When you think of suburban living you often imagine new communities on the outer edges of the city. The streets are lined with cookie cutter houses. There’s a simple park with a playground for the kids, but otherwise not much in the way of recreation. Many suburban neighbourhoods buck the stereotype but none more so than Dundas in Hamilton. Formerly a separate town from the city of Hamilton, Dundas has a unique history all its own with breathtaking natural recreation opportunities and classic architecture that’s rarely found anywhere else. Residents in this area enjoy a neighbourly, one-of-a-kind community spirit, with the added benefits of being a part of the city of Hamilton.
Because Dundas was once a town in its own right, the neighbourhood is basically a small town. There’s a downtown area with shops and historic buildings as well as residential areas and other commercial districts. If you didn’t know better, you might not even think this beautiful little place is a part of a larger city. Dundas encourages that feeling. Yet the community is just a few minutes outside East Hamilton. The historic buildings here show off the area’s heritage, grabbing your attention whenever you’re nearby, and it’s not uncommon to see television shows or movies being shot outside the beautiful Dundas town hall. Living here certainly does not feel like your typical city lifestyle.
Despite its small-town vibe, Dundas has a large selection of entertainment options. The Carnegie Library is one of the major landmarks in the neighbourhood and it houses the popular Carnegie Gallery. Here you can see new exhibitions, enjoy book readings and concerts, as well as shop for that unique piece of art to put your mark on your new home. The Dundas Valley Orchestra is one of Canada’s most renowned amateur orchestras and brings music lovers to Dundas from all the surrounding areas. It doesn’t end there for music fans. In the park there is an annual summer concert series held by the Dundas Concert Band whose roots date back to the 1800’s. And, if you want to become a musician yourself, the Dundas Conservatory of Music offers lessons to the community. Clearly, Dundas has a vibrant history rooted deep in arts and culture that survives to this day.
The wide variety of real estate options available in Dundas makes it a great place to find your dream home. Do you want to live in a historic single-family property or to find a modern townhouse? It’s all available in this incredible community, and you’re certain to find a place that fits your lifestyle. Many of the single-family homes in the area are mature buildings with beautiful landscaping. Tall trees are common in the yards of Dundas homes. When looking at single-family homes, be sure to ask about what renovations have been done recently, and never judge a book by its cover. A home which looks very old-style on the outside may have been heavily renovated inside and feature many modern amenities. This is perfect for those who want the classic curb appeal but with a newer interior.
Apartments and condos are also plentiful in Dundas. From low- or mid-rise multi-unit dwellings to buildings with several floors and dozens of units, the apartment or condo of your dreams is waiting. The age of these properties can vary wildly, as with the single-family homes here. It would be advisable to view several listings and get a sense of what’s available before you jump in with both feet.
Many people choose Dundas for its quiet, small-town feel. There isn’t a lot of pollution or traffic noise. It truly feels like a picturesque place you might see in the movies – maybe this is because it has been used as the setting for many films! Air pollution in this area of Ontario can sometimes be a concern. If you or someone in your family is sensitive to air pollution, keep a close eye on the warnings that are issued in order to ensure your health and safety. However, that said, those days are the exception and not the norm.
Dundas has the advantage of being set a few minutes away from the big city, and less people just naturally means less crime. In addition, Hamilton as a whole boasts a crime rate that’s below the national average. Crime should not be a major concern for anyone thinking of living in the area.
Again, the fact that Dundas was once its own town makes for a unique schooling situation. There is no shortage of schools in the area and kids never have to travel far to get to class. The elementary schools here include Dundana, Dundas Central Public, Yorkview, and Sir William Osler. Older students will attend Dundas Valley Secondary. There are also several schools that are part of independent school boards in the area, making for no shortage of education options.
One of the advantages of being part of a big city is enjoying the great public transportation which that entails. For residents of Dundas who work or enjoy spending time in Hamilton, there are several bus stops to get them into the city. It’s only a few minutes ride to East Hamilton where you can change buses or make your way to a light rail stop. Unfortunately, the light rail transit system doesn’t extend to Dundas at this moment in time.
Looking beyond the historic buildings, vibrant culture and music scene – not to mention the occasional Hollywood star sighting – there’s still plenty more to do with your family in Dundas. Take in the sights, sounds and smells of the Dundas Cactus Festival with your loved ones during the summer. Enjoy the natural beauty of the valley and visit Webster’s Falls or Tew’s Falls, two of the most popular waterfalls in the area. Bruce Trail is a popular hiking spot and many hikers often end up at Dundas Peak to get a bird’s eye view of the area. There’s no shortage of fun and activities for your family when you live in Dundas.