Burlington Housing Guide
Welcome to Burlington
A thriving waterfront city, living in Burlington is fast becoming one of the most family-friendly and vibrant options in the Golden Horseshoe.
The early 1900s were an amazing time of growth for Burlington real estate. The city achieved the status it still retains to this day, with a railway connecting it to Hamilton and the city’s first public library being built. Shortly thereafter, the QEW would connect the city to Niagara Falls and Toronto, turning Burlington into the close-knit and commuter-friendly city we know it as today.
Depending on where you’re looking, you’re likely to find a real variety of housing types in Burlington. Closer to the water, you’ll find classic suburban-style homes, but head north and you might find something a bit more village-like (in communities like Alton Village or Millcroft). Either way, moving to Burlington affords home buyer’s a wealth of options.
Outdoorsy types love living in Burlington thanks to the area’s network of trails and natural wonders. Some of the best hiking in the world is right here, with sections of the Bruce Trail and the Niagara Escarpment easily accessed by locals. At the same time, you’ll find a carefree and comfortable vibe – perfect for growing families and those who enjoy peace and quiet.
Is Burlington a good place to live? Whether walking along the newly-redeveloped waterfront, having a picnic at the Royal Botanical Gardens or visiting Kerncliff Park (an abandoned quarry with amazing views), Burlington is a real dream.
It’s also a place that respects its history and its culture. Locals will also tell you that you have to stop by the Art Gallery of Burlington, the Joseph Brant Museum or the Ireland House for a taste of what’s happening in the city.
Need to find your way around? Here are some of the best Burlington neighbourhoods you deserve to know about:
Alton Village – One of the city’s newest developments, Alton Village is a unique mix of detached, semi-detached and townhomes. It’s hugely popular for families, commuters and sports a great deal of shopping and recreational options.
Orchard – Right at the border of Burlington and Oakville, the Orchard also borders beautiful Bronte Provincial Park. This community is a little mix of everything and is great for growing and established families alike.
Tansley & Corporate – Equal parts old and new coexist perfectly in the Tansley and Corporate neighbourhoods in Burlington. This area is also home to the Village of Brantwell, an adult community with bungaloft condo townhomes (for those seeking a more low-maintenance lifestyle).
Pinedale, Dynes, & Longmoor – Stretching across the southern portion of the city, these neighbourhoods are all within shouting distance of Burlington’s prized lakeshore. Mostly detached homes with large lots, this area is perfect for commuters and families looking to grow.
Elizabeth Gardens – Turn your eyes toward the southeast corner of Burlington, and you’ll find Elizabeth Gardens. Only a short drive to Toronto, this area is home the Burloak Waterfront Park, an eclectic mix of homes and easy access to loads of local amenities.
Millcroft – Built around the Millcroft Golf Course, this North Burlington development offers well-landscaped streets, gorgeous views and two elementary schools right in the neighbourhood (and a high school just outside).
North Burlington – An expansive rural space, North Burlington is home to large estates, upscale developments and smaller rural homes that abound with privacy. It’s country living set against an urban backdrop, with easy access to shopping, major highways and more – perfect for families living in Burlington.
Palmer & Headon Forest – A truly family-friendly neighbourhood, with mature trees, large lots, plenty of parks and Lester B. Pearson Secondary School. Here you’ll find detached, single-family homes, in one of Burlington’s more central areas.
Roseland & Shoreacres – Welcome to one of Burlington’s quaintest areas! Featuring great restaurants, highway access or the perfect home – these Burlington neighbourhoods are the place for single-family, detached homes, varying in age and size, to match nearly any family’s needs.
Brant Hills – Who wouldn’t love to live close to the Niagara Escarpment? The Brant Hills neighbourhood is mature, with stunning trees, peaceful parks and walking trails galore. This is a great area for kids, with easy access to schools, the local library and the Brant Hills Community Centre.
Mountainside – New, old, city, and green – all these things make up the Mountainside neighbourhood of Burlington. Located right in between the highways 407 and 403, locals here love the easy access to Downtown Toronto, the local parks, arenas and local services best suited for younger families.
Maple, Central & Plains – This is Burlington’s shining downtown! A major draw for tourists and locals alike, there’s waterfront parks, great restaurants and even Canada’s largest ribfest. Homes here are mature, many of them having been renovated, alongside townhomes great for young couples or downsizers.
Tyandaga – A sought-after mix of convenience and privacy can be found in Tyandaga, with detached and semi-detached homes, proximity to the QEW and highway 407, as well as local theatres, shops and parks (like local highlight Kerns Park) all backing onto beautiful Tyandaga Municipal Golf Course.
Aldershot – In the heart of West Burlington, Aldershot is a community known for its green spaces (including the esteemed Royal Botanical Gardens). Homes here are a mix of entry-level and luxury condominiums, alongside a range of detached homes to suit any budget. Aldershot even has its own GO station, making commuting easy in this up-and-coming area.