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Pioneer West Area in Kitchener

It’s time for another WRX Property Group analysis of one of the many neighbourhoods of Kitchener-Waterloo. Today we’ll be exploring another area of southern Kitchener, part of the larger Doon region of the city. The neighbourhood up for discussion is: Pioneer West (also known as Pioneer Tower West, and Deer Ridge). An elegant new neighbourhood nestled right along the rushing waters of the Grand River, Pioneer West is a fine place to live – let’s find out why.
Pioneer West’s boundaries are made up approximately by King Street East in the east, and the Grand River in the south, west, and north. Indeed, Pioneer West is surrounded on three of its sides by the iconic river. As such, residents here have unprecedented access to one of Kitchener-Waterloo’s finest attractions, as well as the lush, green areas proximity to the Grand River allows for. Pioneer West is a beautiful, upscale suburban neighbourhood, with impressive, large homes and immaculate lawns. As one of Kitchener-Waterloo’s newer neighbourhoods, most of the properties here were built within the past two decades, and while houses are distinct from one another, each is strikingly modern. For a number of reasons (including its enviable location and magnificent properties), this is one of Kitchener-Waterloo’s most upscale neighbourhoods. Prices for homes here start in the mid $850 000s, but most cost $1 million or more, and large, estate homes with over 3500 square feet can cost well over $1 million. As always, if you’re interested in a specific property, or you’d like to know more about the Region, please contact us; we’ll happily help however we can.

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Location

One of the defining features of Pioneer West is, of course, the Grand River. Coiling around the neighbourhood’s western border, this beautiful section of the river is never too far away from Pioneer West residents. If you’re the sort who enjoys a nature walk, or simply gazing upon the rippling surface of the Grand River, Pioneer West may be the perfect place for you. There is a lovely footbridge that spans the Grand River in the southern part of Pioneer West, and the beautiful Walter Bean Grand River Trail runs alongside the entire span of Pioneer West’s section of the river. The natural beauty in Pioneer West is enough on its own, with sections such as the densely wooded Grand View Woods South and the more centrally-located Settlers Grove Park providing wonderful spaces to stroll through and enjoy. But another highlight within Pioneer West is the Waterloo Pioneers Memorial Tower. This distinctive, 18.9 metre tower is a tribute to the German Mennonite settlers who came to the Waterloo Region in the early nineteenth-century; its Swiss-style, copper roof will transport you to the cobbled streets of Bern, if you look at it closely enough.

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In terms of shopping, Pioneer West has plenty of options. The Deer Ridge Centre has several restaurants and a few shops, but it’s Sportsworld Crossing that truly provides almost everything that residents could need. There is a vast array of restaurants (both dine-in and takeaway), speciality shops, big box stores, and more, stretching out along King Street East and Sportsworld Crossing Road. There are also a Costco Wholesale, a Landmark Cinemas, and a Chapters (with Starbucks) here. If these aren’t enough, this part of King Street easily connects to Highway 8, which leads both north into other parts of Kitchener and Waterloo, and south to the 401. Indeed, Pioneer residents are quite lucky to be near this part of Highway 8: getting to the 401 is simple, and from here, you can go as far west as Windsor, or all the way east to Cornwall, passing most of Southern Ontario’s major cities along the way (including London, Toronto, and Kingston).


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Activities

Adding to Pioneer West’s reputation as one of Kitchener-Waterloo’s most refined neighbourhoods are its prestigious sporting clubs, and its two golf courses. Deer Ridge Golf Club is an excellent opportunity for both golf enthusiasts, and those looking for great food and camaraderie. Deer Ridge’s clubhouse has an excellent menu of locally-sourced food and elegant beverages, which can be enjoyed on the clubhouse patio overlooking the 18th hole. The golf course itself is ranked among the top 100 in Canada in several publications, and it is by all accounts a remarkable course that rewards creativity in technique and provides golfers with stunning views of the Grand River. The Pioneer Sportsmen Club has a long history in Kitchener-Waterloo, dating back to 1929 when it was known as the ‘Waterloo County Fish and Game Protective Association’ (I think the new name’s got a nicer ring to it). This club unites people with shared interests in archery, shooting, camping, hiking, and conservation, and it offers both indoor and outdoor facilities (depending on the activity). The Grand River is a perfect place for such active, pioneering spirits, so if any of these activities interest you, be sure to check out their website here. Finally, located in the southeastern part of Pioneer West is RiverEdge Golf Club. Part of the GolfNorth network of courses, RiverEdge has both public and member tee times, and its 9 holes can be completed in two and a half hours.

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Education

There are no schools within Pioneer West’s borders. Students in the public school board (WRDSB) will attend Grand View Public School for Kindergarten to Grade 6, and they will attend William G. Davis Public School for Grades 7 and 8. For both schools, students are eligible for transportation by bus. Students interested in French Immersion will have to make alternate arrangements with the WRDSB. For high school, Pioneer West public students are zoned for Preston High School, in Cambridge, which can be accessed by following King Street East to the south. Again, students are eligible for transportation by bus. Students in the Catholic board (WCDSB) will attend St. Anne Catholic School (the Kitchener location) for Kindergarten to Grade 8, and St. Mary’s Catholic High School for secondary school. Once again, Pioneer West students are eligible for bus transportation. The Waterloo Region has implemented a ‘Magnet Program,’ meaning that specific high schools offer specialized programs. Therefore, high school students in both the WRDSB and the WCDSB can transfer to another high school if that school offers a specific program they’re interested in.


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Conclusion

Pioneer West is a new neighbourhood, and it’s secured its reputation as one of the most prestigious parts of Kitchener-Waterloo. With great natural beauty, elegant homes, and access to one of the region’s newer, more robust shopping areas, Pioneer West has much to offer its residents.

Written by Will Kummer

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