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As part of Ontario Phase 3 re-opening, in-person open houses can now be held.

Some Sellers are allowing open houses again. If you feel safe to attend with safety precautions, the perfect home may be available for you to view this weekend.

There are special procedures in place so please be patient and understanding.

Scroll below to see a comprehensive list of OPEN HOUSES in the Greater Hamilton / Burlington / Niagara Area.

 


Fun Facts:   Centre Mall on Barton Street in Lower Hamilton was one of North America’s first malls, and is still a vibrant collection of retailers and other commercial services.

Hamilton is the birthplace of Eugene Levy, Martin Short, and the first Tim Horton’s coffee shop.

Hamilton is home to one of the largest botanical gardens in the whole of Canada – The Royal Botanical Gardens

Lower Hamilton Open Houses

 


 

Fun Facts:  ‘The Mountain’ is actually the Niagara Escarpment, which naturally bisects the City of Hamilton into Upper and Lower.  It is home to over 100 individual waterfalls, making Hamilton (according to the Smithsonian) the Waterfall Capital of the World!

Hamilton Mountain Open Houses

 


Fun Facts:   The Old Ancaster Town Hall, located at 310 Wilson Street East, was built in 1870, costing $2400.  The Heritage building is still fully functional, and can be used as a venue for events such as wedding receptions.

Ron MacLean, beloved sportscaster, best known for his Hockey Night In Canada partnership with the colourful Don Cherry, lived in Ancaster from 1989-1992.

Ancaster Open Houses

 


Fun facts:  Since it is Located in a valley surrounded by the Niagara Escarpment, Dundas is also known as the “Valley Town.”

In the fall, mature Chinook salmon return from Lake Ontario to their birthplace in Lower Spencer Creek to lay their eggs

Dundas Open Houses

 


Fun Facts:  Parts of the 2006 horror film Silent Hill were filmed at the Devil’s Punchbowl, a ribbon waterfall in Stoney Creek, and  in 1989 Super Dave Osborne performed a human yo-yo stunt there.

It is often assumed that the name refers to the Creek’s rockiness, but there is some evidence to indicate that the town was actually named for an early settler with the surname “Stoney.”

Stoney Creek Open Houses

 


Fun Fact:  The Avro Lancaster flown by the Canadian Warplane Heritage museum is one of only two airworthy Lancasters in the world.  It is on display at the John C. Munro International Airport in Mount Hope.

Glanbrook Open Houses

 


Fun Facts:  Until 2017, Smithville was known for an annual festival called PoultryFest.  The show drew residents from all over the region in mid-June every year. The festival earned the area the unofficial designation as “The Chicken Capital of Canada.”.

West Lincoln Open Houses

 


Fun Facts:  Along Grimsby’s Waterfront Trail, you can see a cluster of colourful, whimsical cottages that were once part of a religious camp.  The brightly painted gingerbread homes are unique to the area and are sometimes called “The Chatauqua of Canada.”

Grimsby Open Houses 

 


Fun Facts:  In 1898, hockey players in the town of Beamsville were the first to make use of a hockey net.

Beamsville is the heart of Niagara Region’s Wine Country. The unique climate makes this region particularly known for its ice wines, which make up fully 50% of its wine exports.

Beamsville Open Houses

 


Fun Facts:  Some scenes for the movie X-Men were shot at Spencer Smith Park, on the Burlington shore of Lake Ontario.

Actors Jim Carrey and Ryan Gosling attended schools in Burlington. Carrey went to Aldershot High School, and Gosling to Lester B Pearson High School.

Burlington Open Houses

 


Fun Fact:  In 2012, a local botanist named Paul O’Hara found a sugar maple tree on the Beverly Swamp Trail that is estimated to be 220-250 years old.  The tree had been purposely bent as a sapling to be used as a trail marker by the indigenous people who inhabited the area.  This maple is believed to be the first living Native Trail Marker to be discovered in the Hamilton Region.

Flamborough & Waterdown Open Houses

 

08.28.2020

7 Farmer’s Markets In and Around Hamilton

In The Community

The dog days are over, and the season is winding down as August comes to a close.   Talk of back to school and even (gasp!) pumpkin spice is starting to surface into daily chit-chat.

For those of us who live for heat and sunshine, the abundance of delicious fresh produce that is available at this time of year relieves some of the sadness at the end of summer.

The farmers’ markets in and around Hamilton offer the best of nature’s in-season bounty, so we thought we would offer suggestions for all seven corners of the city. (Did you know Hamilton had seven corners?)

