Cornell is a small community located in northeast Markham and bounded by Hwy. 407, 16th Avenue, Ninth Line and Donald Cousens Parkway. This burgeoning neighborhood was one of the first master-planned communities in Markham, whereby its pedestrian-friendly nature, mixed-use buildings and transit accessibility was all premeditated before its development in the late 1990s. Indeed, Cornell is an award-winning neighbourhood.


Although Cornell is in proximity to well-established neighbourhoods, it certainly doesn’t live in their shadows. Cornell, as small and new as it may be, is gradually forging its own identity. The area hosts a number of events for residents, including the annual Cornell Picnic, Community Garage Sale, and Christmas Caroling events.

The Vibe

Cornell offers a very relaxed vibe and you’ll frequently find people strolling along the streets, spending time in the parks or unwinding on their patios. There is an overarching sense of newness due to the abundance of new real estate developments, as well as the innovative architectural design of the buildings and houses, most notably those with rear-lane garages.

Meet the Neighbours

Cornell has attracted many first-time homebuyers, young families and an older demographic in need of downsizing. Cornell continues to grow in popularity due to the fact that it is more affordable than some of the surrounding areas in Markham, as well as for its family-friendly amenities, including Markham-Stouffville Hospital and the Cornell Community Centre.

In the Area

Cornell is one of the up-and-coming neighborhoods in the GTA. The average housing price at the time was $650,000, and there has been an upward trend in the market since 2008. The average cost of rent is $1,027 per month.

Distance from Markham City Hall

12 km

Planes, Trains & Automobiles

GO transit, York Region Transit (YRT) and the VIVA are easily accessible for Cornell residents. The closest GO-stations are Mount Joy and Markham, which will take you to Toronto’s Union Station in approximately 50 minutes.

The Good, the Bad & the Rest

The area boasts an array of amenities such as the Cornell Community Centre and Library on Bur Oak Avenue and Church Street. The building includes a gym, indoor playground and three pools. Bur Oak Avenue is the retail main street comprising mostly service-oriented businesses. The street has a very holistic vibe, as many of the businesses specialize in health and wellness. Box Grove Centre is minutes outside Cornell, where you’ll find Longos, banks, cafes and restaurants.

Dollars & Sense

There is not much of a nightlife in Cornell and thus residents typically have to venture outside of Cornell to experience a good social scene. A popular spot for Cornell residents is Markham Main Street, which is just minutes away and has some upbeat restaurants and pubs.

Neighbourhood Hotspots

Cornell Cuts for Kids

Never hear your kids complain about getting a haircut again! Cornell Cuts for Kids is a specialty hair salon that caters specifically to children. This salon transforms a typical haircut into something fun.

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Two Friends Chocolates

Everyone loves chocolate, so naturally, Two Friends Chocolates has become one of Cornell’s favourite hot spots. This shop offers exotic chocolate products that will make your mouth water!

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Naturally Inspired

This massage therapy clinic is the perfect place to unwind. Naturally Inspired has been around for years, and has established a reputation in the neighborhood for being one of the best!

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Pure Mer

This quaint spa is one of the top spots for women looking for some R&R. Pure Mer offers massages and skin treatments that are up to par with some of the well-known downtown spas, but without the high costs.

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Tripl3 Baked

Tripl3 Baked is the newest sensation to hit the Cornell Community. Offering freshly baked cookies, cupcakes and macaroons, this bakery takes ‘caking’ to a whole new level.

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The Secret Lotus

This place is all about getting in touch with your spiritual side. The Secret Lotus offers interesting services including Tarot card readings, energy balancing and meditation classes. You'll also find unique gems and hand-made jewelry.

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