What are Kitchener Waterloo’s most desirable neighbourhoods? Uptown West

UpTown West Yesterday I received this note in my mailbox:


Dear Resident of UpTown West Neighbourhood, 

We are a young couple seeking to start a family and buy a home in the UpTown West neighbourhood. 

We’ve rented in the neighbourhood (Menno and Dawson St.) for the last few years and cherish its architecture, old growth trees, and most importantly, the people in the community.

We recently found permanent work at XXXXXXXX and XXXXXXXXX.

If you are thinking about selling your home, or know someone that is, please consider contacting us.

Thanks for your time and consideration.

Name. Name.



Phone number


I received this note in my own mailbox and I have to say that I love living in Uptown West. I personally think UpTown West is one of the most desirable neighbourhoods in Kitchener Waterloo.  I’m not bragging. I just really like living here. Similar neighbourhoods that come to mind would include:

The Mary Allen Neighbourhood

Kitchener’s Civic District

East Ward

Belmont Village neighbourhood

Walk scoreThe note mentions the architecture, the old growth trees and my neighbours. I couldn’t agree more. As soon as we moved into this neighbour we felt that we were part of it. What the note does not mention (probably because this young couple does not yet have children) is that the schools are excellent too. Both Empire School (WRDSB) and Our Lady of Lourdes (Catholic Board) have long been top rated schools. This young couple, having rented in the neighbourhood, I’m sure are aware of the availability of shopping and nightlife. If you like to attend the UpTown Jazz Festival, the Thanksgiving Day Parade or all of the happenings big and small in Waterloo Town Square, it’s just a short walk away. In fact, in terms of walkability, I know it’s a great neighbourhood – I walk everywhere (including coffee meetings with clients) so “walkscored” the corner of Menno and Dawson. It scored a 90! A walker’s paradise.

In terms of neighbourhood, we also have small neighbourhood events too, like the Grand Porch Party and different street parties during the summer.

Menno Dawson

I did a quick search though MLS to see what was currently available or if there was any information that I could share. There are currently five homes for sale within a kilometre of Menno and Dawson Streets. I was looking for a average neighbourhood price but last year there were too few sales and the general neighbourhood ranges anywhere from about $350,000 to $850,000, far too broad a range to be useful.

Link: UpTown West Neighbourhood Association 

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