The most suburb-y of Toronto’s suburbs
If you want the suburban dream, Vaughan is the place for you! It is the land of kids, mini-vans, the whole nine perfectly manicured lawns. Vaughan is not your parents’ suburb though – it is yours. Full of young families, it is turned into the go-to place for 30-somethings who want to live the suburban life, without giving up things like wine o’clock at work. Because of that, the city has become this hyper-suburb while residents also swear that nothing has changed since the days when they were “young and fun”.
Vaughan used to be on the cheap side, which is one of the reasons so many young people were drawn to it. But, as its popularity has skyrocketed, its rental prices have jumped too. It doesn’t help that more and more folks are buying places in the city, lowering the number of units on the market. So what do you do? First, look around. Also, consider a variety of living arrangements, such as splitting a two-storey home with another family and sharing the rent.
Typical housing type:
Modern suburban style, detached homes.
Avg. rent by housing size:
Avg. rent compared to other Canadian cities:
Vaughan is 11% higher than the Canadian average
Apartment hunting in Vaughan can be a bit challenging. Again, much of the housing in the area is geared to buyers, not renters. Check a number of rental websites for listings, including sites that allow to post their places privately. Also, be willing to go a bit larger, if need be. For example, studios are almost non-existent here, so consider looking at a 1-bedroom or even splitting a 2-bedroom or 3-bedroom house.
Vaughan can feel a little bland sometimes, but it is a great place to raise a family. It’s easy to make friends and build communities, especially with other parents who just moved to the area. Not someone who makes friends easily? Join a parenting group and plan playdates for your kids. That will give you a more low-key environment to open up in.
Vaughan is all about its young families. Adults tend to be married 30- or 40-somethings with children not yet in high school. Now, those same people are swearing that they aren’t the regular parents, they’re the cool parents (yes, that was a Mean Girls reference). If you are in that boat where you want the mini-van but not the mom jeans and dad bods, Vaughan is the place for you.
Perfect for: Young families with two solid incomes.
Not-so-perfect for: Anyone who is afraid of buying into the suburban lifestyle.
Life & Style
Life here is about embracing the modern suburban dream. Just cringed at the idea of that? This probably is not the town for you. Did your heart soar a little? Come on down, because Vaughan-ites are your people! In Vaughan, you’ll be able to focus your life on your kids – whom you adore – while still holding onto what made young, single you, fun. On the weekends, cart the little ones off the the zoo or Canada’s Wonderland. Once they are tucked into bed though, leave them with a babysitter and pop out for a chat with friends over a bottle of wine.
Vaughan is best known for Canada’s Wonderland. There are also other fun things to do in the area, though, including Black Creek Pioneer Village and Vaughan Grove Sports Park. Shopping is centred around local mall, Vaughan Mills. Once you have shopped til you drop, take a refreshing walk in one of the town’s beautiful natural spaces, such as the Nashville Conservation Reserve. You could also pop by one of the city’s numerous clubs for a round of golf. Looking for schools in the area? You are in luck! There’s everything from primary school to York University, which is just to the south of Vaughan.
Black Creek Pioneer Village
Kortright Centre for Conservation
Vaughan Mills (including the Legoland Discovery Centre)
McMichael Canadian Art Collection
Boyd Conservation Area