Over the last 13 years Shelburne has been discovered by young families and retired couples and first time home buyers who call it affordable, charming and safe. While that flies in the face of some locals and even some residents of Dufferin that say it’s boring, there’s nothing to do, it’s so far away (mostly self-directed) propaganda about who lives there, it’s a hard charge to deny, especially when you walk or drive down the streets and see 14 commercial building units for lease around town.
Shelburne is divided into quadrants such a North & South. To the north of town, there’s the victorian homes along main street, the post war homes (WWII), one of the newer subdivisions called Fiddler’s Glen Estates another called Cedar Hills. To the south, the newer subdivision of Shelburne Meadows, the boom of the 60 and 70’s and again some century homes.
Shelburne was a small farming community an still is but with all the new housing things are changing. Today real estate values are becoming more in line with the standards set by Orangeville (about 70 to 80k less). It’s a community in transition, and conflicts are inevitable, such as the recent one over a plan to build a Mega Quarry on the spot occupied by the BEST farmland and the source of over 600 million liters of water a day (that flow under the ground in vast aquifers to lake Ontario) north of the city. It was opposed by a vocal group of locals (then all over the city of Toronto all the way across the country) and withdrawn by the Highland Companies late last year, and while there’s still debate about what exactly happened, it put a momentary spotlight on a part of Shelburne that embodies the towns’s past and future in just a few kms.
Now that People are discovering the charms and ambiance of Shelburne, judging by the success of two new major subdivisions there – Greenbook Village (321 detached homes & 70 townhomes) and The Neighbourhoods of Summerhill (234 detached homes & 121 townhouses) both have homes available.
Young singles, young families and retired couples who have come from various areas such as Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Orangeville as well as from Shelburne are finding that Shelburne is right in the centre of everything. Your only 1hr or less to parts of the GTA and 40 minutes to Collingwood, Blue Mountain and Wasaga Beach.
I would say that approximately 45% per cent of the homes in the 355- lot Greenbook Village have been sold since October 2011 and 23% per cent of The Neighbourhoods of Summerhill since September of 2012. Both projects are under construction in right now.
Right now I would say about approximately 65% per cent of Shelburne residents are commuters, mostly to the GTA. It’s only a 40-minute drive from the GTA but during the winter people can expect delays for people that commute for work due to Dufferin County being located in the snowbelt reagion. There is a GO Bus which travels to the GO Train station in Brampton four times per day, but it only leaves form Orangeville.
Ok so you have the back story and all the elements that make Shelburne, Shelbure. Now what is coming down the pipe for the next 2o years.
Years ago, during one of my first visits to Shelburne, I was parked at on the street looking at at a map of Shelburne (now I have an iPhone for that..LOL) when two ladies walking down the street introduced themselves. “You must be new around here,” they said. I replied, “Yes I am, I’m thinking about moving here” as I thought to myself, “Wow, this really is a small town.”
Not much has changed over the 7 years I’ve been here :). But Shelburne is a growing town. It’s increased it’s population by over +40% in 20 years and it’s it’s about to grow another +26% in the coming 5-8 years.
Today, after a of decade of steady, thoughtful growth, Shelburne has all the possible makings of a small city. There is lots of industrial land, commercial land, infill projects, new schools, lots of new homes and LOTS of friendly people.
Take a look of the inventory of land Shelburne has. If you simply take some time to explore what the town has done with its downtown you will see here are lots of business opportunity’s all around us and in my opinion…..Shelburne will grow (it’s mandated by the places to grow act) and with growth there will be new employment and with jobs will come new small business owners that will cater to to the locals. AND.. if they locals support the new stores then the town will be come a very nice self sustaining :).
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