The Olde Unionville is definitely one of the most attractive neighborhoods in Markham. The Olde Unionville has it all: the old world charm, the village vibe, the mature trees, the one-of-a-kind family-run shops and restaurants, the parks and the scenic TooGood pond. Once a small village over a century ago, there are a number of historical buildings and heritage homes in Olde Unionville, making this Markham neighborhood perfect for home buyers who seek unique character homes. The age and style of homes in this Markham neighborhood range from the century homes in the Main Street area, to luxury rebuilt homes on existing lots, while most houses were built in the 70’s.
York Region District School Board
There are 3 public elementary schools within the Olde Unionville neighborhood: William Berczy PS, Unionville PS and Parkview PS. According to the Fraser Institute School Performance Report for 2008-2009, William Berczy PS was ranked number 1 (along with other elementary schools with the same score) out of the 2742 elementary schools in Ontario. Most of the homes in this neighborhood fall into the Unionville High School district, with the exception of the ones northeast of the Rouge River at the southwest corner of Kennedy and 16th Ave (this area belongs to the Markville SS school district). According to the Fraser Institute School Performance Report for 2008-2009, Unionville High School is ranked number 9 in Ontario.
York Region Catholic School Board
All houses south of Rouge River are within the elementary school boundary of Blessed John XXIII CES, while catholic students who live North of Rouge River go to St. Matthew CES.
All of the Olde Unionville properties fall into the St. Augustine CHS boundary. St. Augustine CHS was ranked 19 in the Fraser Institute report of school performance of 2008-2009.
- Historic Main Street Unionville: with 210 years of history, the historic Main Street Unionville attracts thousands of visitors each year to absorb the atmosphere, to slow down and wander through shops and boutiques and to refreshes themselves at unique restaurants, street-front cafés and pubs that were revitalized buildings from the 18th century. To discover the heritage area, there are various guided tours offer by local companies that visitors can participate in.
Bruce Creek Park (TooGood Pond): located between Carlton and Kennedy, behind Unionville Public School, this 33.3 hectare (82.3 acre) park features a partially naturalized pond and marsh. After a day of shopping on Main Street Unionville, unwind on the trails and boardwalk around TooGood Pond Dam. If you are lucky, in addition to the many geese and ducks, you may see a Blue Heron, Unionville's "Turkey-Duck", a beaver or some turtles getting some sun. There is always something unique to see!
- Carlton Park: located South of Carlton road, West of the Village Parkway, this 7.28 hectare (18 acre) park has features such as a lighted baseball diamond, soccer field, playground and 9 tennis courts and is considered a high-use recreational park.
- Crosby Park: This 3.85 hectare (9.51 acre) park is bordered by Parkview Public School, Crosby Memorial Arena and Community Centre and the Unionville Curling club. Features include 3 baseball diamonds and a soccer field.
- Other attractions: The Frederick Horsman Varley Art Gallery is located on Unionville Main St. The gallery features a frequent changing of displays of the artwork done by local, national, and international artists. The gallery offers group tours, school programs, studio courses and workshops, courses and lectures, and family activities. The art gallery encompassed the historical figure Kathleen McKay's residence, built in the 1840s, and later became home to Frederick Varley. The McKay Art Centre (Eckhardt-McKay House) is located at 197 Main Street, on the east side of the street south of Carleton Road in Unionville. The two-storey board and batten, and stone art centre was constructed circa 1845-1856. The house dates to the 1840's and was the home of Frederick Horsman Varley during the last 12 years of his life. In his studio on the lower level of the house, Varley created various portraits and landscapes inspired by the surrounding area. Now used for community art exhibitions, local artists rent the main level of this beautiful Victorian-era home to showcase their work. Ideally located on picturesque Main Street Unionville, the McKay Art Centre attracts art lovers, tourists, history buffs and locals alike. The studio in the lower level, Varley's original studio, is currently used for art classes for both adult and children year round.
My overall impression:
Located in one of the best school boundaries in Ontario, the Olde Unionville area is well suited for families and budget of all sizes.
If you have a bigger family and with a good size budget, homes North of Bruce Creek Park might be a good option to you. Most of the homes are traditional homes with 2-storey and 3000 sq. ft. or more. These properties are mostly 4- bedroom, with a nice wide lot of 60 ft or more.
Homes East of Warden and West of Village Parkway are also a good option for bigger families. While these homes are a little newer (mostly built in the 80’s), they resembles the style of the homes in the west side of Warden. These homes are mostly 2-storey with over 2500 sq. ft. with 4 bedrooms.
The most affordable homes in the Olde Unionville neighborhood are located North of Hwy 7 and South of Carlton. Many of these homes are back-split, with some 2-storey and some bungalows. Most of these homes are 3-bedroom. Built in the 70’s, most of these homes offer unique character while some of them has been custom remodel to include many modern features.
Most homes in the Olde Unionville community have great curb appeal, with well-manicured lawn and mature trees. These features are harder to find in newer neighborhoods of Markham. With proximity to many amenities and schools, I would definitely recommend families to invest in a home in this area.