Mount Albert History:At one time a north/south Indian Trail provided the only movement through Mount Albert. In 1821, 100 acre parcels of land were sold to Samuel and Rufus Birchard at $1.00 per acre. Eventually, other settlers came to Mount Albert, originally Birchardtown, then Newlands, from England and Ireland. The names included Toole, Rear, Graham, Pegg, Sinclair, O'Brian, Hunter, Gibney and Haigh, with some names still well-known in the community. As in Holland Landing and other areas of East Gwillimbury, wolves were a problem, but the settlers persisted. The first store was opened by Robert Hunter in 1850. Other stores and businesses followed, and they included a grist mill, a tannery, a blacksmith shop and the Royal Oak Hotel. In 1860, the Village was renamed Mount Albert after Queen Victoria's son and future King of England, Prince Edward Albert.
Vivian Creek Park, Mount Albert
Mount Albert Real Estate: It is almost hard to believe that one of Mount Albert's real estate attractions is townhouses. Not many years ago, Mount Albert real estate consisted of older and century homes scattered amongst more recent homes from the sixties and 1970s. Today, freehold townhomes are located in the newer subdivisions off King Street and King Street East. Streets such as Mainprize Crescent, Arthur Case Crescent, Hammill Heights, Arthur Case Crescent, Lilly McKeowan Crescent and Battenberg Court are now townhouse destinations. The styles, elevations and price ranges attract first-time homebuyers looking to be nearer to local workplaces as well as those further south in Whitby, Pickering and Markham.
Mount Albert Homes Houses
Mount Albert, East Gwillimbury
Detached homes are found throughout the community. Like the townhomes, the newer, more up-to-date detached homes are found on the east side of King Street west of Centre Street, and on the south side of King Street East on the east side of Centre Street on streets such as Margaret Graham Crescent, Mainprize Crescent, Royal Amber Crescent, Kingsgate Crescent and Robert Hunter Crescent.
The centre of Mount Albert, of course, is made up of older bungalows, sidesplits and two-storey homes on lots with bigger frontages than those in the newer subdivisions, and older heritage and century homes on either side of Centre Street. Streets such as Mill Street, Main Street, Alice Street, Elizabeth Street and Victoria Street display the character and vitality of a bygone era.
Century Homes Houses
Mount Albert Amenities
Estate homes with larger lots, municipal water and septic tank systems on Hi-View Drive, Cleverdon Boulevard, Samuel Harper Court and Haig Court complete the real estate picture in Mount Albert.
As the population increases in the western part of East Gwillimbury in the Sharon, Holland Landing and Queensville subdivisions along with the extension of Highway 404 to Ravenshoe Road, more pressure will continue to be placed on Mount Albert for new home growth, and the community will continue to be attractive for buyers and sellers looking for real estate homes and houses on properties available now and in the future.
East Gwillimbury in the Nineteenth Century, A Centennial History of the Township of East Gwillimbury, Gladys M. Rolling, The Ryerson Press, 1967.