 

Hamilton Farmers’ Market – 35 York Blvd

The Hamilton Farmer’s Market downtown is open year round.  First open in 1837, it now boasts 50-60 vendors and is a much cherished part of Hamilton’s history.  Offering fresh produce, grocery items, seafood, specialty foods, wine, coffee, fresh flowers, and more – the variety at this farmer’s market is second to none.  Open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, the hours are the most flexible of all the markets.  Access by different forms of transportation and parking are described here to help you plan your visit.

Ottawa St Market – Lot 2C (Next to 3 Britannia Ave)

In many ways, Ottawa St represents the best of Hamilton’s personality: energy, variety, resilience, and grit.  It is in Southern Ontario, so it is appropriate that the area include a farmers’ market to show off  the best of what our growers have to offer.

Open every Saturday all year round, this farmers’ market only works with vendors within a 100 km radius. This means that the offerings are truly farm fresh! Read through the list of produce and mouthwatering baked treats before you go, and plan your visit carefully!

Ancaster Farmers’ Market – 630 Trinity Rd S, Jerseyville, ON (Ancaster Fairgrounds)

If you’re craving farm-freshness mid-week, this will be one of your go-to’s, since it is open on Wednesdays from 3:00-6:00 pm.

Ancaster has a proud history as a vibrant agricultural community, and the farmer’s market represents that heritage right in the heart of town at the Ancaster Village.  Local growers and other assorted vendors offer their wares and provide a space to gather with friends and neighbours.

Many prefer to shop in person, but there also is an option to order online.  Orders placed between Thursday and Monday can be picked up, curbside, on Wednesdays.

Dundas Farmers’ Market – Hatt Street and Miller’s Lane

This seasonal market in Dundas is a small, not-for-profit coalition of growers and producers who offer a direct link between farmers and the community.  It runs from June to October, and is a weekly tradition, open on Thursdays from 3:00-7:00 pm.

Some of the vendors accept online orders and will arrange for pickup at their vendor tents on Thursdays as well.

Locke St Farmers’ Market – Corner of Locke and Herkimer (260 Locke St S)

The best place to find information about this west-end market is on their Facebook page.  Locke Street Farmers’ Market aims to offer fresh, local, sustainably grown and produced food for the benefit of the community, local farmers and businesses.

Saturday mornings from 9:00-noon, from spring to fall, you will find the assortment of vendors set up for business in the parking lot of Locke St Tire and Automotive.

There is an open call for volunteers at this community market, too – so if this is your neighbourhood, you might consider lending a hand for a very delicious, worthy cause!

Hamilton Mountain Farmers’ Market – 19 Viewpoint Ave

The local growers who run the Hamilton Mountain Farmers’ Market have adjusted their hours to Fridays between 3:30-7:30.

This is a small, solid community effort that offers fresh local produce, floral products, spices, eggs, and more – and that has been in operation for 13 seasons.

Special Mention:  Binbrook Farmer’s Market – 2600 Hwy #56

The Binbrook Agricultural Society, for several years, operated the Binbrook Farmer’s Market to encourage Binbrook residents to think, shop, and eat locally.  As the world changes, the organizers have decided to take a year to re-imagine and re-design their community projects, as described in this Hamilton Spectator article from July, 2020.

There is some talk of a fall festival or market that gives us hope of something to look forward to as the leaves begin to turn, and the fruit harvest gives way to gourds and other hardy vegetables!

All 📸 credit: @hamontmarket

If you have discovered any other markets in the City, we’d love to hear about them!

Greater Hamilton Area
08.21.2020

Year-To-Date Market Update! – Entire Greater Hamilton Area.

Buying

Greater Hamilton Area Market Update

A LOT has happened in the Real Estate Market this year. Needless to say, it has been a rollercoaster of emotions for many.

We have created a market update to show how each neighbourhood in the GHA (Greater Hamilton Area)  has performed since the beginning of this year- and it may take your breath away!  As you examine the image below, keep in mind that April was the first full month of the lockdown. Here are a few of the key takeaways.

  • A lack of housing supply has caused prices to skyrocket in almost all areas.
  • Incredibly low interest rates have increased buyer demand
  • Buyers looking for detached, semi-detached, and townhomes are adding to buyer demand for these property types and away from condos.
  • Buyers looking to leave the GTA are increasing demand in the GHA. Fact: 50% of all homes sold in the GHA are sold to GTA buyers!

If you’re looking to sell, now is a great time.

If you’re looking to buy, it’s a good time to get into a very robust market, but there are definite challenges.

