Friday, January 12, 2018

Moving to Waterloo? Book a FREE Real Estate Tour!

Neighbourhood driving tours are a great way to learn a new area
For over a decade now I have been working with a particular department at one of our esteemed local institutions of higher learning to provide local housing and real estate information to candidates when they are being recruited for employment. Providing this service allows me the pleasure of introducing people from all over the world to my community for the first time.

One of the key things I do with them during their initial visit is take them on a one hour orientation tour of the city and neighbourhoods they are likely to live in if they are hired. During their tour I will show them actual neighbourhoods and key points of interest, highlight available housing styles, discuss market trends and prices. answer questions about local real estate, our community and whatever else I can.
This service is now available to anyone who requests it!

Book your Waterloo Real Estate Tour Now!


Waterloo Region is a great place to live and I am eager to show it to you! 

Fun Facts About Waterloo Region

    Pioneer Tower - Monument to early settlers
  • The Regional Municipality of Waterloo includes the cities of Waterloo, Kitchener, Cambridge and the townships of Wellesley, Woolwich, Wilmot and North Dumfries.
  • The Regional Municipality of Waterloo was created in 1973 when the former Waterloo County was dissolved.
  • Waterloo County originally consisted of five townships: Waterloo, Wellesley, Woolwich, Wilmot and North Dumfries.
  • The former Township of Waterloo included present day Waterloo and Kitchener, as well as Preston, Hespler and Blair, which are now part of Cambridge. North Dumfries contained Galt which is also now part of Cambridge.
  • Waterloo Region was settled in 1804-1806 by German Mennonite pioneers from Pennsylvania.
  • Today old Order Mennonites can be seen driving horse and buggy’s in and around Waterloo. They look a lot like Amish, but they are not Amish (I do not know the distinction).
  • The founder of Waterloo is Abraham Erb, a German Mennonite from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
  • The founder of Kitchener was Benjamin Eby, a Mennonite pastor from Pennsylvania.
  • Absalom Shade was a carpenter, land manager and business owner who was instrumental in developing infrastructure that lead to the incorporation Galt as a village in 1850.
  • The village of Galt was named after John Galt, an early land developer in the area.
  • Waterloo is named after Waterloo, Belgium, the site of the Battle of Waterloo (1815).
  • Kitchener was called Berlin until it was renamed in 1916. The city is named after Herbert Kitchener, a British lord and Secretary of State for War during World War I. 
    Waterloo Recreation Complex
  • The present-day population of Waterloo is about 135,000. This figure includes about 25,000 temporary students living on and off campus. The population of Kitchener is 247,000 and Cambridge is 134,000. The entire Region has a population of about 534,000.
  • Waterloo, Kitchener and Cambridge together make up the 11h Largest metropolitan area in Canada and the 5th largest in Ontario.
  • The University of Waterloo was founded in 1957 and has about 30,000 students. Wilfred Laurier University was founded as Waterloo Lutheran Seminary in 1911 and has about 12,000 students.
  • Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning is a community college with five campuses in Waterloo, Kitchener and Cambridge.
  • The Region of Waterloo is served by two publicly funded school boards: The Waterloo Region District School Board and the Waterloo Catholic District School Board. Both boards offer full day programs for school-age children and youth starting with Junior and Senior Kindergarten (age 4 and 5 years) through high school grade twelve. Publicly funded transportation is available where schools are not within safe walking distance from home.
    Waterloo Region Museum
  • Waterloo is served by three nearby hospitals. The closest to Waterloo is Grand River Hospital, located in Kitchener just beyond Uptown Waterloo. Other hospitals in the Region are St. Mary’s General Hospital, also in Kitchener and Cambridge Memorial Hospital, in Cambridge.
  • Kitchener hosts the second largest Oktoberfest in the world outside of Germany. It begins the weekend prior to Canadian Thanksgiving (2nd Monday of October) and attracts more than 700,000 visitors annually. It has been running since 1969.
  • Kitchener Waterloo together are called the Twin Cities. Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge are called the Tri-Cities. Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge and Guelph is called the Golden Triangle. 
  • Waterloo’s core is called Uptown and Kitchener’s core is called Downtown.
  • Weber Street is pronounced wee-ber not web-ber.

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