Life in Paradise - Why Move to Halton Hills
Many years ago my wife and I decided to look for a new place to raise our family. We had been living in an area of Toronto that had been exciting when we were single. However, now that we were starting our family, it didn't have those ingredients that we felt were important for raising a young family.
We had a vision of finding a location with hills, valleys, streams and walking trails. We pictured a smaller town with a little slower pace and friendly residents who would say "good morning" when passing on the street. With small children on the way, we were also looking for a location with a low crime rate and good quality education.
We spent several spring weekends going for day trips to areas just on the edge of the GTA. We had considered east and north-east of Toronto, however, Ajax, Whitby and Oshawa all seemed like simply a continuation of the built-up suburbs of Toronto, while places north-east lacked quick transportation alternatives for getting into the city for work or visiting of friends. Also we had looked north of Toronto and once again felt that that corridor was simply too densely populated for what we were looking for. We visited Guelph, Campbellville, Rockwood and Erin to the north-west.
One day in the Spring of 1990, while driving home from Erin, we noticed a directional sign with "Georgetown" written on it. We had vague recollections of hearing the name before, however, new nothing about the town. As we took a little drive around, we were both pleasantly surprised by what we were seeing. Rivers, valleys, parks, mature treed neighborhoods and a quaint little downtown main street. We noticed signs pointing to a Go Train station. We looked at each other and almost at the same instant said, "Let's drop in to a real estate office".
Three months later, in June, 1990, we moved into a cute little bungalow near the old Park district of Georgetown. Over the past 23 years, we have raised our two daughters, Christine and Martha and enjoyed making many new friends, both born-and-raised local Georgetown folks, as well as other newer residents such as ourselves. Our children grew up in a safe and friendly environment and loved their schools and wonderful committed teachers. They played soccer, took dance and singing lessons had part-time jobs through high school and hiked along portions of the Bruce Trail just outside of town. In short, they both had a wonderful and healthy upbringing in what I now like to call ........ "Paradise"!