The Lowdown on Westdale and Ainslie Wood
Your Typical Neighbour
It’s a blend of families, intellectuals/established boomers drawn to the proximity to the university, and university students (predominantly from September to April but some carryover)
Westdale Village and the gorgeous, leafy streets
What We Don't
The student housing - late night noise can be an issue but it is largely contained to the months of September to April.
Street parking in the area is very tight when the university is open and there is heavy enforcement of all restrictions.
Property Statistics in Westdale and Ainslie Wood
Source: TREB Statistics
Westdale: one of the most desirable neighbourhoods in the city with tree lined streets, beautifully manicured homes, and walking distance to a comprehensive list of amenities.
Mix of single family homes, homes converted into multi-unit residential (more traditional duplex, triplex style with a number of rooming house style options for students), some low and mid-rise apartment options and the occasional co-op or condo building
Access to abundant green space - Cootes Paradise, Churchill Park, the outdoor pool at Coronation Arena, Princess Point
Ainslie Wood: In comparison to Westdale, the neighbourhood is less picturesque and there is a higher concentration of student housing, however, this means the homes are relatively more affordable.
The area is a 5-minute drive to picturesque downtown Dundas, close enough to easily enjoy Westdale Village, and is also has several terrific craft breweries (surprisingly family and dog friendly) with great beers, snacks, patios, events etc—including Fairweather Brewing, Grain and Grit
Both: it’s possible to live in both areas without a car, with solid neighbourhood amenities in both pockets. Proximity to the university means the area is well-served with both HSR transit and Go Bus service, including express options to downtown Hamilton and Toronto’s Union Station.
These are good areas for commuters—close to the 403/407, regular GO Bus service and HSR service including express routes to Union Station.
Always keep in mind here you are never far from McMaster University, with all the good and the bad of living by students!
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