If you’re planning a move to Brantford, Ontario, the question has probably crossed your mind: which neighbourhood is best for me? The answer depends on what you are looking for in a neighbourhood. Do you need to be close to the Highway? Are you looking for the neighbourhood for a family? Or as a young professional? What about house-age, style, and lot sizes? A lot of factors go into the “Best” Brantford neighbourhoods and we’ve got a list of suggestions based on a few key factors.
The Best Neighbourhoods for Commuters
The 403 Highway is going to be the most important part of your commute. It runs through Brantford between Woodstock to the west and Hamilton to the east. To cut down on the travel time, many Brantford residents live on the northern end of the city in the neighbourhoods north of the 403. This includes Mayfair, Fairview, Greenbrier, Brier Park, and Branlyn.
Out of those, Greenbrier and Brier Park have the best blend of overall convenience.
Greenbrier is one of Brantford’s northernmost neighbourhoods. It is located to the immediate east of King George Road. Greenbrier is a great choice not only for the commute, but for everyday convenience, too! There is a lot of shopping all along King George Road especially concentrated in the Brantford Commons shopping area in the northeast corner of the neighbourhood. To the south, residents of Greenbrier can easily connect with the 403.
Brier Park is east of Greenbrier and is full of pleasant and quiet residential streets. The neighbourhood has many detached housing options in a variety of styles. Residents of Brier Park enjoy access to lots of community parks, schools, and are right beside the Wayne Gretzky Parkway which feeds into the 403.
The Best Neighbourhood for Nature-Lovers
Thanks to the Grand River, good tree coverage, and scenic trails, the Holmedale/Lansdowne area is easily among the most beautiful neighbourhoods in Brantford.
Residents of Holmedale enjoy winding trails along the Grand River and some lovely parks. The standouts include the SC Johnson Trail, Waterworks Park, and the Rotary bike park with cycling trails and a BMX area as well. Some houses even back onto the forest or the Grand River itself - talk about having nature in your backyard!
While the streets themselves are fairly quiet and residential, Holmedale isn’t too far from conveniences with some shopping and dining along King George Road and Brant Avenue to the north and east. The 403 is also less than 10 minutes to the north. To Holmedale’s credit, it has some of the best schools in the city to top it off as a truly winning neighbourhood.
The Best Neighbourhoods for Families
When looking at family-oriented neighbourhoods, important features like community parks, nearby school reputations, and safety are common priorities. Fortunately, Holmedale, Henderson, and Shellard Lane are all excellent choices for families in Brantford to explore.
Henderson is just north of Holmedale, which was already featured for being great for nature-lovers. Well, Holmedale in addition to the great parks, Holmedale also has some well-regarded schools. Both the French Immersion École Dufferin and Christ the King Catholic School are in Holmedale and they sport excellent rankings. Henderson is included on this list because of the school options it offers as well as the overall quality. École Confédération is another good French Immersion elementary school located in the very north of Henderson. For parents looking for a French Immersion program for their kids, it helps to find one at well-ranked schools!
The southwestern neighbourhood of Shellard Lane is even further west of West Brant. Shellard Lane is a great choice for families looking for great schools and even better convenience. There is a trio of great schools very close to one another: Ryerson Heights Elementary School, St. Gabriel Catholic Elementary School, and Assumption College School - a Catholic board secondary school. If your kids are within walking distance of one, they can walk to all three options! Shellard Lane has some fantastic parks, too: Donegal Park and Rink, Edith Monture Park and playground, and trail access on the eastern side of the neighbourhood.
The Best Neighbourhoods for Stylish Houses
Brantford is a city that is expanding quickly, but it’s also a city with deep heritage roots. Whether you are interested in a century-home packed with character, a fixer-upper, or a brand new dream home, there are a few great neighbourhoods in Brantford known for stylist houses.
Older homes present a challenge for handy folk, a blank slate for dream-home renovators, or a charming home full of original personality. The Terrace Hill area of Brantford offers a staggering variety for all types of buyers! This mature neighbourhood is just south of the 403 Highway. It features quiet, tree-lined streets, and many houses with beautiful original brick. Better yet, there are several classic homes in the neighbourhood mix. Many older properties on the market have already received interior updates, but there are some out there perfect for a project!
Brantford’s growth means plenty of new housing developments are always popping up! If you are looking for the newest properties with modern exteriors and up-to-date interiors, then consider some of the developments on Brantford’s west side. The first development is Nature’s Grand by LIV Communities, located south of Hardy Road and north of the Grand River. While this development is quite a distance outside Brantford’s core, it is still relatively close to the 403 and offers key access to several riverside trails. It features brand new two-storey, detached homes with floor plans ranging from 1,400 to over 3,000 square feet of livable space. Another new LIV development is called Sienna Woods, planned for Colborne Street West near the Brantford Municipal Airport.
There are even more great neighbourhoods to explore in Brantford outside of this list, but it’s a great place to start. If you want to know more about Brantford, check out our Guide to Living in Brantford, Ontario! For some more information on Brantford Schools, take a look at the Best Elementary and Best High Schools.
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