Breaking Apart the Different Neighbourhoods of Burlington, Ontario. -by Kim Melhuish
Many ask what the best area in Burlington is to live in. The lack of specific response to this is due to the diverse nature of each neighbourhood. Because everybody is a bit different in what they are looking for "home" to look like, I've broken apart the neighbourhoods in order to provide a general sense of each. 

Downtown Burlington: One can compare downtown Burlington to the city's heartbeat. Think cool shops, pretty cafes, and enough action to keep one happy and busy. It is the place to be if one is looking for that urban feel without all the hustle and bustle that comes with a big metropolis.

Aldershot: Aldershot resembles the suburban ideal, with a tree canopy cover that makes one want to go out for a nice walk and feel that "days-past" ambiance. The area is speckled with parks and schools and, with a bit more affordability, it is attracting new and younger families to the area.

Brant Hills: Brant Hills is one of those neighborhoods where everyone waves hello and the kids play outside until the streetlights come on. It gives that wholesome vibe that screams, "Relax; you're home.

Tyandaga: If ever there was a diamond in the rough, Tyandage is it. Winding streets, tall trees, and houses that look like they are right out of the storybooks. The proximity to golf courses allows you to perfect your swing without have to go far from home.

Millcroft: This area will likely speak to you if you are looking for upscale living with a side of luxury. The homes are large, the lawns are manicured, and the country clubs cry out for day off or a Sunday brunch.

Headon Forest: Headon Forest is the cozy sweater of neighborhoods—warm, welcoming, and ever ready to wrap you up in a hug. It has an excellent, tight-knit community and enough green spaces to satisfy any nature lover.

Roseland: Roseland is where the fancy folk hang out, with fabulous homes that will make you look twice. Being in close proximity to Lake Ontario and the waterfront, beautiful views and breezy walks along the shorelines are a part of life.

Alton Village: Shining in a new coat, modern facilities and schools, Alton Village becomes the new kid on the block. Absolutely perfect for those who want to experience the fresh contemporary vibe without having to take away the homey comfort.

Shoreacres: To describe living in Shoreacres in one sentence, it is "your own little private piece of paradise on the lake." It has beaches, parks, and trails that area perfect for outdoors enthusiasts and summer solstice chasers. With good schools, the neighbourhood has many young families with children.

Longmoor: Longmoor is an evergreen charm that never fades out of trend. It is more like a trip back in time when the neighborhood with great community spirit and good vibes. It has that classical ambiance where you will feel at home right from day one.

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Fall in Love with Burlington, Ontario!  - by Kim Melhuish

Burlington-pride is strong amongst its residents, and for good reason. Burlington holds the best parts of thriving city, community, proximity to major hubs, suburban appeal and natural beauty. 

When looking at what makes Burlington great, these are a few of the things that pop to mind:

1. Natural Beauty and Great Outdoors: The city of Burlington is proud of the scenic waterfronts found along Lake Ontario, extending panoramic views and activities in and about the pristine waters. Attractions in the area include important parks and conservation areas. For instance, the reknowned Royal Botanical Gardens is available for all to absorb its beauty, as is the Bruce Trail for hiking enthusiasts. The green spaces within Burlington provide year-round activities and opportunities to stay in touch with nature.

2. Strategic Location: Burlington is strategically located between Toronto and Hamilton, providing urban accessibility along with suburban serenity. Major highways lead to town and public transit systems and airports. The surrounding cities are relatively easy to commute to while enjoying quieter suburban home life.

3. Community and Cultural Life: Burlington's community and cultural life are rich. The city host numerous festivals and is host to art galleries, theaters and museums to suit any taste. Everything from the Sound of Music Festival and Canada's Largest Ribfest to a myriad community programs held within the Burlington Performing Arts Centre. These events instill the feel of community-mindedness that you can witness from one end of the city to the other.

4. Quality Education: The city is home to two of the best-rated school boards, the Halton District School Board and the Halton Catholic District School Board. The many esteemed public and private schools within region guarantee the highest quality of education to students. Schools in Burlington always rated highly due to their quality in the delivery of education.

5. Economic Stability: Burlington has a very strong and diversified economy that is home to many advanced manufacturing, technology, and service firms. The city is also comprised of various business parks, a vibrant core downtown, and plenty of activity that promises great opportunities for professionals from many areas. Businesses recognize the significant support that they receive fromt he city at the local level.

6. Quality of life: In most cases, Burlington finds itself listed as one of the best places to live in Canada due to the high quality of life that it provides. Included in these are high levels of education, health care, house and green space. 

7. Waterfront: The waterfront of Burlington ranks among one of the city's best places to be. The pretty Spencer Smith Park and Promenade area host many events that draw thousands of residents and visitors to bask here and play, partake in outdoor activity, and stroll along the Burlington Pier. 8.

8. Services and Amenities in the Community: Burlington offers a plethora of amenities and services for its residents to experience and enjoy. Amongst these are the world-class recreational facilities, libraries, and community centers that host program for all ages and levels. The city is committed to a healthy and active community.

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Why Live in Oakville, Ontario? - by Kim Melhuish

To many Oakville residents, there is no other place they'd rather be. In fact, Oakville consistently ranks extremley high on the top places to live in Canada.  What creates this uniqueness and desireability? Oakville hosts a myriad of advantages for calling Oakville home.

Quality of Life: Oakville ranks as one of the leading places of residence in Canada due to the very high level of quality of life. The town is uniquely placed to afford an excellent quality of life exemplified by great schools and health care facilities, coupled with low crime rates tending to offer a serene atmosphere for family life.

Scenic Beauty and Recreation: The natural lakefront with scenic beauty, many parks, gardens, and an extensive system of 200 km of trails for outdoor activity and relaxation. It further provides endless opportunities, therefore, one can easily sail, kayak, or take in waterfront festivals from Oakville Harbour or venture further into natural bounty through the many parks and conservation areas. Cultural and Community Events: The place is an art and cultural centre with a large number of galleries, theatres, and museums. The ensemble of cultural buildings includes the Oakville Galleries and the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts. The community calendar will be filled throughout the year with festivals such as the Oakville Jazz Festival, Midnight Madness, and the Oakville Family Ribfest. It has community written all over it.

Excellent Education: The town is also home to Ontario's finest, both in private and public schools, which give your child an excellent opportunity in education. It provides easy access to post-secondary schools in the Greater Toronto Area.

Perfect Location: With locations between Toronto and Hamilton, Oakville has never been nestled in perfect locations with just the right balance between the charm of small-town charisma and the convenience of big-city amenities. Residents have easy access to major highways and GO Transit, with closeness to most of the amenities in Toronto and business hubs, yet they really don't have to live in the bustle of a big city.

Affluent Community: Oakville has affluent neighborhoods with homes kept at a very high standard, making the area an address of much sought-after houses among the rich and famous for luxury estate buyers who appreciate elements of privacy, exclusivity, and prestige.

Friendly and Diverse: Oakville is among the top outstanding friendly, diverse, and multicultural communities, with number one focus on how people would want to be welcomed and the place where all of their residents and newcomers feel welcomed and safe in a town that promotes local pride. Everything from its culinary choices to its cultural festivals and community groups shows off the great diversity of the town.

Thriving Local Economy: Since many big corporate firms hold their headquarters in Oakville, this provides a sound local economy with vast opportunities for jobs. Being a local business hub, the Halton town also endorses many local entrepreneurs, thereby fostering the community to be very lively and growing.

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