One of the most sought after neighbourhoods in Hamilton, the southwest stretches from James Street to Cootes Paradise. Walking distance to downtown, it includes the diverse neighbourhoods of Durand and Kirkendall. The southwest is best known for trendy Locke street (filled with bistros, shops and salons) and the Chedoke Golf and Country Club.
Durand contains possibly the largest concentration of early 20th century castles and mansions in Canada, Historically home to Hamilton's "industrialists" Durand housed the families whose names graced the signs of Hamilton's north end factories. Today, these grand homes can sell for upwards of one million dollars.
Architechture styles include Tudor, Georgian and Edwardian, and most homes are over 100 years old.
Prices in the southwest vary - condo's range from $100,000 to $600,000; semi's range from $150,000 - $600,000 and detached homes sell for low $200,000 to over $1,000,000.
Interesting fact: Durand's Central Public School, built in 1853, was the first graded public school in Ontario.
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Looking for something to do this weekend? Architecture fan? Or maybe you never miss an open house? If you answered yes to any of the above, you will be happy to hear that Doors Open Hamilton runs this Saturday May 2 and Sunday May 3.
In its 13th year, Doors Open Hamilton “...celebrates our built environment. It’s designed to foster an appreciation and exploration of both heritage+ modern architecture and adaptive re-use plus the cultural history of our community.”
Here are five sites we think are pretty cool, but with 38 to choose from, you’ll want to take a look for yourself.
223 Weir’s Lane. The Weir’s Lane Lavender and Apiary, celebrating its 5th anniversary as a small family run lavender far (with bees!), has become known for its conservation efforts. New this year is a hazelnut grove and expansion of our apiary. Join in field walks and beehive viewing. Try your hand at making crafts with lavender.
14 James Street North. Probably best known as the Tip Top Tailor or the Sirloin Cellar building across from Jackson Square.
A rare opportunity to view a heritage building about to undergo an extensive renovation that includes adjacent properties at 10-12 James N and the alley in between. The 2nd floor — closed to the public for over 35 years — will be open.
1401 Barton Street East. Home of eastern Canada’s oldest Serbian Orthodox Parish(1913), the church’s architecture celebrates the Serbo-Byzantine style. The interior features hand-painted fresco iconography and traditional woodcarving in the Orthodox tradition.
56 Ferrie Street West. Semi-detached worker’s cottage transformed into an open- concept living space. Original structural boards and scavenged wood have been re-used. The house is a showcase of “Green” products and Hamilton’s sustainable companies. Ex-sulated house, solar energy, composting toilet, rain barrels and raised- beds garden.
2301 King Street East. The Bait un Nur Mosque “House of light” purchased by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at in 1998, returned to its original use as a place of worship. Explore a Quran exhibition, displays on Islamic teachings and the mid-century architecture.
Doors Open Hamilton is the signature event of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario – Hamilton Region Branch – organized by volunteers since 2003. Doors Open Partners are: The Hamilton Region Architectural Conservatory, the Hamilton Burlington Society of Architects, and Ontario Heritage Trust.+
Bounded by Main, James, Queen and Stuart streets, the neighbourhood of Central offers an eclectic mix of shopping areas, eateries, drinkeries, and businesses both traditional and modern. Broadly speaking, however, Central Hamilton extends from the base of the Mountain north to Stuart Street,west to Chedoke Creek/Dundurn, and east to approximately Wentworth/Sherman, encompassing a wide variety of residential options.
Downtown, King Street and James South boast the historic glory of Gore Park, lush with flowers from spring to fall, then home to a joyous holiday light display and play area in winter. Nearby, such sites as the 1914 Royal Connaught Hotel, the 100-year-old former Gibson School, and the James Street Baptist Church have been transformed into condominiums and lofts with key architectural elements restored and preserved without sacrificing any modern amenity. To the west, the shopping/commercial hub of Jackson Square sits at the heart of the business/banking district. Further west around Queen, the bar and entertainment zone known as Hess Village is a beehive of activity year-round. The HSR and Go transit lines both have major terminals downtown, offering efficient transport throughout Hamilton and within the GTA.
Living in Central means easy access to everything, from shopping to banking, historical sights to higher learning, day spas to nightlife. The Art Crawl and Supercrawl have grown into hugely popular events, with live entertainment, stalls, and a focus on local businesses and talent. Food festivals, farmer’s markets, pet stores, vintage clothing and music boutiques, the Canadian Football Museum, a vibrant library and art gallery, trendy skateboard stores, a wide range of dining options - you name it, Central’s got it.
So does all this mean no one gets a moment’s peace? Absolutely not. Off the main streets you find quiet residential neighbourhoods with homes ranging from the Victorian to the modern era, ample space between buildings, plenty of parking room, old-growth trees and beautiful lawns. Large retail stores at the Stuart/Barton boundary give way to smaller shops and a startling variety of the well-maintained, largely traditional homes heading towards the core; many more such properties lie in greater Central, stretching down to the residential areas between Wellington and Sherman.
Whether student, artist or professional, focused on convenience, variety, family, social life or solitude, there’s a perfect home for you somewhere in Central.
Kirkendall, nestled conveniently between Highway 403 and Main Street, is one of the historic Hamilton neighbourhoods showing the most dramatic growth in recent years. Comprised of Kirkendall South, between Aberdeen Street and the Escarpment, and Kirkendall North, from Aberdeen to Main Street, its proximity to McMaster University makes it ideal for students, while commuters enjoy the convenience of the nearby highway and major bus routes. Gorgeous single and multi-unit homes with lush gardens, tranquil retirement centres, the Chedoke condo community, a golf and ski club, an abundance of parks, recreational complexes, and a portion of the Bruce Trail combine to make the area attractive to singles and families of all ages and lifestyles.
An enthusiastic, active Neighbourhood Association highlights the sustainable “village atmosphere” of Kirkendall, a neighbourhood with a heart: their annual “Feed a Bus, Fill a Family” food drive has been a major contributor to Mission Services in its 7 years, while a host of other events, such as Classic Movies Under the Stars, Plant Swaps, Art Markets and holiday events bring locals together. Nearby Hess Village and the major shopping areas of Dundurn, Locke and Main supply a cornucopia of bars, restaurants, cafés, shops, and salons. In fact, everything you need or want is always just a heartbeat away, but you’ll never feel crowded in - proof positive that Kirkendall provides the best of both urban and village life.+
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