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With better house prices compared to Toronto, reports show that Hamilton is booming, thanks to dramatic neighbourhood transformations and the creation of approximately 4,000 tech, health and education jobs expected for 2018. As the economy continues to grow, so does the city’s infrastructure and burgeoning GO Transit system.
The West Harbour Go Station area, in particular, is not only connecting tracks to Hamilton and beyond, but also it is inspiring a whole new wave of entrepreneurs and residents, whose ideas and creativity are raising the profile of Hamilton’s unique neighbourhoods in the vicinity.
Here are commuters’ five favourite Hamilton neighbourhoods:
Locke Street: Crafted by Community
Locke Street has become one of the most popular destinations for both Hamiltonians and visitors. Over the last 10 years, it has loomed in status from a quiet street with a few local businesses to one of the city’s hottest commercial districts. Discover world-renowned restaurants, local and global shops and a thriving myriad of businesses from salons to fitness centres.
You might have missed the Lights on Locke Street and Christmas on Locke, but do plan to attend the Locke Street Farmers’ Market in early spring. The kids will love the free face-painting and photo booth, and adults can look for exclusive sales, instore draws, samplings and promotions from the sellers.
In early fall, the Locke Street Festival attracts thousands, touted as one of the largest one-day events in Southern Ontario. Experience over 200 vendors from Ontario and Quebec with their distinguished wares of jewelry, crafts, art, pottery, and more. No festivity would be complete without lots of music entertainment and a variety of foods to savour.
James Street – From Industrial to Major Arts Centre
James Street, located at the base of the Niagara Escarpment (mountain), is home to the award-winning Supercrawl, a popular three-day festival of music spread over multiple stages that line the length of James Street North and one of the largest free music festivals in Ontario. It attracts well over 130,000 visitors who flock annually to hear over 50 bands perform, from rock and blues to orchestral and traditional music. The festival also features incredible visual art installations, performance art, an artisan market, food and fashion.
Once an industrial centre, the street has transformed into a regional forum for the arts with its historical architecture, museums and live theatre. James Street connects with other adjacent streets, known for their art galleries across the city, such as King William Street, Locke Street, King Street, and Rebecca Street’s Downtown Arts Centre.
The entire enclave offers downtown condos and multi-dwellings, drawing new people every day to the core. This new influx has strengthened and revived Hamilton’s cultural fabric and proud heritage.
Westdale Village: Something for Everyone!
Westdale Village is a thriving and diverse shopping district in Hamilton that showcases over 80 shops, services, cafés and restaurants, including the free music festival, “West Fest”, at the beginning of September.
Established in the 1920s as Canada’s first-planned community, this historical village is also home to McMaster University. Woodland trails break from green playing fields to a nationally recognized nature sanctuary (Cootes Paradise), where bald eagles nest. At the heart of Westdale, the much-frequented Art Deco movie theatre continues from it silent film era to be a favourite entertainment destination.
Durand – An Active and Affordable Community
A part of Hamilton West, Durand is a historical community that today offers homes, condos, lofts and commercial properties for sale, with the average listed price set at $368,228 (January 2018). Durand also contains some of the finest examples of residential architecture in Hamilton and is home to major businesses and City Hall.
Durand began in 1791 as 274 acres and was owned by only a few wealthy speculators, including the City’s founder, George Hamilton. Today, Durand’s population is 12,000 (2011 census) with a mix of families, professionals and older residents. Housing is considered affordable—a great option for young families. The downtown neighbourhood features multi-level office buildings, apartments and condos in the north end; townhouses, heritage homes and detached houses in the south end. Spend a quiet evening at home or join the downtown action with its restaurants, bars, shops and city events.
Students especially enjoy the variety of arts programming from dance to visual arts. Durand’s Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts also offers a vast array of summer classes that are budget-worthy and fun.
Stinson – quiet living and close to city amenities
Stinson is a vibrant downtown community that features heritage homes and buildings, while attracting young families with its new builds of condos, apartments and semi-detached housing. Shopping is concentrated at the northern end of Stinson on Main Street East. The Central Memorial Rec Centre provides residents with a variety of recreational opportunities, while boasting proximity to the beautiful Niagara escarpment.
Visitors and Hamiltonians alike often flock to the Owl of Minerva—Stinson’s famous Korean cuisine restaurant. Also notable is Corktown Park that connects to the trail network in Hamilton, linking the Escarpment and the Harbour. Carter Park offers a playground, splash pad, basketball court and walking areas. With a bike station located in Stinson, SoBi is an enjoyable and convenient travel option for the whole family and a sought-after break for busy commuters.
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