Neighbourhood Guide for Moving to Bronte Oakville

By: Ken Wedlake

Neighbourhood Guide for Moving to Bronte Oakville

Tags: real estate, guide, Oakville, moving

Bronte is a scenic lake front neighbourhood located in the southwest corner of Oakville. The quaint waterfront community has one of the best harbours on Lake Ontario with several picturesque parks located along the water. In recent years, Bronte has become an exceedingly popular neighbourhood for people looking for a more relaxed area outside of the bustling urban centre in Downtown Toronto. The neighbourhood is especially popular with young families due to its beautiful house, safe tight-knit community feel, and great school system. 

Where is Bronte?
Bronte sits between Burloak Drive and Third Line with Rebecca Street as the northern boundary of the neighbourhood and Lake Ontario as the southern border. As the name suggests, the neighbourhood is bisected by the Bronte Creek. 

A brief history of Bronte 
Bronte Village was originally settled by United Empire Loyalist who were granted parcels of land by the British Crown to build homesteads and a community. These first settlers immediately built saw and grist mills along Bronte Creek, which became the first industry in the area. By the 1850s, the Bronte harbour was dredged and made suitable as a port. This coincided with the emergence of shipbuilding and  commercial fishing, which would become the lifeblood of this community for many years. The Sovereign House located at 7 West River Street was constructed in 1846 and is on of the oldest buildings in Oakville. The building is now a historical site and museum detailing the lives of Bronte’s earliest settlers. Bronte Village would become part of Oakville Township in 1962, however; it retains its unique character as a peaceful waterfront community. 

The types of homes in Bronte 
Bronte Village has a nice mix of older homes as well as new home subdivisions and condominium buildings. Many residences enjoy beautiful waterfront vistas. The generous size lots in Bronte with their big backyards are perfect for families. The Lakeshore Woods subdivision and surrounding new condominiums will appeal to buyers who prefer newer homes. There are also a large number of entry level townhomes, rental apartment buildings and seniors residences in Bronte Village making for a very diverse housing mix.
 
Making the move to Bronte 
Bronte is one of the most in-demand neighbourhoods in Oakville. The area has a wonderful variety of housing options and amenities that make it a popular destination for homeowners and renters alike. Moving into a new home can be challenging, especially when you are moving out of a large city like Toronto. Self-storage can be an extremely helpful tool to alleviate some pressure on move-in day and beyond. Many people hold on to their self-storage even after they move to help with general home decluttering and organization. 
Right now, Storwell Self Storage is providing my clients with an exclusive offer of 4 weeks of free self-self storage at any of their facilities. Storwell has locations in Scarborough, Etobicoke, and one in Mississauga near Winston Churchill Boulevard and the QEW, which is just a short drive east of Bronte. If you need self storage to help with your next move, call a Storwell representative or visit a facility in person to demo a unit. 
 
Storwell Self Storage 
2525 Royal Windsor Dr, Mississauga, ON L5J 1K9
Phone: 905-823-5555
 
Parks and recreation in Bronte
Bronte is a perfect neighbourhood for nature lovers, not only for the proximity to the waterfront but also because of all the wonderful parks in the area. The main point of recreation in Bronte is obviously the waterfront. Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park is large park right along the water that has a children’s playground, several walking paths, and a performing arts centre for outdoor performances. Bronte Beach Park, Burlington Park, and Bronte Bluffs Park are all located on the peninsula to the west of Bronte Harbour at the mouth of the Bronte Creek. The Bronte Harbour Yacht Club is also located near the mouth of Bronte Creek, the club is committed to promoting the sport, recreation, and enjoyment of water activities on Lake Ontario including sailing, power boating and all forms of paddling.
 
Bronte also has several great parks that are located inland. Queen Elizabeth Park is in the centre on Bronte on Yolanda Drive. The park has two full-sized soccer fields, eight tennis courts that belong to the Bronte Tennis Club, and a large playground. This is also the home of the Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre, which has a fitness centre, an indoor pool, a recording studio, and hosts several art and culture exhibits. Shell Park is located on the westside of Bronte on Great Lakes Boulevard and has four soccer fields, three tennis courts, a dog park, and a skate park with a variety of obstacles for skaters of all skill levels. 
 
The best schools in Bronte 
One of the main reasons why Bronte has become such a popular neighbourhood for young families is because of the excellent schools in the area. The Halton District School Board and the Halton Catholic District School Board both operate several schools in the area. The main secondary school in the area is located on the eastern side of Bronte on Rebecca Street. 
 
Bronte also has a strong selection of elementary and middle schools, some of the highest rated elementary schools in the neighbourhood include:
St. Dominic Catholic Elementary School 
Eastview Public School 
Gladys Speers Public School 
Oakville Christian School 
 
The best restaurants in Bronte 
Bronte has a series of wonderful restaurants primarily located near the Bronte Harbour along Lakeshore Road West. The Bronte Boathouse is a long-standing staple of the neighbourhood located right on the Bronte Marina. The Boathouse is a causal dinning establishment with breathtaking views of the waterfront. Right next to The Bronte Boathouse is Duckies Dairy Bar, a colourful ice cream shop that serves delicious ice cream, sweet treats, and cold drinks in the summer months. 
 
Along Lakeshore Road West you will find an eclectic mix of different cuisines and wide variety of dining options. El Spero is an Informal restaurant with a patio offering all day breakfast all day, burgers, and steaks. Located on Nelson Street, Por Vida is an authentic Mexican restaurant that serves tacos, ceviche, mezcal, and aguas. Cuba's Restaurant is a warm, inviting, and energetic eatery with a vibrant colour scheme serving classic Cuban plates plus weekend dancing. On the west side of Bronte, you will find a hidden gem called Nonna’s Oven serving up wholesome Italian recipes in a family style setting. For dessert you can head over to La Parisienne Crêperie where a husband-and-wife team are presenting an array of sweet and savoury French-style crêpes in a cozy setting.