Waterdown Housing Guide


Waterdown, Ontario is a hub of activity at the top of the Escarpment. Just north of Burlington and Hamilton, the Village of Waterdown is a desirable area for many to live, with its close proximity to highways, family-friendly neighbourhoods, and some of the best hiking in the province!

Founded in the late 1700s, Waterdown was created on a major military route running between Toronto and Dundas. With its location at the top of the escarpment, the area became a welcome resting stop and so began the beginnings of a new and thriving business community.

Growth of the village soon followed. The potential waterpower provided by the fast-moving Grindstone Creek rushing down the escarpment would set the stage for a vibrant milling community that would be aptly named Waterdown. An advertisement selling lots in 1856 promoted the new village by calling it “exceedingly healthy” with “ample water power, good mills in full operation, and plenty of room for manufacturing of all kinds.”

By 1878, the Village of Waterdown was incorporated, and the arrival of the railroad in 1912 cemented the village’s future as an emerging place to live and work.

In the ensuing years, Waterdown has grown from a quaint village into a bustling town – but has never forgotten its roots. The downtown core features many historic buildings, from the American Hotel (one of the oldest hotels in Ontario) to the former Library, which are still standing today.

Waterdown is experiencing explosive growth, with many flocking to the area to have the small-town experience with the amenities of a small city. In fact, the village grew by approximately 25 percent to just under 20,000 residents between 2001 and 2016. This is partly due to large subdivision developments taking place at the North and East ends of the city.

Residents of the area have the best of both worlds when it comes to amenities. For those charmed by the village feel, the downtown core is filled with independent shops, restaurants and cafes, a local theatre company, and many parks to stop and play. It’s also very close to the Bruce Trail and a short drive to amazing antiquing in surrounding villages.

Waterdown is just north of the 403 and 407, offering great access to commuters.

In the past few years, services for residents have skyrocketed, and include:

  • A number of public and separate elementary schools
  • Public high school
  • Brand new library and arena
  • Four major grocery stores and one organic store
  • Spas and salons
  • Pilate and yoga studios
  • Fine dining and casual restaurants
  • Health care providers (doctors, dentists, walk-in clinics, etc.)
  • Multiple gyms
  • Fashion and jewelry stores
  • Beer Store and LCBO
  • And so much more!

For more information about living in Waterdown, get in touch with our team of Waterdown realtors! The Woolcott Team takes pride in being known as some of the top real estate agents ranging from Hamilton to Oakville, and Dundas to Flamborough.

West Waterdown

The West end of Waterdown is growing rapidly, with new homes being built at the north end of the area. Homes in this area range from approximately 20 years to the newest phases of homes, which are still being built. There are townhomes, link homes and detached homes – something for most budgets

Our team of Waterdown realtors can confirm, this is a very family-oriented area, as there are multiple elementary schools, a public high school and a YMCA. Residents in this area are in walking distance to grocery stores, strip malls and a relatively new power centre, with a Wal-Mart and many restaurants. Home improvement and DIYers are in luck, as both a Canadian Tire and a Rona have come to this area.

Running through West Waterdown is a trail that leads from the power centre, alongside a creek and Rockliffe Park, to the Sobey’s shopping centre. It is great to take children for walks on or cut through town.

Waterdown Core

The Waterdown Core is the heart of Waterdown. Filled with historic homes and tree-lined streets, it is what comes to mind when thinking of a Village. Most homes are older and on decent sized lots, but there has been some new development by way of condos and townhomes. Both are more senior-oriented and are right in the heart of the core.

Living in the core means easy access to Burlington and the new 403 ramps on Waterdown Rd. The core also wraps around the Smokey Hollow Waterfall and offers many access points to the Bruce Trail. Memorial Park, at the north-west corner of the core, offers activities year round for the family, from the wading pool to skating. The park also has baseball diamonds and hosts the annual Oh Canada Ribfest.

There are many shops and restaurants in the downtown core, including clothing, independent coffee shops and pubs.

East Waterdown

Waterdown East is the most eastern neighbourhood in Flamborough/Waterdown. Bordered in the west by the railroad tracks and the east by the Hamilton-Burlington Townline, Waterdown East is mostly comprised of homes.

The homes were generally built in three phases – the mid-1980’s, the mid-1990’s and new construction that is currently ongoing in the easternmost part. The older homes from the 1980’s are detached homes on larger lots and tend to be near the railroad tracks.

Homes built in the 1990s and in the newer construction are a combination of townhomes and detached homes, with smaller backyards. Those living in this area have easy access to the many amenities offered in both Burlington and Hamilton.

West Flamborough - 45

West Flamborough (45) is a quiet rural area, which is at the most western end of the amalgamated City of Hamilton. In this area, you’ll find a mix of properties, from sleepy hobby farms to small, tight-knit communities, such as those of Beverly or Rockton.

The majority of the homes in West Flamborough are detached homes and are generally bungalows or two storeys. This area is popular for those looking for a quiet life in the country. There are many things to enjoy in West Flamborough, whether it be heading to Valens Lake for a swim, Beverly Arena to skate in the winter or to Westfield Heritage Village to take a step back in time.

West Flamborough - 43

West Flamborough (43) is the ideal location for those looking for a country lifestyle, but without losing easy access to amenities. This area is located west of Hwy 6, known for its quiet roads and quaint towns of Millgrove and Freelton.

Homes in West Flamborough are generally detached, and either bungalows or two-storey homes. Property sizes are generous for those living in Freelton or Millgrove. A mix of farms and residential lots are the bulk of the use of land.

Both Millgrove and Freelton offer recreation facilities and conveniences for their residents, including easy access to schools. Millgrove has a post office/variety store and Freelton has a well-known antique market. Residents are also just a short drive away from Flamboro Downs, which is on Hwy 5 W.


Greensville is a small community located between West Flamborough and Dundas. This is a much sought-after area, as it offers easy access to the 403 yet is still a quiet, rural area.

Homes in Greensville are detached, and many are luxury homes. Many homes have ravine settings, and some, on the most southern part of Greensville, offer breathtaking views from the Escarpment. There are also a few small communities for those looking for a community environment.

Close to both Waterdown and Dundas, Greensville offers its residents much to do. Christie Conservation Area and Spencer Gorge Wilderness Area offer breathtaking experiences with nature.

East Flamborough

The area of East Flamborough is quite expansive and offers many different amenities to those living within it. Close to both the 401 and the 403 as well as Burlington, Guelph and Hamilton, this is a country lover’s dream.

Homes range from bungalows to luxury executive homes on large lots to beautiful working farms on lots of acreage.

Two public golf courses are in the area, as is Mountsberg Conservation Area. There is a beautiful walking park at the south end of East Flamborough, at Joe Sams Park. This is a great area for families, as there are many schools and lots of areas for sports activities, such as Carlisle Arena or Courtcliffe Park.