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to reach out 🙂

 

 

Hamilton Patios
07.9.2020

13 Best Patios Now Open in Hamilton.

In The Community

What’s better than eating inside a restaurant?

The answer is eating on the patio of the restaurant! Some would argue it’s even better as the summer heat cranks up. With restaurants being limited to curbside pickup and delivery for the past few months, we’re excited that the lockdown is lifting on restaurant patios.

Many restaurants are creating beautiful outdoor spaces dedicated to diners who want to take advantage of the relatively brief summer season. There are now entire streets shut down to allow for more space without interference from cars.

Read on to learn more about the best patios in the city to visit.

 

1. Merk Snack Bar

Nestled on Ottawa Street North in the city’s east side shopping district, Merk Snack Bar has recently opened an outdoor patio in an adjacent lane way.

The wide lane allows for evenly spaced out tables in accordance with proper physical distancing rules. Because of the popularity of the newly unveiled patio (that’s open Friday to Sunday), the owner requires a reservation to get a seat at the snack bar.

 

2. Barangas on the Beach

Because of its prime location on Van Wagners Beach, this restaurant has been a favourite of those living in the area for many years. It also has an extensive patio area to allow diners to take in the beautiful lake view and catch some breezes while they eat.

The patio is spacious, but the restaurant is following a first-come, first-serve approach with no reservations. It could mean waiting a bit to get a seat.

 

3. Stonewalls

This restaurant in the west end of the city has been a local favourite, known for its live entertainment. It also has a generous patio section (that has doubled in size to handle current demand) with a view of the vehicle/foot traffic to and from the 403.

You can try your luck with a patio walk in from Tuesday to Sunday, but we recommend booking a reservation to avoid disappointment.

 

4. Motel

This a newer and trendy spot in the city on Barton Street between Victoria Ave and Wentworth St. You can enjoy the lavish variety of menu items, including Champagne Pancakes, on the patio.

While the patio is welcoming people on a walk-in basis, they still recommend checking on wait times and following several precautions to help reduce risk.

 

5. Radius

This is a popular downtown spot for brunch, cocktails, live music, and more. The restaurant is allowing its patrons to enjoy the patio on a reservation-only basis.

Those who visit will enjoy a view of the patio garden and enjoy items from a new summer menu.

 

6. Caro

Also on Ottawa Street North, Caro opened its patio recently on a first-come, first-served basis. Safe places are available while you wait for a table, with a convenient text message sent to let you know when they are ready to seat you.

This is a popular spot in the evenings, complete with beautiful strings of lights over the corner patio in a prime people-watching location.

 

7. Collins Brewhouse

Located in Dundas, a charming town that became part of Hamilton in 2001, has opened its patio to the public on a reservation-only basis.

The Brewhouse has a lot of history attached to it, beginning with the Collins family from Ireland in 1833. It was one of the first building in the area and served as a hotel until 1968.

 

8. The Village Restaurant

This is a family-owned restaurant in Stoney Creek. It has been serving customers for over 40 years and has now re-opened its patio to accommodate diners. You can also order for curbside pickup.

A few doors away from The Village is Karlee’s Bar & Chippy’s Fish & Chips, which also features a patio and offers live entertainment.

 

9. Royal Coachman

The Royal Coachman is in Waterdown (another town that became part of Hamilton in 2001), in the north corner of Hamilton on the Burlington border. It has the distinction of being in a location with a lengthy history dating back to 1868.

Reservations are being taken on a first-come, first-served basis at this British-style pub that was once a popular hotel—no reservations are available. Takeout is also an option.

 

10. Aberdeen Tavern

A popular spot for lunch, dinner, and cocktails. The restaurant is now accepting bookings for its patio with a time limit in place to accommodate more diners.

Built a century ago, the facade of this restaurant has stayed true to its original design as a bank.

With a focus on comfort food and consistently excellent reviews, this is definitely one to try this summer!

 

11. Jonny Blonde

Known for its food truck and catering, Jonny Blonde also runs a storefront kitchen on the Hamilton Mountain (on the Niagara Escarpment).

The restaurant, whose “Manifesto” declares a commitment to using local Canadian ingredients, has recently opened a quaint patio to enjoy some burgers and to watch the world go by on Concession Street.

 

12. The King William Area

After getting the green light from the City, King William Street is now a pedestrian-only area. That’s excellent news for restaurants along the street and patrons who enjoy their food! The block between James St. N and Hughson St. is a giant patio operating from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

There are several restaurants along this beautiful route with newly renovated buildings. The eateries that are taking part in the extended patio include Perogie Bar, Mezza Caffe, Relay Coffee Roasters, Berkeley North, The French, Sagarmatha Curry House, The Mule, The Diplomat, HAMBRGR, Earth to Table Bread Bar, and Uncle Ray’s Food & Liquor.

