Neighbourhood Spotlight: Kitchener

By: Jeff Ham & Christy D'Oliveira

Neighbourhood Spotlight: Kitchener

Tags: Kitchener

Finding the perfect place to purchase or build a home is never easy. There is so much to consider – property prices, education and job opportunities, transportation, and the list could go on and on. Canada is full of beautiful, growing cities and neighbourhoods, each with its advantages. This time we shine a spotlight on Kitchener. Set just west of Toronto, it has all the benefits of a big city while maintaining a lovely small-town feel.

Where is Kitchener?
Kitchener is known as one of the 'Tri-Cities, which are set between Waterloo and Cambridge. Situated in Saint Lawrence Southwestern Lowlands of Southwestern Ontario, the city is 100 kilometres away from Toronto. By car, it is about two hours away. The journey will take up to three hours if you take a train or bus, so it is also a convenient option, especially for those who don't drive.

Note that Kitchener is just three hours away from Detroit, Michigan. So if it is important for you to stay not too far from the States, the lovely little city is the best place to relocate.

Parks and recreation in Kitchener
One of the greatest aspects of Kitchener is that it features numerous parks and trails along the Grand River, all available for residents and adventurers to explore. The biggest in the city are RIM Park and Waterloo Park, which also include sports fields, ball diamonds, picnic areas, and plenty of parking. 

Since Kitchener has four distinct seasons, spending time outdoors is a 'must.' Enjoy warm summers, experience fall foliage in the parks, have fun in the snow during winter, and see the first spring blooms – in Kitchener, you can be a part of all of these wonderful moments.

The city hosts various festivals each year. Oktoberfest is the most famous, which typically begins on the Friday before Canadian Thanksgiving and attracts more than 700 000 visitors. Did you know that it is the biggest Oktoberfest outside of Bavaria? That's right.

Transportation
Another advantage of Kitchener is that it is set close to highway 401. That means residents can quickly get to other major cities in the region.  

Highways 7 and 8 also go through Kitchener. The public transportation system is well developed – you can take a bus or a train through the city.

Education
In many ways, Kitchener is a family-friendly city. The Waterloo region includes 103 elementary and 16 high schools. Keep in mind that for catholic and public education, there are two separate boards. After finishing high school, students can continue their education at the University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University, or Conestoga College, which is ranked among the best in the country.

Real estate in Kitchener
Kitchener's real estate market prices are more affordable compared to Toronto but higher than in Southern Ontario communities. Flats and houses come in all sizes and characteristics. Until summer, housing prices, like in the rest of Canada, were growing in the KW region. Now, however, due to rising inflation and interest rates, they are slowly going down. Still, a major shift in prices isn't expected any time soon.

Contact Us
Kitchener really is a city of many great things. Excellent education, convenient location, stunning nature and a thriving theatre and culture scene await you if you decide to relocate. To learn more about housing in Kitchener, contact The Fresh Approach Real Estate Team here.