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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
1048 KING Street W in Hamilton: Retail for sale : MLS®# H4048168$2,494,000Retail
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- Commercial MixAttention Investors! Incredible and rare opportunity to own a well established Two-Level Multi-Use Commercial/ Residential property in heart of Westdale Village. Zoned C5A pedestrian dominant consisting of a total gross floor area of 8130 SqFt. Included in SQFT is a finished basement consisting of 2200 of rentable square footage. This building is home to four commercial main floor tenants, four basement office spaces and five residential units with each residential apartment equipped with their own Heating/Cooling units. Steps to McMaster University and world renowned Children's hospital in a bustling community. Situated close to major highways and along public transit this multi use commercial building is highly visible and centrally located. Please do not go direct, call listing agent to schedule all appointments. (id:2493) More detailsListed by Royal LePage State Realty
147 STERLING ST in Hamilton: House for sale : MLS®# X4437613$1,499,900Single Family
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- 5Amazing Location Beautiful Home On A Quiet Wesdale Crescent, 5 Minutes Walking To Mcmaster University, Hardwood Floor Throughout, Many Updates : New Fridge (2016), Stove (2016) Dishwasher (2016) Washer/Dryer (2016) New Roofing (2016) In Ground Pool, Quick Access To 403**** EXTRAS **** Inclusion : Fridge, Stove, Dishwasher, Microwave, Washer/Dryer, All Light Fixtures, All Window Coverings, Monthly Rental Could Be $ 6500/Mth. Must See. (id:2493) More detailsListed by HOMELIFE NEW WORLD REALTY INC.
28 BOND Street N in Hamilton: House for sale : MLS®# H4054464$749,900Single Family
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- 1,300 sq. ft.121 m2WELCOME TO 28 BOND ST NORTH, LOCATED IN THE WESTDALE VILLAGE, CONVENIENTLY LOCATED ACROSS FROM COOTES PARADISE SCHOOL, THE TEMPLE PLAY HOUSE, CHURCH HILL PARK & STEPS TO MCMASTER UNIVERSITY, WESTDALE HIGH SCHOOL & PRINCESS POINT. FULLY UPDATED 3 BDRM HOME, 2 FULL BATHS, PLUS TWO ADDITIONAL BDRMS LOCATED IN THE BASEMENT. CUSTOM WHITE KITCHEN W/ BARESA CABINETRY, QUARTZ COUNTERS, SUBWAY TILE BACK SPLASH, GOURMET STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES, FOR PEACE OF MIND UPDATES INCLUDE: GAS FURNACE & CA, WINDOWS, ELECTRICAL HARDWOOD FLOORS THROUGHOUT, 4PC BATH W/ MARBLE FLOOR & WALL. UPGRADED TRIM & CROWN MOLDING, STYLISH WHITE FIREPLACE ACCENT WALL W/ TV MOUNT & FP MANTLE, BASEMENT LAUNDRY. REAR DECK GREAT FOR ENTERTAINING W/ BAR FRIDGE, TV, POT LIGHTS AND DECK LIGHTING. NEWLY UPDATED GARAGE W/ OPENER. NICELY LANDSCAPED. LONG ASPHALT DRIVEWAY. MOVE IN READY! PRIVATE FINANCING ASSUMABLE, CALL FOR DETAILS. (id:2493) More detailsListed by Sutton Group Innovative Realty Inc.