Hamilton Mountain is made up of a number of smaller neighbourhoods such as East Hamilton, Inch Park, Raleigh, Gourley, and Rushdale. The neighbourhood offers numerous amenities, including recreation facilities, parks, schools, restaurants, and retail stores. Public transportation and easy access to major roadways make travel to and from the neighbourhood very efficient.
Hamilton Mountain is located in southern Hamilton and extends from Upper Paradise Road in the west to Mountain Brow Boulevard in the east, and from Concession Street in the north to Twenty Road E in the south. The neighbourhood has a diverse population, with various socio-economic, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. With plenty of recreational options and numerous schools, the neighbourhood is an attractive one for families.
The Zoetic Theatre and Creative Arts Company is a performing arts theatre in the neighbourhood that hosts a variety of film screenings, theatre performances, and concerts. The venue seats 300 people and has a 24-foot screen, a comprehensive lighting and sound system, a baby grand piano, a large stage, an HD projector, and break-out rooms for conferences and meetings. The theatre also holds summer day camps for children and young people. Mountain Lanes is a bowling alley that has been operating in the neighbourhood since 1947. The venue has a number of bowling leagues for women, men, and youngsters, as well as a number of weekly specials like $2 per game, glow-in-the-dark bowling, and all-you-can-bowl days. Birthday parties and fundraising events are often held at the bowling alley, and include package deals with food and games.
There are a number of commercial areas with dining options in the neighbourhood. Conquistador Restaurant on Upper Wellington Street features Portuguese cuisine like seafood dishes and grilled meats. Customers can get their food to go, or dine in the cozy, elegantly decorated restaurant. For Italian staples, residents can head to La Spaghett Pasta House on Upper James Street. The menu includes a variety of pasta dishes and homemade pizzas, as well as an extensive wine list. Customers will enjoy the classic décor, coupled with romantic mood lighting. Gramma Willie’s, on Rymal Road E, is a quirky spot serving up diner classics like hearty breakfast plates, sandwiches, burgers, fries, and onion rings. The casual atmosphere and funky décor make it a great place to get together with friends or family for breakfast or lunch.
Hamilton Mountain offers mostly single-family detached homes, with some apartments, row houses, and other dwelling types. The average price for single-detached homes in the area is $534,863, which is similar to the average price for single-detached homes in Ontario overall ($518,000). The population of Hamilton Mountain is 125,586, and this has increased slightly over the past 15 years. Families make up 22% of the population here, 40% are couples, and 38% are single. The average annual income is $86,228, which is slightly higher than the average annual income in the province as a whole, and 49% of residents are university or college educated.
As part of the city of Hamilton, Hamilton Mountain can sometimes experience air pollution issues from heavy traffic areas and local industry. Noise affects the parts of the community closest to busy roads and highways.
Hamilton Mountain’s crime rate is similar to many other neighbourhoods in the city. The most common types of crime in the neighbourhood include break and enter (business and residential), motor vehicle theft, and theft from a motor vehicle.
Schools in the neighbourhood include Blessed Sacrament Catholic Elementary School, Calvin Christian School, St. Charles East 5th, Queensdale Elementary Public School, Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Elementary School, Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Elementary School, Nora Frances Henderson Secondary School, Sherwood Secondary School, Lawfield Elementary School, St. Margaret Mary Catholic Elementary School, Cecil B. Sterling School, St. Jean de Brébeuf Catholic Secondary School, Templemead School, St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Elementary School, St. John Paul II Catholic Elementary School, Ray Lewis Elementary School, Guido De Bres Christian High School, Lincoln Alexander School, St. Marguerite d'Youville Catholic Elementary School, St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary School, St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic School, R. A. Riddell School, Ridgemount School, and Pauline Johnson Public School.
Post-secondary options in the neighbourhood include Mohawk College, Grand Health Academy, Career Canada College, Laurel College Hamilton, and Summit College.
Hamilton Street Railway bus routes running through the neighbourhood include routes 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 34, 34A, 35, 41, 41A, 43, and 44. Some of the routes are express buses, providing faster transportation. Most of the routes feed into downtown Hamilton and other areas of the city.
Hamilton Mountain has many parks within its boundaries. Southam Park, located in the northwest corner of the neighbourhood, offers treed areas, floral displays, manicured garden areas, stone walkways, stone and wood decorative walls, and greenspace. Sam Lawrence Park, also in the northern section, features walking paths, wildflowers and prairie grasses, benches, a rock garden, treed areas, and greenspace. Mountain Drive Park in the northern section has a playground, a shelter area, walking paths, benches, treed areas, and greenspace. Sackville Hill Memorial Park, located in the central section, is one of the larger parks in the neighbourhood and offers a playground, several sports fields, and a grandstand. Located in the eastern section, Bobby Kerr Park features several ball diamonds, soccer fields, greenspace, an outdoor track, and a playground.
Those interested in hockey or ice skating have multiple arenas to choose from in the neighbourhood, including Lawfield Arena, Inch Park Arena, and the Mohawk 4 Ice Centre. The Huntington Park Recreation Centre has a variety of amenities, including a pool with a slide, a warm teaching pool, a gym, locker and changing rooms, free Wi-Fi, and a viewing area. The centre offers a variety of drop-in and registered programming for people of all ages. The Mohawk Sports Park is located in the eastern section of the neighbourhood and offers a track and field facility, four ice rinks, a stadium, ball diamonds, and soccer and football fields. The Les Chater Family YMCA provides amenities such as a fitness centre, swimming pools, a gymnasium, and a café. A variety of programs are available for people of all ages, including sports, fitness, and day camps. Two public libraries also offer community programming in the neighbourhood – the Sherwood branch and the Turner Park branch.