First of all… welcome! If you’re here, that means you’re considering moving to Waterloo Region. We can’t blame you! The real estate market in Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and the adjacent area has recently exploded as more and more people have flocked to this desirable region. But what makes K-W so amazing? Read on to discover the best of Kitchener-Waterloo!
1. Location, location, location
What can’t you reach from K-W? If your dreams for the future include owning a cottage (or simply renting for a quick summer vacation), the possibilities are endless. Head to Amberley, Ontario for some of the most breathtaking sunsets you’ll ever see. Muskoka is also just a car ride away, with beautiful lakes, forests, waterfalls, and hiking galore. K-W also makes an ideal home base for those who don’t mind commuting to Toronto, especially those with jobs that only require them to go in to the office once or twice a week. Skip the traffic and take a stress-free train or bus right to downtown Toronto for a visit to the office, a weekend getaway, or special events such as TIFF! If you’re tiring of the city, take a quick trip down to Niagara to visit the falls or take a guided wine tour. Make Waterloo Region your home base for easy access to these beautiful areas and more!
2. Silicon Valley North?
It’s quite the title to live up to, but the growing branch of tech companies from Kitchener-Waterloo to Toronto are up for the challenge. With offices for Google, Communitech, OpenText, Shopify, and more, Kitchener-Waterloo has become one of Canada’s technology hot spots, and boasts some of the highest success rates in the country for the tech companies that are based here. Further, the University of Waterloo has an international reputation as a top University for its global connections and research, and Wilfrid Laurier University is ranked among the top 10 business schools in Canada. The University of Guelph and Conestoga College provide even more opportunities for quality education in the region. These opportunities, combined with high entry into tech jobs have contributed to the growing popularity of Waterloo Region.
3. Live Your Way
The vastly differing lifestyle options available in Waterloo Region are yet another reason to consider moving to the area. If you want to live in a bustling city centre, choose between three urban core locations in Kitchener, Waterloo, and Cambridge. If you’re longing for a more rural feel and perhaps even a few chickens of your own, your perfect home may be located mere minutes outside of town. Trendy lofts, suburban neighbourhoods, newly built condominiums, and farm properties are all located just a short drive from one another within the borders of Waterloo Region. Rent a condo overlooking a main street, or settle into your newly purchased home for a backyard fire and a view of the Grand river. Whatever your dream lifestyle, you can find it here!
Waterloo Region is ranked 5th in Canada in terms of ethnic diversity and immigrant population. With multiple programs in place to help make newcomers feel welcome, the recent influx of refugees from Syria, and the contributions of the KW Multicultural Centre, this area is incredibly diverse and welcoming. Multicultural festivals, job search services, and language education programs are among the many things that contribute to this diversity. As an added bonus, increased diversity has helped bring many different and delicious foods and restaurants to the area.
5. What Else?
The above factors are just a few reasons why so many people are choosing to move to Waterloo Region. The many parks, golf courses, conservation areas, and the Grand River contribute to the area’s appeal. Water parks such as Bingemans, Chicopee Ski & Summer Resort, quality hospitals and healthcare, and the Region of Waterloo International Airport provide even more amenities for residents of the area. Annual festivals such as the Jazz Festival, Beer & Ribfest, the Multicultural festival, and the Buskers festival draw large crowds and are highly anticipated.
If you have further questions about moving to Waterloo Region, please don’t hesitate to contact Megan Bell or Tracey Appleton, who would be happy to meet with you and help you gather all the information you need to make the move!