Commonly referred to as “Steel City” or “The Hammer”, Hamilton has been historically known as a blue-collar city with a gritty reputation, but there is SO much to love about the city with many nicknames! The Hamilton housing market has become a popular option for homeowners seeking both more space and the ability to stretch their dollars further. Between its natural beauty and the excitement that surrounds this vastly gentrifying community, here are some reasons we think you should consider making Hamilton home!
1. Unique and Beautiful Landscapes
Being tucked between the Niagara Escarpment and Lake Ontario, Hamilton is home to an extensive network of stunning natural walking and biking trails that are accessible all over the city. With over 100 incredible waterfalls, Hamilton is known as the “Waterfall Capital of the World”. Also, both within the city and just outside the city limits you’ll find an abundance of conservation lands that feature even more beautiful lakes, rivers, and natural splendor.
Moving to Hamilton will afford you endless adventures in your own backyard. Here are some scenic, picturesque locations that we suggest you check out:
- Websters Falls
- Albion Falls
- Christie Conservation Area
- Escarpment Rail Trail
- Dundas Valley Conservation Area
- Bayfront Park
2. Transportation Galore
Many Buyers that are moving to Hamilton from the GTA are looking for convenience and quick commutes to work/activities in and out of the city. Major highways including the 401, 403, and QEW are easily accessible from Hamilton, especially with the help of the intercity expressways including the Lincoln Alexander Parkway and the Red Hill Valley Parkway.
If you don’t have access to your own transportation or prefer the use of GO Transit, Hamilton has you covered. Hamilton’s city buses run everywhere throughout the city including downtown where you can easily access major cities via the GO system, from Toronto and Barrie, to Niagara and Kitchener-Waterloo.
3. Incredible Investment Opportunities
The average price for a residential sale in Hamilton in September of 2021 was $699,747, comparatively to September of 2020 at $553,256. That’s an increase of 26.5% in 1 year. Although these have been some unprecedented increases in the last few years, which have been influenced by COVID-19, Hamilton is still extremely affordable in comparison to the Toronto housing market, and there is still room for appreciation in this historically lower-priced city.
People continue to flee Toronto’s lack of affordability and are drawn to the more cost-effective Hamilton lifestyle. As a result of this high demand and low inventory, home prices are continuing to rise.
4. Booming Restaurant Scene
Calling all foodies! Hamilton has made a name for itself in the culinary world. From Instagram-worthy food to quality craft breweries, Hamilton’s creative and diverse food and drink scene is all this and more! The vibrant James Street North and Locke Street South are absolutely lined with drool worthy options. Here are a few of our favorite Hamilton must-visit experiences:
- The Mule – tacos & tequila
- Donut Monster – everything donuts
- The Burnt Tongue – homemade soups & sandwiches
- Fairweather Brewing Company – delectable craft beers
- Chicago Style Pizza – ‘nuff said
- Castelli Cucina – Italian perfection
- Motel – boozy brunch
- Mulberry Coffeehouse – all your coffee needs
5. Hamilton Culture
If you ask any Hamiltonian, living in this evolving city is an exciting experience jam-packed with opportunities for unique experiences. Whether you’re at Tim Hortons Field in your black and gold cheering for the local Hamilton Tiger-Cats or attending Supercrawl, Hamilton’s Annual Music + Arts Festival, the pride for this city and display of Hamilton’s culture is evident. Hamilton is full of great people and organizations/businesses that continue to work every day to make their community a great place to live. Being a Hamiltonian means supporting local small businesses, being a friendly neighbour, and exuding pride for the close-knit community you are part of.
Hamilton is so much more than smokestacks and industry. It’s packed full of amazing people, places, and adventures. If you’re considering moving to the city of Hamilton, we’d love to show you what a truly fantastic place to work, live, and play it is.