Byron is a neighbourhood in the City of London, Ontario. It is adjacent to the Thames River in the south-west of London. Almost all of its residents live in low-density, single detached dwellings. The neighbourhood is considered a middle-income area, with an average family income of $64,525, an average dwelling value of $312,896 and a home ownership rate of 93%.
The current boundaries of Byron are generally regarded to be the land south of the Thames River and west of Colonel Talbot Road. Recent housing developments have expanded Byron southward to Southdale Road and westward to Wickerson Road. Outside of the urban area, Byron is surrounded by farmland and forested areas. On the eastern border of Byron is the Byron Gravel Pit, the sixteenth-largest gravel pit in Canada. Historically, Byron also consisted of some land north of the Thames River in the area known today as Oakridge Park, including the Byron Bog (now Sifton Bog).
Byron houses for sale are located in a picturesque neighborhood in lovely London. See views of the Thames River to the south-west and enjoy expansive hiking trails throughout the community. Because of the high number of elementary schools in Byron, this area would be ideal for families with younger children. Single business owners and students would also feel at home here.
The gorgeous neighborhood of Byron is home to Springbank Park, the largest urban park in London. It’s spanned by Commissioners Rd. W, which is also bordered by some truly lovely residential single-family homes.
Houses generally have very private lots with plenty of room. Large yard spaces that are fenced are perfect if you have dogs or children. Most roads have light traffic, which offers a high degree of privacy and peace to those who live in Byron.
The neighborhood is mostly made up of single family homes, many of which are both lovely and affordable. Sweet and charming, these houses will take your breath away with their landscaped lots and interior beauty.
Griffith Street is one of Byron’s most prominent areas, with jaw dropping scenery and bountiful woodlands. Look out your window at any time of the day and see all variations of birds and wildlife. Enjoy a stunning location close to elementary schools and various parks, too!
See some incredible detached condominiums on Byron Baseline Rd. Between an amiable location close to amenities and private patios, you’ll be in absolute paradise. The lot is fully treed, too, which provides lovely shade in the summer months; still enjoy being outdoors even during warmer days.
Small cul-de-sacs off of Byron Baseline Rd open into small residential pockets. These homes are backed by woods and farmlands. If you have horses or love being away from downtown, this is where you’ll feel most at home.
The neighborhood of Byron is picture perfect. With views of the woods from nearly every high point, it’s hard to believe there is anything better in the world. There are countless gardens and orchards to view throughout the neighborhood. The Dwarf Tree Orchard is one such place, where you can bring your kids or yourself and pick the finest apples on the property.
Storybook Gardens is a unique park of Byron that offers the neighborhood a large part of its warmth and charm. Take your kids on adorable adventures through tiny villages or cool down in various water parks. Climbing walls and water slides are fun for all ages, as well as peddle bikes and splash pads.
There are various bus stations throughout Byron, all of which will take you to places such as downtown, Westmount, or Berkshire Village. There are also options for elementary school buses to take children to and from school.
Elementary schools are scattered throughout Byron, which means your children won’t ever need to travel too far in order to get to them. There are six publicly funded elementary schools in Byron:
The first three schools are under the jurisdiction of the Thames Valley District School Board and the latter two are part of the London District Catholic School Board.
There are no secondary schools located in Byron (a source of some consternation to residents, as a secondary school was originally promised by the city of London when Byron was annexed). Two publicly funded secondary schools serve the needs of Byron students. The nearest is St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School in the London District Catholic School Board, to the north across the Thames River. This school primarily serves the needs of Roman Catholic students, though, as it is publicly funded, students of any religious denomination may attend. Most secondary school age students in Byron choose to attend Saunders Secondary School in the Thames Valley District School Board in the Westmount suburb of London. Though they do not live within the drawing area, a number of secondary school age children from Byron currently attend Oakridge Secondary School, located in the neighbourhood of Oakridge in London.
There is one private (for profit) school in Byron. This is a Montessori pre-school, located on Commissioners Road between Grand View Ave and Chestnut Hill.
Byron is home to Springbank Park, a picturesque urban park and the largest in London. It’s a 140-hectare (300 acre) park located along a stretch of the Thames River. As the largest park in London, it contains 30 km (19 mi) of trails and is home to Storybook Gardens, a popular family attraction open year-round. There are trails accommodating biking or walking, as well as an area for climbers, swings, a wading pool, picnic areas and soccer fields. With paths leading to adjoining parks one can travel 10 km from Byron to downtown London without dealing with traffic. The park also includes a carousel, a miniature train (which are both placed just outside the park), climbing facilities and slides which have been upgraded throughout the years. In 2003 Storybook Gardens underwent a major refurbishment to its present state and it now open year-round with skating in the winter.
