Observatory real estate guide & listings for sale
Observatory is a fairly good neighbourhood to buy a house in for those who prefer a relaxed environment. There are a few parks nearby for residents to discover, which makes them very easy to access. This part of Richmond Hill is also quiet, as there are generally low levels of noise from traffic - however some areas can be quite loud, especially around the railway line.
Driving is very often the preferred approach to move around in this part of the town. Accessing a parking spot is quite easy. In contrast, travelling by transit can be occasionally difficult in Observatory by reason of the low service level. Nevertheless, homeowners benefit from about 10 bus lines, and it is especially convenient to get to a nearby bus stop from most homes. Walking in this neighbourhood is not very popular, even though carrying out daily needs is easy on foot. Moving around by bicycle is also difficult in Observatory as the cycling infrastructure is not very extensive, and there are a good number of hills.
About 40% of properties in Observatory were constructed in the 1990s, while the majority of the remaining buildings were built in the 1980s and the 2000s. Large apartment buildings are the predominant housing type, representing about 45% of buildings in this neighbourhood, while single detached homes and townhouses make up most of the remaining housing stock. Homeowners occupy roughly two thirds of the units in Observatory and the remainder are rented. This neighbourhood has a good selection of housing size options, ranging from lofts to four or more bedrooms.
Families will value that no matter where their house is located in this area, daycares and primary schools are close by. On the other hand, parents may consider it difficult for their children to access high schools on foot. At the primary level, both public and private schools can be found. Concerning food, home buyers in Observatory commonly need a vehicle to access the nearest grocery store. Nonetheless, pharmacies are typically easy to reach on foot and provide some staple foods. Observatory is a fairly good place in which to go out to eat, and a small selection of coffee shops is available as well.