Richmond Hill (2006 population 162,704, 2008 Estimate: 181,000) is a town located in Southern Ontario in the central portion of York Region, Ontario, located just north of Thornhill, Ontario, Canada. It is the third most populous municipality in York Region and the 28th most populous municipality in Canada. It is part of the Greater Toronto Area. Once considered the Rose Capital of the World, Richmond Hill has in recent years seen a huge population upsurge, being Canada's fastest-growing community in the 1990s. The town is home to the world-renowned David Dunlap Observatory telescope,
While Richmond Hill was a prosperous, well developed town, many of the outlying areas annexed were far more rural, with dirt roads, no water mains or sewers and no streetlights, and the time needed to bring municipal services up in these areas, combined with residual unequal tax assessments caused considerable conflict in the municipal politics for some time. Policing was taken over by the York Regional Police, but fire protection remained with Richmond Hill, whose firefighting force quickly grew. Having hired its first full time employee in 1967, it had fourteen full time employees by 1971.
Yonge Street through Richmond Hill expanded from two lanes to four in 1971, relieving congestion on what had become known as "Ontario's worst stretch of highway".
As the 1970s went on, the population growth of Richmond Hill remained large. In 1976, home prices in Richmond Hill were among the highest in Canada. By this time, the town council was split over whether to keep expanding rapidly. The deadlock over a fifty-five house subdivision named Springmills Estate lead to one councillor saying that it was not the reform council it was dubbed, but a "deformed council". Other housing projects faced similar problems as councillors debated many things, including the need for affordable housing and the encroachment of homes into the farmland and the Oak Ridges Moraine.
GO train service was extended to Richmond Hill in 1978, officially opened on April 29, 1978 by Bill Davis.
Richmond Hill's growth continued explosively in the 1990s, fueled in significant part by immigration. In the early 90s, Statistics Canada named Richmond Hill as the fastest growing community in Canada. The demographic base began to change too, with the Richmond Hill Association for Multiculturalism founded in 1989 by Jay Chauhan. Today, Richmond Hill is a multicultural town, with a Hebrew school, a Hindu temple, Chinese language churches, Italian Community Club, Italian language church services and other facilities serving the needs of the communities.
Richmond Hill now boasts a state of the art Performing Arts Centre.
Richmond Hill Real Estate
North - Bloomington Side Road
South - Highway 407
West - Bathurst Street
East - Highway 404
Description of Homes in Richmond Hill
Richmond Hill is an excellent community to raise a family or live on your own. The majority of the properties in Richmond Hill are made up of large detached homes on a good size lot, though we have seen these lots get considerably smaller with some of the new home developments over the past 5 years. Richmond Hill offers all types of living from a small 1 bedroom condominium to a luxury 5 million dollar estate. I find that Richmond Hill has done an excellent job of integrating detached, townhouses and semis into each neighbourhood.
We have seen a dramatic change in Richmond Hill over the past 20 years of new communities popping up with a great deal of green space, well organized and safe road networking.
Richmond Hill offers whatever you would find in Toronto at a greatly reduced price.
Being only 30 minutes away from Toronto Richmond Hill has become a high demand town for people wanting to not be part of the hustle and bustle of a large city but have that city one bus ride away.
Richmond Hill offers everything at your fingertips for the individual all ages or families: sports, arts, Recreation Centres, outdoor activities, to a social and night life...
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Range of prices for properties in Richmond Hill
|| $375,000 to over 5 million
|| $335,000 - $600,000
|| $350,000 - $530,000
|| $195,000 - $760,000
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