As a Brantford real estate agent, one of the first questions I am asked by potential clients is “Where is best place to live in Brantford?” My answer is generally the same for everyone. It depends on what you are looking for. Based on their answer I then start to match their needs to the Brantford area that would be best for them.
This type of qualifying works 100% of the time for clients looking to move to here, however, it still doesn’t answer the question ~ “Where is the best place to live in Brantford?”
The City of Brantford, Ontario has 15 neighbourhoods within its boundaries that have been traditionally laid out from a real estate market viewpoint. Each of these neighbourhoods vary somewhat in terms of housing availability, new construction, community amenities and so on.
As a local real estate agent, I wanted to find out the answer for myself. Of course, I may be a little biased, but I love my neighbourhood in Burford. Quiet, peaceful and easy access to everything. But does that mean it’s the best place to live? I wasn’t sure.
I needed to have local feedback from the people who know this answer better than anyone. So I started asking Brantford residents, old and new, what neighbourhood they would suggest to a friend moving here and why.
It’s easy to drive through an area and make assumptions about whether or not you want to live there, but you won’t honestly get a feel for the neighbourhood without asking the residents themselves.
So when thinking of where to get the best answer to this question, I went to the source where everyone goes to find answers to burning questions. I went to Facebook.
Many neighbourhoods in Brantford were brought up in the discussion, a handful of them several times. While not everyone had someone representing it, I found that many people stood up for the areas they grew up in and are still reside in today. I also saw many people raving about the same areas, even arguing why “their neighbourhood” was the best in the city. This research gave me a clearer idea of where to suggest people or families wanting to move to Brantford should start looking.
It goes without saying that all cities have neighbourhoods that aren’t the most popular, but some of those areas have hidden gems that can bring character and charm to them. These are just a few things you find out when you ask locals, hence why I went to Facebook to get the best answers from those the city’s residents. There were three neighbourhoods in Brantford that got mentioned the most, and four other areas mixed in among the answers given to my question.
One of the areas that were highly revered was Holmedale. Spanning through Grand River Avenue and the streets that are off of it until they reach St. Paul Avenue, this area has stood its ground over generations. With many who grew up in that neighbourhood still living there, it is viewed as an excellent place for families, with schools and parks in proximity.