The construction of the QEW is often thought of as the dividing line where the ‘north-end’ of the city begins. Back in the early part of the 1900’s, this area was largely farmland which becomes evident when looking at a map (or google maps). You can clearly see where the ‘Line’ streets of Niagara on the Lake become the various east/west streets of the north end of St. Catharines.
Construction of these neighbourhoods for the most part began in the 1950’s in the southern end (see Arthur & Grantham area). As you head north, major residential development occurred through the 1960’s and 1970’s with commercial, schools and parks coming along as well. The last streets to be finished (aside from more recent infills) were done in the 1980s (Chancery Circle, Bravetti, Cricket Hollow).
Property sizes through these decades were far greater than what is found in new construction today with lots typically in the 50 ft x 100 to 120 ft deep range. Cul-de-sacs, crescents, walking trails and mature trees all go together to create an area of the city known for quiet, safe and peaceful living.
Recreation from east to west:
The Welland Canal Path is a 42km long trail running alongside the canal between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. Paved with benches along the way to grab a quick rest, this is a popular trail for all ages and abilities.
Running west of Bunting Road between Linwell and Welland you’ll find a walking trail built along an abandoned rail line. Straight as an arrow and flat as a pancake, this is a great spot for an evening stroll or a morning jog.
One of the most popular north-end trail systems is the Walkers Creek Trail which is a lovely trail running along the scenic Walkers Creek from Scott Street north to the lakefront.
There are numerous parks scattered across the core of the north-end, many featuring playgrounds, tennis courts, soccer fields, baseball diamonds and general green space to get out and enjoy.
Directly off of Ontario Street just north of Linwell Road you will find Jaycee Gardens Park which is a great spot for a picnic or to toss the Frisbee with some friends. Walk west along the paths and you’ll find a playground for the kids to enjoy. Look to your right and you’ll see one of the old Welland Canal locks. A little further along and you’ll find the 275m long Jaycee Park Pedestrian Bridge which connects with Rennie Park and Port Dalhousie over the waters of the Henley Rowing Course.
Further north you will find the Waterfront Trail which really must be explored. Featuring numerous spots to sit down and take in the views, this is a gem of the north-end for all ages with fabulous views all the way to Toronto, gorgeous sunsets and all around outdoor fun.
On the web: www.StCatharines.ca
Shopping amenities are predominantly of the strip-mall variety which are scattered across this area. The largest shopping centre is the Fairview Mall which includes the usual suspects like Chapters, Winners, Walmart, Costco, Home Depot, Zehrs and IKEA to name a few. Other options include the Grantham Plaza (Scott Street between Niagara & Vine), the Lakeshore Plaza (Lakeshore & Lake) and several others. The good news is you are no more than a few minutes away from grocery, corner stores, drug store, Beer or LCBO stores.
Schools in this area are considered to be consistent and high quality whether choosing the Public or Catholic District Board. While we have had a few schools closed in recent years, there is still a good selection with options generally convenient to all neighbourhoods.
On the web: www.dsbn.org or www.niagaracatholic.ca
The Neighbours you will find in this area of town cross a wide demographic range. The majority of the residential areas north of Scott Street are single family residential with a mix of townhome, semi-detached and mid to high rise condominium buildings scattered throughout.
Price ranges for detached homes in this area will be in the $200,000 – 500,000 in general with an average price in the $300s. There are a few pockets of homes and streets where you will find larger, custom homes that can fetch up to $1M or more depending on size (3,000 sq.ft.+) and location (backing onto ravine or the water). Have a drive down Lantana, Evangelista, Shore, Marvin, Strathcona, Beachview or Cricket Hollow and you’ll find examples.
Townhomes in this area are typically 2 storey units built in the 1970s, some of which are conversions from rental to condominium. Sizes are in the 1,000 – 1,200 sq.ft. range with pricing in the $140 – 240,000 range. There is a significant difference paid for bungalow townhomes which are a) newer, b) in greater demand and c) in shorter supply. Expect to pay $300 – 600,000 depending on location and age. The majority of these townes are on the newer end of the scale (see Emerald Common, Lena Common, Newport Quay).
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