About East Gwillimbury
The city of East Gwillimbury has 281 listings on the market. The average price for all property types in East Gwillimbury is $1,431,653
East Gwillimbury is a town in York Region of the Greater Toronto Area. It is a town in the process of transitioning from a primarily rural area to a dynamic and fast-growing urban centre while retaining its natural beauty. Communities in East Gwillimbury range from fast-growing urban neighbourhoods such as Holland Landing and Queensville to rural areas composed of farms and country estates.
East Gwillimbury, conveniently located just 30 minutes north of Toronto, is an excellent alternative to city life for those who work in Toronto but don’t want the hassle of city life.
With the affordable homes for sale in East Gwillimbury’s safe communities, it is also a good entry-level town for new and prospective homeowners looking to settle in and build their family. Residents of East Gwillimbury, Sharon and Mt. Albert in particular, report a sense of small-town friendliness and community.
There are over 30 parks – 160 acres of parkland total – in East Gwillimbury, as well as many ball diamonds, soccer fields, and basketball courts.
East Gwillimbury real estate is composed in part of affordable single-family homes built during or after the 1980s, particularly in Holland Landing and Queensville. Most of the homes for sale in East Gwillimbury are two stories with attached garages.
River Drive Park offers modest, affordable bungalows from the mid-twentieth century, which presents an excellent opportunity for entry-level homeowners. In communities such as Sharon, where preservation of historical buildings is considered a priority, many of the MLS listings are charming heritage homes from the early twentieth century.
East Gwillimbury real estate agents will agree that the region will not simply be a peaceful rural retreat from city life for much longer. The town is expected to nearly quadruple in population by the year 2031, with growth concentrated in the five urban centres in order to preserve the beautiful natural areas of the town. East Gwillimbury already enjoys the best of both rural and urban areas, and this distinction will only become more evident as the town continues to progress.
East Gwillimbury’s name comes from the maiden name of Elizabeth Simcoe, the wife of the first Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada.
The town was first settled in the early 1800s by American Loyalists, who were given free land in return for service to the British Crown during the American Revolutionary War, and Quakers. During the first years of settlement in East Gwillimbury, most of the locale’s population was concentrated in Sharon, Mt. Albert, and Queensville.
Due to its importance in the early years of East Gwillimbury, Sharon in particular is home to many interesting historical sites that have been carefully preserved. One such site is the recently restored Sharon Temple, a beautiful old temple built by a group of former Quakers called the Children of Peace.
Real estate in East Gwillimbury has an advantage since it is primarily accessible by car. Highway 404, Highway 48, and Highway 400 are easily accessible from East Gwillimbury and provide access to Toronto and other cities and towns. Communities within East Gwillimbury are often separated from one another by expanses of countryside, and these communities are linked by a road network of more than 350 kilometres.
Public transit is also readily available in East Gwillimbury. There are bus routes operated by York Region Transit on Yonge Street and Leslie Street, which provide transportation to the Newmarket Go terminal for a connecting route to Toronto.
The historical main streets of Sharon and Mt. Albert feature charming locally-owned shops and restaurants. Thanks to the agricultural nature of much of East Gwillimbury, roadside stands carrying fresh fruits, vegetables, jams, and baked goods can be found throughout the town. For big-name retail shopping, the Upper Canada Mall, which features 225 stores and restaurants, is just a short trip away in Newmarket.
Outdoor recreation is very popular in East Gwillimbury. There are many forest hiking trails, and the town is a top destination for snowmobile enthusiasts. The East Gwillimbury Sport Complex features two ice skating rinks and facilities for other sports and community activities.
There are many festivals year-round in East Gwillimbury, many that go far back into the town’s history. The Holland Landing Santa Claus Parade, for example, has been a holiday tradition since the 1940s. Mount Albert Sports Day and Spring Fair is celebrating its 88th year. This yearly festival features many events including a street market, live entertainment, petting zoo, food and drink, and a parade. In the summer, there are free music concerts in Civic Square.
East Gwillimbury’s several community centres boast a range of events for families. These include classes for anything from cooking to kickboxing, teen dances, yoga, and group trail walks.