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STREETSVILLE – The Village In The City

       Streetsville Plaque

STREETSVILLE  is a unique pocket nestled within the north west part of the City of Mississauga. It is referred to as “the village in the city” and occupies the west and east  banks of the Credit River, with the majority located on the   west bank. STREETSVILLE is known for its wonderful schools,  and its family friendly, safe neighbourhood environment.

As you take a leisurely stroll along Queen street, the main street in this Streetsville neighbourhood, its small town charm is quickly evident  as you notice a number of historical buildings and streetscapes, blended with trendy shops, and the more modern suburban development surrounding it. The Ice Cream Parlour, is a popular spot on a hot sunny afternoon.

STREETSVILLEoffers a wide variety of home types from bungalows, semi-detached, condominiums, and tonwhomes.  The majority of homes in Streetsville are detached. Property values in this quaint  community range from $350,000 up to $1,200,000 +… making it a wonderfully affordable place for a variety of families to live.

Streetsville has a population of about 55,600.  In 1974 a number of communities were amalgamated, and Mississauga became a city. The last Mayor of STREETSVILLE, Hazel McCallion who served from 1970 to 1973, then became the third mayor of Mississauga.  As of March, 2010, Mayor McCallion still occupies that office, and she lives in Streetsville.

STREETSVILLE has a number of popular community events such as the   The Bread and Honey Festival in June, and the poplular annual Santa Clause Parade on Queen Street.

Credit Valley Railroad

Although the former village is surrounded by modern suburban development, it seeks to keep a “small town” charm by retaining a variety of historical buildings and streetscapes. As part of this attempt to maintain a separate identity from the larger city, the names of several main Mississauga roads, as they pass through STREETSVILLE, revert to what they were called when Streetsville was an independent village. These include Mississauga Road and Bristol Road, which revert to Queen Street and Main Street respectively. Other main thoroughfares that cross STREETSVILLE include Creditview Road, Eglinton Avenue and Britannia Road.

In 1818, the British made a second purchase of 648,000 acres (2,620 km2) of land from the indigenous Mississauga peoples. Before it could be opened for settlement, the land had to be surveyed, and as was usual for the time, surveyors would receive a grant of land from the parcel that they surveyed as compensation for their work. Timothy Street, along with Richard Bristol, a qualified surveyor, applied for a contract to survey parts of the newly available land. As they did their work, Street quickly began to appreciate the immense potential for settlement along the Credit River, and made plans to erect both a saw and grist mill once his work was finished.

In April 1819, the surveyed land was opened for settlement, and the first settler in the area, James Glendinning, settled on a parcel of land along Mullet Creek. Timothy Street did build his saw and grist mills, using stones from Glendinning’s land.

A large quarry of red clay lay on the west side of the village, encouraging the use of brick for construction.

In 1821, STREETSVILLE’S first general store, now known as Montreal House, was built, and still stands. Another landmark, Timothy Street’s house, was built in 1825 and is one of the oldest brick houses in Peel Region.

In 1855, William Graydon and Peter Douglass built a large brick building, and sold it in 1859 to Bennet Franklin, a partner in Barber Brothers Toronto Woollen Mills. It became known as Franklin House. In 1910, under new ownership, the name was changed to the Queen’s Hotel. Although it ceased to operate as a hotel when its public room was closed with the enforcement of the Canada Temperance Act, it continued to be used for commercial purposes. At present, it has been designated under the terms of the Ontario Heritage Act and protected by a heritage easement, and now houses a restaurant and a variety of small businesses and offices.

Streetsville Cenotaph

In 1858, STREETSVILLE was incorporated as a village. Timothy Street’s son, John, was the first reeve.

For the next century, STREETSVILLE largely existed as a long narrow village with all of its shops, three churches, the cenotaph and the library located on Queen Street, which ran between the Credit River and the railway track.

In 1953, two of the first suburbs in Canada, Vista Heights and Riverview, were built to the southwest and northeast respectively. Vista Heights was notable because the town council of the time made the unprecedented decision to require the developer to build a K-6 (kindergarten to Grade 6) elementary school. These suburbs and Vista Heights Public School opened in 1955, presaging the future high growth of middle-class suburbs in the area.

I live and work in STREETSVILLE.  If you are thinking of buying or selling, or know of anyone who is, please give me a call.  I love referrals!!  (416) 717-6331



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