Brooklin Real Estate

Brooklin is a village within the Town of Whitby. It is located in the northern part of Whitby near the intersections of Highway 7 (Winchester Road) and Highway 12 (Baldwin Street), within the Regional Municipality of Durham. Brooklin is located approximately 70 kilometres northeast of Toronto.

The population of Brooklin is approaching 20,000 and future growth could occur to the west and the north if the province approves Durham’s Growth Plan. Housing in the village is primarily low density; the majority of houses have been constructed in the past fifteen years. Brooklin also encompasses thousands of acres of rural land; there are many farms and plenty of greenspace and protected lands. The core of Brooklin contains large lots and several magnificent century homes. 

The core of Brooklin contains large lots and several magnificent century homes. Along Highway 12 (Baldwin St. North) there is a corridor of older commercial buildings that host a variety of businesses that have long served community. A modern plaza was built on the southeast corner of Baldwin St. and Winchester Rd.  And it contains tenants such Price Chopper (Sobeys), Shoppers Drug Mart, Bank of Nova Scotia, Tim Horton’s and the LCBO.

Brooklin exudes charm and character and it is considered to be a desirable place to live. Brooklin is home to several annual community events, the oldest and most popular is the Brooklin Spring Fair, which was established in 1913. This well-attended event is held the first weekend in June at the Brooklin Memorial Park on Winchester Road.

History

Brooklin was founded in 1840 by the Campbell, Way, McGee and Hepinstall families at the intersection of Centre Road (Baldwin Street) and Winchester Road. The village was originally named Winchester. However, in 1847, when a post office was established, it was discovered there was already a Town of Winchester in Ontario. The name was changed to Brooklin, probably after the brook which ran through the town. When the Centre Road was built through Brooklin in 1845, it became the site of the community's downtown.

Amongst the early downtown buildings is an old hotel built in 1883, now used as the Royal Canadian Legion Hall; and a three-storey yellow brick store which was once the Whitby Township Hall. Brooklin was a milling centre for grinding wheat into flour. At one time, there were four mills, two tanneries and several saw mills in the village. Near the downtown, on Cassels Road, is one of the oldest brick flour mills in Ontario. Built in 1848, it was fully operational until 1989. The building has accommodated retail and service businesses since that time and remains very much the same as it was.

On January 1, 1968, Whitby and the Township of Whitby, which included Brooklin and the 3 rural hamlets of Ashburn, Myrtle and Myrtle Station, amalgamated into a new Town of Whitby.

Living in Brooklin

Housing developments arrived in the late 1950s with the Meadowcrest subdivision, which is located northwest of the intersection of Hwy 7 and Hwy12. This neighbourhood consists of small bungalows built on 70 foot lots. The area was simply known as “the subdivision” no other housing developments were constructed within Brooklin for forty years. Housing activity resumed in the mid-1990s east of the village between Queen St. and Thickson Rd. with the Village of Brooklin subdivision (built by Tribute Communities), and continued into the late-1990s with further developments to the southeast. Housing developments reached Ashburn Road to the west in 2000, the development featuring a decorative water control pond, and the Olde Winchester subdivision was begun east of Thickson Rd. in 2001. Growth is expected to bring the population of the village to capacity of 25,000 residents by 2015.

Brooklin has an ice pad at the Luther Vipond Arena and other facilities such as baseball diamonds, soccer fields and tennis courts.  Brooklin has six golf courses: Devil's Den, Lakeridge Links/Whispering Ridge, Eldorado, Lyndebrook and Winchester Golf Club. Lacrosse is a popular local sport. Brooklin was once known as the smallest town in the world to have a Major Series Lacrosse team. In 1968, the Brooklin Redmen, an MSL team, won the esteemed Mann Cup, and the team went on to win the cup again in 1969, 1985, 1987, 1988 and 1990.

Brooklin is largely a bedroom community because many residents commute to other parts of the GTA. The largest employers in Brooklin include Brooklin Concrete Products and a Price Chopper food store. A business corridor extends along Baldwin Street from Roybrook Drive north to Way Street and includes local services, bank, groceries and retail outlets like Brooklin Home Hardware.

Brooklin could be described as being an upper middle class community. It is family oriented and its recreation facilities promote those values. Large conservations areas such as Heber Downs and other natural reserves add to the quality of life of its population. There is reasonable range of housing choices, from townhouses to million dollar homes in north Brooklin and estates in rural areas. Housing within Brooklin is generally affordable, with starter townhouses available for $260,000 and four bedroom detached houses start at $375,000.

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