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Cedar Hill Area in Kitchener

 

Greetings, and welcome to the ongoing WRX Property Group series on the many neighbourhoods of Kitchener-Waterloo. Today’s neighbourhood is Cedar Hill in Kitchener. Before we dive into our patented methodology of neighbourhood investigative reporting, a note: Downtown Kitchener is subdivided into several smaller neighbourhoods, of which Cedar Hill is one. As such, Cedar Hill is a smaller neighbourhood, but one that has close ties with its fellow downtown neighbourhoods, and shares a Neighbourhood Association with two larger neighbourhoods southeast of it (their website is here). With that out of the way, let’s get into the exciting streets of downtown Kitchener and Cedar Hill.

Cedar Hill is Kitchener’s oldest neighbourhood; it dates back to the early nineteenth-century when it was called Sand Hills. German Mennonite families from Pennsylvania built homes in this area, and one (Schneider House) still stands to this day, just west of Cedar Hill. Cedar Hill’s boundaries are made up (approximately) by Queen Street in the northwest, Charles Street in the northeast, Stirling Avenue in the southwest, and Courtland Avenue in the southeast. It is very much part of Kitchener’s downtown core, just one street over from the ever-bustling King Street. The neighbourhood consists of ten blocks in total, but it is one of the most densely populated areas in all of Kitchener-Waterloo, and the Waterloo Region. Housing available in this neighbourhood varies quite a bit: there are tall apartments and condominiums; duplexes and triplexes; handsome, historic homes; and more.

 


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Like downtown Kitchener itself, Cedar Hill has undergone years of revitalization over the past few decades. Walking down its streets, you can see its history unfolding: red-brick houses with wooden porches – elements of an older Kitchener – stand but a block away from rows of townhouses and high-rises constructed in the 1970s. Cedar Hill is known throughout Kitchener-Waterloo for its diversity – people who prefer urban life to the suburbs will be able to find something within their price range, and that suits their specific preferences fairly easily here. Prices for single family condos or homes tend to range between around $250 000 and around $800 000. If you’d like to find out more about houses here, or anything else, please contact WRX and we’ll happily help however we can.

 

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Location

 

Some people like the calm separation of suburban life; some like to be where the action is. And Cedar Hill is right by the heart of downtown Kitchener. This provides more opportunities than can reasonably be listed, but let’s look at a few. First is the Kitchener Farmer’s Market, located a very short walk away on Cedar and King. Kitchener’s Farmer’s Market is one the oldest continuously running farmer’s markets in all of Canada. Its history stretches all the way back to 1839 (that’s right – it’s older than Canada itself [Canada the country, that is]). It’s open every Saturday throughout the year, and it’s a wonderful place to pick up fresh food, grab a bite to eat, or just take a leisurely stroll. Many Cedar Hill residents enjoy starting their weekends off with a trip to the Kitchener Farmer’s Market, and who can blame them?

 


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Right in the middle of Cedar Hill is Sandhills Park, a lovely area with looping footpaths, mature trees, a playground, and even a concrete stage. Its central location within the neighbourhood – and its paths branching off to several streets – make it a nice place for Cedar Hill residents to walk, jog, or take shortcuts to other parts of the city. And while it is nice, Cedar Hill residents have something much bigger, and even nicer, on the other side of Queen Street: Victoria Park. Victoria Park is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful, picturesque parts of Kitchener-Waterloo. There’s always something to do here, and walking along the azure waters of Victoria Park Lake is a great way to unwind and reconnect with nature. If you really want to take advantage of your location, you can grab a fritter and a coffee from the Farmer’s Market, then head over to Victoria Park – I can think of few better ways to start a Saturday.

 

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Those specific places are great, but it bears repeating: there are too many great places nearby to name. Cedar Hill residents can visit a different part of downtown Kitchener every day, and always find something exciting and new. From the main, downtown branch of the Kitchener Public Library to THEMUSEUM (yes, that’s its actual name. I believe their Caps Lock key was stuck when they were figuring out what to call themselves), there’s plenty to see and do. In terms of transportation, Cedar Hill is again well-situated. The Charles Street Transit Terminal is just a block away from the northeast corner of Cedar Hill, and more than 20 bus routes run out of here (including two of the speedy iXpress routes, and Mega Bus, Greyhound, and GO Transit) – see the routes and terminal layout here. Furthermore, once the LRT is running, Cedar Hill residents will be able to easily hop on the electric ION cars, as well. It’s a selling point for most neighbourhoods to have one nearby LRT stop – Cedar Hill residents could conceivably walk to six different stops (just for fun, I suppose), but the best part is that the Kitchener Market station is within the neighbourhood itself (so they should probably stick to that one).

 

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Education

 

While the opportunities for an urban lifestyle provided by Cedar Hill has appealed to singles and couples without children, small families are increasingly calling the neighbourhood home. Helpfully, there is a school within the school’s boundaries, and several quite close by, as well. Public school students are zoned for Suddaby Public School for Kindergarten to Grade 6 (French Immersion is available here starting at Grade 1), and Courtland Avenue Public School for Grades 7 and 8 (this school is right beside Cedar Hill, right along Courtland Avenue [hence its name]). For high school, Cedar Hill public school students are even luckier: Cameron Heights Collegiate Institute is within the neighbourhood’s boundaries (in the southeast corner)! Cameron Heights is one of Kitchener-Waterloo’s largest schools; you can read all about it in the WRX article on it here. Catholic students are zoned for St. Bernadette Catholic School, a little ways southwest along Stirling Avenue. For high school, Catholic students will attend St. Mary’s High School (article on it forthcoming). As always, bussing is available for students not within walking distance to their school.

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Conclusion

 

It’s hard to find a neighbourhood in Kitchener with better access to downtown Kitchener. Residents can enjoy an urban lifestyle here, taking advantage of the sights and sounds of the city centre, but Cedar Hill itself feels like home. The area has been revitalized over the past few decades, and it has much to offer those who like being close to the action. While there are fewer grocery chains nearby, there are local options, as well as the bustling farmer’s market on Saturdays. Cedar Hill blends the old and the new, in many ways (such as being Kitchener’s oldest neighbourhood, yet one of the select few with an LRT stop – the historic and the modern, side by side). So if you’re interested, why not take a walk through the neighbourhood – you won’t be disappointed.

 

Written by Will Kummer

 

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