Welcome to Hamilton & Ancaster
One is an on-the-rise city, often dubbed the Brooklyn to Toronto’s Manhattan – the other, a picturesque European village. It’s Hamilton and Ancaster!
One of the oldest European communities in Ontario, Ancaster’s initial growth was thanks to its easily-accessible water power – the need for which changed over the decades, but gave Ancaster it’s early prominence and village feel. These days, Ancaster real estate serves as more of a bedroom community for residents who typically work in Hamilton, Burlington, Missisauga, or even Toronto.
Hamilton is a large city, and as such presents a large amount of options for homer buyers. Single-family detached homes, townhouses, semis, and condos – everything you’re looking for is here. Smaller homes can be found downtown, with large ones surrounding the downtown core.
Living in Ancaster, you’ll find plenty of older homes in the village core, but the current growth here can be found on the east side of the Highway 403 (with suburban commercial developments like the Power Centre or residential projects like the Meadowlands).
As the epicentre of cool right now, living in Hamilton is great for folks young and old. All you have to do is stroll through some of the city’s pockets of cool, on James Street North or South, or down on Locke Street South.
Grab a coffee at Ark + Anchor Espresso Bar, a casual weekend brunch at the French or Saint James, and dinner at the Burnt Tongue or Rapscallion Rogue Eatery. Some of the best food in Ontario is currently being served in Hamilton.
In Ancaster, you have the historic village core, the walking trails, and a variety of restaurants, pubs, and shops.
Marvelling at Dundurn Castle, taking in the sights from Bayfront Park, or visiting any one of the city’s many waterfalls. Living in Hamilton is an escape to nature, a hotbed of urban cool and hip locales, and a convenient opportunity to have everything you need right next door. That’s why, for so many, it’s home.
Taking a stroll through Ancaster? While you’re enjoying the unique village ambiance, you can have lunch at Rousseau House, dinner at Cavallo Nero, or just a quick treat at the Purple Pony Ice Cream Shop.
Need to find your way around? Here are some of the best neighbourhoods in Hamilton and Ancaster you deserve to know about:
Meadowlands – Bordered by the 403 and the Lincoln Alexander Parkway, this is one of the best and most convenient locations in the entire area. You have the Power Centre, with all the best stores, right in the area, with houses that vary from condo apartments to bungalow townhomes and detached houses perfect for mature buyers, families, or first-timers, too.
Ancaster Heights/Mohawk Meadows/Weywood – This is one of the more established areas in Ancaster, typically characterized by the larger mature lots. Scenic views, hiking trails, and easy walking distance to town amenities. You’re most likely to find either historic homes or large estates in this area.
Dancaster/Nakoma/Maple Lane - Known for its affordable deatched homes, with some condo apartments and townhomes, this area is spearheaded by an influx of newly-built homes (and plans to build more), that is just south of the historic Hamilton Golf and Country Club.
Harmony Hall – Key to this area is access to all the major highways. You have both Highway 6 and the 403 close by, which results in this small pocket of detached homes being incredibly sought-after real estate. There are even new homes here in this tight-knit, charming community.
Maple Lane Annex – Established families will love the newly-constructed Bishop Tonnos High School in Maple Lane Annex. Most of this area is newer construction, right at the southern tip of Ancaster and filled with loads of convenient amenities (like the new commercial development anchored by a Walmart). Come home to this great family area!
Oakhill/Clearview/Ancaster Heights/Mohawk – Welcome to the most-desired area in all of Ancaster. All it takes is a quick drive down Lover’s Lane to see the stunning estate properties that make up this area – leading all the way to Sulphur Springs and the Dundas Conservation Area. A nature’s paradise, with beautifully mature large lots, this is an ideal place for families.
Parkview Heights – The majority of homes here are detached, on quiet, mature survey streets. Most folks will tell you that the Morgan Firestone Arena and Ancaster High School are what drive families to this area, with the Mineral Spring Trails also offering a lot of fun for outdoorsy types.
Southcote/Duff’s Corners – This is where you’re going to find the majority of rural properties in Ancaster. While there is a smaller pocket of newer construction, this location is perfect for a little bit of peace of quiet – and the annual fall fair – which makes it perfect for families.
Sulphur Springs – One of Ancaster’s most scenic areas! Sulphur Springs is considered to be rural, but it feels more residential due to how close it is to many area amenities. In between Dundas and Ancaster, there are plenty of conservation lands, trails, and scenic points – it’s the height of country living, and it might just be perfect for you and your family.
Downtown Hamilton West – The West End of Hamilton’s downtown is a unique collection of hipster haunts, convenient amenities, and family-friendly areas. You have the up-and-coming Kirkendall neighbourhood, the most established Westdale, or the hip Durand. From young families to young professionals, this is the heart of the action when you’re living in Hamilton.
Downtown Central – Back in the heart of downtown, Hamilton neighbourhoods like Corktown, Stinson, Beasley and Lansdale are all great opportunities to enjoy architecturally significant homes, and to really feel part of a community. These are areas that are growing and developing quickly, which makes them perfect for buyers who want to come in, make their mark, and play a part in Hamilton’s exciting future.
Downtown East – The East End of Hamilton real estate is often characterized by the worker’s cottages that were indicative of the city’s prosperous past. Homes here are perfect for first-time buyers or young families, those who want to enjoy the lovely Gage Park or the local amenities of Crown Point.
East Hamilton – East Hamilton is populated by bungalows, backsplits or side-split-style homes, which makes the area perfect for downsizers or younger families. In areas like Red Hill, Vincent, and Gershome, deatched homes abound on stately lots. Overall, the nearby King’s Forest, paired with the stunning views of the Niagara Escarpment, means this area is always connected to nature (which also results in some breathtaking lots for aspiring homeowners here).
West Mountain – The pocket of Hamilton neighbourhoods which make up the West Mountain offer a wealth of options. You have the quiet residential charm of Gourley, the old-world charm of Westcliffe, or the great schools located in Rolston. With Lincoln M. Alexander Parkway to the south, and quick connections to the 4o3 available, this is an especially prevalent area for commuters even heading into Toronto for a day’s work.
Central Mountain – This area includes the lion’s share of real estate on Hamilton’s amazing mountain community. This is where you’ll find the Mohawk College campus, the older homes of Centremount, Balfour, and Greeningdon, or the thriving business in Barnstown. Commuters will also love the convenience of areas like Ryckmans, due to its proximity to Upper James and Upper Wellington Streets with easy access to Downtown Hamilton.
East Mountain – The eastern edge of Hamilton’s mountain offers some of the most in-demand real estate in the area. Look no further than the picturesque views of Sherwood or Sunninghill, or the acclaimed schools of Templmead that are perfect for families of all kinds. This area is convenient, cozy, and highly desirable for growing families.
Stoney Creek Mountain – Featuring the local’s favourite Devil’s Punchbowl Conservation Area, Stoney Creek Mountain is an expansive area that offers a wide variety of housing types. Amazing views, paired with convenient public transit and major arteries, means that areas on Stoney Creek Mountain (like Heritage Green, Valley Park, and Trinity) are as beautiful as they are convenient for area locals.
Stoney Creek Downtown – Coming down off the mountain, Stoney Creek’s Downtown neighbourhoods offer easy access to the QEW, a charming stretch of King Street East (in the Battlefield neighbourhood), and high-quality homes like those that can be found in the Poplar Park area. Whether it’s rural, down by the lake, or with a bit of old-town charm, you can find it here.