Kitchener-Waterloo has become one of the best cities for employment and ranked the third-best place in Canada to find full-time work, according to StatsCanada. The best places to live in Kitchener-Waterloo are Doon, Stanley Park and Beechwood, ranking as the top three neighbourhoods in Kitchener-Waterloo for access to green spaces and parks, walkability, retail and restaurants and the ease of getting around/public transit.
Stanley Park is a quiet area ideal for nature-lovers who can enjoy vast Idlewood Park.
Alpine Village is also conveniently located next to the Laurentian Power Centre and other shopping areas, making it easy to pick up groceries, clothes or stop in for a bite or a drink at the local restaurants. Forest Heights is a sprawling neighbourhood that makes up the southwest section of Kitchener. The primarily residential area is one of the more established neighbourhoods in Kitchener, especially for families.Residential areas of the neighbourhood include mature tree-lined streets with prototypical suburban, two-story homes and bungalows.
Country Hills has much to offer.Country Hills West is a relatively newer development, and the homes are middle-class suburban, and many enjoy large pie-shaped lots with considerable backyards. Country Hills East is home to new development, with large suburban residences backing on to an abundance of green space. The homes are densely situated.Homes are middle-class suburban, and many enjoy large pie-shaped lots with considerable backyards.The neighbourhood also has quick driving access to both the 401 and the Expressway.
The southern edge of Kitchener is a mix of city, nature and agricultural areas. Nestled within this mix are the communities of Brigadoon and Huron Park.
Brigadoon is a modern area filled with upper middle income suburban homes. Huron Park is among the newest developments in the region. The new homes offer a good family atmosphere, while sitting apart from the busier areas within the city proper.
Nestled between the Expressway and the Grand River is the neighbourhood of Chicopee. The neighbourhood is both small and spacious, with its curving streets and crescents hosting modest suburban housing.The dominant landmarks in the neighbourhood are Chicopee Ski and Summer Resort, Morrison and Morgan parks. The Grand River is a significant and picturesque piece of the landscape, as is winds through the eastern border of the neighbourhood. The neighbourhood is also a prime one for shoppers, as it is located just minutes from Fairview Park Mall, Kitchener’s premier shopping destination. In addition to the mall, Fairview Road contains a plethora of big box stores and restaurants.
Step into Pioneer Tower and you will be amazed at how many different characteristics one neighbourhood can have. The first thing to be noticed is the stunning upper-middle class suburban homes. The backyards of many homes in the neighbourhood are also the envy of the Region, as they look over the Grand River and the beautiful Deer Ridge Golf Course.
The neighbourhood is also home to one of Kitchener’s most prestigious shopping areas. Downtown Kitchener is one of the oldest and the most developed neighbourhoods in the region. Its marriage between rich history and technology creates a unique and beautiful presence. It offers a plethora of sources that make it a great place to live. Thanks to the number of jobs and activities in the area, it’s also understandably the heart of Kitchener-Waterloo.
Downtown Kitchener has many great features for the family. Not only is there enough entertainment, but all of this entertainment is also easily accessible, thanks to the Kitchener-Waterloo transit systems.
The new ION LRT has three major stops that residents can access. They can be found at the Kitchener Market, Kitchener City Hall and the Central Station (in the Innovation District). This makes transportation a breeze as commuters can quickly hop aboard and access the other parts of the city from these convenient stops.
Uptown nearly mirrors Downtown in the sense that it is quickly becoming the home of new high rise apartment buildings and a plethora of businesses. It offers many similar features of Downtown Kitchener, though in a less busy, newer environment.
To the north of downtown is the Civic Centre neighbourhood. This area hosts Centre in the Square, the largest and busiest performing arts center. Their state-of-the-art theatre is known as one of the finest performance spaces in North America.
The neighbourhood of Bridgeport is both history and natural beauty. The defining aspect of the neighbourhood is the Grand River, which picturesquely winds throughout the neighbourhood. Homes in the area range from modest bungalows and post-war homes, to newer, family-style suburban homes, to more upper-scale developments in Bridgeport North. In terms of transportation, the neighbourhoods can access the Conestoga Parkway from Lancaster Street West, offering a short trip to the parkway and from there the entire Twin City area.
The most notable neighbourhoods near Uptown Waterloo are University District and Downtown Kitchener.
The University District refers to the area (north of Uptown) in which theUniversity of Wilfrid Laurier and the University of Waterloo reside. These two schools bring well over 50,000 students to the area, which has encouraged the real estate in the area to thrive.
In the other direction (south-east) is Downtown Kitcheneris one of the oldest and most developed neighbourhoods in Kitchener-Waterloo. It features things like the Kitchener City Square, the beautiful and expansive Victoria Park, and a rapidly expanding condominium community.
Waterloo is the home of Waterloo university - is a hotspot for technological innovation. The booming condo industry is most visible in the district, multiple towers are currently under construction. The South-West showcases established neighbourhoods with larger homes bordering the avenue while the central university district offers a combination of older brick residences alongside high-rise condos. There are plenty of restaurants and coffeehouses which accommodate the many students seen walking the streets. Property values are historically strong buoyed by the presence of these fine schools.