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Woodbridge – Vaughan Area Neighborhoods

Woodbridge (in Vaughan, ON) is a well developed neighborhood, with the central area (Woodbridge Ave, just west of Islington Avenue) featuring Market Lane, where you will find a variety of “small town feel” shops, restaurants, Woodbridge Library, and other businesses.  I personally love the bakery, CC’s Creations – And I recently enjoyed a lovely Italian dinner at Dimmi Restaurant with my neighbors – Just steps away, you can visit Nino D’Aaversa for awesome wood-oven pizza, or go to the Woodbridge Fairgrounds for many events including Woodbridge Fair in the fall & Ribfest in the summer.

Nature lovers will appreciate Boyd Conservation Area and Kortright Centre, which features educational programs attended by local students.  Thrill seekers can visit Canada’s Wonderland in just 10-15mins.  Shopaholics can spend all day at Vaughan Mills Shopping Centre enjoying a huge variety of stores & “outlet mall” shopping choices.

Both East & West Woodbridge provide a nice selection of detached homes, as well as townhomes and low-rise condos in some newer developments over the past 5 years.  Most of the detached homes in Woodbridge are on quiet streets & have good sized lots, between 2,000-3,000 sf interior space, and usually between 15-30 years old.  There are very limited options of detached new-builds in the Woodbridge core area, and a few charming historical homes as well.  I have noticed a trend in the past few years of >20 year old homes being renovated with modern finishes – People are realizing that the location & lot-size are prime attractive features, making older homes a great buy in comparison to new builds in Woodbridge.  New developments nearby are usually north of Woodbridge (ex: Kleinburg), are modern & beautiful, but with smaller lots &/or much higher prices per s.f.

Convenient access to great schools & amenities have a huge impact on buyers looking to raise their families in an established, ethnically diverse neighborhood.  I currently live in the area called “West Woodbridge” (just north of Highway 7, west of Islington Ave).  My kids go to Woodbridge Public School (elementary) & Woodbridge College (high-school), and we are very pleased with the schools & our lifestyle here!  I believe families re-locating from Toronto will appreciate more affordable housing costs, as well as a lifestyle that supports organized sports, recreation, shopping, nature & arts.

One thing I must mention for people considering re-locating from Toronto is that public transportation options are somewhat limited Woodbridge “walk score” is 71/100 – with the biggest weakness being public transportation (score is 53/100).   Note for example:  We looked into options for my older son to get to school:  The drive is under 10 minutes, walking is about 35 minutes, but the bus ride is 45 minutes long, with 1 transfer.

Having an automobile is highly recommended when living in Woodbridge.  With a vehicle, commuting around the GTA is easy, given quick access to major highways: 400, 427, 407, 27, and 7.   We can get to Toronto, Mississauga, or Markham in about 30 minutes (without traffic), and drive to central Brampton, Etobicoke or Richmond Hill in under 20 minutes.

Feel free to contact me with any questions about Woodbridge, or any other area of interest.  I would be happy to help provide insight or do some research for you!

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Fall Home Maintenance & Household tips

Fall Home Maintenance & Household tips

. I can always count on one of my best home inspectors, Jim Cleghorn from Pillar to Post, for some great advice & seasonal tips for homeowners.   This article features Fall Cleaning, Appliance Maintenance & much more…

Auto Cleaning Service, Includes Pick-up & Delivery!

Whether you want your car picked up while you’re at work, or just want more free time, I highly recommend this service…

“Mr Car Care is a service oriented business providing pick up and delivery service for almost 20 years. We sell yearly
packages which range from $540 and up. All our packages are personalized to meet your specific needs.  Our two most popular one-time services:
–> Interior Detail: includes hand exterior wash, detail the tires and rims, wash the wheel wells and wipe down the door and trunk jambs. The interior is fully shampooed by hand from the head board all the way down to including the carpets and everything in between. The idea is to return your car as new and clean on the inside.  Price Ranges from $160-$195
–> Complete: same service as above. The exterior is waxed by hand. The wax has a polish as well as protect the cars exterior. The polish will also revive your colour and hide light surface scratches.  Price Ranges from $250-$325

Call Mitch at 416-418-3443 or email him at for any further questions”