Suburban living is the major appeal to new residents of Richmond Hill, who are moving north as a result of being exhausted from the big city’s intense life. Affordability is also a huge factor and, not surprisingly, many of Richmond Hill’s newest subdivisions are being built in the Oak Ridges and Oak Ridges Lake Wilcox communities off Yonge Street, north of Stouffville Road. A great deal of planning and thought has gone into these developments which are situated in the picturesque but environmentally sensitive Oak Ridges Moraine corridor.
Such neighbourhoods as Bayview Hill and Jefferson include mostly large, modern, single-family homes. There is a specific emphasis in these neighbourhoods on traffic-calmed streets, beautiful landscaping, and easy access to parks and schools. Many of these subdivisions are buffered by greenbelts and conservation areas. Other silmilar neighbourhoods are Westbrook, Devonsleigh and Rouge Woods.
Richmond Hill’s heritage homes are situated in the downtown core at Yonge and Centre Street. The fanciful Ontario Cottages, and Board and Batten style homes found here, date back to the mid 1800s. Heritage plaques mounted on the front of these homes provide details on when they were built, who the original owners were, and what their occupation was. The Mill Pond community at Mill and Trench Streets, is situated just to the west of this heritage district.
This beautiful community has a pond as its focal point and features big lots with ranch-style bungalows, and split-level houses, built in the 50s and 60s. Some new residents are attracted by the prospect of living in a beautiful exquisite heritage homes filled with antique character. This neighbourhood also hosts festive summer and winter events.