 

13. Shorty’s and Osten Beer hall

Last but not least is Shorty’s and Osten Beerhall. Located on Cannon St E near Ottawa St, this patio combines what some would argue as the best combination of food and drink. Pizza and Beer. Shorty’s pizza is amazing and Osten has one of the best beer collections around. Be sure to contact them ahead of time to make sure they have room.

 

Check back often as the list of participating establishments will grow!

Find Great Patios in Hamilton

As restrictions gradually lift in the Hamilton area, now is a grand time to check out some great restaurant patios!

No matter where you live in Hamilton, you’ll find patios that are serving up a variety of foods daily.

Meanwhile, if you’re looking for a property in the Hamilton area, be sure to contact us for help with that too.

05.28.2020

Envy Grooms

Ah, technology! Without it, we would be lost. Even the best technology betrays us sometimes, though…
Due to a malfunction in our technology, our super video-editing whiz was without her hardware for a while, and we haven’t been able to introduce you to Heather yet. That’s the bad news.

Here’s the good news: Heather is a local groomer who sat with us a couple of weeks ago to offer some pro tips on how to care for our furry friends who couldn’t see their stylists until pet care services were allowed to reopen. We are glad to report that she is now able to take bookings, though you may still run into a bit of a backlog, since her services are in high demand!

In case your dog is running out of patience ahead of his grooming appointment, or you would just like to know what to do when life gets too busy and you need to take care of things at home temporarily – Heather kindly offered a few pointers that will tide you over while you wait.

(We also had a guest appearance by Tyson’s very own fur-baby, Harvey. He really is the cutest.)

You can reach Heather at Envy Grooms at 905-519-3689.

 

 

 

Lococo Wellness Clinic

I had the pleasure of speaking to two wonderful women who took some time to give us a few tips about how to stay healthy and take care of our immune systems at a time when we need them the most.

We hope you enjoy these few minutes with Dr. Jennifer Lococo and Shannon Gregory as they discuss immune stress, cortisol, and Lyme disease.

 

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Deanna Alongi – Hair Stylist

Today, I got to talk to Deanna Alongi, a hair stylist who normally works out of Chatters at Limeridge Mall in Hamilton.  She figured out how to offer some support for anyone whose ‘do is growing uncomfortably long or shaggy while we are all cut off from access to our favourite stylists!

 

Instagram: @deannas_hair_lounge_

 

 

Farmer Jack’s

Today, I got to talk to Terry, who owns Farmer Jack’s Market in Burlington.  Without saying too much here, if you haven’t heard of Farmer Jack’s – you’re in for a treat! In addition to being one of the hardest workers we have ever met, Terry has a giant heart and is dedicated to making sure that healthy food options are available to the community as far as he is able to go.  Take a few minutes to hear him talk about what he’s doing to support families and individuals right now.  Fair warning: You might be hungry by the end of the video!

 

 

The quarantine is now into its second month – and we hope you are all continuing to stay safe, whether you are among the front line workers (who we appreciate very much!), or among those who are protecting neighbours, friends, and family by staying home and adjusting your routine.We truly miss being out in the community live and in person.  Hamilton/Burlington is home to so many talented, creative, and large-hearted people that we decided to spend a little time helping you get to know a few of our special neighbours.

Check back weekly for additional interviews  🙂

 

P.S: We would love to hear from you if you are a small business owner who has been affected by the closures.  Are you busier than ever or have you been shut down? We would like to help get the word out about your services for when we are safely able to get back to work.

12.23.2019

12 Fun Winter Activities for Hamilton – 2019

In The Community

If you’re anything like us, you’re finding it hard to believe that 2019 is winding down and we are gearing up for another year.  Where does the time go?

After a solid 12 months of hard work, we think that this last week of the decade should be used to refresh and recharge, to bond with the kids and each other, and to enjoy some well-deserved rest and relaxation.

Here are some fun (mostly inexpensive) ideas in and around Hamilton for the whole family to enjoy:

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

SKATING ON PIER 8

Ice skating is a rite of passage for all Canadians – whether they just learned to walk or they are adults who are spending their very first winter here in the land of ice and snow!  Pier 8, on Lake Ontario, is a beautiful setting for newbies and experienced skaters alike to enjoy this winter activity in Hamilton.   Skate and helmet rentals are available.  (No hockey is permitted.)

