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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
4 - 8 NORTH OVAL in Hamilton: House for sale : MLS®# H4067787$2,999,990Single Family
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- H4067787WELCOME TO WESTDALE! ONE OF THE PREMIER LOCATIONS IN HAMILTON, THIS 12 UNIT BUILDING IS IN THE HEART OF THE VILLAGE. WALKING DISTANCE TO EVERYTHING. MAC, TRANSIT, SHOPPING AND DINING ALL WITHIN A FEW MINUTES. THIS BUILDING OFFERS A NEWER BOILER, UPDATED WINDOWS, COIN OPERATED LAUNDRY ON SITE, INDIVIDUAL HYDRO METERS, AND A STORAGE LOCKER FOR EVERY UNIT. DON'T MISS OUT ON THIS INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY TO ADD TO YOUR PORTFOLIO, OR BECOME A NEW LANDLORD. (id:2493) More detailsListed by Sutton Group Innovative Realty Inc.
1035 King Street W in Hamilton: Retail for sale : MLS®# H4069951$979,000Retail
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- 1,900 sq. ft.177 m2Mixed Use Commercial/Residential property located in the heart of Westdale Village. Main floor leased to successful take out restaurant. Spacious 3 bedroom apartment is located on 2nd floor with raised deck. The property enjoys 3 parking spaces at the back & large fully fenced backyard offers lots of possibilities. Well maintained & updated. Terrific opportunity. (id:2493) More detailsListed by Judy Marsales Real Estate Ltd.
158 Arkell Street in Hamilton: House for sale : MLS®# H4070312$969,900Single Family
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- 2,252 sq. ft.209 m2Shows A++! Fully renovated to show home quality with over 3,000sqft of finished living space. Features an over-sized family room with a custom built white stone fireplace that opens up into the dining room. Renovated kitchen with stainless-steel appliances, glass tile back splash & more. 4 Renovated Spa like bathrooms, extra deep tub in Master bathroom, designer vanities & mirrors, luxurious tiles with chandeliers. High-end laminate & porcelain throughout with NEW sub-flooring, NEW oak staircase & interior doors, upgraded baseboard & trim with crown molding, Tankless water heater, upgraded Wiring(2016),Interconnected Smoke & CO2's, Waterproofing & more! The exterior upgrades include new windows, siding, eaves, soffit, front porch, & interlock stone walkway. Basement has separate entrance. Currently leased for $5,625/month. (id:2493) More detailsListed by RE/MAX Escarpment Realty Inc.