Whitehills is a residential area in the Medway District of Northwest London. Its northern border is Fanshawe Park Rd., and the southern cutoff is the Canadian National railroad tracks. Both Fox Hollow and Hyde Park are neighbors to the west, while the Medway Valley Heritage Forest is to the east (and UWO not far beyond that!). Roughly 70% of Whitehill's households are homeowners.
Homes for sale in the Whitehills neighbourhood typically range from $200,000 - $600,000 but can on occasion approach $800,000 for the small number of executive homes around. Houses typically feature 3-4 beds with 3 baths, while more spacious options may contain 5 beds with 4 baths. The average home price is approximately $350,000, with the average income settling in at around $105,000. The Whitehill’s area housing prices track just below the average house price for the city of London, making it an attractive neighbourhood for those looking for a value priced "typical" family home.
White Hills is a predominantly suburban part of the Medway District, thriving as a community hub of Northwest London. It boasts an abundance of single-detached homes, most of which were constructed in the 1970s. A focal point of the area is the Sherwood Forest Mall.
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Sherwood Forest Mall is located in a densely populated area, has ample parking, serves a loyal customer base and is easily accessible being just south of the neighbourhood. It has shops and services, including the Sherwood branch of the London Public Library. Located at the intersection of Wonderland Road North and Gainsborough Road in London, this enclosed centre offers 50 units totaling 218,758 sq. ft featuring retailers such as Food Basics, Goodlife Fitness, and LCBO. The Northwest London Resource Centre is also located in the Sherwood Forest Mall. It serves Northwest London as a community connector, hub for youth programming, and advocate for the needs of the neighbourhood.
The Northwest London Resource Centre, which enhances the community through youth activities and programming, is also an integral part of the neighbourhood. Whitehills also proudly claims numerous parks, namely Gainsborough Meadows, Thistledown, and of course Medway Park with its skateboard park, large play structure, and spray pad. Adjacent to Medway Park is also the Canada Games Aquatic Center, which hosts the largest indoor pool in the city.
The Medway Valley Heritage Forest Environmentally Significant Area (ESA) is located in north London, roughly between Windermere, Sunningdale, Western and Wonderland Roads. The forest is east from Whitehills just across Wonderland Road N. The publicly-owned lands cover 129 hectares, between the Elsie Perrin Williams Estate and Sunningdale Road. The ESA includes floodplain forests, swamps, marshes and forested valley slopes. Medway Valley Heritage forest is conveniently located. This serene wooded area with a creek & scenic views offers an oasis of greenery and calm in the heart of the city. The forest offers a network of hiking trails, Plenty wildlife sighting opportunities including deer, turtles, birds, and fish. This area contains clearly marked paths, numerous photography opportunities, and exercise routes. The river which flows through the forest offers beautiful outlook and vantage point alongside the water. Medway Creek winds between steep banks up to 25 metres in height. European settlers logged and farmed the valley in the 19th and 20th centuries. The remains of a mill dam can be seen about 500 meters west of Western Road. After 1945, the land was retired from farming and allowed to renaturalize. Residential development around the Medway began in 1960. Over the last 40 years, the lands were donated to and acquired by the City of London and the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority. Western University and affiliated colleges own wooded land to the east of the public ESA. It has been described by residents as ‘London’s hidden gem’ and ‘an oasis right in the city centre’.
Elementary schools for families of Whitehills are Emily Carr Public School, Wilfrid Jury Public School, and St. Marguerite D’Youville Catholic Elementary School. Secondary school options include Sir Frederick Banting Secondary School, and St. Andre Bessette Catholic Secondary School.
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The main university in the area is Western University. Dating to 1878, this public university is known for its stately architecture & business programs. Western is located east of Medway Valley Heritage Forest. Surrounded by residential neighbourhoods and the Thames River bisecting the campus' eastern portion. The university operates twelve academic faculties and schools. Western is a co-educational university, with more than 24,000 students, and with over 306,000 living alumni worldwide. The campus is absolutely stunning. The older style of the buildings gives the campus a very intelligent and dignified look. There are also lots of plants and wildlife. Western truly has the best sense of community. Western has an incredibly beautiful campus teeming with life. It has a good blend of natural and man-made element, cementing the fact that you’re in a forest city.
There are several parks in Whitehills. Nor'west Optimist and Jaycee both have baseball diamonds, soccer fields, and play structures with swing sets. Gainsborough Meadows Park and Thistledown Park are smaller, with open green space and play structures, and Medway Park has a spray pad, large play structure, and skateboard park. Medway Park also has the Medway Community Centre, which has public meeting space and a single pad arena.
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The Canada Games Aquatic Centre is also located adjacent to Medway Park and features the largest indoor pool in thecity. There are connections from the neighbourhood to Fox Hollow Ravine - South, which has paths that lead to the Medway Valley Heritage Forest ESA.
The Museum of Ontario Archaeology backs onto the Medway Valley, which houses artifacts from across Ontario and has a reconstructed Iroquoian village. It is dedicated to the study and public interpretation of over 11,000 years of human history in Ontario. It is adjacent to a reconstruction of the Lawson Site, a 16th-century pre-contact Neutral Iroquoian village. The museum offers permanent and temporary gallery space, a theatre, a classroom and children's activity space, along with tours of the reconstructed village. Numerous parks and green spaces dotted throughout the neighbourhood also helps give a feeling of peace and space.
