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Westdale Real EstateThe Iroquois Six Nations people were known to have settled many places around Ontario, but this originally was not the case for Hamilton. It was the Neutral Indian people that first set up makeshift homes in the area of what is now known as Hamilton (called Attiwandaronia by the Indians), but the Iroquois Six Nations people drove out the original settlers in order to claim and settle on the lands. Having the British as their newly formed allies (the French and Huron people were shunned by the Iroquois Six Nations once the alliance was formed with the British), the British (approximately 10,000 United Empire Loyalists) did not waste any time settling and building roads all over Upper Canada and in the Hamilton Region. Americans and American Iroquois that also was in par with the British, moved into the area for the land was cheap to purchase and it was ideal for farming. A man named George Hamilton purchased land, was granted permission to build a jail and courthouse and thus began the settlement and expansion of the early town. Which was encompassed later on within the original Gore District. It was not until 1846 that Hamilton was officially perceived as a city with borders. By the late 18th Century more buildings for industrial businesses popped up, the population of people grew, development of housing boomed and Hamilton was becoming a true city. Many factories for mass manufacturing was a big draw for multi-cultural people to move into Hamilton to work, which increased the need for housing and shopping venues.In 2001, Hamilton was revised and became the new Hamilton with the amalgamation of Stoney Creek, Ancaster, Glanbrook, Flamborough and Dundas municipalities. Hamilton city was now much larger and consumed far more land mass (now part of the central Golden Horseshoe, the Niagara Escarpment, the western end of the Niagara Peninsula, westernmost part of Lake Ontario and sits midway between Toronto and Buffalo (NY). The city and its downtown core is situated on the south shore. Hamilton Harbour (with a lengthy sandbar/beach) is considered to be the most northern border to the city.Real estate for sale in the city of Hamilton is a gorgeous mixture of houses and lofts in high demand neighbourhoods, mountain base homes, detached gems with large lot sizes and much more. Through the years of development with all shapes and sizes of residential homes, the builders always took space and layout into consideration. Double car garages and curbside appeal were just a couple of areas of focus and the extra attention to details with many new constructions shows with properties for sale in Hamilton. Home buyers will be delighted at the diversity of the real estate market here in Hamilton. Family homes for sale come with that extra security of knowing that there is easy access to schools (114 public elementary/secondary schools, 55 Catholic schools, private schools, 5 colleges, 1 university and independent schools), there are numerous parks, trails and facilities for fitness, sports and nature fun. Shopping venues are plentiful in Hamilton from grocery stores, to everyday essentials and loads of restaurants, cafes and entertainment/drinking establishments. Eastgate Square, Hamilton City Centre, Lime Ridge Mall and Lloyd D. Jackson Square are great spots for shopping essentials. Farmer’s Markets (Dundas Farmer’s Market, Ancaster Farmer’s Market, Eat Industries Inc., Binbrook Farmer’s Market, Locke Street Farmer’s Market, Hamilton Farmer’s Market, Hamilton Mountain Farmer’s Market, Punch Bowl Market & Bakery, McMaster University Farmer’s Market & Ottawa Street Farmer’s Market) provide residents with fresh-from-the-farm flavours and homemade ‘everything’.Traversing the city streets in Hamilton by bus is super-easy with the Hamilton Street Railway Company (HSR). A GO Transit station is located on Hunter Street in Hamilton for trains and buses. Driving in and out of Hamilton can be a simple matter of picking up any of the highways that comes into Hamilton (407, 403, 20, 8, QEW, 6 & 5). Cycling is also another great way to get around Hamilton, through its dedication to road bike lanes and scenic bicycle paths & trails. Some of the trails around Hamilton include: Bayfront Park Trail, Green Millen Waterfront Trail, Desjardins Recreational Trail, Hamilton Harbour Waterfront Trail, Pier 4 Park Trail, Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail, Red Hill Valley Recreational Trail and Battlefield Creek Trail, just to name a few, but there are many more. Parks are abundant all over Hamilton and some of the popular ones are: Ainslie Woods, Albion Falls, Beasley Park and Chegwin Park.One of the fun aspects of living in such a great city is having access to the Leaning Post Winery, the Ridge Road Estate Winery and the Puddiecombe Estate Farms and Winery (wine enthusiast’s heaven!). Food selections in the city range in culture offerings (Caribbean, Asian, European, Indian, Middle East, Italian, Mediterranean, Spanish, Mexican, Thai, Portuguese, Japanese, Peruvian and Ethiopian. There are bakeries, cafes, taverns, pubs, bars, bistros, delicatessens, food trucks, open-air patios, vegetarian venues and seafood outlets galore. Sampling foods of Hamilton can come in sample sizes when residents attend one of the many festivals, fairs and events. Indulgences in the arts, in history & heritage, in indoor & outdoor activities can all be enjoyed at the many galleries, museums, historic sites and architecture.
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