The town of Markham has come a long way since the first sixty-four families who emigrated from New York settled in the town in 1794. The group was of German descent and led by William Berczy, who received land grants in exchange for cleaning the roadways and waterways. The group opened mills — which ultimately became successful — on the banks of the Rouge River. Today Markham is still a city of opportunities and one of the most welcoming in Toronto as well. It is notable for being one of the fastest growing multicultural regions in the Greater Toronto Area.
Known as the “High-Tech Capital of Canada” the city offers a plethora of opportunities for people when it comes to home and work. Toshiba, ATT, I.B.M, and Apple are just a few of the multinational companies with corporate offices in the city; offering residents numerous job opportunities. American Express Canada, Honda Canada, Allstate Insurance, and TD Waterhouse have also taken up residence in Markham. Markham-Stouffville Hospital, one of the most highly regarded medical facilities in the area, is also one of the main pillars of the city.
Markham also has a booming real estate market. The city has been recognized as one of the leaders in community building in the country. Relevant authorities have placed a lot of attention on improving the quality of life within city borders, as well as also promoting smart and sustainable growth. Since Markham became a city in 2012, many neighborhoods have been developed with urbanism principles that complement the charm of the older neighborhoods.
Today, Markham is Canada’s 16th largest growing city, making it one of the best places for new home buyers to invest. The city’s population is constantly on the rise, with rental stock falling behind the demand. Today businesses and homebuyers are engaging in bidding wars for rental units in the city or have joined a waiting list for upcoming units. This is not a surprise, since thirty three percent of Canadians reside within 100 miles of downtown Markham. This is largely due to the fact that the municipality is home to over 900 technological and science companies as well as more than 400 head corporate offices. It’s a great place to work and an even greater place to live, grow, and accomplish your dreams.
Markham has everything to facilitate urban living. In fact the city is home to a number of top retail brands, facilitating a comprehensive shopping experience. Whether you’re interested in hip areas or quaint old-fashioned villages, you’ll find a place in Markham to call home. At Unionville or Markham Village you’ll find a number of clothing retailers, boutiques, gift shops, and diners to explore. Unionville is home to a wide collection of traditional buildings, storefronts, and stunning streetscapes, that all make the area a magnet to tourists from all over the world. A popular farmers market is held in Markham Village every Saturday, from May through to the end of September.
For those who love shopping, you can stop by Highway 7 and McCowan Road where you will find the Markville Shopping Centre. Its boasts retailers such as Sears, The Bay, and Wal-Mart, in addition to over 200 other additional shops and services. Bathurst Street is where you’ll find Promenade shopping centre, with stores such as Old Navy, as well as a movie theatre and over 175 diners and shops. There are also countless other shopping destinations in and around Markham to satisfy your shopaholic needs.
Getting around Markham is pretty easy. There are two highways that pass through the city – Highway 404 and Highway 407, that link the city to Vaughan, Burlington, and Brampton. Using the highway, residents can commute easily to and from Markham. Highway 7, often referred to as York Road, runs parallel to Highway 407 and allows quick commute into the east-west region. Alternatively for individuals who rely on public transport, the Go Transit rail service is a great way to travel to downtown Toronto. Residents can also visit the nearby municipalities in the York Region via the York Region Transit (YRT). The transit, which was created in 2001 by the merger of Newmarket Transit, Richmond Hill Transit, Markham Transit and Vaughan Transit, is one of the fastest wayss to travel to neighboring municipalities.
Of course one of Markham’s best features are its luxury condominiums that ensure a higher quality of life for residents. Some popular neighborhoods within the city’s borders are: Riverside Uptown, Markham Condos, Unionville Gardens, Varley Condos, Unionville Gardens Condos, the Condominiums of Cornell 2, Orchid Condos, Towers at Castlemore, Ravina Condos, Parkside Towers at World, Yonge Condos, and many more. There numerous luxury condos in the city, offering homebuyers the opportunity to live lavishly in one of Canada’s fastest growing cities. Condominiums account for 41% for property sales in Markham, with single family homes at 31% and townhomes at 20% of residential sales. Condos are the most common residences in the city and typically offer one to three bedroom options to homebuyers. In addition to this, most condominiums in Markham boast luxury amenities for the comfort of residents.