Rural Richmond Hill History:The rural lands in Richmond Hill are comprised, mostly, of those properties lying south of Bloomington Road, North of Elgin Mills Road East between Bayview Avenue to the west and Highway 404 to the east. Also, included is a smaller area between Yonge Street and Bayview Avenue on each side of Stouffville Road, as well as a strip of land between Yonge Street and Bathurst Street, which includes Phillips Lake. These lands, at various times were part of either Markham, King or Whitchurch Township. Other than the neighbourhood of Jefferson, this is the only real estate community in Richmond Hill that lies on both sides of Yonge Street, even though the western portion of Rural Richmond Hill is small in size and is not built-up with homes. This neighbourhood encompasses five of the six Kettle Lakes in Richmond Hill including Lake St. George, several tributaries of the Rouge River, Richmond Green Park, four golf courses and Phyllis Rawlinson Park.
Rural Richmond Hill Amenities
Phyllis Rawlinson Park
Many of the early settlers include well-known Richmond Hill and Gormley names such as Thomas Boynton, Jacob Heise, William Berczy, William Tipp, Jacob Doner, Charles Douglas, Henry Quetton St. George, William Bond, John Hanes, Philip Phillips, Martin Macleod and William Willcocks. With some spelling variations, streets, parks and lakes in the rural neighbourhoods of Richmond Hill, today, are still named after these original property owners and settlers. Early settlements such as Windham, Berczy and Puisaye are, also, remembered by the original settlers, some of whom have just been mentioned.
Rural Richmond Hill Real Estate: In Rural Richmond Hill most home sales are generated in four estate residential subdivisions with lots of one to three acres in size, and with the older homes in the Hamlet of Gormley at Leslie Street and Stouffville Sideroad.
Rural Richmond Hill
Rural Richmond Hill:
The first estate subdivision in Richmond Hill was Trailwood Estates located at the southeast corner of Stouffville Sideroad and Bayview Avenue. Nestled in a mature forest, this collection of fine homes has a long-standing reputation desired by both sellers and buyers of fine homes. And, not only is it, directly, across the street from the ecologically important Jefferson Forest on the north side of Stouffville Road, it has the Trailwood Conservation Area within its own boundaries. Home styles and sizes are varied, with the older homes, now, undergoing renovations to bring them up to newer design standards.
Another estate subdivision on Bridgewater Drive abuts Trailwood on the east side. Although smaller in size than Trailwood, this enclave of fine homes is every bit as desirable as its older rival.
The third estate subdivision on the south side of Gormley Sideroad (Stouffville Sideroad) is Highview Estates. The first two stages of this subdivision developed by my father, Bill Corcoran, are located on what was once farmland in the years following the approval of Trailwood Estates. The trees are just maturing, and now provide the neighbourhood with an ambiance comparable to that of Trailwood and Bridgewater.
Rural Richmond Hill:
Rural Richmond Hill:
Bayview Country Estates
The fourth estate subdivision, Bayview Country Estates, on the east side of Bayview Avenue to the south of Trailwood Estates, is, perhaps, the most impressive of the estate residential subdivisions. Here, there are homes overlooking the Toronto skyline as well as homes nestled in trees and rolling settings.
When Gormley Sideroad was closed at the CNR tracks, and the Stouffville Road bypass was created, traffic moved around Gormley, and the rural flavour returned to this once-active community. In the Hamlet of Gormley century homes are still an important part of the Rural Richmond Hill neighbourhood.
Farms and rural properties on Stouffville Road, Bayview Avenue, Leslie Street, 19th Avenue and Bethesda Sideroad complete the Rural Richmond Hill real estate landscape. Although fewer in number, some of these larger holdings are, still, actively worked for their crops or livestock. Increasingly, these properties are bought by developers or investors hoping to take advantage of the active Greater Toronto Area real estate market.
Stamp, R.M., Early Days in Richmond Hill, A History of the Community to 1930, Richmond Hill Public Library Board, 1991.
Price Range of Rural Richmond Hill Real Estate: 2012
Rural Richmond Hill Real Estate MLS Listings:
Schools In Rural Richmond Hill:
Beverley Acres P.S. (F.I.)
Beynon Fields P.S. (F.I.)
Bond Lake P.S.
Kettle Lakes P.S.
Lake Wilcox P.S.
MacLeod's Landing P.S.
Michaelle Jean P.S. (F.I.)
Windham Ridge P.S.
Richmond Green S.S.
Richmond Hill H.S.
Corpus Christi C.E.S.
Father Frederick McGinn C.E.S.
Our Lady of the Annunciation C.E.S.
Our Lady Help of Christians C.E.S.
Cardinal Carter C.H.S.
Jean Vanier C.H.S.
St. Theresa of Lisieux C.H.S.
Richmond Hill Daycares
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