Geographical Boundaries:West London is bound by the Thames River (East & South), the CN Railroad tracks (North) and Wonderland Road (West). This neighbourhood includes Blackfriars and Cherryhill.
One of the most notable landmarks of this London, Ontario neighbourhood is the Blackfriars Bridge, which also happens to be the first iron, bowstring truss bridge, built way back in 1875. The bridge was initially constructed to connect London to both Kensington and Petersville (which would later change its name to West London in 1874). These two smaller areas amalgamated in 1897 and became an official neighbourhood of London, Ontario.
Housing in the West London area is very diverse, which means you are sure to find the perfect type of housing to suit your lifestyle. On the far west side of the neighbourhood, you'll find newer, mostly 2-storey family homes (under 30 years old) with attached garages, whereas to the north, there are a number of apartment options and mixed housing. The area that was originally known as Petersville is home to smaller, older houses. The most eastern part of this West London neighbourhood has access to the downtown area and with it's proximity to the University of Western Ontario there is a higher than normal student rental population. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, as you still get a strong neighbourhood feel. In London, we love our students and what they bring to our community. Plus, being a seller in this area to the west can be a good thing, as there are a number of investors who are eager to buy properties and convert the homes into student housing.
The West London neighbourhood has a great shopping district which includes Costco, Farmboy, Angelo's Bakery, Rona and Cherryhill Mall. The area also has an excellent array of restaurants and entertainment venues like McGinnis Landing, Malibu, Cowboy's Ranch, Fleetly Bowling and Forest Glen Golf Centre. This shopping area is expanding, with a new LCBO (recently opening near Costco) and also serves as the new home to Nash Jewellers (one of the longest-standing, well-known jewellery establishments in London).
Quick Facts (courtesy of the City of London)
- 20,165 people live in West London, 24 percent more than in 2006.
- 25 percent of the 10,740 households are home owners.
- Half of households have an annual total income of over $36,530.
CLICK HERE to check out the City of London's Neighbourhood Profile for a more in-depth look at the statistics of West London.