I meet a lot of people moving to London, Ontario from Toronto and even other provinces in Canada. As we start discussing what they are looking for in a home and in a neighbourhood, I always ask the one question to which I'm almost always afraid to hear the answer to:
"Is there a neighbourhood you don't want to live in?"
The majority of the time, the answer is the same:
"I've heard that I should stay away from the east end."
When I ask why, it's always because someone told them. The problem is, that someone who gave advice likely has never spent any time on the east side, let alone lived there. This is a challenging moment for me, as there are some really incredible neighbourhoods on the east side of the city. Take Old East Village, for instance. 5 years ago, it was seen as one of the "sketchy" areas and now it's one of the city's hottest neighbourhoods, with a farmer's market, hip coffee shops and gorgeous heritage homes. People are in bidding wars trying to get in!
I love my city and I understand that every city, including London, has its "rougher" neighbourhoods, but to write off the entire east side of a city means you're missing out of the potential of an amazing community vibe, not to mention more affordable options than other parts of the city. In fact, I live in the east end of London and wouldn't have it any other way! I even joke that I live so far East that I'm bound to fall off the edge of the city limits, enjoying a forest in my backyard in Argyle.
The truth is that east London has some fantastic neighbourhood, and like all the neighbourhoods of the city, these areas will suit certain people based on their housing needs and personal lifestyle. Each neighbourhood varies widely and there's bound to be a neighbourhood that matches what you're looking for. So, if you are coming into London or any other new community, take the time to tour the neighbourhoods yourself before jumping to conclusions. The bottom line is, you don't want to miss out on the right house in the right neighbourhood, just because of an uninformed opinion. The best way to get to know a neighbourhood is on foot. Park the car on a side street and go for a stroll! Stop in for a coffee, chat with the locals and see for yourself. Who knows, you could just be strolling the streets of your next neighbourhood.
In the meantime, you can check out the neighbourhoods section of my website to get a sense of what each neighbourhood has to offer. I offer all the stats as well as personal insight into each neighbourhood in London, Ontario. Click Here for more info, and don't hesitate to be in touch if you have any questions about the different neighbourhoods of London, Ontario!
Thanks for reading!