Located midway between Hamilton and Sarnia, London is a southwestern Ontario city, well-known to be a regional hub for healthcare and education. The city’s charm has led to a population spike over the past decade and the city’s growth is in part fueled by the number of family-friendly attractions available in London. From the well-reputed Western University to University Hospital, the Forest City – as its nickname implies – is also home to several acres of lakes and parks. Coupled with a vibrant nightlife and arts scene, London makes for an attractive city for families looking to settle down.
Canadians choose London real estate for its family friendly atmosphere and affordable housing options. Ranging from older, heritage properties in the north end of the city to the central downtown core to the rural southern edges, there are property types for every family. Taking into account safety, education, amenities and green spaces, we’ve pulled the top 7 family-friendly neighbourhoods in London.
The neighbourhood of Summerside is a newer subdivision that features modern homes with easy-to-care-for lots and all the amenities a young family would need. The area also features condo options for those who prefer a more affordable alternative.
Summerside also has a sports complex with multiple soccer fields, parks and community churches in the area. The neighbourhood’s proximity to Commissioner’s Road also allows for easy access to shops, restaurants and grocery stores. Schools in the area include École secondaire Gabriel-Dumont – a public, French first language highschool.
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On the southwest side of London is the subdivision of Westmount. This neighbourhood features a strong mix of older condos and single or semi-detached homes. While newer homes have been popping up around the edges of the neighbourhood, the core of the area is well-established.
Westmount is a nature lover’s dream as it is located along the southern edge of the Thames River and is adjacent to several parks such as Springbank Park. Westmount is also home to the Westmount Shopping Centre, which offers a wide range of shopping and dining options within walking distance. Local schools in the area include Jean Vanier Catholic School, Saunders Secondary School and the Westmount Public School.
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Bordered by the Thames River to the south, the London Hunt to the west and the downtown area to the east, sits the community of Oakridge Acres. This ideal location makes the neighbourhood a desirable choice for families. Homes in this area are a mix of older 50’s ranch style homes, newer detached homes and condo apartments.
As a primarily residential area, Oakridge Acres has lots of family-friendly amenities on the edges of the neighbourhood including parks, the Sherwood Library and the Sherwood Forest Mall. There is also a variety of ten different schools from three different school boards, including Oakridge Secondary School.
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Located just south of Oakridge and west of Westmount, is Byron – a neighbourhood where there is something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for a sprawling 3,000 sq.ft. home on a quiet cul-de-sac or a condo on the main thoroughfare, you’d be able to find a home in Byron.
This area is popular with London residents being affordable but also in close proximity to Springbank Park and Storybook Gardens. Winter sports enthusiasts will also enjoy being closer to Boler Mountain, which offers skiing and snowboarding in the colder seasons. Byron also has the selection of six elementary schools, such as Byron Somerset Public School.
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Masonville borders the leafy outskirts of Western University and is a mostly residential area where the majority of the properties are single-family dwellings. Families will find lots of greenspace and the Medway Valley Heritage Forest, a serene and scenic spot for hiking trails in this neighbourhood. Masonville is also home to CF Masonville Place, a shopping hub with a mix of over 150 stores to choose from.
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At the far west end of London, is the community of River Bend. This neighbourhood features more recently developed houses with a mix of single detached houses and privately-owned homes of the River Bend Golf Community. A popular spot in the area is Kains Woods Environmentally Significant Area, which follows the Thames River and features an abundance of trails and wildlife. Children in this neighbourhood usually attend schools such as St.Nicholas Catholic School.
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On the edge of the city in the North West area is Fox Hollow or Foxfield, an upcoming neighbourhood with newer development and homes. As a newer subdivision of London, this neighbourhood is popular with younger families and is also in a convenient location being close to grocery stores, shops and restaurants at Hyde Park Plaza. Schools in this area include St. André Bessette Catholic School and Sir Arthur Currie Public School.
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