, always, been quite a draw for real estate buyers and sellers, but are now facing competition from the newer "Richmond" building of 18 Harding Boulevard by Greenpark. The condominiums of Cedar Gate at 175 Cedar Avenue and 309 Major Mackenzie Drive East and a separate, smaller building at 249 Major Mackenzie Drive East complete the condominium apartment selection in the Harding neighbourhood.
Harding Condominiums Condos
Harding Real Estate: Detached
The largest segment for district sales is that of detached homes. West of the Canadian National Railway line are, mostly, older properties, many of which have raised bungalows on lots with larger frontages. Brick-veneered homes have been updated on streets like Palmer Avenue and Harding Boulevard, but many of the older homes are, gradually, being replaced with beautiful, new homes as infill construction is ongoing.
There are, also, more recent two-storey, brick homes on streets such as Canterbury Court, Guildwood Drive and Dunbarton Court just behind the Richmond Center Shopping Plaza.
Harding Real Estate: Bayview
Harding: Townhomes and Semis
In the eastern section of Harding, west of the CN line, a vast array of older homes, predominately bungalows and raised bungalows, make up most of the real estate selection. Here the homes are very similar to those of Richmond Acres and Beverley Acres on the north side of Major Mackenzie Drive in the Crosby community. Upgrading the local infrastructure, as improvements are needed, is a priority for the Town in these older neighbourhoods. As of May, 2011, watermain replacement on Palmer Avenue between Bayview Avenue and the CNR tracks is ongoing. As well as bungalows, on the north side of Weldrick Road East, there is, also, a collection of two-storey, brick homes clustered on streets like Marchwood Crescent, Normandy Crescent and Atha Avenue.
Finally, newer townhomes at Harding Boulevard and Church Street South, as well as some older townhomes on Palmer Avenue, and semi-detached homes on Cedar Avenue, complete the real estate selection for the Harding community.
The homes are not as expensive as those in some of the newer communities of Richmond Hill. So, with the local charm and amenities such as Yonge street shopping and nearby parks like Palmer, Lennox and Harding, the Harding neighbourhood will continue to be attractive for home buyers and sellers.
Stamp, R.M., Early Days in Richmond Hill, A History of the Community to 1930, Richmond Hill Public Library Board, 1991.
Price Range of Harding Homes: 2012
Schools In Harding:
Beverley Acres P.S.
Michaelle Jean P.S. (F.I.)
Walter Scott P.S.
Alexander Mackenzie H.S.
St. Joseph C.E.S.
Jean Vanier C.H.S.
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