North Richvale History:North Richvale is, generally, considered to be that part of Richmond Hill bounded by Carville Road to the south, Major MacKenzie Drive to the north, Yonge Street to the east and Bathurst Street to the west, despite the argument that this classification may not be historically correct. Even the separation between North Richvale and South Richvale is often disputed by older residents of Richmond Hill.
North Richvale Amenities
190 Harding Boulevard West
Richmond Hill, York Region
Pepperhill Townhouses, Richmond Hill
Shirley Austerberry is one such lady. Born on Oak Avenue in 1923, when Richvale was part of Vaughan, she has been witness to the Richmond Hill transformation. She started her education in a two-room school on Oak Avenue, and her church was an old barn on Spruce Avenue. Her memories include some homes on the south side of Carville Road and the Stephen's property, which ran from Carville Road, including the present site of Hillcrest Mall, north to Weldrick Road and west to Bathurst Street. For the children the farm had a playground with swings and slides, a small "zoo" with monkeys, a pavillion with a jukebox, a fox farm and an ice cream parlour. To get to her next school, Shirley took the red streetcar north on Yonge Street to Wright Street. North of Major Mackenzie Drive the streetcar ran up the centre of Yonge Street and turned around near Levendale Road. She took first place in a local essay contest on the "Evils of Drink", a favourable topic for the time, as the sale of alcohol was forbidden in "dry" Richmond Hill. Her prize was a tennis racquet, but there was no place to play tennis. Local amenities, community centres and malls were few, or not in existence at all. For entertainment on Sunday evenings in the summer, people walked to Yonge Street to watch the traffic slowly moving south as people came back from their northern cottages.
North Richvale Greenway
Now, local amenities like the Richvale Community Centre and trails such as the Richvale Greenway and the North Richvale Greenway provide fun and entertainment that was missing in the earlier days of Richmond Hill and the Richvale neighbourhood.
North Richvale Real Estate:When World War II ended, some lots were being sold for as little as $100.00, a long way from present property values. Now, as in other areas of Richmond Hill, older homes are being torn down and newer, larger "infill" homes are being built in areas outside of pre-subdivision control. Homes are, generally, more up-to-date and architecturally superior than those built when there were no sanitary sewers. Today, much of North Richvale consists of the Don Head Village subdivision and the homes of Baif Developments.
Northcliffe Estates Townhouses
Don Head Village Real Estate
80 McCallum Drive, Richmond Hill
North Richvale, Richmond Hill
Don Head Village lies on the south side of Major Mackenzie Drive west of Yonge Street, and includes the present site of the Richmond Hill Central Library. Don Head Village Boulevard is a main thoroughfare through the neighbourhood. Homes listed for sale here, usually, do not stay on the market very long. The condominiums on Harding Boulevard West are well-known by buyers, and have long been cherished by real estate agents as good listing attractions.
Baif Developments subdivided approximately 400 acres of land north of Carrville Road on the west side of Yonge Street. In 1971, plans began for Hillcrest Mall and an initial subdivision of 251 homes behind the mall. "Hillcrest" was designed as a meeting place for Richmond Hill residents, and, today, personal and business meetings by the food court and morning mall walks are common.
The initial housing plans included detached and semi-detached homes, townhouses, apartments and, ultimately, condominiums. The condominiums on Baif Boulevard are, perhaps, the best known condos for real estate agents with long-term Richmond Hill experience.
Robinson, M.B. and Clark, J.M., Later Days in Richmond Hill, a history of the community from 1930 to 1999, Town of Richmond Hill/Richmond Hill Public Library Board, 1991.
Shirley Austerberry, Richmond Hill.
Stamp, R.M., Early Days in Richmond Hill, A History of the Community to 1930, Richmond Hill Public Library Board, 1991.
Price Range of North Richvale Homes: 2012
Schools in North Richvale Area:
Adrienne Clarkcon P.S. (F.I.)
Ross Doan P.S.
Alexander Mackenzie H.S.
Langstaff S.S. (F.I.)
St. Anne C.E.S.
St. Charles Garnier C.E.S.
St. Theresa of Lisieux C.H.S.
Richmond Hill Daycares
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