The city of Vaughan, York Region’s only municipality with a city status, has a population of about 300,000 residents and is rapidly growing. Also referred to as “The City Above Toronto,” this multicultural city is home to many attractions, including Paramount Canada’s Wonderland, the elaborate Vaughan Mills Shopping Centre, the Vaughan Library, the Colossus Vaughan (a unique movie theatre shaped like a UFO), and many great restaurants.
Occupied by Germans and British settlers in the 1800s, Vaughan was originally comprised of small villages. Vaughan’s original major historical residential hubs have grown into today’s most popular neighbourhoods: Thornhill, Maple, Kleinburg and Woodbridge. Some of the GTA’s most luxurious properties are nestled within these areas, and my favourite ones located in the National Estates.
- Can’t miss streets: Buck’s Place, Balding Blvd, Pine Valley Crescent, Golf Avenue, Sandy’s Drive, Fenyrose Cr
- Andrea’s favourite Restaurants: Marcello’s at Vaughan Mills
- Best shopping experience: Vaughan Mills Shopping Centre
- Most expensive home sold: $5M custom estate
- Best nature experience: Boyd Conservation, Kortright Conservation
- Best art display: McMichael Canadian Art Collection
- Best thrill: The Leviathan rollercoaster at Paramount Canada’s Wonderland
- Fun fact: The city was named after Benjamin Vaughan, a British diplomat who participated in the signing of the Peace of Paris treaty to end the American Revolutionary war.
Featured neighbourhood: National Estates
When it comes to real estate, the National Estates in Vaughan is probably the most affluent area. National Estates has attributes that mirror Toronto neighbourhoods like Rosedale and Forest Hill. It’s a hidden gem that many people don’t know about. The National Estates are a small collection of large estate homes and mansions bordering the National Golf Course. It’s a fabulous neighbourhood for a select few.
The National Estates neighbourhood has been built over the last two and a half decades. Some of the older homes are now being torn down and replaced by large mansions. Vaughan’s biggest mall (Vaughan Mills Shopping Centre) is just five minutes away, as are many fabulous Vaughan restaurants. Food stores such as Cataldi’s, Fuda, Longo’s, Highland Farms, Metro and Fortino’s are all within a 10-minute drive. Property values in National Estates have been steadily increasing and most homes are priced well above $2M.