Byron also has the Boler Mountain, previously known as the London Ski Club, a small co-operative that offers skiing, snowboarding, snow-tubing, and mountain bike terrains. It’s a not for profit recreation club.
The mountain is located in the western suburban neighbourhood of Byron and is used for skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing in the winter and for mountain biking, hiking, zip lining, and beach volleyball in the summer. Despite its title, it is more accurately described as a hill than a mountain. The facility is relatively small but very conveniently located for Londoners. After the 2012 completion of the West Hill expansion, Boler has 3 quad chairlifts, a magic carpet and a tube carpet serving 16 trails.
Byron hosted two cycling events during the 2001 Canada Summer Games: the mountain biking event on Boler Mountain, and the road cycling event, where cyclists raced through the heart of the village.
In the winter months Boler Mountain hosts a variety of programs. The snow school at Boler Mountain offers both ski and snowboarding lessons that depend on the skill and age of the student. Boler also has a Track 3 program which currently has 250 volunteer instructors serving over 120 disabled skiers each season. Boler is also the home of London Ski Club Racing, which offers programs for all ages. In the summer season Boler Mountain hosts a mountain bike camp for children between the ages of 7 and 13. Also, there are weekly bike racing events.
The Thames Valley Golf Club is located just northeast from Byron, across the Thames River and Storybook Gardens. It’s a friendly club managed professionally by volunteers committed to maintaining a welcoming environment whilst providing opportunities to participate in well run competitive events throughout the year.
Currently, in Byron, there is a vote to introduce permanent historical interpretive signs. The idea is to celebrate the historic character of Byron with this signage on Commissioners Road. This will enhance the village atmosphere and help people take pride in the place they have chosen to live, while at the same time, be of great interest to visitors. The impact is will have on the community is that it will help new and old residents of Byron connect with their past. It will bring a greater understanding, appreciation and interest of the history and age of Byron, knowledge that needs to be available and presented to our residents and visitors to the community.
There are many parks available for adoption in Byron. Currently there are about seven out of twenty-four parks being taken care of and cleaned up by the great citizens of Byron. Of the parks currently adopted there are four parts of Springbank Park, Jorgenson Park, Whisperwood Park, and Cresthaven Park.
Byron was served until August 1960 by the Byron Telephone Company, when it was sold to Bell Canada. A manual telephone exchange continued to operate until September 15, 1963, and in 1962 or 1963, the short code 471 was introduced to London exchange customers for the convenience of immediately reaching the Byron operator to complete a call. Upon dial introduction, 471 became the exchange prefix. However, some two or three years before 1960, the Byron Telephone Company converted its Lambeth-area customers to a dial exchange, the OLiver 2 exchange.
In 2000, Tim Hortons, which had 44 locations throughout London, sought to open its first full-service location in Byron. At the time, Tim Hortons' presence in Byron was limited to a kiosk inside the A&P grocery store with no seating, limited hours, and a limited menu.
Tim Hortons was met by bitter opposition from a small group of members of the community, which had also stopped an entry by Tim Hortons into Byron in 1998. Some members of the group claimed building a Tim Hortons would ruin the "small-town atmosphere" that they claimed Byron to have by generating too much traffic and noise.
London City Council sided with local residents and refused to rezone a parcel of land along Commissioners Road to permit Tim Hortons to build a store there. TDL Group Ltd. appealed the decision to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), and the OMB sided with TDL and ordered the City to permit the required rezoning. Tim Hortons opened its Byron location in December 2001.
The 76 hectare (188 acre) area is bounded by Colonel Talbot Road to the west, Byron Baseline Road to the north, and the rear property boundaries of the Byron pits to the south and the east.
There is a comprehensive review of the Byron Gravel Pits and the surrounding area to determine the most appropriate future land uses for the site. There is a plan that will also consider the future servicing requirements, transportation, and open space and environmental matters in determining the future land uses. A key focus will be the scale and design of development along Byron Baseline Road. It is recognized that a large portion will be utilized for open space and recreational uses. The Recreational Opportunities Plan will take into consideration the outcome of the proposed visioning session, research of other rehabilitated gravel pits and a review of recreational uses appropriate for this unique site to create a development strategy for the open space and recreational lands.
Lastly, a major south-end road is slated to shed its notorious landmark called ‘Snake Hill.’ London is looking to divert traffic away from the ultra-steep Snake Hill on Commissioners Road West near Byron. It would be safer for drivers and also allow public transit to run routes through that section of the city. The proposal for a re-jigged Commissioners Road between Springbank Drive and Cranbrook Road would see three lanes run through the gravel pit — two curving eastbound toward Wonderland Road, and one headed westbound toward Byron Baseline Road — to handle the 13,000 vehicles that regularly head in and out of London’s southwest Byron neighbourhood. Operations at the nearby Byron gravel pit are coming to a close. The city’s also looking at development in the area, including new homes and parkland.
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