Milliken is a vast community in the City of Markham, which is situated northeast of the city of Toronto. There are east and west portions to this neighbourhood. Milliken Mills East is enclosed between McCowan Road to the east, Steeles Avenue to the south, Kennedy Road to the west and Highway 407 to the north. Milliken Mills West lies between Kennedy Road to the east, Steeles Avenue to the south, Highway 404 to the west and Highway 407 to the north. The majority of these neighbourhoods' landscapes are commercial developments, with residential housing sprinkled in the mix.
Homeownership in both areas is high, 82% of residents in the West own their property in comparison to 18% who rent, and they have an average household income of $91,454. In the East, 90% own their property in comparison to 10% who rent, and the average household income is slightly higher at $104,947.
The Mills West neighbourhood largely features linked houses, accounting for 53% of sales, accompanied by detached houses at 32% and semi-detached houses at 14%. Two storey houses are the most common trend in the area, and the majority of properties have three bedrooms. The average price in the West over the past year was $990,398, an increase of 21% over the same term last year. The average freehold cost over the past year was $1,090,114, compared to the average condo price of $329,000 over the same timeframe.
The Mills East neighbourhood largely features linked houses, accounting for 39% of sales, accompanied by detached houses at 37% and condos at 12%. Two storey houses are the most common trend and the majority of properties have four bedrooms. The average price in the East over the past year was $971,225, an increase of 23% over the same previous term. The average freehold cost over the past year was $1,389,091, compared to the average condo price of $446,888 over the same timeframe.
This is a diverse neighbourhood known for its population of Cantonese, Mandarin, Greek, and Tamil speakers. These neighbourhoods are fantastic for all kinds of households, but families are the biggest demographic. Families with children generally have 1 child at home in the West and two in the East, with a large percentage of the kids under the age of 14.
Motorists have easy access to the most important arteries in the area such as Highways 404 and 407, as well as many of Markham's main roads that have been widened to ease traffic flow and congestion. Public transportation also presents little difficulty for the residents of this neighbourhood. The TTC, YRT, Viva and GO Transit all serve the community, making it ideal for commuters and families alike. There are several bus routes that can take you to your destination in no time.
This neighbourhood has many conveniences and amenities for the locals, including of a variety of shops, upscale restaurants, bars, cafes, shopping centres, professional services, a modern public library, and the Milliken Park Recreational Trail that winds through the neighbourhoods. Markham is a very green place to live and those seeking adventure can easily explore this "walkable" city by way of cycling or foot by taking advantage its many green spaces, parks, and walkways.
The City of Markham is one of the quickest growing municipalities in Ontario and the most ethnically diverse. Its current population is estimated to be 340,000, and it is constantly growing. There was a 15.3% increase from 2006, which is approximately 3 times faster than Canada's average.
What sets this city apart from the rest of the municipalities in the GTA is that it continues to be a close-knit community, making it an excellent area to raise a family, start a career or call home. There is no shortage of amenities for those who buy or invest here. This is where new residents will find just the right mix of lifestyle and value.
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