How do you measure the vibrancy of a city? Is new development the yardstick or great neighbors? Residents of Hamilton, Ontario have debated this topic frequently over the last few years as the city has undergone a dramatic renaissance.
For writer Stuart Berman, it’s this: “Since moving to Hamilton, I’ve been amazed by the random acts of kindness I encounter on a daily basis: the strangers who routinely say hi on the street, the people who stop to hold a door open for you even if you’re 20 paces away.”
Berman finds Hamilton’s balance of small-town pace and big-city amenities is just right for him and his wife.
Regarding Hamilton’s rebirth, Berman thinks that people are “buying into the opportunity to become part of a historic city, not a suburb, that’s undergone a dramatic grassroots transformation over the past few years.”
He traces the shift to the early 2000s, when the city devised a strategy to turn the downtown around: “To attract real estate speculators and build up the desolate tundra, the city eliminated development charges for new builds, established a loan program for residential construction and helped fund makeovers for abandoned buildings. It took a few years, but by the mid-2000s, the downtown was flourishing.”
Another resident, Jason Thorne, says what makes Hamilton unique is its architectural heritage and character: “A lot of the interest is that there are great spots for glass and steel towers, but there are also great spots for low- and mid-rise developments.”
One important factor in Hamilton’s development is the growth of the “eds and meds” sectors. The research-focused healthcare industry is now the city’s biggest employer, while education continues as one of the city’s fastest-growing segment. McMaster University, Hamilton Health Sciences and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton have won global awards and recognition for their research capabilities.
Writer Sheila O’Hearn notes, “Creative industries and events are burgeoning as well, drawing in both visitors and residents, from independent and successful restaurants and shops to the economic-fueling Supercrawl arts festival, which now attracts more than 200,000 visitors to its fall venue, placing Hamilton on the map as a recognized arts-happening destination.”
Naturally, the resurgence has led to an upswing in the demand for housing. Rental site apartmentlove.com says that Hamilton rentals are generally affordable and in good condition: “The cost of living is less expensive than other larger cities in the region, such as Toronto, Etobicoke and Mississauga, but prices are known to vary even within city limits.”
increased demand for rental properties is driving companies to create
amenity-rich properties in prime neighbourhoods.
CLV Group is one that invested in Hamilton many years back, offering a
number of rental apartments throughout Hamilton and the surrounding area.
“As the third largest city in Ontario, Hamilton’s unique structure offers a wide spectrum of amenities and attractions, while providing more affordable property options than the larger neighbouring cities,” notes the CLV Group website.
New residents looking for affordable apartment living often end up at CLV Group’s Stoney Creek Towers, which is located near Hamilton’s East Side, close to Lake Ontario. Residents say they love the Stoney Creek area for its lake and beach environment. It’s home to Hutch’s Fish and Chips, Barangas on the Beach, and Wild Water Works.
The area features highly rated elementary and secondary schools, beautiful public parks, and the Dominic Agostino Riverdale Recreation Center. Eastgate Square, an indoor shopping center, is across the street. As Hamilton continues to grow and reimagine itself, CLV Group will continue to stand with the city and focus on community involvement. The company works with various local and national charities such as the Boys and Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity, Dragon Boat and more.