Not too many neighbourhoods in Canada can proudly say they share their community with one of the world’s most prestigious and historic universities, one that boasts Nobel laureates. But Westdale has McMaster University right on its doorstep, so it’s no surprise to find some of the country’s most revered academics here!
Westdale also has some of Hamilton’s best and most diverse shopping opportunities, making it a community that offers more than just a place to live. Add to this the quality of the Westdale properties that are available and it becomes clear that this neighbourhood gives its residents a great deal!
With McMaster University and over 80 retail outlets and restaurants nearby, Westdale is a busy, fast paced community. You will commonly see students walking or biking to their next lecture, and many residents living on the west side of Hamilton will visit Westdale to enjoy shopping and dining. However, the area isn’t all academia and retail therapy. Cootes Paradise Nature Reserve runs along the edge of Lake Ontario and is adjacent to Westdale’s northerly border. It is a National Historic site containing one of Canada’s most biologically diverse wetland areas with hundreds of species of plants and animals. The area is a peaceful escape from the streets of Westdale.
Westdale Village is a shopping, dining, and entertainment district that provides residents with a wide variety of choices. It has a vintage charm which is evident as you stroll through the area and browse everything that is on offer here. Catch a film at the historic Westdale Theatre. Enjoy a meal at one of the many diverse restaurants including Delirious Burger Co., Basilique, and The Snooty Fox.
If you’re in a hurry, or you just want to do a bit of walking, grab something to go from Kuma’s Candy or Cupcakes of Westdale Village. In addition to attractive destinations such as those listed above, Westdale Village also offers neighbourhood necessities like fitness clubs, grocery stores, and even a public library.
There’s a wide range of homes available in Westdale that will suit the budgets of many different types of home seeker. From spacious single-family homes to modern apartments and condos, no matter what your lifestyle requires you can find it in Westdale. Since the community was originally built in the 1920’s, some of the homes for sale that you see may be quite old.
But don’t let the year the property was built turn you away, as many of these homes have been beautifully remodeled and upgraded to offer modern conveniences while keeping their historic charm. Being so close to McMaster University, Westdale is also a very popular area for real estate investors looking to secure an income property that they can rent out to students. Apartments and condos tend to be easy to rent to budget-conscious youngsters, although single-family homes with in-law suites are also very popular among university students.
If you’re looking to live in the area yourself, take time to familiarize yourself with the layout of the community and plan to look at several properties that suit your budget. While looking at homes, consider your proximity to the university campus and the major shopping areas. While the residents’ association and the students’ association work hard to ensure the community is enjoyed by all, those who prefer a quieter lifestyle may prefer a home that’s a little off the beaten path.
Westdale is regarded as being one of the most high-end communities in Hamilton and it tends to look a lot cleaner than some other neighbourhoods. Being close to major cities like Toronto, smog can be a concern on some days in Hamilton. Warnings are issued to help residents avoid irritation, but those warnings are the exception rather than the norm. Some people may not appreciate the noise from the university campus or the shopping areas but this is easily avoided by looking at homes that aren’t located near busy streets.
Hamilton’s crime rate is below the national average which makes it a very safe city to live in. With Westdale also being one of the more upscale communities in the city there is less chance that criminal elements will set up shop in the area. Follow basic safety tips to protect your property from crimes of opportunity.
As already mentioned, McMaster University is one of the main reasons people look to live in Westdale: it is consistently ranked among the top universities in Canada and some publications consider it to be one of the top 100 in the world. If you have children that are still a few years away from attending university you’ll be happy to know there are 3 schools serving younger students in the area. Cootes Paradise Elementary School offers classes to the youngest Westdale residents, and there are Dalewood Middle School and Westdale Secondary School for older students. The fact that all 3 levels of grade school exist in the community is a major factor for parents who are looking to move to the area.
Hamilton has a good public transit system consisting mainly of bus services. With McMaster University being one of the major destinations in the city, there are several express bus routes to and from the Westdale campus that make journey times short. The Chedoke Expressway is also nearby. The campus and surrounding area is also very walkable for those who are attending classes or working at the university. The City of Hamilton has a handy website to help you plan your trip around the city.
With all levels of schooling in the area from elementary to university, Westdale is one of the most perfect places to raise a family. As well as Westdale’s unique urban ambiance, the immediate surrounding area also provides you and your family with the opportunity to experience one of Canada’s most incredible nature reserves. Few communities can offer the diverse and rewarding lifestyle that goes along with living in Westdale.