West Hamilton Ontario, located in the beautiful Golden Horseshoe, can be broken down into 3 distinct areas. The SouthWest, best known for trendy Locke Street with very good Walk Scores, and the much sought-after exclusive Durand Neighborhood, the Northwest which is home to Hess Village and Dundurn Castle, andWestdale which is home to McMaster University and McMaster Children's Hospital.
Known as one of the most exclusive areas of Hamilton, the Southwest is also referred to as theLocke and Aberdeen area, Durand neighborhood, Chedoke area, and the Kirkendall neighborhood. Most recently, this is the proud home of the McMaster Innovation Park Research Centre. This is known as an "idea factory" employing scientists, technicians and support workers, including some of the top minds in Canada.
The boundaries that house this very special area of Hamilton are West of James Street, South of Main Street West, East of Highway 403, and the southern border is nestled just below the vast natural landscape of the Niagara Escarpment, and what we here in Hamilton affectionately call "the Mountain".
Historically, this area was known as home to the 'industrialists'. This south of downtown neighbourhood is quite possibly the largest concentration of early 20th century castles and mansions in Canada. These grand homes were home to the families whose names graced the signs of the north end factories and made their fortunes in finance, transportation, and industry. The styles of homes you'll encounter here include Tudor, Georgian, and Edwardian to name a few. Many of the homes in the Southwest feature old world original charm with their gumwood and oak hardwood inlay floors, stained leaded glass, ornate wood trim, 9 and 10 ft beamed ceilings, double brick and stone exteriors. The average age of the homes is over 100 years old!
The prestigious Chedoke neighborhood is named after the Chedoke Civic Golf Course that can be seen as you drive up the very picturesque 403 Highway on your way up the hill towards Ancaster. Make sure you drive up Chedoke Avenue and Flatt Street if you are in the area!
To learn more history and see some great pictures of places like Ravenscliffe, Sandyford Place, the Bay-Aberdeen Queen Ann style mansion built in 1893, Whitehern built around 1850, and Central Public School which is the first graded public school in Ontario, built in 1853.
Properties Selling in South West (Also Known as Kirkendall & Durand Area)
You'll find mostly big2and 2.5 storey detached homes, somesemi-detachedand only a few1-floor homesthroughout this area. There is a small enclave of newertownhomes right near the Chedoke Golf Course for those looking for something a little more modern, on Beddoe. There are also quite a fewcondo apartments, some inhigh rise buildingsand some in convertedlow-rise buildings.
Type of Property
Average Sold Price
$400,000 - $1.5 Million
$350,000 - $750,000
$350,000 - $850,000
Condominium / Apartments
$180,000 - $650,000
You will love the character of thisfamily neighborhood! It is quiet, friendly, filled with mature tree-lined streets, offers great access to green space, the Bruce Trail, the Rail trail, two sets of steps up the escarpment, great parks, and well-respected schools, including Earl Kitchener Public and French Immersion school. The types of people that are drawn to live here are families who love mature neighbourhoods and care more about the character of the homes then whether there is a garage for the car (not a lot of garages in the area!). They enjoy walking downtown to the market, shopping locally on Dundurn and Locke Streets, playing in the myriad parks or hiking the Bruce Trail. There are also grad students and younger adults renting here, and many older couples and singles buying up the condo's and lofts. Commuters love this area for the convenience of the Go Station close by and the easy highway access.
Trendy Shops & Restaurant
Locke Street South EST. 1840
Vibrant Locke Street brings out many people shopping for rare antiques and one of a kind unique items and local art and jewelry. When you visit, make sure to leave time to stop in for lunch or dinner at one of the bistros or cozy cafes, or enjoy a delicious burger (yes, vegetarian too) or a hand tossed brick oven pizza. Leave room for homemade treats from the bakeries, chocolate stores, ice cream and candy stores. The Locke Street Festival is held each September and the street is closed off for a fun-filled day for the family with live entertainment, street vendors, and food!
Yes,trendy Locke Streetreally does have it all!Looking for gifts or home decor? You have to go intoLuLu & Lavigne! In my opinion, one of the Best stores on Locke street. After all that shopping you will probably need a latte at Starbucks...on Locke Street, located right beside Patrick Evan Hair Design(my fav!)