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About Country Squire
Are you keen for a taste of rustic refinement? How about a beautiful home outside the bounds of the big and bustling city centre? If the rolling hills of rural life are calling your name, all you need do is look to the north-eastern tip of Waterloo, where you may well find the life you’ve been looking for. Today we’ll be looking into and discussing the Country Squire region of Waterloo.
Country Squire is an area with many newly-built homes. These include from modern, luxury homes, condo townhomes and townhomes, bungalow townhomes, and more. Prices in the area can be expected to range from $500,000 to $1.5 million, with some higher-priced homes as well (prices as of September 2017). Of course, these prices are just an idea – if you’re interested in finding out more, please don’t hesitate to contact WRX Property Group directly.
If you’re one of the proud employees of RIM Technology Park, Country Squire is a great community to consider living. Your commute – if you can even call it that – would truly be short enough that no means of transportation would be off the table. Horse and buggy? Sure – and you’ll not be the only one. Rollerblades? Why not. Unicycle? Hey, it’s your life – travel as you see fit. The point is, you can have a safe, comfortable, spacious home with the perks of rural living, while still being just minutes away from a world-renowned technological hub. They say variety is the spice of life (or was it manure?).
I know the question on everyone’s mind right now: where does Waterloo end and Woolwich begin? Well, to put it in the simplest terms, Woolwich borders Waterloo to the North and East, running parallel with Bridge Street West, Regional Road 40, and Country Squire Road to the north, and following the contours of the Grand River to the east (with a gap for Bridgeport). But living in the Country Squire neighbourhood can really feel like you’re as much a part of the Woolwich community as you are with Kitchener-Waterloo proper; you certainly have unhindered access to the Northern and Western parts of Woolwich, by way of the Glasgow Street South bridge, and Regional Roads 22, 17, 15, and 40, as well as Highways 8 and 85.
I know the next question on your mind: What’s Woolwich? I’m glad you asked: The Township of Woolwich is a conglomeration of ten small communities in northeastern Waterloo Region, including Elmira, which has one of WRDSB’s public secondary schools, and St. Jacobs, which has the ever-popular St. Jacobs Market, where you can find everything from farm-fresh food to second-hand German CDs (imagine the possibilities of combining the two). Living in Country Squire means you’re still part of Waterloo, but you’re also right on the doorstep of Woolwich and its inherently rural charms. As the old, local farmer’s saying goes, “Woolwich is the wool which nourishes the soul.*”
*Note: this is less an old, local farmer’s saying, and more of a new, I-just-invented-it kind of saying. But that doesn’t make it any less true!
If you look at Waterloo on a map, and more specifically, the Country Squire region, you’ll notice a few things. The first is that there is a lot of room to grow. Even within the boundaries of Country Squire Road, University Avenue, and the Grand River, there are expanses of undeveloped land. The streets that have been developed, where you’ll find the current residential options within the area, are located in one cluster fairly centrally within the region, and in another cluster along the eastern border with the Grand River. With RIM Park to the West, the Grand River to the East and South, and the Grey Silo Golf Course to the southwest, you can expect Country Squire to become a hotspot for luxury living. Tech gurus and golf aficionados alike can rub shoulders as they tee off, then enjoy some tea at the clubhouse. This is a great area for anyone looking to make an investment in a steadily growing market.
There are so many great areas in Kitchener-Waterloo to live that it can be tough to decide which one is best for you. Well, here’s one potential way to narrow it down: How many Kitchener-Waterloo neighbourhoods have an 18-hole golf course? The answer is, of course, not all of them. But Country Squire does! Stretching along the lower half of the Country Squire region is the Grey Silo Golf Club, an elegant 18-hole golf course perfect for individuals looking to improve their game, and competitors keen to test their mettle in a tournament with 100 or more players – Grey Silo can accommodate both, and everything in between. Its proximity to the Country Squire residential area is a huge draw for golf fans interested in settling in the region.
The Grand River is an integral part of Kitchener-Waterloo; historically, it’s supported and sustained increasingly populous settlements in the region, and today (among other things) it’s one of the region’s most compelling natural attractions. Country Squire borders the river for several kilometers, and it offers several distinct ways to enjoy it. Hike along the Walter Bean Grand River Trail, which travels through Country Squire and runs along the Grand River, offering stunning views and a great place to exercise (this trail extends for 78 kilometers in total, running along the Grand River from Waterloo down to Kitchener and Cambridge). Play a round of golf at the Grey Silo Golf Club, several holes of which stand adjacent to the river (but be careful in your admiration of the Grand River not to overzealously thwack a golf ball into it). Finally, look into a property on the beautiful Grand River Drive (or one of its nearby offshoots). These stunning luxury homes are but a hop, skip and a jump from each of the Walter Bean Trail, the Grey Silo Golf Club, and the Grand River itself. Despite their close proximity to the river and these attractions, though, the Grand River Drive properties are quite private, protected by tall rows of verdant coniferous trees. Prices in this region are typically $1.5 million and up (as of September 2017 – prices will be updated twice a year).
If you’re looking for opportunities in healthy living and physical activity in a less open-air setting than the trails and natural offerings abundant in Country Squire, don’t worry: there’s a perfect place for that, too. Situated within the boundaries of the Country Squire area, at the intersection of University Avenue and Millennium Boulevard, is RIM Park, a 500-acre facility with everything from a GreenLab and public art to outdoor and indoor sports. The heart of RIM Park is the Manulife Financial Sportsplex and Healthy Living Centre. This sizeable building truly has something for everyone; there’s a reason it’s considered the top recreation complex in the city of Waterloo. The Manulife Financial Sportsplex and Healthy Living Centre (open daily 6 a.m. to midnight) has four Olympic-sized ice rinks, along with 36 large changing rooms, two NBA-size gymnasiums, an indoor field house, concession stands, meeting rooms, a sports clinic, and much more.
Country Squire is growing, and it’s growing because people want to be here. Though newly residential, it has plenty to offer homeowners – natural attractions, sports facilities, and access to both rural regions and more urban areas of Waterloo, to name a few. Country Squire is part of Waterloo, but it feels, in some way, like its own separate area, and residents will need to travel outside of the neighbourhood for shopping, groceries, and some activities and amenities not offered here. But if you’re looking to live on the threshold, not quite in rural Woolwich, but not quite in urban Waterloo, then Country Squire may just be the place for you.
Written by Will Kummer