West Hamilton Ontario, is located in the beautiful Golden Horseshoe, can be broken down into 3 distinct areas & neighborhoods. Westdale / Ainslie Wood which is home to McMaster University, McMaster Children's Hospital and Medical Centre, Westdale Village, Churchill Park, and Princess Point, theSouth West, best known for Locke Street and the Durand and Kirkendall Neighbourhoods, and the North West home to Hess Village and Dundurn Castle.
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Most commonly referred to as Westdale, this area of West Hamilton is also called the Ainslie Wood / Westdale Community and is home toAWWCA(Ainslie Wood / Westdale Community Association of Resident Homeowners Inc.). This is the largest dues - paying, volunteer, neighbourhood non-profit association in Hamilton, with about 600 members.
It is bordered by Highway 403 to the east and to the south (at the base of the escarpment), Cootes Paradise (which is the western end of Lake Ontario) andThe Royal Botanical Gardensto the north andDundasto the west.
Historically,Westdale Villagewas founded in the 1920's and was built as Canada's first planned community. There was a shopping district, schools (Cootes ParadiseFormally known as George R Allan School built in 1927 &Westdale Collegiatein 1930, the original McMaster University Campus 1930), green space & parks (Sunken Gardens 1930) and a very distinctive oval pattern for the tree lined streets in the neighborhood.
The original design came about as the automobile revolution was just starting, so great care was taken to make sure it met the needs of residents to be able to walk to shopping or take transit easily. These days, we describe such a neighbourhood as having a high "Walk Score" and recently, Westdale was noted as one of the most Walkable places in North America. In 1923 real estate agents and politicians announced the winner of the "Name the Neighbourhood" contest, at the Royal Connaught Hotel in downtown Hamilton where over 6000 people were in attendance. The winner was Rev. Canon Percival Lawson Spencer who won $200 for submitting "Westdale".
My family moved to Westdale in 1965, just down the street from the Sunken Gardens (part of the Royal Botanical Gardens). This was a beautiful park located right beside McMaster University. It had a huge concrete pond with fish and was surrounded by trees and gardens. The Hamilton Art Gallery was located right beside the Sunken Gardens, at the corner of Forsyth Avenue and Main Street West. In 1968 the city took out the Gallery and the Gardens and this space became the home of McMaster Hospital and Medical Centre in 1972, now called McMaster Children's Hospital.
We lived in a 1 1/2 story house which was one of the very typical styles built. Some of the other styles included a front porch square plan, Streamlined Moderne, and Tudor-inspired, in a wide range of sizes. They built quite a few double brick 2 and 2 1/2 storey houses in Westdale. More 1-floor style houses began to pop up in the Ainslie Wood neighborhood Most of the houses and apartment buildings are between 50 and 100 years old.
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You'll find a wide range of home styles in Westdale and Ainslie Wood, lots of 1.5-storey house styles, some big 2 and 2.5 storey detached homes, 1-floor brick, some metal and vinyl sided homes, and only very few semi-detached houses. There are a couple of townhouse complexes on Main Street West, near the Wilson Street hill to Ancaster. There are also some condo apartments, some in high rise buildings and some in converted low rise buildings.
There is a very exclusive luxury home area right near McMaster, on Forsythe Avenue North and some high-end houses on Whitton, Oak Knoll, Dalewood, Dromore and Haddon streets, to name a few. Here are the types of houses and price ranges you will find in the Westdale / Ainslie Wood area.
Which Includes: Westdale (McMaster University) and Ainslie Wood
Neighbourhoods Overview & Local Schools
Westdale and Ainslie Wood Neighborhoods are a great mix of long time residents, young families, and University students. Westdale has one of the highest Walk Scorein all of Hamilton, with a score of 90. Walk scores of 90-100 are referred to as a Walkers Paradise where most daily activities would not require a car. Toronto Commuters are close to the Highway, or to the Go Bus route. Click Here to see where you can walk in Westdale Village.
Two popular parks in the area are Churchill Park in Westdale and Alexander Park in Ainslie Wood. Make sure to visit The Aviary when you are at Churchill Park. This wonderful secret place in West Hamilton at 85 Oak Knoll Drive, houses a beautiful collection of birds such as parrots, parakeets, peacocks and a wide variety of finches and doves.
Families love the schools, especially the French Immersion offered at George R. Allan and Hamilton's only Secondary French Immersion, Westdale Public High School, and my alma mater, St. Mary Catholic High School.
Wherever there is a University, especially one as well known and respected as McMaster University there is the opportunity for investors to help provide students with nearby rentals and student housing.
Many parents from outside Hamilton that have students coming to MAC (as it is affectionately known), find it more cost effective to buy a house in Westdale or Ainslie Wood, let their son or daughter stay there and rent to other students to help pay the mortgage.
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