East End

Family focussed post war neighbourhood close to hospital churches and schools!

Following the Second World War, Belleville was booming – baby booming. The economy was growing like gangbusters, manufacturing jobs were multiplying, and people were having a LOT of children! The demographic earthquake of the post-war years required home builders to ramp up production of single family homes. If you live or plan to move into the East End, thank a baby boomer – their arrival helped make this neighbourhood happen.

With its boundaries extending from Dundas Street East north to Station Street, and from MacDonald Avenue east to Haig Road, the East End’s housing stock dispenses with the two- or three-story homes common in the Victorian and Georgian eras in favour of bungalows, 1.5-story homes, and split-level starter homes. These designs, which were (and still are) perfect for keeping an eye on toddlers, are also highly desirable among seniors who may have reduced mobility. As a result, the East End is now home to both young families and many original owners or recent downsizers who find it ideal for their post-retirement needs.

With most homes (like most boomers) approaching their 60s and 70s, the East End is ripe for renovation, and many new families moving into the area are happy to put their own stamp on their property with tasteful updates. If you’d like to get the kids out of the house while renos are underway, look no further than Belleville’s nearby YMCA. With an excellent range of programming, facilities (including a gym and pool), and a kidskare service to look after the little ones while you’re on site, it’s a family-friendly jewel.

Of course, after all that healthy living and physical activity, nothing hits the spot like a bucket of fried chicken – which you can enjoy at Belleville’s original Kentucky Fried Chicken. Or, you can bring the kids over to Bayview Mall (originally an outdoor shopping complex called Belleville Plaza) and let them break the bank with some dollar store finds at the shopping centre’s massive Dollarama.

With single-family homes dominating the streets, there are fewer renters here and it’s easy to get to know your neighbours – It’s one of the reasons Julie LOVES the East End! On the downside, it’s difficult to find a gas station in the area (but closer to the tax-free gas stations in Shannonville) and a bit of a drive to get up to the 401. Still, if you’re looking for a well-established neighbourhood with family-friendly amenities and home designs, it’s definitely worth a drive to check out the East End (and to get some KFC).

The Skinny
Average Sale Price:$309,407
Price Ranges: $145,000-$502,857
Demographics: TBA
Walk Score: TBA

Schools

Places of Worship

  1. St Columba Presbyterian Church
  2. Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
  3. Emmanuel Baptist Church
  4. Eastminster United Church

Best Part

  1. Lots of Bungalows
  2. Predominantly single family units
  3. YMCA

Not So Great Part

  1. Distance to Shopping, Restaurants and 401
  2. Very few gas stations
  3. Not Very Walkable

Restaurants

  1. The Dugout
  2. Goody’s Pizzeria
  3. Fast Food: Original KFC, McDonald’s, East Side Franco’s Express, Tim Hortons

Nearby Amenities

  1. YMCA
  2. Quinte Health Centre (Belleville General Hospital)
  3. Quinte Tennis
  4. Glanmore National Historic Site
  5. Belleville Waterfront
  6. Belleville Bingo Hall
  7. Belleville Pro Bowl
  8. Shopping: Bay View Mall

Parks

  1. Stanley Park
  2. Churchill Heights
  3. Bayview Heights Park
  4. Stanley Parkette
  5. Brimley Court Green Space
  6. East Hill Park (Robin Jeffrey Park)
  7. Kinsmen Splash Pad & Outdoor Pool
  8. Tom Gavey – Alemite Park

Additional Resources

Random Fact

If you transported back in time to 1945, stood on MacDonald Avenue and looked East you would see… nothing. Belleville didn’t stretch any further until the post-war years.