West Hamilton is a very diverse area, with a fairly equal number of older residents and young families to the south and east, and a large population of university students to the west, near McMaster University. The typical home here is an older freehold home on a medium-sized lot, however, in the west end many of these homes have been converted into student housing and apartments, with nearly 50% of residents in the area renting. 22% of the population represents families with one or more children at home, while over 20% of the population are university-aged residents. The average income in Hamilton West is approximately $60,000.
The main neighbourhoods in Hamilton West include Ainslie, Westdale, Strathcona and Chedoke, each of which consist of their own smaller pockets.There are many greenspaces, walking trails and bike paths, including the popular Princess Point and Coote’s Paradise, as well as waterfalls dotting the escarpment, giving Hamilton its nickname of the City of Waterfalls. For art and history lovers there are several museums and galleries in this area, including the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Customs House and Dundurn Castle.
Spencer Gorge Wilderness Area
RGB Cootes Paradise Sanctuary
Located close to the 403/QEW, with easy access to the GO station downtown, and several GO stops between McMaster University and Hamilton GO. The neighbourhoods of Westdale and Stratchona, which includes the historic Locke Street South, offer plenty of boutiques, restaurants, bars, and cafes.
The average price of a freehold home in Hamilton West is approximately $626,000 year-to-date, 2018