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Situated just north of Toronto on the banks of the Holland River, Newmarket is a pastoral and historic little city widely considered one of Canada's best places to live.

Although it's located just 50 km north of “Hollywood North,” Newmarket, with its small-town, deep-country vibe, feels like it could be millions from the hustling, bustling Toronto. Nowhere is the city’s small town charm more tangible than the Historic Downtown District, dotted with heritage sites, shops, services, eateries, and other attractions. The entertainment, cultural, and economic hub of Newmarket, downtown is home to numerous major employers that allow many residents to earn a paycheck without ever leaving the city.

Still, many residents hold jobs in Toronto or elsewhere in the GTA. But no matter where you punch the clock, you can’t go wrong with Newmarket if you’re in the market for a home in a quaint, peaceful neighbourhood conveniently located on the doorstep of the big city.

The average household income in Newmarket is nearly $20,000 above the provincial average, making the “Heart of York” one of the most affluent locales in the Greater Toronto Area. Homes for sale in Newmarket --especially in the newer, northern neighbourhoods -- are often among the most lavish (and pricey) in all of Southern Ontario. But that doesn’t mean you have to be rolling in dough to find a Newmarket home that fits your budget. In addition to modern, multi-story houses fit for millionaires, the MLS listings for Newmarket also frequently include a variety of fixer-uppers and starter homes ideal for singles, couples, and budget-conscious homebuyers.

Most residents (about 80 percent, according to citydata.com) use their own vehicles to navigate the not-so-mean streets of Newmarket, but the city also offers its residents multiple public transportation options. The York Region Transit buses make numerous stops throughout the city, while The GO Transit trains connect commuters directly to Toronto and extend as far north as Barrie. Newmarket is also serviced by a fleet of GO buses that operate nearly 24 hours a day (5 a.m – 2 a.m.). Best yet, with 5 GO trains running during rush hour, you never have to wait too long for your ride to show.

Newmarket is one of the Golden Horseshoe’s smallest municipalities in terms of land area. It’s also one of its most densely populated, due largely to the downtown area and its surrounding neighbourhoods.

If your idea of the perfect humble abode is a well-preserved historic home in a walker-friendly neighbourhood, look no further than Central Newmarket, which also features a nice mix of newer condos and townhouses. Other centrally located neighbourhoods, like Gorsham-College Manor and Bristol-London, are highly walkable in many parts and include a variety of older homes, rental properties, and new or refurbished condos.

The further north you travel, meanwhile, the more suburban the lay of the land becomes and the more modern the neighbourhoods begin to appear. Areas like Glenway Estates, Huron Heights, and Leslie Valley consist almost entirely of newly constructed detached homes (condos, townhouses, and rentals are few and far between). These neighbourhoods are far more sparsely populated than the urban core and boast a lot of wide-open rural spaces.

A couple neighbourhoods south of downtown – Stonehaven Village on the southeast edge and Armitage in the south-central area, among others – feature recently built homes as well.

Which is better -- the richly historic, colorful downtown, or the uber-modern, family-friendly suburbs surrounding it? Tough call, but it's hard to go wrong with either, especially considering crime rates are astronomically low no matter where you choose to plant your seeds in Newmarket.

Originally an early-19th century Quaker settlement, Newmarket is a history buff’s paradise. Stroll the streets of the Historic Downtown District and learn about the town’s storied past via the many descriptive sidewalk markers, or peruse the artifacts the original settlers left behind at the Elman W. Campbell Museum.

Fairy Lake, an urban park in the center of town, is perpetually packed with joggers, picnickers, and people-watchers, while the Nokiidaa Trail System running through downtown hosts a steady stream of hikers and bikers. The city is also home to a wide range of kid-friendly amenities including the largest indoor playground in the York Region, a laser tag arena, trampoline arena, multi-purpose sports complex, and indoor rock climbing gym.

Like most cities in Southern Ontario, Newmarket takes its sports quite seriously. The city plays host to the Hurricanes of the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League and boasts curling, track and field, soccer, and badminton clubs for residents of all ages. With Toronto a mere 40-minute drive south, many residents make regular trips to the big city to catch Leafs, Jays, Raptors, FC, and Rock games as well. As city officials are proud to point out, Newmarket really does have the charm of a small town with the convenience of a big city.