South Richvale History: With the emergence of the automobile after 1910, traffic along Yonge Street grew so quickly that 5-acre lots were created north of Langstaff Road. Soon, the first registered, residential subdivision appeared on the west side of Yonge Street between Langstaff Road and Carville Road. This community became known as Richvale, and is still referred to as "Richvale" by long-time residents of Richmond Hill, even though modern maps now refer to the original "Richvale" as South Richvale.
Over time the area bounded by Carville Road on the north, Yonge Street on the east, Highway 7 to the south and Bathurst Street on the west became known as South Richvale. Because the community of Langstaff Corners emerged at the intersection of Langstaff Road and Yonge Street, some still refer to the lower part of South Richvale as "Langstaff", even though Langstaff is now associated with parts of Richmond Hill and Thornhill on the east side of Yonge Street.
South Richvale Townhomes
By 1947 the Yonge Street radial railway ("North Yonge Railways"), finally, ended its active service from Toronto to Richmond Hill. After Yonge Street was rebuilt, that part of the infrastructure of South Richvale that needed overhauling, next, was the outdated sanitation system. Leaking septic tanks and weeping tile beds kept back the development of the community into smaller lots. In fact, for "Richvale" sewers didn't come until the late 1970's. Only, then, did more new homes on infill lots start to emerge.
Today, the focal points of the community are the Richvale Community Centre, Silver City on the east side of Yonge Street, the Richmond Hill Golf and Country Club, the South Richvale Greenway and the bicycle trail from Hunter's Point in the south to the Mill Pond area in Central Richmond Hill.
South Richvale Real Estate
South Richvale Amenities
South Richvale Real Estate:After World War II some lots on streets like Scott and McKay were selling for prices of $500.00 to $600.00, while others on streets like Edgar, Oak and Spruce were difficult to sell at $100.00 per lot. This area was not as attractive as was the centre of Richmond Hill, and was even looked down upon by those living farther north. But, the lots were bigger in order to accomodate the septic tank systems. Even today, the overall impression of South Richvale is one of larger lots, where older homes are still being demolished to make way for newer and larger homes. Streets like Maryvale Crescent, Westwood Lane and Denham Drive with larger lots are well respected names in the South Richvale community.
Hunter's Point Real Estate
"Teefy" Real Estate
Two other areas of South Richvale which continue to be known by real estate agents as desirable locations are "Teefy", an exclusive subdivision of estate homes off Teefy Avenue on the east side of Bathurst Street backing to the South Richvale Greenway, and "Hunter's Point", an area of homes off Hunter's Point Drive on the north side of Old Langstaff Road east of the Richmond Hill Golf and Country Club. Although the homes here are older, now, these are "in-demand" locations with quick access to Yonge Street and Highway 7.
Robinson, M.B. and Clark, J.M., Later Days in Richmond Hill, a history of the community from 1930 t0 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 South Richvale Homes: 2012
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Schools In South Richvale:
Adrienne Clarkson P.S. (F.I.)
Charles Howitt P.S.
Ross Doan P.S.
St. Charles Garnier C.E.S.
St. Theresa of Lisieux C.H.S.
Richmond Hill Daycare
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