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Williamsburg Area in Kitchener

A very warm welcome to the WRX Property Group website, and our ongoing investigation of the neighbourhoods of Kitchener-Waterloo. Where will we be looking today? Why, one of Kitchener’s newest neighbourhoods: Williamsburg! Southwest Kitchener is developing rapidly, and with new families flooding to the area, new schools are being constructed to accommodate them. It’s one of Kitchener-Waterloo’s most exciting places to live; you can watch as the neighbourhoods develop around you, and enjoy the expanding opportunities and the young, active community. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at Williamsburg – a brand new neighbourhood that, despite being part of one of Canada’s most populous urban areas, has managed to maintain the feel of a tight-knit, family-friendly, self-sufficient village.

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Because Williamsburg is growing so steadily, its boundaries and primary residential areas continue to unfold. The Williamsburg Community Centre, located in the lovely Williamsburg Town Centre (near the intersection of Westmount Road East and Fischer-Hallman) serves a large area, and its facilities are indeed shared by the Huron community further south (near Fischer-Hallman Road and Huron Road). The Williamsburg Community Association operates out of this facility; it’s a fantastic organization that’s working to make the neighbourhood a great place to live (you can read more about them in the WRX article on them here). For the purposes of this article, we’ll be focusing on the growing community located northwest of Fischer-Hallman Road and Huron Road (so far, the furthest residential area to the southwest of Kitchener). Properties continue to be developed in this region, stretching northwest from the corner of Fischer-Hallman and Huron. The Williamsburg Town Centre is physically closer to the neighbourhood of Laurentian West; if you’re looking for properties there, be sure to check out the article and availabilities on Laurentian West here. Properties in Williamsburg tend to range between around $400 000 to around $850 000. Townhomes are typically on the lower end of that spectrum, while detached models are on the higher end; Williamsburg offers a range of sizes and styles, making the neighbourhood accessible for a variety of incomes. If you have any questions, please contact WRX Property Group – we’re always happy to help!

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The stretch of Williamsburg by Fischer-Hallman and Huron feels like a safe, self-contained, suburban space. Its sleek new homes, fresh grass lawns, and young trees all lend to the community’s pervasive sense of growth and opportunity. And while it is most assuredly part of Kitchener – and a centre for major future plans by the City of Kitchener – it is right on the doorstep of some of the Waterloo Region’s lovely rural areas. The Townships of Wilmot and North Dumfries are only a few minutes away, and each of these areas offers many marvels to discover and enjoy. From the intriguing corridors of Castle Kilbride in Baden (and its growing Prime Ministers Path), to the lovely trails along the Nith River near Ayr, there’s plenty to see and do. Williamsburg offers the perks of city-living, while also ensuring its residents can enjoy the fresh air and diverse offerings of rural areas and their smaller towns and communities.


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This part of Williamsburg is not yet very commercially diverse, but there is a plaza by the roundabout on Fischer-Hallman and Seabrook Drive, which has a pharmacy, a convenience store, a Gino’s Pizza, and Roti Junction and International Grocery, which has a delicious range of prepared food, and a well-stocked grocery section. Williamsburg and Huron are frontiers of Kitchener’s ongoing expansion, and for the entrepreneurial-minded, there are significant opportunities here. As the population in this corner of Kitchener continues to rise, businesses will flock to the area. So, if you’ve always dreamed of opening a business, now might be the time, and this might be the place. Furthermore, as the area develops and continues its trend toward self-sufficiency, property values are likely to rise. The short-term gain of moving to this part of Williamsburg is having a brand-new home in a young community; the long-term gain may be receiving a substantial return on your investment down the line. Win-win!


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Education

Public school (WRDSB) students around the Williamsburg Community Centre (as discussed in the Laurentian West article) are zoned for Williamsburg Public School for Kindergarten to Grade 6, and Queensmount Public School for Grades 7 and 8 (both offer French Immersion). Students in the southern part of Williamsburg we’ve been discussing, however, are zoned to be bussed to different elementary schools depending on the location of their homes. Essentially, students living east of Sofia Drive are zoned for Queen Elizabeth Public School for Kindergarten to Grade 6 and Laurentian Public School for Grades 7 and 8; students living west of Sofia Drive are zoned for Southridge Public School for Kindergarten to Grade 6 and also to Laurentian for Grades 7 and 8. All of these students are zoned for the fairly nearby Huron Heights Secondary School – currently Kitchener-Waterloo’s newest high school, having opened in 2006 (you can read all about Huron Heights in its WRX article here). Students in the Catholic board (WCDSB) are zoned for Blessed Sacrament Catholic Elementary School for Kindergarten to Grade 8. It’s a few minutes’ drive northeast, accessible by following Fischer-Hallman north and turning right on Bleams Road. For secondary school, students will attend St. Mary’s High School, located a bit further to the northwest on Block Line Road. Due to the distance, students will be eligible for transportation by bus.

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One important thing to note about Williamsburg – and this southwestern part of Kitchener, in general – is that it is growing, and the City has plans to build new schools here. Jean Steckle Public School, for example, in the adjacent Huron community, is quite new. Excitingly for Williamsburg residents (and future residents), Janet Metcalfe Public School is scheduled to open right in the heart of the community (on Seabrook Drive) in September 2018. This school will serve Kindergarten to Grade 8, meaning WRDSB students here will no longer have to bus to distant schools. It’s possible that, as the community grows, the WCDSB will also open a new elementary school in southwest Kitchener.

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Conclusion

The Williamsburg Community is growing rapidly. It’s served by an active Community Association, and its expanding streets, brand new homes, and access to trails and rural regions all make it a great place for families. So now’s a great time to get in on the ground floor, so to speak – great things lie ahead for Williamsburg!

Written by Will Kummer

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