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Maple Hills Area in Waterloo
Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening – whichever suits your purposes – and a warm, hearty welcome to the WRX Property Group blog. We’ve been working our way through the various neighbourhoods of Kitchener-Waterloo, weighing their pros and cons, and hopefully providing some useful information for anyone looking in to buying a house or moving to the region.
Today, we’re continuing with another Waterloo neighbourhood, this time in the south of the city, close to the border with Kitchener and wedged between the Waterloo neighbourhoods of Westvale, Beechwood, and Westmount. Our topic for today is: Maple Hills.
The Maple Hills neighbourhood’s shape resembles a three-cornered hat. Its boundaries are as follows: Erb Street to the north, University Avenue to the southwest, and Fischer-Hallman Road to the east. It is certainly one of Kitchener-Waterloo’s smaller neighbourhoods, but does that mean it doesn’t stand up in comparison to the rest? Well, we’ll just have to take a look and see, won’t we?
Maple Hills is another older Waterloo neighbourhood. As the far east and west continue to develop rapidly, with rows of houses and strip malls seemingly popping up overnight, Maple Hills represents a more established, steady side of Kitchener-Waterloo. Almost all of the houses in this neighbourhood predate the 1980’s, and as they were built over a wider span of time than newer developments (and with less standardization) the size, shape, and aesthetic of homes can vary widely.
Maple Hills is truly a beautiful place to live: it’s characterized by wide, deep lawns, filled with mature trees that provide shade and ample privacy from the street. The tree coverage here is quite distinct among Kitchener-Waterloo neighbourhoods, and some properties seemingly have their own, private forest.
Appropriately, Maple Hills’ name references one of the tree types adorning the neighbourhood: it feels quite patriotic to walk here in the fall. Though Maple Hills does have young families among its residents, it is a neighbourhood with many retired and senior individuals and couples. It’s a quiet place, and it feels insulated from the hustle and bustle of other parts of Kitchener-Waterloo, but by no means is it isolated.
Beechwood Manor, in the northeastern corner of Maple Hills, provides Assisted Living, which offers various levels of care, as well as suites for Independent Living, which includes such things as meals and housekeeping. The property backs on to Culpepper Park, a lovely green area with walking paths, seating area, a playground area, and rows of verdant trees standing sentinel.
The main, central street running through Maple Hills is Roosevelt Avenue (named after not one but two US presidents), though the eastern- and western-most parts of the neighbourhood are accessed from Erb Street and Fischer-Hallman, respectively. In the northeast of Maple Hills is a small commercial area with a couple restaurants (pizza and sushi) and several shops, as well as Beechmount Animal Hospital – well-situated to aid Maple Hills’ animal owners.
Just northwest of Maple Hills, at the intersection of Erb and Fischer-Hallman (the Beechwood area), is a much larger shopping area. This has multiple banks; a pharmacy; a gym; restaurants (another pizza place); a Pet Valu and another animal hospital. Perhaps most importantly, there is a large Zehrs here, meaning Maple Hills residents will never be far from groceries or the plentiful other amenities offered there.
One of the biggest (both in terms of size and quality) draws to Maple Hills can be found along its with University Avenue: Westmount Golf Club & Country Club. Stretching back to 1929, when golf course architect Stanley Thompson designed the initial course, and 1931 when it opened its doors, Westmount has long stood as a main attraction in Kitchener-Waterloo.
And because it stretches along both sides of the border between Kitchener and Waterloo, it might be said to be an important symbolic bind between the two municipalities, connecting Waterluvians and Kitchenerites (Waterluvian has a nicer ring to it) with a shared love of sport and sophistication. Multiple national, provincial, and regional championships have been held here over the years, in both curling and gold.
Today, Westmount features a championship-level 18-hole golf course (often ranked among the top 15 in all of Canada), multiple clay tennis courts, and a curling facility. There are programs for children as young as 3, and of course a vibrant community of more seasoned players (members looking to improve their skills have access to an expansive training program). This is a private sports club, which has several membership options (including seasonal), as well as guest/visitor options.
Fischer-Hallman is one of the primary, arterial roads in Kitchener-Waterloo; by bordering it, Maple Hills residents are able to easily travel northward to other parts of Waterloo, or down south to Kitchener.
A few minutes’ drive up Fischer-Hallman leads to Forest Heights Community Library, part of the Kitchener Public Library network (take note: residents of any of the Tri-Cities [Kitchener, Waterloo, and Cambridge] can open a library account at any of the other cities’ libraries).
Following University Avenue to the northeast will lead to the sprawling, beautiful Waterloo Park, as well as the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University campuses.
Erb Street leads to Uptown Waterloo, one of the most vibrant parts of the city with numerous restaurants and shops. Further up Erb are the on- and off- ramps to the Conestoga Parkway (Highway 85), which grants access to other parts of the Waterloo Region, Highway 7/8, and the 401. Maple Hills doesn’t have the best access to the highway – it’s fairly far away, and the main street leading there goes through Uptown.
There are no schools within Maple Hills’ boundaries. However, Fellowship Christian School (JK-Grade 8) is nearby. This school is affiliated with the Association of Christian Schools International, and provides an alternative to the WRDSB and WCDSB. Otherwise, for elementary school: public students are bussed to either Empire Public School or Centennial Public School; and Catholic students are bussed to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School.
For high school, students will attend Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate & Vocational School (read about it here) or Resurrection Catholic Secondary School (article forthcoming), respectively. The University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University are both quite close, for those considering post-secondary education.
Maple Hills is a quiet, refined neighbourhood, which caters to quiet, refined residents. It’s got all the basic amenities quite close by – groceries, shopping, a few restaurants – and it’s close enough to other parts of Kitchener-Waterloo that residents won’t feel isolated. It’s right next to Westmount Golf Club & Country Club, a fine, historic establishment that’s been in the centre of Kitchener-Waterloo for nearly a century.
If you like tall trees, quiet streets, and a more established feel: check out Maple Hills. Please don’t hesitate to contact WRX if you want to find out more.
Written by Will Kummer