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Thirty thousand students change the dynamic of a city, let alone a neighbourhood. Westdale centres around the cute Westdale Village and forms concentric circles of student housing and residences mixed together.
The area has made the news recently, first about the now-defunct Westdale theatre, a modest art deco building on King West. Apparently, a local councillor thought it would be a great idea to deem the building as historically significant, blocking any redevelopment or change of use. I applaud such romantic gestures, although I do feel if councillor Johnson wanted to preserve the building and its charm, he should have bought it first. A consortium did pony up the cash and are apparently going to restore it to a movie and live music venue.
And right on schedule, a landlord with 12 bedrooms in a single-family home has made the news in Westdale. Somehow, the fact that a landlord/investor expected to profit from his venture, therefore utilized as many rooms as he could seems to surprise folks. Capitalism principles aside, the entire onus of the curious case of crappy student housing in Westdale rests solely on the city’s inept shoulders. Instead of rezoning lands to high density, multi-unit dwelling and allowing developers to build reasonable, decent housing, they perpetuate and enable the creation of shoddy, often unsafe, soggy housing.
The housing stock is all over the place, South of Main Street are large lot and often sided homes built after 1940. The North side, particularly the leafy area by the Aviary, Princess Point, and Churchill Park is predominantly residential and lovely.
Westdale Neighbourhood Listings
881 KING ST W in Hamilton: Retail for sale : MLS®# X4517608$1,295,000Retail
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- 8,956 sq. ft.832 m2Rare Opportunity To Own A Free Standing Prime Corner Location In The Heart Of Westdale. Excellent Location & Exposure For Medical Or Professional Offices.Current Use;Medical Clinic. Fully Detached Block Style Well Maintained Building With Plenty Of Parking. Zoned C5, Mixed Use Medium Density. Walk Score Of 86, Transit Score Of 66. Best Opportunity In Westdale For Immediate Use, Investment, Or Re-Build.**** EXTRAS **** All Window Coverings, Water Heater (Owned),Alarm System( Contract May Be Assumed), Waste Bin (Contract May Be 5Assumed) 3 Examination Rooms, 2 Offices, 2 Bathrooms, Reception Area, Waiting Room (id:2493) More detailsListed by ROYAL LEPAGE REAL ESTATE SERVICES LTD.
881 KING Street W in Hamilton: Office for sale : MLS®# 30750719$1,295,000Office
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- 30750719RARE OPPORTUNITY TO OWN A PRIME FREE STANDING CORNER LOCATION IN THE HEART OF WESTDALE. HIGH DEMAND EXCELLENT LOCATION AND EXPOSURE FOR MEDICAL OR PROFESSIONAL OFFICES, REAL ESTATE OFFICE, DAY NURSERY, RETAIL, RESIDENTIAL CARE, ETC., CURRENTLY USED AS A MEDICAL CLINIC. APPROX. 1500 SQUARE FEET IN A WELL MAINTAINED BLOCK STYLE BUILDING WITH PLENTY OF PARKING. INTERIOR PARTITIONED INTO 5 EXAM ROOMS, 2 OFFICE, RECEPTION AND PATIENT WAITING AREA AND 2 BATHS. ZONED C5 MIXED USE, MEDIUM DENSITY. ON-GOING BUSINESS, APPOINTMENTS MUST BE BOOKED WITH LISTING BROKERAGE OFFICE. WALK SCORE 86, TRANSIT SCORE 66 (id:2493) More detailsListed by Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd., Brokerage
15 Dromore Crescent in Hamilton: House for sale : MLS®# H4060170$815,000Single Family
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- 1,657 sq. ft.154 m2Beautifully updated Westdale 2.5 story home, Blocks from McMaster, Walking trails, Library, Public transportation and easy highway access. Character home featuring 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, hardwood Floors throughout with gumwood trim, Cove Ceilings, Updated Kitchen, Separate Living/Dining Room, Full lower level 2 bdrm in-law suite with side entrance & kitchenette. 2 distinct separate living areas. Enjoy the outdoors with the large private yard & 2-tired deck, driveway leads detached garage/shed in the rear yard. Roof 2014, Forced Air Furnace & A/C updated in 2018. This is the one you have been waiting for! (id:2493) More detailsListed by RE/MAX Escarpment Frank Realty