Living in Uptown Core
Uptown Core is located in the middle of Oakville at the intersection of Dundas Street and Trafalgar Road. This neighbourhood embraces many new urbanism principles in its design and functionality as place to live, work and play. Uptown Core will appeal to those who enjoy city life but on a smaller scale. Garages in this neighbourhood are situated at the rear of the houses while sidewalks are in front of the houses making for a pedestrian friendly community where you can go out for a walk and meet your neighbour. Uptown Core community hubs include Memorial Park and the Oak Park shopping centre. This neighbourhood is an excellent choice for young professionals, couples and families looking for a starter home.
History of Uptown Core
Upper Core was originally part of Trafalgar Township which amalgamated with the Village of Oakville and Bronte Village in 1962, forming a new municipality called the Town of Oakville. Prior to amalgamation Trafalgar Township was an agricultural community. The farming families that settled in what is now Uptown Core are commemorated in the form a heritage memorial interpretive plaque in Memorial Park the focal point of the Uptown Core neighbourhood. These first settlers included the Jones, Munn, Hays, Sullivan and Fleming Frams which occupied Concession1, lots 13,14 and 15 in Trafalgar Township.
The Trafalgar Memorial, located at the east end of Memorial Park, at the corner of Oak Park Blvd and Central Park Drive, recognizes Trafalgar Township veterans who served during World War I, World War II, and the Korean War. The memorial features the names of almost 700 men and women who served their country. The memorial includes a prominent arch feature and a low garden wall that is a replica of the original Trafalgar Memorial Hall that stood at the corner of Trafalgar and Dundas. Bricks and stones from the original hall were salvaged during demolition and reused in the construction of the memorial.
The present day Uptown Core neighbourhood was first contemplated by the Town of Oakville in their 1987 official plan. It underwent many revisions and amendments before anything was actually built in the 2000s. This neighbourhood is still being built at the time of writing this in 2018.
Homes in Uptown Core
Uptown Core is a high density neighbourhood whose main streets are defined by modern looking stacked townhomes that provide a comfortable entry point into the Oakville housing market. Most of the stacked town are 2 bedrooms. There are a cluster of low-rise and mid-rise condominium buildings around Trafalgar Memorial Park and along the main arterial roadway entry points into the neighbourhood. Most of the condo units are 1 and 2 bedroom and affordable. The interior streets are lined with Victorian and Tudor style inspired attached townhomes on urban size lots. Most of these homes are 3 bedroom and feature an inviting front porch or second storey balcony that overlook the street. In a nod to new Urbanism, garages are kept out of site at the rear of these homes making for a more pedestrian friendly neighbourhood.
Lifestyle in Uptown Core
Uptown Core is brimming with shopping plazas and a Power Centre anchored by Wal-Mart. There is no shortage of shopping and restaurant options here. There is alot of hustle and bustle in Uptown Core that make it feel more like a big city neighbourhood than a suburb. A nearby shopping destination is the Oakville Shopping Centre situated at the corner of Upper Middle Road and Eighth Line. This shopping centre includes over 50 shops, restaurants and professional services.
Recreation in Uptown Core
Uptown Core was planned with pedestrians and bicycles in mind. So no need to take the car everywhere you can just step outside your front door and get some exercise walking to neighbourhood shops and restaurants and fitness clubs. There are many outstanding hiking trails within beautiful conservation areas located nearby. Greenspaces within the neighbourhood are interconnected by pathways and include: Memorial Park, the Town Centre Square, two park ponds connected by a steel bridge and the Windfeld Parkette.
Arts in Uptown Core
Sheridan College’s Trafalgar campus is known for it’s liberal, creative, and artistic campus which offers programs in animation, arts and design, advanced film and television, music theatre, business, community studies, liberal arts, applied science, technology, and more.
Transportation in Uptown Core
Uptown Core Transit Terminal located at Taunton Road and Oak Walk Drive just south of Dundas Street at Trafalgar Road., is a connection point for the five bus routes, 19, 20, 29, 30 and 200, that currently serve the Uptown Core. These bus routes provide connection to the GO Transit station, Sheridan College, the Hospital and 407 GO Carpool. Uptown Core is dotted with bus stops throughout the neighbourhood making public transit within walking distance of every home.