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Gorham-College Manor Real EstateLong ago, the area of the Region of York and around what is now known as Newmarket became a great way to travel between Lake Simcoe and Lake Ontario for its positioning along the East Holland River. The Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada of the time decided that the route along the Newmarket area was the easiest trail to traverse in an easterly direction. In the late 17th Century, this government official decided to begin developing and constructing Yonge Street along the old trail beginning it at Toronto Bay and letting it extend to what is now called Holland Landing in the northern area. Settlement of the area happened quite quickly and by an unlikely band of Quaker people from Vermont, US in 1800. The Holland River was the perfect place to construct a mill and dam off a portion of the river to create a pond to power the mill (now known as Fairy Lake). In no time at all, homes, shops, a tannery and a distillery were in place which drew more people (and more mills being built) into the area and it officially became a village by 1857. The river provided such a grand position, that the ‘downtown’ area was centered around it, not closer to the newly built Yonge Street, which by now Newmarket was incorporated as a town (1880). Growing substantially and well into the 19th Century, the name Newmarket derived from the full time market that sat in the downtown area…Newmarket.Borders for Newmarket are shared with Whitchurch-Stouffville in the east, East Gwillimbury in the north, King in the west and Aurora in the south. Sitting north of the city of Toronto and within the Greater Toronto Area and part of the Golden Horseshoe, Newmarket is one of the best municipalities to live in, work in and play in. The easy access to surrounding municipalities and the city of Toronto itself makes for a highly enticing area to invest in…long term. Newmarket has beautifully maintained its downtown heritage conservation district for over 100 years, which lends to the charm of Newmarket. Culture and business commerce has added a fantastic blend to this already gorgeous town. The real estate market is just as attractive, with bungalows, detached and semi-detached houses, townhouses and country homes, there are very little restrictions on what will please any home buyer. Open spaces within larger lots are a commercial investors dream and optional vacant lots are beckoning to developers with future visions of homes within the Newmarket area.Newmarket goes beyond a family-friendly presence; this town’s commitment to ideal access to plenty of amenities and facilities for all ages is apparent in the 15 elementary schools, 4 secondary schools, 6 Catholic elementary schools and 1 Catholic secondary school. One Christian elementary school (private) and Pickering College & Seneca College are also available. Southlake Regional Health Centre is the main healthcare center for Newmarket.Connecting directly to the city of Toronto through a variety of transportation options, Newmarket’s residents have the ease of working within the city with an easy commute to and fro. Drivers can utilize Davis Drive or Vivian Road/Mulock Drive, go to Highway 404 to connect to Highway 400 by using the Highway 9. York Region Transit service, VIVA Blue service, VIVA Yellow service and GO Transit service (Newmarket GO Station) all meet up with Toronto Transit at different points in routes. For residents that work handy to their homes in Newmarket are fairly keen on using some of the trails via cycling for traversing the town (the most popular and convenient for lengthy travel is the Tom Taylor Trail as it starts at the border of Aurora/St. John’s side road, extends north through the downtown core and makes its way to Holland Landing within East Gwillimbury). The Oak Ridges Moraine hosts the most southwestern part of Newmarket and falls under the protection of the Greenbelt.Known for its historical and architectural significance, Newmarket possesses many sites of interest that are sprinkled all over the town. Some of the more interesting sites are (and located within Main Street) are: Roadhouse and Rose building, Cawthra House, Doane House, Trinity United Church, William N. Starr building, King George Hotel, Old Newmarket Town Hall and Courthouse, Rogers House, Charles Hargrave Simpson building, Robert Simpson Store and the Canadian National Railway building. Other places of interest are the Newmarket Theatre, the Newmarket Riverwalk Commons, Funnery Play Park and Café, Elman W. Campbell Museum.Fun sidebars found in Newmarket include the Arch Brewing Company, Kids at Sea, Of Rock & Chalk Indoor Rock Climbing Gym, Holland Marsh Wineries, Upper Canada Mall and Fairly Lake Park. The St. Andrew’s Valley Golf Club is a big hit with residents who love to indulge in golfing. Other sports complexes offer swimming, sports facilities and courts. Whether indoors or outdoors, Newmarket is the place to call home.
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