Sutton is situated around a small river, the Black River, that flows from the south and East. Sutton is passed by a road linking Woodbine Avenue and the highway linking Toronto and Beaverton (Highway 48) forming a T junction to the southeast. The nearest superhighway is Highway 404 to the southwest. The road known as Baseline Road connects Sutton to Keswick. Sutton was once bounded with the old township of North Gwillimbury to the west. From the amalgamation, Sutton is in the central part of Georgina. The Canadian National rail runs south of Sutton and links with Toronto and Orillia as well as Northern Ontario. Sutton is located E of Keswick, about 25 to 30 km SW of Beaverton, S of Orillia, W of Lindsay, about 12 to 15 km N of Mount Albert, about 70 to 75 km N of Toronto and about 35 km NE of Newmarket.
· Population: about 5,000 (2001)
Sutton is sandwiched between forests and farmlands. A large forest dominates the south and southeast covering about 50 to 100 km² directly outside Sutton. The forest are mainly made up of pine and other varieties of trees. Farmlands cover the west and southwest dominating about 50 km² and to the east. The downtown streets are aligned at a 45° angle. Snake Island is situated to the northwest. A small bay is to the northeast.
Sutton is also rich with tourist attractions, including the Sutton Fair, the Briars Resort, and many spas, golf courses, beaches, and recreational attractions on Lake Simcoe.
Types of homes for sale in Sutton Ontario:
Housing developments came in the mid-20th century to the northern part and continued slowly until the 1980s. The subdivision 2 km to the east continued in the 1980s and the early-1990s whereas each street is alphabetized from A to L. Housing projects later slowed in the 1990s and the 2000s and the population has slowed. Cottages are also found in the area located along the shore of Lake Simcoe.
Homes for sale in Sutton have an average list price of $540,909. The average home for sale in Sutton sells for $540,863 with an average sale to list price ratio of 100 percent. The average time a home spends on the market in Sutton is 18 days. The average home for sale in Sutton has 3 Bedrooms and 2 Washrooms
Sutton, much like Keswick, was originally heavily populated with a number of older cottages on large lots, many of which are being renovated, redeveloped, or turned into income properties. Sutton’s unique charm to residents is derived by it’s historic downtown along the Black River, featuring the old Bourchier Mill, a number of century homes, and some village-era mixed-use retail/commercial/residential structures in a charming walkable downtown setting.
Sutton also features a number of beautiful rural areas with large acreages, quality soil, and massive farming operations. The area has become popular for many different types of agriculture, especially equine users and horse farms from the Greater Toronto Area.
Sutton, Ontario has also experienced a large amount of new home construction, and massive growth of new homes, with a number of popular developments including Ballymore’s Jubilee and Trilogy, Oxford Homes’ The Fairgrounds, Delpark’s Cedar Ridge, Alliance Homes’ Hedge Road Landing, A&P’s Highfield Landing in Downtown Sutton, and Briarwood Homes’ Jackson’s Point by the Bay.
These large, new developments have substantially increased the average price of homes for sale in Sutton, Ontario, while prompting an influx of commercial and retail service amenities along Dalton Road, and future growth planned for the Highway 48 area.
Commercial Real Estate in Sutton Ontario
Dalton Road is a unique and dynamic retail corridor that connects Sutton and Jackson’s point, dotted with grocers, local tenants, and dining establishments. A number row of dated residential structures occupies the western frontage of the street, presenting opportunity for owner-operator commercial service establishments. Addition of the LCBO pad site on the north end of the corridor offers support to the long-term growth sustainability and outlook from commercial buyers and developers.
The neighbouring High Street corridor, once a charming downtown, seems to fall victim to the big box development along Dalton Road, with High Street vacancy rates negatively correlated to Dalton Road occupancy rates. Commuter and visitor traffic in Sutton is split relatively evenly between the arteries of Highway 48 and Baseline Road (to Woodbine and HWY 404). Residential development seems to follow a similar pattern, with large scale developments fronting on both arterial roads.
Dalton Road continues to maintain the majority of national and AAA tenancies, and is experiencing a slow and steady infill through pad sites on existing plazas. The greatest opportunities for landlords, investors, and commercial tenants lie in the outstanding residential structures along the corridor, and the future potential for Georgina’s Economic Development Demartment to create a tax-incremental grant program for retail development façade revitalization. With residential development sprawling away from Dalton Road, a gradual balancing of retail traffic and downtown revitalization seems to be in the future for High Street Sutton, while Highway 48 seems ripe with speculative investment and tenants eager to capitalize on highway exposure and adjacent residential development. A gradual buildup of Baseline Road can be seen moving westward from Dalton Road in a similar fashion, featuring mostly local commercial services, retail, and franchise tenants.
In the mixed-use space, the potential future creation of a mixed-use node along the High Street Corridor can be seen in the long-term, with proper zoning present along the entire corridor. A potential future exists for dense residential structures on downtown riverfront lots and the walkable retail demanded by the aging population that would fill said structures.