Living in Bradford
Bradford West Gwillimbury is an affluent town which is just a half-hour drive north from Toronto. It has a small-town urban atmosphere and overlooks the picturesque and unique farming community knows as Holland Marsh.
The Marsh’s fertile soil is well-known for growing high-quality crops. Staples like carrots and onions are grown alongside more exotic crops such as bok choy and endives. Many of the crops grown in the “salad-bowl of Canada” can be sampled and purchased at The Bradford West Gwillimbury Farmers' Market, the largest of the three farmer’s markets in Bradford. The farmer’s market is the cornerstone of any farming community and Bradford is no exception, this market provides the community with fresh greens, meat products, crafts, flowers and all sorts of other local products.
Downtown Bradford, which is currently undergoing revitalization to improve infrastructure, is surrounded by smaller communities like Christina, Regal Crest , Lormel which stand to benefit from the plan to create a cutting-edge, metropolitan core for the town. The revitalization will create more greenways for pedestrian and bicycle use as well as improving lighting and sidewalks. The revitalization ensures that Bradford and its municipalities will remain green, clean and modern in the future.
Some of Bradford’s most beautiful homes can be found in Westin which is located slightly east of downtown Bradford. This neighborhood certainly has some of that rural magic that is hard to find so close to the city. Lush greenery is the standard in this neighborhood and many residents partake in gardening to make use of the wonderful Bradford soil.
Further east of Westin is Grand Central and it is even more tranquil. With an idyllic creek running through acres of parkways it is hard to fathom a more picturesque community. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park is located minutes from here and provides a swimming pool, volleyball courts, playgrounds, min-golf, pedal karts, camping and much more to the community
Summerlyn Village is located on Holland Street West, east of highway 400. This is a model planned neighborhood complete with secondary and elementary schools and features plenty of protected green space, parks and shopping.
Fennels Corner, located in the very north of Bradford, provides a rural lifestyle while still being located on the major though fare Yonge Street. Residents here can enjoy the quite solitude of living in a rural environment while having direct access to downtown Toronto right at their doorstep.
West of highway 400 is Bond Head, home to “The Club at Bond Head” a premier golf club that is owned and operated by Bradford resident and professional golfer, Ian Leggatt. The Club offers two courses: one is a Links style course with rough, fescue and bunkers, the other is a more traditional course with elevation changes, bent-grass fairways and bluegrass rough. Prestigious FostersForestnot only overlooks The Club at Bond Head but offers a beautiful view for miles. Surrounded by forest, parks, this quiet neighborhood offers luxury life style with 5 min drive Bradford’s amenities.
Golfview Estates is small and cozy neighborhood, conveniently located near larger communities. Shops, schools, various community centres are just a couple minutes’ walk away which certainly adds to the small-town feel. Outdoor sports and activities are particularly popular in Golfview estates, the nearby Scanlon Creek Recreation Area is avidly used for picnics and nature walks as well as more intense activities like softball, basket-ball, tennis, swimming, skating and it even has a skateboard park!
When snow falls on the hiking and bicycle trails of Holland Landing, the fun doesn’t have to stop there because the Holland Landing Snowmobile club, which describes itself as “the closest snowmobile club to Toronto”, offers lessons and maintains snowmobile trails for residents and newcomers to enjoy during the winter. Whatever your hobby, be it summer or winter, you will find an outlet for it in Bradford.
Bradford is ready to inspire anyone willing to make their next move into the wonderful region above Toronto.