HIKE TO A FROZEN WATERFALL

If you appreciate the beauty of a true “winter wonderland,” don’t miss a chance to bundle up and enjoy the natural majesty of Hamilton’s famed waterfalls in their frozen glory. We recommend Tiffany Falls and Devil’s Punchbowl….and then a very large mug of hot chocolate indoors while you look at the pictures you will undoubtedly be inspired to take!

SKIING, SNOWBOARDING, TUBING

Just under 40 minutes from Hamilton, you will find Kelso Conservation Area. Inside the park, head to Glen Eden , a popular spot for skiers and snowboarders looking to enjoy some fresh powder. If there is enough snow, they will open the Snow Tube park for any non-skiers in the family. Classic winter activity for Hamilton-area snow-lovers!

SNOWSHOEING

At least once in your life, while you spend a winter in Hamilton, make sure you try this surprisingly challenging activity.  Snowshoes were invented to make trekking over the white stuff a little easier, but don’t kid yourself; it’s a real workout!  Chances that you own your own snowshoes are probably slim, so head to Crawford Lake, an absolutely beautiful conservation area just a short 30-minute drive from Hamilton. You can rent shoes for your group, enjoy the trails, and then warm up at the Visitor Centre.

TOBOGGANING

Here’s one activity that requires little to no skill, and is guaranteed to have everyone ready for a nap or a good night’s sleep by the end of the adventure. Vehicles for the sport are limited only by your imagination – and you don’t have to leave Hamilton this winter to enjoy the thrill of racing downhill like an olympian on a bobsled.   Safety first, though – be sure to use only the hills that have been approved for tobogganing to be sure no one takes unnecessary risks.

HORSEBACK RIDING

Here’s one you may not have thought of.  For a different type of activity that is sure to create some fond memories, Horseplay Niagara operates through the winter and has options for both new and experienced riders. Located approximately one hour south of Hamilton, this is a day trip that is available to families with children ages 6 and up.

INDOOR ACTIVITIES

Maybe you prefer indoor activities. There is no shame in that! Some of us here prefer the view of the ice and flakes from the other side of the window, too. Here are some options in and around Hamilton that you can enjoy this winter:

MUSEUMS

We are recommending the Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology this year for its free drop in activity (December 27-31): The Science of Music. Kids get to explore and create – even making their own instrument to take home.

While you’re there, you may choose to take a tour of the old pumphouse, too.

Of course, there are other local museums in Hamilton, and here’s a great tip for residents of the City:  Access is free of charge with a municipal library card!

TRAMPOLINE PARK

If the kids start feeling some cabin fever, but outdoor activities aren’t the right option, the Flying Squirrel is a favourite local spot for parents trying to help them burn off some steam. Located on Upper James in Hamilton, they offer “Toddler Time” to keep the little ones separated from the more acrobatic jumpers.

WINE TOURS & TASTING

We would be remiss if we didn’t include one or two activities for the grown-ups.  Hamilton is situated ideally for wine lovers. The Niagara Region is a short drive from the city and is renowned for its wine route.  We also have local wineries, like Ridge Road Estate Winery in Stoney Creek, which offers a stunning view of Lake Ontario, clear across to Toronto.  Adults only, please.

ART GALLERY OF HAMILTON

Hamilton’s art culture is well known and constantly evolving. The Art Gallery of Hamilton, located at 123 King St West, is open to the public from Wednesday to Sunday, with private tours only on Mondays and Tuesdays. (Two weeks’ notice is required for a private tour and, of course, the gallery is closed December 25 & 26, and January 1.)

There are several special exhibitions on through the holiday period, including THIS IS SERIOUS: Canadian Indie Comics, running till January 5, 2020.

ANNE FRANK HOUSE VIRTUAL REALITY

For an educational and somewhat sombre experience that will leave an unforgettable impression, this display at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum is running through the holidays with closures on December 25 & 26, and January 1st.   Using virtual reality to enhance the history preserved through Anne Frank’s own writings, visitors can experience some of the dark histories of World War II in a unique way.

Located at the site of the Hamilton International Airport in Mount Hope.

PART OF THE MACHINE: ROCK & PINBALL

Finally, for the music buffs of all ages in the family, this display at the Joseph Brant Museum in Burlington has an off-the-charts cool factor.

Running till January 12, 2020, this exhibit includes:

  • 10 playable pinball machines featuring KISS, The Beatles, The Who, and more
  • KISS drumkit
  • Alice Cooper’s electric chair stage prop

We hope that, whatever you choose to do to close out 2019, you enjoy some downtime with loved ones and that you are able to start 2020 feeling refreshed and ready for whatever the next decade holds!