Lying to the west of central Oakville is the lovely neighbourhood of Bronte Village. The village has its own charm and appeal, serving as a self-contained neighbourhood with its own shops, restaurants, and services, and there’s a good reason for this. You see, Bronte actually started out as a village, hence the name now, and was amalgamated into the town of Oakville in 1962. Today this means residents of Bronte Village get to enjoy the small town feel of this desirable neighbourhood, with all the benefits of the larger town nearby.
Where is Bronte Village?
The village itself is at the heart of this Oakville neighbourhood that stretches from Third Line in the east, to Burloak Drive in the west, and from the shores of Lake Ontario up to Rebecca Street. The more established parts of the village are being redeveloped with modern condos and town homes that are appealing to a wide variety of buyers, especially seniors. In the Ennisclere condominiums, for example, there are wonderful lake views and the condos are located within easy walking distance to shops and village amenities.
This isn’t the only new condo development in Bronte Village though. Several have been under construction over the past couple of years including The Shores – a 10-storey condominium that was designed to resemble a huge ocean liner with its sweeping curves. Of course, being right on Bronte Harbour this design fits right in!
There’s an even higher rise condo than this if you’re fond of breathtaking views across the lake and over your neighbours, and this is the 36-storey Backstage on the Esplanade. All these condos in the village may be popular with seniors but these modern, luxurious new-builds are also going to appeal hugely to young professionals and executives too who want to enjoy the village way of life.
Living in Bronte
So what is the village way of life? Well Bronte started out as a sleepy fishing village and years ago it was mainly covered with farmland. As the area around the village began to develop it became quite the desirable hotspot and lakeshore lots were swept up and built on. Today those exclusive lakeshore homes fetch the highest price tags, though if you’re looking for a large home on Lake Ontario these don’t get listed very often and you’ll need well in excess of $1 million to even think about buying one.
Today it’s Bronte Harbour Village that holds the appeal for residents and tourists from around the world. Bronte is a popular tourist destination because of its charming character, range of independent stores and restaurants, and a selection of historical attractions too. In the summer the patios are filled as tables and chairs spill out onto the streets, and it’s a great place for sitting and watching the world go by.
Living in Bronte you also get to enjoy the neighbourhood’s parks and open spaces – there’s Bronte Heritage Park and the harbour, Bronte Beach Park, and to the north of the village the larger Bronte Creek Provincial Park.
Bronte Village is also a special place to raise a family and yes, there are more single family homes here than just those on the lakeshore! On the western edge of the Oakville boundary is one of the newer divisions called Lakeshore Woods and you’ll find detached homes and town homes in this trendy new neighbourhood.
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