Community Review: the Cornell Community in Markham and why you might want to consider moving there

Cornell is a rapidly growing residential subdivision in Markham, it is bound by Highway 40716th AvenueNinth Line, and the Donald Cousens Parkway. Residents there typically divided Cornell into 5 smaller subdivisions, by developmen phases: 

Cornell – locate North of Highway 7 and 9th Line, consisting of 1,400 Victorian inspired single- family homes, including detached homes under 2600 sq.ft.; townhomes and semi-detached up to 1,700 square. Most homes were completed between 1999 - 2002. The most involved builders were Beaverbrook and Ballantry.

Grand Cornell – locate South of Highway 7 and 9th Line and built by builders H&R, GreenPark and CountryWide.

Upper Cornell – located near the Northeast corner of 16th Avenue and 9th Line and built by builders Aspen Ridge or Beaverbrook.

Cornell Village – located between 16th Avenue and Highway 7 along 9th Line to Cornell Center Blvd; built by builders Mattamy or Ballantry

Cornell Rouge – Located east side of Cornell Center Blvd to Donald Cousens Way between 16th Avenue and Highway 7; built by builders of Madison Homes and Forest Hill

Grand Cornell, Upper Cornell, Cornell Village and Cornell Rouge are newer subdivisions, styles of homes are more similar. The first phase of these projects were completed in 2005 and the last phases of Upper Cornell and Cornell Village are still in construction.

Most homes in the community are townhomes, semi-detached, or detached houses with garages at the rear. The Cornell community is the only newer community in Markham designed to be a walkable neighborhood with a variety of housing types and retail. Several sections along Bur Oak Ave you will find mixed-use freehold townhouses with retail store front on the first floor and residences on 2nd and 3rd floor.  Cornell is also the only subdivision in Markham where you will find “coach houses” on top of detached garages at the back yard. “Coach houses” are 1- or 2-bedroom apartments with kitchens, bathrooms and private entrances, usually used as income suites.


Cornell Village P.S: opened in September 2003, accepts students who resides in the area in general between Church St and 16th Ave, 9th Line and Bur Oak, ranked 725/3030 in the 2012 -2013 School Report Cards by Fraser Institute

Little Rouge P.S: opened in September 2007, is located just in Upper Cornell. Students living in Grand Cornell, Cornell Rouge, Cornell and Upper Cornell and students from the farmlands northeast of Markham attend Little Rouge Public School. Fraser Institute ranking: 403/3030 in 2012 - 2013.

Black Walnut P.S: opened in September 2012, accepts students who lives between Bur Oak Ave and Reesor Rd, William Foster Rd and 16th Ave. Fraser Institute ranking 2012 – 2013: 1079/3030.

Currently, secondary students who live in Cornell goes to Bur Oak Secondary School, which is ranked 15/740 in 2012-2013 by Fraser Institute. A new secondary school is planned for 2017, located on Bur Oak Ave South of Almira Ave.

Currently there are no catholic schools within Cornell subdivision.

Catholics students who live in Cornell will go to St Joseph (Markham) CES for elementary and Brother Andre CHS for secondary education. St. Joseph (Markham) CES and Brother Andre CHS are ranked 495/3030 and 15/740, respectively, in 2012 – 2013 by Fraser Institute.

Area amenities

There are a few unnamed small parks in the area, with the largest located at Grand Cornell, featuring the clock tower, the Green Village Park is another large community park. The Cornell Community Centre, located along the east edge of Markham Stouffville Hospital on Bur Oak Avenue at Church Street, Cornell Community Centre and Library, opened in December 2012 is a 129,000-square-foot facility featuring a fitness centre, indoor playground, indoor running/walking track, library, swimming pool, therapeutic pool, water slide, splash play area and shallow water pool.

Why should you consider moving to Cornell?


According to the Toronto Real Estate Board’s Community Housing Market Report for York Region, Markham in Second Quarter 2014, the average sale price of a home in Cornell is

$571,360, which is among the lowest if you compare to other newer freehold homes community in Markham.

Cornell Home Prices Q2 2014Location

While I would not compare this location to Unionville, where home prices are at least 15 % higher; I would recommend the Cornell area to families looking for a home on a budget.  You will find great schools, healthcare facilities and nearly every Canadian retail franchises close by. The largest shopping center in Markham, the Markville Mall is within 15 minutes of drive, there are also a number of plazas and big box retailers in the Box Grove and Greensborough subdivision. Many are also attracted to Cornell because of the pedestrian-friendly streets and neighborhood stores unique to the area.

The 3rd largest employer in Markham, Markham-Stouffville hospital is within walking distance to most homes in Grand Cornell, Cornell and Cornell Village, while many other large corporate offices in Markham within 30 mins drive to the area even during rush hours.

The Cornell community is served by a number of YRT routes, and the VIVA route on Hwy 7. The Mount Joy GO station is within 10 mins of drive away from anywhere in Cornell and is also connected by YRT bus route 18. There are also buses connecting Cornell to the Markham Go Station, Finch TTC Subway station, Markville Mall, Unionville GO station, and the Catholic high school Brother Andre CHS.

Options for a wide range of budget and lifestyle

If your budget is in the low $400,000: you can consider a 3-storey townhouse on Bur Oak Ave with 2 bedrooms, around 1500 sq ft in total.

At low $500,000’s, you can consider middle-unit townhouses with 1-car garage, 1700 to 1900 square feet, with 3 bedrooms and 4 baths. At a higher budget (about mid- $500,000’s), you will be able to afford a semi or a corner unit townhouse, very often with double car-garage, 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms.

At low $600,000’s you might be able to find a 3 bedroom detached home about the same size as a townhouse, or a brand new townhouse with all the bells and whistles. Most detached homes are listed at $650,000 to $750,000, with 4 bedrooms, 3 or 4 baths and are about 2200 to 2600 square feet. Newer detached homes with lots of upgrades and over 3000 square feet are asking for $800,000 to over $900,000.

If you are looking for rental income but not crazy with the idea of being able to hear your tenants (or them being able to hear you), the homes that come with a "coach house" are perfect for you. In 2014, Coach houses can be rented as a separate unit for $900 per month and up, depending on size and condition. Taking a brief look at the MLS statistics, I would say homes in the area with a coach house will ask for about $70,000 more than similar homes without a coach house.

If you own a home-based business looking to expand, the live/work townhomes on Bur Oak would be perfect to you. These mixed-use units go for high $600,000’s all the way up to $800,000, depending on size. The “work” units are usually on the main floor, with one open office (or retail space) and one boardroom (or back office) space. There is usually one bathroom on the main floor. The residences are usually on 2nd and 3rd floor, with 3 bedrooms and at least 2 baths. 

Janis Tsang

Janis Tsang

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CENTURY 21 Atria Realty Inc., Brokerage*
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