halton hills

established 1819


About Halton Hills

The Town of Halton Hills is a unique combination of two urban areas, Georgetown and Acton, and historic hamlets, Glen Williams, Hornby, Limehouse, and Norval. Halton Hills was incorporated as a town in 1974. It was named after Major William Halton, secretary to the lieutenant governor of Upper Canada, Francis Gore. Fun fact: from 1926 to 1935, Norval was home to Lucy Maud Montgomery, author of Anne of Green Gables.

Halton Hills is located approximately 45 km west of Toronto and was created by the amalgamation of Acton, Georgetown, and Esquesing Township. It also encompasses several other hamlets — Ballinafad, Stewarttown, Glen Lawson, Speyside, Ashgrove, Crewson’s Corners, Bannockburn, Henderson’s Corners, Whaley’s Corners, Mansewood, Silver Creek, and Terra Cotta.

Today, Halton Hills is considered part of the Greater Toronto Area. It is connected to Toronto by GO Transit rail service, which stops at both Georgetown and Acton.

Halton Hills, unsurprisingly, features a hilly landscape, as well as long rural stretches of farmland. It is considered one of the largest agricultural regions in the Greater Toronto Area. The area also contains part of the Niagara Escarpment, with a number of conservation areas (e.g. Credit Valley Conservation) and access to the Bruce Trail.

About Acton

It all started back in 1829 when the Adams brothers came from Lower Canada (Quebec) looking to purchase some farmland. Each acquired parcels of land from the Canada Company and by 1842, their combined holdings totaled approximately 500 acres. The Adams brothers decided to survey their farms into town lots, open and name streets, and call the settlement Adamsville. However, in 1844 when a post office was established in the community, the name of the town was changed to Acton.

In Acton, the primary industry was tanning, earning it the nickname “Leathertown.” It began in 1842 under Captain Abraham Nelles and in 1865, the Beardmore Tanning Company opened. Tanning has been an important industry for Acton and at one time was the largest tanner in Canada. To celebrate, thousands come out each year to the Leathertown Festival. Acton is the home of the Olde Hyde House and their catchphrase, “it’s worth the drive to Acton”.

Acton was incorporated as a village in 1874 and as a town in 1950.

About Georgetown

Early settlers were drawn to the Halton Hills area because of the power of the Credit River. In 1823, George Kennedy, Charles Kennedy’s younger brother, arrived from the Niagara region and opened a mill. A family of four brothers — William, James, Joseph and Robert Barber — bought the mill and foundry in 1837 and named the settlement Georgetown.

Georgetown started booming in the 1850s, and by the late 1880s the Barber brothers pioneered the use of hydroelectric power from the Credit River for their mills. Georgetown was incorporated as a village in 1865 and as a town in 1922.

market update
market update

Comparative Analysis

  2022 Y/Y M/M
Sales 54 -32.5% -10.0%
New Listings 175 96.6% -5.4%
Average Sale Price $1,303,862 1.8% -9.6%
Median Sale Price $1,275,000 5.4% -3.9%
SNLR* 30.9% -59.0% -1.6%

Source: TRREB Market Watch Report – Summary of Existing Home Transactions (Detached)

*SNLR (Sales-to-New-Listings-Ratio)

  • SNLR at 55% or more indicates a seller’s market; more buyers than properties for sale
  • SNLR between 34% and 54% indicates a balanced market; about the same number of properties for sale as there are buyers
  • SNLR at 35% or less indicates a buyer’s market; more properties for sale than there are buyers
halton hills
halton hills

June 2022

Higher borrowing costs continued to impact home sales in June 2022. The Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB) has released its latest market stats, which show a 41 percent decline in sales compared to last year across all housing types. The average selling price, at $1,146,254, remained 5.3 per cent above the June 2021 level, but continued to trend lower on a monthly basis. Month-over-month the average selling price dipped by 5.5 per cent.

While the number of transactions was down year-over-year, the number of new listings was up in most of our service areas. This has provided for an even greater shift into a buyer’s market, resulting in a more moderate annual pace of price growth.

“Our region continues to grow because we attract people and businesses from all around the world. All of these people will require a place to live, whether they choose to buy or rent. Despite the shorter-term impact of higher borrowing costs, housing demand will remain strong over the long-term, as long as we can produce homes within which people can live. Policy makers at all levels need to make this their key goal,” said TRREB CEO John DiMichele.


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