Old West Hill

Historic Charm with reasonable prices!

Just about every Ontario city of a certain age has a neighbourhood like the Old West Hill. It’s mature, tree-lined streets are lined with some beautiful century homes featuring classic Victorian architecture – but some of them are definitely in need of a little TLC.

If that sound you hear is opportunity knocking, you’re not alone. The upwardly transitional Old West Hill, bounded by Catherine Street to the north, Coleman Street to the east, Highland Avenue to the south, and Yeomans Street to the west has become a mecca for enterprising renovators, investors and first-time buyers who delight in its potential and affordability.

This area is a scaled down version of the Old East Hill and shares much of the historic charm of its sister neighbourhood. It also benefits from its close proximity to shopping and the rejuvenated downtown core – but at a price point that makes it all the more appealing to certain buyers. The homes are in various states of repair and sometimes require a bit of work to make the tired look fresh again. but the sweat equity you invest will likely reap dividends as the neighbourhood gentrifies.

Cast your eyes up to the impeccably maintained John R. Bush Funeral Home, an Old West Hill landmark, and you’ll see the kind of look the neighbourhood will achieve once its transition is complete. You can’t forget one of Belleville’s most famous and renowned authors…Susanna Moodie…Her homestead is nestled in the heart of the Old West Hill on Bridge Street.

Home to numerous community organizations, including the Shriners, and many renters, the Old West Hill is very walkable and the steady foot traffic makes the neighbourhood come alive. The neighbourhood’s youthful demographics – featuring a higher than average number of children under the age of 10, and adults aged 20-44, only add to its energy.

With all the Old West Hill has to offer – very affordable housing, close proximity to amenities, and it’s youthful character and vitality – it’s only a matter of time before this neighbourhood has its moment in the spotlight, again. Now is the perfect time to stake your claim to this hip ‘hood before the secret gets out.

The Skinny
Average Sale Price: $206,067
Price Ranges: $174,000-$270,067
Demographics: TBA
Walk Score: TBA

Places of Worship

  1. St Matthew’s United Church
  2. Bridge Street United Church
  3. St. Thomas’ Anglican Church
  4. St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
  5. Belleville Shrine Club Ltd

Best Part

  1. Mature Tree-Lined Streets
  2. Affordability
  3. Renovators Haven
  4. Proximity to Shopping and Downtown

Not So Great Part

  1. Mixed Demographics and an abundance of Renters
  2. Early Stage Transitional Neighbourhood

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. Mary Brown’s Famous Chicken & Taters!
  10. Captain George’s Fish and Chips
  11. Aji Sai
  12. Fast Food: Tim Hortons

Nearby Amenities

  1. Quinte Exhibition
  2. Quinte Curling Club
  3. One-To-One Health And Fitness Centre
  4. Market Square
  5. Farmer’s Market (Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays)
  6. Belleville City Hall
  7. Belleville Public Library
  8. Belleville Theatre Guild
  9. Belleville Bus Terminal
  10. John M. Parrott Art Gallery
  11. Empire Theatre
  12. Moira River
  13. Belleville Waterfront
  14. Service Ontario
  15. Quinte Arts Council
  16. Quinte Courthouse
  17. Quinte Symphony
  18. Billa Flint House
  19. Giant Tiger, Shoppers Drug Mart, Dollarama

Parks

  1. Exhibition Park
  2. West Hill Greenspace
  3. R.T. Potter Park
  4. Duff Park
  5. Sir MacKenzie Bowell Park
  6. Zwicks Centennial Park

Additional Resources

Random Fact

The Historic Billa Flint Home was used in 1880 as a Home for the Friendless.