Old East Hill

Magnificant grand old homes with tree lined streets

Don’t let the name fool you! Young singles and families have flocked to Belleville’s highly desirable ‘Old’ East Hill in recent years.

The neighbourhood’s beautiful and historic housing stock, many amenities, and its close proximity to the city’s rejuvenated downtown and waterfront are a part of what makes it one of our favourite neighbourhoods – not to mention the one some of our team call home!

And, who wouldn’t like to call this place home? With the popular annual event Porchfest bringing neighbours and visitors onto the streets as they listen to a wide variety of musical performers taking up residence on the Old East Hill’s front porches and decks, it’s easy to see why this highly walkable neighbourhood is one of the most vibrant in the city.

A stroll through some of the stunning tree-lined streets sometimes makes you feel as though you’re walking in a forest. But seeing the Old East Hill’s many stately century homes, with their well manicured lawns and gardens, is a quick reminder that this is city-living at its finest. There is a good mix of townhouses, duplexes, triplexes, and single-family homes in a variety of price points. The neighbourhood draws in teachers, artists, young families, and professionals who love its striking Georgian and Victorian architecture.

With boundaries extending from Church Street to Macdonald Avenue and from Dundas Street East to Pine Street, when it comes to the Old East Hill, Queen Street is king! This quiet central artery is lined with some of the area’s most impressive and coveted homes. When properties on and around Queen Street come onto the market you often have to move fast and be prepared for some competition from other buyers.

Luckily, the street is only one of this neighbourhood’s gems, and other pockets have become increasingly desirable. Long-time residents looking to downsize for retirement have been pleasantly surprised to see their homes snapped up by a resurgence in affluent buyers, including transplants from Ontario’s larger cities drawn in by its relative affordability.

The crown jewel of the Old East Hill is undisputedly Glanmore National Historic Site. Built by banker John Philpot Curran Phillips in 1883, this second empire mansion stayed in the family for three generations before being donated to the city and turned into a museum. Lovingly restored and re-opened in 2012, fans of the look and feel of period pieces such as PBS’ Downton Abbey will love the history and décor, while amateur ghost hunters will delight in some of the spooky stories of the storied building.
If ghost stories give you heart palpitations, fear not! Belleville’s General Hospital is the Old East Hill’s next-door neighbour. Residents can also enjoy some rest and relaxation in the nearby Corby Rose Garden, or some more spirited activity in one of the Old East Hill’s many parks, splash pads, or tennis court (with clay surface).

With it’s mix of owners and renters, this well-established and friendly neighbourhood is definitely one of the best Belleville has to offer. Whether you’re looking to buy, sell or rent, we’d be glad to help you be a part of the trend to make everything ‘old’ ‘new’ again in the Old East Hill.

The Skinny
Average Sale Price: $304,925
Price Ranges: $145,000-$700,000
Demographics: TBA
Walk Score: TBA

Schools

  1. Queen Victoria School (Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6)
  2. Queen Elizabeth School (Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8)
  3. Harry J. Clarke Public School (French Immersion)
  4. St. Michael’s Catholic School (French Immersion)
  5. St. Joseph Catholic School (Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8)
  6. Nicholson Catholic College
  7. Moira Secondary School
  8. The Sir James Whitney (School for the Deaf)
  9. Albert College (Private School)
  10. Loyola School of Adult and Continuing Education
  11. Loyalist College

Places of Worship

  1. St. Michael’s Catholic Church
  2. Bridge Street United Church
  3. St. Thomas’ Anglican Church
  4. St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
  5. Quinte Bible Chapel
  6. Sons of Jacob Synagogue
  7. Islamic Society of Belleville

Parks

  1. Corby Park
  2. East Hill Park (Robin Jeffrey Park)
  3. Kinsmen Splash Pad & Outdoor Pool
  4. Tom Gavey – Alemite Park
  5. Lion’s Park
  6. Memorial Park
  7. Jane Forrester Park
  8. South Foster Park
  9. Zwicks Centennial Park

Best Part

  1. Historic Homes
  2. Large Stately Homes
  3. Mature Tree-Lined Streets
  4. Great Schools

Not So Great Part

  1. Older Homes
  2. Not Many Bungalows
  3. Mixed Area With Tenants

Restaurants

  1. Toro Sushi
  2. Bourbon Street Pizza
  3. Thai Garden / Thai House
  4. Chilangos Mexican
  5. Earl’s & Angelo’s
  6. L’Auberge de France
  7. Capers
  8. Urban Bistro Featuring Nice Ice Baby Ice Cream Shop
  9. Front Street Perk Coffee
  10. Café E
  11. The Brake Room
  12. The Beaufort Pub
  13. The Boathouse
  14. The Crust & Crumb Bakery
  15. Pier Patio & BBQ
  16. Fast Food: Dairy Queen

Nearby Amenities

  1. Quinte Tennis
  2. Market Square
  3. Farmer’s Market (Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays)
  4. Belleville City Hall
  5. Belleville Public Library
  6. Belleville Theatre Guild
  7. Belleville Police Services
  8. Belleville Bus Terminal
  9. John M. Parrott Art Gallery
  10. Empire Theatre
  11. Quinte Health Centre (Belleville General Hospital)
  12. Moira River
  13. Belleville Waterfront
  14. YMCA
  15. Service Ontario
  16. Quinte Arts Council
  17. Quinte Courthouse
  18. Quinte Symphony
  19. Belleville Armouries/Military Museum
  20. Belleville Pro Bowl
  21. Glanmore National Historic Site

Additional Resources

Random Fact

Believe it or not, the Old East Hill used to be a golf course!