What are the best neighbourhoods in Kitchener Waterloo?
There are a lot of things to consider. Best neighbourhoods for schools? Luxury neighbourhoods? Most affordable? What about activities, walkability, commuting, crime and public transit? The landfill or the airport? Architecture? And of course there’s Waterloo vs. Kitchener.
No one neighbourhood will have a perfect score on all of these criteria. So I’m going to break the rankings into six categories that matter most for buyers. Make sure to check out my Kitchener and Waterloo neighbourhoods pages, schools and listings too.
East Ward-Auditorium and Mount Hope are ideally situated. The Auditorium district features some exceptional homes on spacious lots. Mount Hope’s fortunes are on the upswing with the addition of Google and the LRT.
Idlewood is a gorgeous neighbourhood on the east side with good schools. Beechwood Forest in and around Monarch Woods is beautiful, with lots of shopping and good schools. Brigadoon to the south is quiet and serene. There’s plenty of nearby nature and good local schools.
Stanley Park and East Ward Auditorium have almost instant access to the expressway and highway 8. They are perfect for getting around in town and also for 401 access. And the Auditorium suburb is right across the street from the LRT.
Westmount has some truly amazing homes in the vicinity of the golf course and near the uptown. Country Squire is a bit of a hidden gem. The nicer portions of this latter neighbourhood have very high end homes, spacious lots and no car traffic.
Lakeshore, University and Beechwood are the most affordable neighbourhoods on a dollars to dollars basis in Waterloo. Beechwood, despite the prestige attached to this suburb actually has many affordable sections.