Curious as to where the properties are that you are/have viewed in Hamilton. I live in and sell real estate in Hamilton, have lived here my 43 years and been buying and selling for family use and for investment purposes for 10 plus years. Fell free to ask away should you have any questions...
Thanks everyone. My brother looked at 102 Victoria, misunderstanding about it not being detatched so he's not intetested. 65 Clyde seemed ok but worried about a sauna and hot tub in the basement, could have issues. We may have to up our budget as suggested, but we're still hoping to keep it low, $160k max. and single family may be ok if theres enough bedrooms tp rent two out and an extra bath. The search continues!
Darisha- that is one interesting part of town.... have you taken a trip down there at night? I dont know the area very well but I know of the area. Are you moving to Hamilton from out of town? Or are you looking for a rental property? Wise choice moving the budget up.....
I've been in the area at night but not often enough to really know what it's like. My brother lives in Oakville and will be moving into the house, I may or may not end up buying it with him, not sure yet.
Considering I considered buying a house two houses from Pigeon Park in Vancouver and lived downtown (West End) Winnipeg for 7 years, I am used to sketchy neighbourhoods so I don't mind them myself, I know generally when to go out and when to not go out. I've always found areas were considered worse than they were by people who didn't actually live there, which I think is a fair general comment (not to know anyone's opinion here, please continue giving them because the more opinions the better!). My brother however will be coming home occasionally using transit after the supper hour, and in winter that can mean coming home in the dark. My brother also knows he won't get a pristine area for this price range we're looking at. It's interesting because the crime maps show most of the crimes occurring closer to downtown, but a few more serious/violent crimes occurring just south of Baron along Kenliworth or along Barton near Gage. The rest of the crimes reported occurred west, between Wentworth and Bay, anywhere between Main and Burlington.
A bit off the point, but the house I had the chance to purchase for $100K near Pigeon Park recently sold for over $500,000
What about the area along Barton the further East you go? Say around Paling or Strathearne? Does it get better generally the more east you go?
Re: the crime reports- sounds bang on from what I know of the area. To put it in perspective for you, I grew up near Barton and Kenilworth and yup- not the greatest part of town. I would say that moving east vs. west (unless you get beyond James St) is a better bet. There are some nice war time homes east near Paling. I admit I would feel safer there than the other side of town near Wentworth or Wellington. Good luck again.
My wife lived on Parkdale for 20+ years. I'd live in that area. My sister lived on Barton and Sherman for a while, West Ave at Barton for awhile. There is no way I'd live in that area. I'd take my chances in a tent in the woods. It comes down to what you're used to though.
Using Barton as an example, the further east, the better. As a great big Hamilton generalization? Everything from Barton and the Red Hill to the lake: Really no good. Then add everything from Main and Ottawa: No good.
I really mean it. There are nice pockets, especially up against the mountain but everybody that could get out of the city did, and now they live in Dundas, Burlington, Stoney Creek or the Mountain.
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Wow, a house for $250k... Am I the only one thinking this is super cheap?
You can certainly get a nice place in Hamilton for 250. I work in Toronto and always get grief from everyone when I say I live in Hamilton and do that commute each day. I also own a home on a court with a nice yard and in a good neghbourhood, double garage, on the mountain etc. It has certainly gone up in value since we bought it, but even now it would sell for about 310-320. I dont know that I can get a good condo for that price in Toronto. You must be from out western Canada or the GTA??
I could get you a 6 bedroom, 2 bath century home with almost an acre within walking distance to Lake Erie for 250K.
It's Hamilton, Cause.
Originally Posted by Causalien
As you know : location, location, location.
No offense to Hamilton-ians.
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