KITCHENER, ON - A small city in Southern Ontario, Kitchener was called Berlin up until 1916. Often teamed with its sister city Waterloo, it has rich cultural history and a high standard of living. Its German roots find expression in the annual Oktoberfest beer festival it shares with Waterloo in October; it's the largest such celebration of Bavarian culture outside of Germany. The city’s unique heritage and cultural flare have attracted renters from across Canada and around the world making apartments for rent in Kitchener, at times, difficult to find.
With about 100,000 residents, Waterloo has become a hub for the tech sector (largely due to local institutions such as the University of Waterloo, Laurier University and the Perimeter Institute. A new light rapid transit (LRT) line is currently under construction; once complete, public transportation in Waterloo will be one of best systems in the country.
This downtown neighborhood has great historic roots, gracious homes and a mix of low rise apartments for rent. It is urban and quiet, but on the funky, bohemian side of things. Those of you seeking a home with character are well-advised to search in this area.
The older neighborhood of Westmount preserves its turn of the century vibe with low rise buildings, mature trees and picturesque street lamps. Within Westmount, the distinct areas of Belmont Village and Uptown Waterloo are closer to downtown. Uptown has seen intense condo development in recent years (many of them warehouse and factory restorations) so, there are plenty of unique rental options in the region - many of them flush with swimming pools, fitness centers, and other modern features and amenities you would expect from newer properties.
Away from downtown and closer to the Laurel Creek Conservation Area, the neighborhood of Laurelwood has a nice mix of single family homes, condos and apartments for rent. A favorite among outdoor enthusiasts, the nature loving and active sort will enjoy the convenient access to so many open green spaces. With good access to all sorts of amenities, this area is smart bet for newcomers seeking affordable homes.
Waterloo is surrounded by historical and interesting attractions that make for wonderful day trips. Most notably, the community of St. Jacobs is famous for its farmers' market and, along with the towns of Elmira and Heidelberg, preservation of Pennsylvania-Dutch and Mennonite culture. It is also worth noting that Niagara Falls is a mere hour and a half's drive as is the city of Toronto.
Wherever life takes you, enjoy the journey and look forward to each new adventure. From all of us at ApartmentLove.com, best of luck with your apartment search.