With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing most people to work from home, many homeowners in Toronto have made the decision to leave the city and look for houses elsewhere. One place that has seen a lot of migration in the last year is Halton Hills. Halton Hills is a region in the northwestern end of the GTA with a small-town vibe, tight knit communities, and an abundance of natural beauty. Halton Hills has been a popular destination for people of all age groups looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Toronto.
The heart of Halton Hills is the small town of Georgetown. The settlement of Georgetown started all the way back in 1823 when George Kennedy and his brothers established a successful sawmill in the town. He would later sell the mill to the Barber family in the 1830s to move into farming. The paper mill would continue to be wildly successful under the Barber Family, at one point being the largest producer of wallpaper in all of Ontario. In 1856, Georgetown grew significantly with the construction of a railway nearby. For the next hundred years, Georgetown would continue to be a manufacturing hub for the GTA and in 1974 it was officially absorbed into the town of Halton Hills. In the last few decades, Georgetown has continued to grow and seen a major influx of people looking to buy homes in the area.
The types of homes in Georgetown
Georgetown has seen several waves of development over the years, which has created a diverse collection of houses with different design styles. The oldest houses were constructed around Main Street in the downtown core of Georgetown. Many of these houses are heritage homes dating back to the 1800s. These older houses come with generous lot sizes and Georgetown residents take particular care in making sure that their gardens are tidy, and lawns are well manicured. Large trees line the streets providing a picturesque suburban setting.
As you move out of the downtown core you will find the neighbourhoods of Moore Park to the north and Delrex to the south. These residential subdivisions were developed later, in the 1950s and 1960s with ranch style bungalows, split level homes, and Tudor and colonial revival houses. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Georgetown saw another development boom with more modern style homes being built in the southern section of the town near Gellert Community Park. Georgetown is unique for its wide range of different house styles, guaranteeing that you will find a home that fits you somewhere in the area.
Making the move to Georgetown
Making the move out of Toronto can be challenging. If you are selling your current home you have go through the process of home staging, which any real estate agent will tell you, will help sell your home faster and for a higher price. Some people might want to keep their home in the city and rent it out while moving to a new property in further away in the GTA. If you go that route, you might want to keep some items in storage rather than take them with you during the move. Whether you are getting ready for home staging, making the move out of the city, or just need a place to keep your clutter self-storage can be a great solution.
Right now, there is a promotion from Storwell Self Storage for my clients of 4 weeks of free storage, perfect if you need storage for staging while you wait for your house to get sold. Storwell has three facilities in Etobicoke, Scarborough, and one in Mississauga which is a short drive south from Georgetown. If you need storage for home staging or moving, you can call or visit a facility in person and demo a unit.
Storwell Self Storage
2525 Royal Windsor Dr, Mississauga, ON L5J 1K9
Phone: (905) 823-5555
Parks and Recreation in Georgetown
A major appeal to moving to the Halton Hills area is being so close to nature. Just a short drive east of Georgetown, you will find the Silver Creek and Limehouse Conservation Area that has hundreds of acres of majestic woodlands and hiking trails. If you want to stay closer to home, there are plenty of ways to reconnect with nature inside Georgetown. The Credit River runs through the north section of town and there is a footpath that follows the river. The Halton Hills trail is another hiking trail that sits just south of the Delrex neighbourhood. If you are an avid hiker, you will be spoiled with options in Halton Hills.
There are also several parks in Georgetown that sport some amazing amenities. Georgetown Fairgrounds is a park located on Princess Anne Drive that has three well maintained baseball diamonds with lights to accommodate night games. Cedarvale Park on Main Street and Maple Avenue has a leash -free dog park and is the location of the Armenian Boys’ Farm Home. Between 1923 and 1927 some 109 Armenian boys, called “the Georgetown Boys” were brough to this location to escape the Armenian Genocide. With the help of local fundraising, the orphans were taught farming and found homes with families in the Halton Hills.
One of the largest parks in the town is on the southern edge of town on 8 Line. Gellert Community Park has 3 baseball diamonds, 6 tennis courts, a skatepark, a play structure, and a water pad. This is also home to the Gellert Community Center which has an indoor pool and several programs for members of the community. Georgetown is also a perfect landing spot for golf lovers as the town has two 18-hole golf courses. The Club at North Halton is located on Trafalgar Road and the Georgetown Golf Club is located on 10 Line.
Schools in Georgetown
The wonderful selection of schools in Georgetown is one of the main reasons why so many families are looking to locate to this area. The Halton Hills District School Board and Halton Hills Catholic school board both operate several schools in Georgetown. The main secondary school in the area is the Georgetown District High School located on Guelph Street and Maple Avenue. There is a large selection of elementary schools in the Georgetown area, some of the highest rated schools include:
- Ethel Gardiner Public School
- Silver Creek Public School
- Joseph Gibbons Public School
- Park Public School
For Catholic school options, Holy Cross Catholic Elementary School on Maple Avenue and DelrexBoulevard and St. Catherine of Alexandria Catholic Elementary School on Barber Drive are both great choices.
The best places to eat in Georgetown
Most restaurants in Georgetown are located along Guelph Street near the downtown core and there is a strong selection of different cuisines. Hungry Hollow Smokehouse and Grille located on Bruce wood Road is serving southern comfort food so spectacular that it was even featured on the Food Network Show You Gotta Eat Here. For some of the best poutine in all of Ontario you can drop by The Mess Hall Poutinerie. If you are a pizza lover, Georgetown has a special treat for you in the form of Goodfellas Pizza on James Street serving up classic wood oven pizzas. You might not have expected to find authentic Japanese food in Georgetown but Imai Japanese Cuisine is serving up world class sushi, sashimi, and tons of other Japanese staples.