If you’re a charter member of the city’s so-called creative class, chances are good that one day you’ll ask yourself this: Do I keep doing what I love, and rent for the rest of my life, or do I—gasp!—move to Hamilton? Inside the cultural migration down the QEW.
The bitter truth
Comparing the list prices of similar homes in Steeltown and Hogtown
Semi-detached, three-bedroom, two-bathroom, two-storey home.
Features: Two parking spaces, front porch, crown moulding throughout, completely updated interiors, brand new furnace/AC unit, two skylights, finished basement with laundry/rec room. Minutes away from Greenwood Park and TTC.
Semi-detached, three-bedroom, one-bathroom, one-and-a-half storey home.
Features: Exterior wood finish, open-concept layout with loft bedroom, vaulted ceilings, back garden, patio, hardwood floors, fireplace, baseboard heaters, unfinished partial basement storage room. Within walking distance of Victoria Park and Locke Street.
Detached, three-bedroom, two-bathroom, two-storey home.
Features: Parking space, central air conditioning, aluminum siding, backyard, front garden. Close to TTC, No Frills, and High Park.
Detached, three-bedroom, two-bathroom, two-and-a-half storey home.
Features: Brick finish, central air conditioning, exposed brick interiors, bay windows, crown moulding, backyard, patio, gas barbecue. Short walk to James Street North district and Farmers’ Market. Close to buses, GO Station, and Highway 403.
Detached, three-bedroom, four-bathroom, two-storey home.
Features: Hardwood floors, oak staircases, finished basement with laundry and rec room, brick and stucco finish, two parking spaces, 10-foot ceilings, open-concept layout, Italian quartz countertops in kitchen, central air conditioning.
Detached, three-bedroom, one-bathroom, two-and-a-half storey home.
Features: Front porch, back deck, completely redone floors in kitchen and bathroom, open-concept kitchen with granite countertops, nine-foot ceilings, hardwood floors, central air conditioning, brick exterior finish, full basement.
Hamilton: Where the cool kids hang