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Lexington Area in Waterloo
Does the sun have favourites? Does it rise to shine first on the ones it loves most? If so, then the Lexington area of eastern Waterloo is clearly among the sun’s preferred Kitchener-Waterloo neighbourhoods. And indeed, there is a lot to like about Lexington, which we’ll explore in this article. So sit back, relax, and get ready to read (and, hopefully, enjoy and learn from) another entry in the WRX Property Group’s ongoing exploration of Kitchener-Waterloo neighbourhoods.
I’ve said it again, but it bears repeating: Kitchener-Waterloo has numerous neighbourhoods that would make great homes. It’s simply a matter of narrowing down which neighbourhoods offer the specific things you’re looking for – which one fits you best. Located on the eastern side of Waterloo, Lexington’s boundaries are roughly defined by Bridge Street West on the west, Eastbridge Avenue on the north, and University Avenue on the east and south. Lexington Road runs through the middle of the neighbourhood; it might be helpful to imagine it as the neighbourhood’s belt (though it also might not be helpful to imagine it that way). You can find a fairly wide variety of homes in Lexington, from new models to houses that have stood for four or more decades. Prices, too, can vary widely here; you can expect the price of houses in Lexington to range from around $300 thousand to closer to $1 million. For specifics, or anything else you’d like to know, please feel free to reach out to WRX; we’ll be happy to help.
There’s not much shopping within Lexington’s borders, but there are quite a few options to be found near its southern half, along Bridge St. and University Ave. Shops include a 7-Eleven and a Rexall Pharma Plus, a Shell gas station, and more. There are several restaurants in this area, including multiple pizza places, a Chinese restaurant, a Subway, and a Tim Hortons (a key consideration for anyone searching for a home). Importantly, there is a Freshco at the corner of Bridge and University, so grocery-shopping should never be a problem for Lexington residents. Speaking of food, people interested in deli meats, local history, and the history of local deli meats will be delighted to discover that the historic and current headquarters of Piller’s Fine Foods stands on the east side of Lexington.
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Lexington is also quite close to Conestoga Mall – it’s just a 5-7 minute drive (or a 15 minute bus ride) away. Conestoga is Waterloo’s largest mall, and between it and the area surrounding it, there are plenty of shopping and eating opportunities. Lexington has access to a few bus routes, which run primarily along Bridge and University, namely the 6, 12, and 31 routes, and the 202 iXpress route, which connects Lexington residents quickly to Uptown Waterloo and the universities (University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University). Another key advantage to Lexington’s location is its great access to the Conestoga Parkway (Highway 85), with on- and off-ramps near the southern tip of the neighbourhood on University Avenue. Living so close to the highway truly opens up the rest of Kitchener-Waterloo for commuters, explorers, shoppers, and Sunday-drivers alike.
The Lexington Neighbourhood has two schools within its boundaries, both of which scored well on the Fraser Institute’s analysis of Ontario elementary and secondary schools. Saint Matthew Catholic Elementary School is located on Pastern Trail, towards the south of Lexington. It has over 400 students, offers extended daycare, and is affiliated with the St. Agnes Parish and St. Michael Parish communities. Lexington Public School is on Forestlawn Road, in the northwest of Lexington, quite close to the Grand River (more on that later, though). It serves approximately 250 students from Kindergarten to Grade 6, after which students will move on to Margaret Avenue Public School for Grades 7 and 8. For secondary school, students living in Lexington are zoned for St. David’s Catholic Secondary School and Bluevale Collegiate Institute, depending on which school board they are part of. Bussing is available.
Activities and Nature
Being so close to the mighty, blue Grand River really opens a lot of doors for Lexington residents. But let’s start first with what can be found within the borders of Lexington specifically. Lexington has two primary parks, each with trails, trees, tree-lined trails, a baseball diamond, and a soccer field: Auburn Park in the south, and Wintermeyer Park in the north. Each of these places is great for strolls and offers a variety of activities, including runs and baseball with the Waterloo Minor Baseball Association. As nice as those parks are, though (and they are nice), the true draw to Lexington is its proximity to the Grand River.
Right next to Lexington is the Claude Dubrick Trailway, a beautiful green area that runs along a bend in the Grand River. This trail is part of the much larger Walter Bean Grand River Trail, which stretches across a huge, 50+ kilometer span of the river. The Walter Bean Trail truly connects the Kitchener-Waterloo region, making it safe and fun to enjoy the river as it runs through the Tri-Cities. Nature-lovers and walkers will find Lexington’s location perfect for its access to this picturesque trail.
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Lexington residents can travel a few minutes north to take advantage of the Grey Silo Golf Course, an 18-hole course that offers pristine greens and good views of the Grand River (if you’re not too focused on the golfing itself). Also north of Lexington is RIM Park, a huge area with 12 multi-purpose sports fields, six baseball diamonds, and four beach volleyball courts (RIM Park). Within RIM Park is the impressive Manulife Financial Sportsplex and Healthy Living Complex, which has just about everything an active individual could want or need. Just to give you an idea of what’s available here, it has 4 Olympic-sized skating rinks, an indoor field, two NBA-size gymnasiums, and a variety of other amenities including a sports clinic and a banquet hall – and a lot more (RIM Park).
Lexington is a fine neighbourhood, and a great place to find your new home. It’s got two elementary schools, as well as parks, making it a good fit for parents with younger children. It’s also quite close to one of Kitchener-Waterloo’s biggest natural attractions (Grand River), making it a great neighbourhood for those who enjoy nature and healthy living. Lexington’s not the busiest part of Waterloo – it’s a bit removed from Uptown and the universities – but it offers a quiet place to call home away from the sights and sounds of other parts of the city. And with its close proximity to the highway, it’s not hard for Lexington residents to travel. Lexington: another lovely Waterloo neighbourhood that is worth thinking about if you’re looking for a new home.
Written by Will Kummer