Magnificant grand old homes with tree lined streets
Don’t let the name fool you! Young singles and families have flocked to Belleville’s highly desirable ‘Old’ East Hill in recent years.
The neighbourhood’s beautiful and historic housing stock, many amenities, and its close proximity to the city’s rejuvenated downtown and waterfront are a part of what makes it one of our favourite neighbourhoods – not to mention the one some of our team call home!
And, who wouldn’t like to call this place home? With the popular annual event Porchfest bringing neighbours and visitors onto the streets as they listen to a wide variety of musical performers taking up residence on the Old East Hill’s front porches and decks, it’s easy to see why this highly walkable neighbourhood is one of the most vibrant in the city.
With boundaries extending from Church Street to Macdonald Avenue and from Dundas Street East to Pine Street, when it comes to the Old East Hill, Queen Street is king! This quiet central artery is lined with some of the area’s most impressive and coveted homes. When properties on and around Queen Street come onto the market you often have to move fast and be prepared for some competition from other buyers.
Luckily, the street is only one of this neighbourhood’s gems, and other pockets have become increasingly desirable. Long-time residents looking to downsize for retirement have been pleasantly surprised to see their homes snapped up by a resurgence in affluent buyers, including transplants from Ontario’s larger cities drawn in by its relative affordability.
The crown jewel of the Old East Hill is undisputedly Glanmore National Historic Site. Built by banker John Philpot Curran Phillips in 1883, this second empire mansion stayed in the family for three generations before being donated to the city and turned into a museum. Lovingly restored and re-opened in 2012, fans of the look and feel of period pieces such as PBS’ Downton Abbey will love the history and décor, while amateur ghost hunters will delight in some of the spooky stories of the storied building.
If ghost stories give you heart palpitations, fear not! Belleville’s General Hospital is the Old East Hill’s next-door neighbour. Residents can also enjoy some rest and relaxation in the nearby Corby Rose Garden, or some more spirited activity in one of the Old East Hill’s many parks, splash pads, or tennis court (with clay surface).
With it’s mix of owners and renters, this well-established and friendly neighbourhood is definitely one of the best Belleville has to offer. Whether you’re looking to buy, sell or rent, we’d be glad to help you be a part of the trend to make everything ‘old’ ‘new’ again in the Old East Hill.