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365 BENNINGTON Gate, Waterloo, Ontario N2T2L1
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About the Laurelwood Area in Waterloo
Listen closely; can you hear that sound? It’s the sound of a newborn WRX Property Group article! Is it a boy or a girl, you ask? Neither: it’s an in-depth look at the Laurelwood area of Waterloo.
So please, read on, and we hope you enjoy this latest instalment in the WRX series on Kitchener-Waterloo neighbourhoods.
If you’re thinking of moving to Waterloo, or purchasing a home here, then Laurelwood is very much worth your consideration. Located between Conservation Drive and Columbia Street, north to south, and Fischer-Hallman/Bearinger/Westmount Roads and Erbsville Road, east to west, Laurelwood is one of the largest neighbourhoods in Kitchener-Waterloo.
Real-estate in Kitchener-Waterloo is a very sound investment – it’s a great time to get a house in the region. And if the Waterloo real-estate market is hot, then the Laurelwood market is hotter than hot.
It’s one of the most desirable locations in Kitchener-Waterloo, for reasons that will be outlined below.
Laurelwood is in northwest Waterloo, slightly removed from the hustle and bustle of the universities, Conestoga Mall, and Uptown Waterloo. But Laurelwood has just about everything you could need within its boundaries. In the southeastern corner of the neighbourhood, by Fischer-Hallman and Columbia, is the Laurelwood Shopping Centre.
This has various shopping destinations, which include: Sobeys (which has a florist and a Canada Post office), Starbucks, Petro-Canada, CIBC, and TD Canada Trust. Another major shopping area within Laurelwood can be found at the corner of Laurelwood Drive and Erbsville Road, which has a Food Basics, Shoppers Drug Mart, and several other stores and restaurants.
Speaking of Erbsville, in the northwestern tip of Laurelwood is the Erbsville Kartway, where families can race around a 1 kilometer track (the longest in Southwestern Ontario, according to the Erbsville Kartway website).
Laurelwood is served by the John M. Harper Branch of the Waterloo Public Library, at the corner of Laurelwood and Fischer-Hallman. This branch is quite new – it opened its doors in 2011 – and it has 21 000 square feet of library space available for the public to enjoy, with all the fixings modern technology has to offer.
A good book or DVD, and the community-building opportunities inherent in a public library, are never very far away. Attached to the John M. Harper Branch is the Stork Family YMCA, a large, impressive facility completed at the same time.
It has a 4-lane pool for swimming lessons, aquafit, and aquatic programming, a warm-water leisure pool, an indoor track, squash and racquetball courts, a full-size gymnasium (3 badminton courts, 1 volleyball court, 6 basketball hoops), and fully-equipped weightlifting and cardio-conditioning areas – and more (YMCA).
Verily, Laurelwood has everything you could need – and we haven’t even gotten into two of its most appealing aspects: its schools, and its outdoor offerings (including the Conservation Area that shares part of its name).
But first, education.
As we’ve noted in the past, Waterloo is renowned for its top-tier education facilities. And Laurelwood truly lives up to – perhaps exceeds – this reputation. There are four schools in the Laurelwood area: Abraham Erb and Laurelwood Public Schools, St.
Nicholas Catholic School, and Sir John A. Macdonald Secondary School. According to the Fraser Institute’s school rankings, Laurelwood and St. Nicholas were tied as the best school in Waterloo in 2015-16, with Abraham Erb placing fifth (out of 26).
Sir John A. Macdonald Secondary School was ranked 2nd (out of 4) among Waterloo high schools. Not only are these results quite impressive on their own, but it should also be noted that these schools were ranked higher than almost every other school in the wider Kitchener-Waterloo region, too.
Indeed, these are schools that rank among the best in all of Ontario.