Ancaster Housing Guide
A PICTURESQUE & HISTORIC COMMUNITY
Located on the Niagara Escarpment, Ancaster was founded in 1793 and is one of the oldest European communities established in present day Ontario.
By 1823, due in large part to its easily-accessible water power located at the juncture of already existing historical trading routes, Ancaster had become the largest industrial and commercial centre in Upper Canada. Additionally, Ancaster had attracted the second largest populace (1,681) in Upper Canada, trailing only Kingston (population 2,500), but surpassing the populations of nearby Toronto (1,376) and Hamilton (1,000).
After this initial period of prosperity beginning in the late 18th century, sudden significant water and rail transportation advancements of the early 19th century would soon better benefit the neighbouring towns of Ancaster that are situated closer to the Lake Ontario waterfront. Stationary steam engines intended for various industries were also being rapidly developed in the 19th century. They would eventually make the water-powered industries in Ancaster less vital. As a result, after the 1820s, Ancaster’s influence during the remainder of the 19th century would begin to wane.
From the late 19th century Ancaster’s population remained static until 1946 when new subdivisions around the village were established. The population expanded further with the completion of the Hamilton-Ancaster section of Highway 403 in 1968 and the introduction of sewer systems in 1974. After 1970, the population of Ancaster essentially doubled from 15,000 residents to its present-day 40,000.
Today, Ancaster’s primary points of interest are located in the historical village core, abundant recreational walking trails, and unique variety of restaurants, pubs and shops.
Ancaster is the most westerly portion of the Golden Horseshoe conurbation of Southern Ontario. It is generally considered to be an affluent bedroom community whose residents are typically professionals who work in the downtown core of Hamilton, Brantford, Burlington, Oakville, Mississauga or Toronto.
According to the 2016 Census, the total population of Ancaster is 40,557. Development in Olde Ancaster, the historic village core, has been tightly controlled. The current population growth and building boom of Ancaster occurs mainly on the east side of Highway 403 in such typically suburban commercial developments as the Power Centre and residential developments such as the Meadowlands.
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The Meadowlands is bordered by the 403 and Lincoln Alexander Parkway, with Garner Road as it’s southern boundary. Location is key to this area with fantastic highway access for commuters.
The Ancaster Power Centre is right in the heart of the area, and boasts Costco, Home Depot, Homesense, Winners, a movie theatre, Sobeys and so much more.
Housing styles in this area vary from condo apartments and bungalow townhomes, attracting mature buyers to freehold and condo townhomes for the starter market. The vast majority of the housing is detached, providing a great location for families who are looking for real estate in Ancaster.
Ancaster Heights/Mohawk Meadows/Weywood
This established area, characterized by larger mature lots, is tucked between the 403 and the village’s main thoroughfare, Wilson Street.
The northern portion of this area offers scenic escarpment views and fantastic hiking trails, while a good portion is within walking distance to town amenities.
The housing consists of an interesting mix of detached homes ranging from small cottages that are 100+ years old to large estates selling for over the $2 million dollar range.
Running south of the historic Hamilton Golf and Country Club and nestled between the 403 and Wilson Street, this area consists vastly of affordable detached homes with some condo apartments and townhomes along Wilson Street.
Spearheaded by a lack of new building lots, building contractors are building new, large, custom homes on infill lots, while also looking at land value of some of the older homes.
Harmony Hall is adjacent to the Meadowlands area, and borders Hwy 6 and the 403. Access to the major highways is key to this area. There is a small pocket of detached housing, originally constructed in the 1970’s, that offer large treed lots. More recently, brand new housing stock offering a variety of home styles from townhome to semi-detached to fully detached homes have completed the survey.
Maple Lane Annex
Maple Lane Annex is home to the relatively newly-constructed Bishop Tonnos High School. The vast majority of this area consists of newer construction zones. Sitting on the most southern tip of Ancaster and touting new commercial development anchored by Walmart, Maple Lane Annex is a great family area with a mix of executive townhomes, link and detached homes.
This is possibly the most desired area in Ancaster. A drive down Lover’s Lane shows off stunning estate properties and leads through to Sulphur Springs and the Dundas Conservation Area. The scenery is simply stunning. This area of Ancaster is a nature lover’s paradise with peaceful hiking trails and trails for bikers, horses, and skiers in winter. Mature large lots and the most expensive housing in Ancaster typifies this area. There is quick and easy access to the shops of the downtown core.
Nestled between Wilson Street and Jerseyville Road and running south to Shaver Road, this area again offers great access to major arterial highways. The scenic Mineral Spring Trails sit along its border.
Landmarks in this area include the Morgan Firestone Arena and Ancaster High School. A small pocket of newer construction offers freehold townhomes, but the majority of the Ancaster homes are detached on quiet, mature survey streets.
The majority of the Southcote and Duff’s Corners area is composed of rural properties. The southern border hugs the county of Brant and stretches up along Jerseyville Road, running between John C. Munro Airport and Garner Road.
There is a small pocket of newer construction, mostly semis and townhomes, clustered around the Walmart Ancaster Supercentre. This location offers quick access to arterial highways for commuters. The nearby Ancaster Fairgrounds keeps a busy schedule and is anchored by an annual fall fair. Many golf courses are also located nearby.
Sulphur Springs is one of the most scenic areas in Ancaster. This area is considered to be rural, with quick access into the many amenities of Ancaster, Ontario.
Tucked in between Ancaster and Dundas, the area is abundant with conservation lands, trails and scenic points. The area runs north to Copetown and west to the Brant County border. There is lots of country living, beautiful horse farms and challenging golf courses dotted throughout this location.