If you look at real estate development in Vaughan today, it is hard to imagine that what is now one of Canada's fastest growing municipalities was once a collection of small rural hamlets that relied heavily on agriculture. Thankfully, the area had the good fortune of attracting skilled tradespeople early in it's history to help build and develop the infrastructure to support a community which is still growing to this day.
The growth of Vaughan is a result of both necessity and good fortune. The earliest inhabitants arrived circa 1800 and consisted mainly of Pennsylvania Germans with a smaller amount of English families and French Royalists. The majority of the population growth in the early 1800's was a direct result of Britain's defeat in the American Revolution as many British Loyalists fled to the security of British controlled lands to the north. This migration from the United States gradually decreased and by 1814 was replaced by an influx of immigrants from Britain. With most of the farm land already occupied, it was fortunate that many of these British immigrants were blacksmiths, carpenters, millers, merchants and other essential tradespeople that contributed to the sustainability of the community.
The area was officially incorporated in 1850 as Vaughan Township and the population stood at just over 4300. Growth was minimal up to 1935 when just under 4900 residents called Vaughan home. The next population boom came after World War II as the population reached just under 16,000 by 1960. This created a need for more homes and also sparked a new mind-set which embraced commercial and industrial development. Prominent community members and leading figures were at the forefront of this new philosophy which still continues to shape real estate in Vaughan today.
By 1971 Vaughan Township merged with the Village of Woodbridge to form the Town of Vaughan. Exactly 20 years later on January 1, 1991, it officially changed its legal status to City of Vaughan and adopted the slogan "The City Above Toronto".
Vaughan Real Estate Today
There are five communities that make up the city of Vaughan.
Woodbridge, Ontario: North/South - Teston/Steeles | East/West - Hwy 400/Hwy 50
Maple, Ontario: North/South - King Vaughan Line/Rutherford | East/West - Bathurst/Hwy 400
Thornhill, Ontario: North/South - Rutherford/Steeles | East/West - Yonge/Dufferin
Concord, Ontario: North/South - Rutherford/Steeles | East/West - Dufferin/Hwy 400
Kleinburg, Ontario: North/South - Kirby/Major Mac | East/West - Pine Valley/Hwy 50
Each of these communities is unique and help shape the overall city of Vaughan. Much like Toronto, Vaughan is multi-cultural and there is evidence of this in each of these communities. Residents and home owners in Vaughan have no shortage of restaurants, shops, entertainment and service providers that cater specifically to the various cultures that can be found here. There is also a great deal of diversity when it comes to Vaughan Real Estate. From Heritage Homes to sprawling Estate Homes and everything in between, you are sure to find what ever type of home you are looking for.