In the southwest is Medway Arena, a good place for a hockey tournament, or public skating. It’s a good-sized rink and has extra parking. This arena features snack bars and offers a limited selection of hot and cold food and beverage items.
The Medway Valley provides habitat and food for many species of wildlife, especially birds. Mallard ducks and Belted Kingfisher are common year-round while Great Blue Heron and Wood Duck are regular summer visitors. Many birds, ranging in size from warblers to Osprey, use the valley as a migration route. Scarlet Tanagers are often seen. The high banks serve as nesting sites for colonies of Bank Swallows. Please do not disturb nests by climbing on the banks.
White-tailed Deer, Grey Squirrel, Eastern Chipmunk, Eastern Cottontail, Raccoon, shrews, mice, and moles are common in the ESA. The rarely seen Southern Flying Squirrel has also been recorded. Near the creek, look for Muskrat, Mink, and Beaver along with Green and Leopard Frogs, as well as Midland Painted and Snapping Turtles.
Although 43 species of fish have been found in the creek, minnows, shiners, and carp are most commonly seen in the clear water. Species at risk in Medway Creek include the Wavy-rayed Lampmussel.
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Whitehill is in a perfect location for one-stop shopping. Fanshawe Park Rd West gives easy access to bus routes and runs directly (east) to CF Masonville Place mall. Masonville Place is a two-story regional shopping mall located at the southeast corner of Fanshawe Park Road and Richmond Street. The mall contains over 130 stores, anchored by several large retailers including Hudson's Bay, Forever 21, Zara, H&M, Sport Chek/Atmosphere, and Shoppers Drug Mart in also contains boutique labels, electronic shops, toy stores, homeware and lifestyle brands, as well as restaurants, specialty food & fast food options. This eclectic mix provides an exciting shopping destination for the whole family, many residents considering it London’s best shopping destination. In addition, the mall connects to a newly refurbished Cineplex, making it a great venue for entertainment.
Silvercity cinema also features a small arcade and an IMAX theatre. It is owned by Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited. Masonville Place opened on January 2, 1985. It was the second multi-level shopping centre in London, after Westmount Mall. It was anchored by Sears, Eaton's, and Loblaws. Loblaws, which used to be under the SuperStore Warehouse banner (used for large-format Loblaw stores in the 1980s) opened on its own in late 1984, preceding the building of the rest of the mall. The shopping mall is located in North London, adjacent to the transit corridor of Fanshawe Park Road and Richmond Street. It has a bus terminal for the London Transit Commission serviced by a number of routes and is expected to be the terminus of one route on the planned London Rapid Transit system.
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The neighbourhood also offers other great shopping venues in strategic locations. In the northwest part of the Whitehill, located within the SmartCentres London Northwest is a Walmart Supercentre where locals love the huge selection of low price foods. There is also an Old Navy and Bombay and Company, Marshalls, and Fabricland for clothes shopping, as well as a Lowe’s Home Improvement for appliances, gardening supplies, tools and more. There is a Canadian Tire bike shop, and Golf Town for sporting goods.
For fresh produce and specialty products, Unger’s Market is a noted location. Conveniently located in central Whitehill, south of Gainsborough Road and east of Hyde Park Road. The price point may be a little higher than some other supermarkets in the neighbourhood this made up for in quality and atmosphere. The market stocks a variety of local wares from food to clothing and jewellery. The deli has a wide range of foods on offer and is a popular lunch spot with a variety of sandwiches made fresh as you wait. A Hot buffet option, as well as fresh soups and baked goods also make this a popular spot for lunch. Residents note that the market has a nice country market feel with friendly staff.
Along Fanshawe Park Road in the northwest part of Whitehills is Sushi Galore, Dairy Queen, Kelseys Original Roadhouse, Montana’s BBQ & Bar, Boston Pizza, Tim Hortons, Dominos, and a McDonald’s. There is also a SUNRIPE Fresh Market in Hyde Park where they serve delicious baked goods, free treats for kids, that has low prices, high quality, and great service with no lines. Head south down Hyde Park Road and you can find a Wendy’s, KFC, Mandarin, Sissio’s Pizza, and Thai Cuisine. Located in the southeast of Whitehills, along Wonderland Road N is Tim Hortons, McDonald’s, and Bernie’s Bar & Grill all located next to the Sherwood Forest Mall.
Whitehills has the WestPark Church located on Gainsborough Road just east of Coronation Drive. WestPark Church is a multicultural group of everyday people on a journey together pursuing Christ. They honour God together by growing as authentic Christ followers. Other churches include Life International Church, Goodness & Mercy Baptist Church, Forest City Community Church, and Connections Community Church all located off Hyde Park Road. Trinity Presbyterian Church is located off Gainsborough Road, west of Wonderland Road N. Forest City Bible Church is located north of Whitehills, north of Fanshawe Park Road W, west of Wonderland Road N.
Overall, the Whitehills neighbourhood has a lot to offer. From the beautiful forests, plants, and wildlife, to the numerous shops, and recreational opportunities. There truly is a sense of community. This incredibly beautiful neighbourhood has character and life and would be a perfect fit for families.
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