Located close to the city center, this charming area offer a mix of historic Hamilton homes, tree-lined streets, and a strong sense of community. Enjoy the convenience of being within walking distance to shops, cafes, and parks, as well as easy access to major amenities and transportation routes. With a range of housing options, including stunning heritage homes, modern condos, and townhouses, Durand is perfect for those seeking a vibrant urban lifestyle with strong walkability.
This historic Hamilton area is bordered by Queen Street South to the east, James Street South to the west, Main Street to the north and the escarpment to the south.
The architecture. If you love old homes, you’ll love this area. Historic Hamilton homes line the streets, mostly in Victorian and Edwardian styles.
As with any downtown area, you may experience some petty crime. Because of its proximity to downtown, the area can be a target for car and garage break-ins, and bike theft.
It’s a mature area with lots of greenery. Located close to bike and hiking trails, there are lots of options for outdoor enthusiasts and exercise.
Like any area along the bottom of the Niagara Escarpment in Hamilton, basements can be damp or have water issues.
The area is close enough to downtown to walk there, but far enough away that it’s quiet.
Some streets on the bus route can be noisy.
It’s safe and family friendly. Here you’ll find professionals, families and older residents.
The big trees, while beautiful, can sometimes be a liability when wind storms happen. Regular tree maintenance is recommended.
It’s close to the hospital, and a short walk to Locke Street restaurants, shops and cafes.
As with most downtown urban areas, some homes don’t have driveways so street parking can be a hassle sometimes.
The majority of homes in this neighbourhood are well-built, beautiful detached century homes.
The area also includes some condominium apartments ranging from recently built to older properties
The area is known for its beautiful and well-preserved heritage homes. You’ll find stunning Victorian and Edwardian-style houses with distinctive architectural details, grand facades and charming porches. The historic Hamilton homes in this area are full of character and charm.
You’ll find a selection of townhouses and row houses in Durand. Some of these properties have undergone updates, while others are well-suited to those interested in renovation projects. These homes provide a more affordable alternative to large, detached houses, and many of them boast the charming Victorian architectural style that adds to their appeal.
Durand offers a variety of condominium buildings. These can range from mid-rise to high-rise structures, providing residents with a range of options. Condos offer a convenient lifestyle, often including amenities such as fitness centers, communal spaces, and underground parking. They are popular among professionals and those looking for a more maintenance-free lifestyle.
Durand offers some excellent schooling choices.
Central Elementary School is a public school spanning grades JK-8.
It’s located at 75 Hunter Street West, within Durand’s boundaries, not far from the Hamilton GO Station.
Westdale Secondary School is a public high school, also offering French Immersion.
Located at 700 Main Street West, in the Westdale neighbourhood, it’s about a 5-8 minute drive from Durand/Kirkendall and 10-15 minutes by public transit.
St Joseph Catholic Elementary School includes grades JK through 8.
It’s conveniently located at 270 Locke Street in Kirkendall.
The school is located at 200 Whitney Avenue, in the Ainslie Wood neighbourhood.
It’s approximately 10-15 minutes by car and 30-40 minutes on public transit from the Durand/Kirkendall area.
Earl Kitchener Elementary School includes grades K-8.
It’s located in the North Kirkendall area, at 300 Dundurn Street South.
The Durand neighborhood is perfect for individuals who seek a vibrant urban lifestyle and the convenience of having everything within walking distance.
The vibrant Locke Street retail area is a bid draw for the Durand area. Easily walkable, here you’ll find excellent restaurants, pubs, cafes and bakeries, beautiful local shops, hair salons and beauty services.
Durand Coffee is a favourite of locals. They serve high quality coffee and snacks, have a relaxed vibe and it’s a great place to meet up.
Chedoke Golf Club offers two 18 hole courses. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon, surrounded by the beauty of the Niagara Escarpment parkland.
Dundurn Stairs lead up the mountain and connect with The Bruce Trail. 326 steps makes for a solid fitness opportunity, and it’s also a popular spot for nature and bird enthusiasts.
This local market offers a delightful array of fresh produce, artisanal goods, and unique finds. Stroll through the aisles filled with colorful fruits and vegetables, sample local cheeses and baked goods, and discover a variety of specialty products. With its friendly vendors and lively atmosphere, Durand Market is the perfect place to support local businesses, savor the flavors of the region, and immerse yourself in the community spirit. Runs June through October.