Columbia Forest

Columbia Forest

Nestled on Waterloo’s west end is the newly developed neighbourhood of Columbia Forest. This community is located in the highly sought after Laurel Creek area. Immerse yourself in the forest without being removed from all the action Waterloo has to offer.

On Waterloo’s west side is Columbia Forest, a community of pretty homes with friendly neighbours. Most of the homes in Columbia Forest were constructed relatively recently and feature all the new-home amenities that people want in Waterloo housing.

Sir John A. MacDonald Secondary School is in Columbia Forest. A few Columbia Forest students are bussed to Edna Staebler Public School in Clair Hills which offers an option for French immersion.

Catholic students are bussed to St. Nicholas Catholic School, until they reach high school, where they’ll be bussed to Resurrection Catholic Secondary School.

Location

Columbia Forest is located on the northwest end of Waterloo; the community is situated within a vast pine forest, allowing residents to enjoy the surrounding green space. Living in Columbia Forest doesn’t mean you’re alone in the woods though, the neighbourhood is just a short drive from major shopping centres like Costco Waterloo.

Amenities

Shopping & Entertainment

Columbia Forest may be tucked away, but it’s by no means out of the way! At the south end of the neighbourhood, you will be able to find the newly constructed Costco Waterloo location. Here residents will find anything their household needs from food to light fixtures; Costco is your one-stop-shop. 

If you’re not a fan of buying in bulk, or just not interested, just a short drive away is the Rummelhardt Plaza, here you’ll find organic health food store Goodness Me. Do you have an itch for home projects? Well, Mark’s Work Wearhouse and Canadian Tire can assist you. You’ll be able to find what you’re looking for, and not have to venture far. 

Dutchie’s Fresh Market is also located in the adjacent Rummelhardt Plaza. Support your local farmers and get some of the best deals on fresh produce in town! 

Take a short trip east down Columbia Street until you hit Fischer-Hallman Road, and you’ll be at Columbia Plaza. Here you can find Sobeys Columbia location.

On the northeast side of the neighbourhood at Laurelwood Drive and Erbsville Road is Laurelwood Commons, a collection of shops that are just a stone’s throw away. Here you can find Food Basics Laurelwood, Shopper Drug Mart and a Dollarama. 

Columbia Forest residents don’t have to worry about having to find something to do in their free time, if you follow Erbsville Road, down Ira Needles, you’ll find The Boardwalk Waterloo. You will find an assortment of shops, including Marshalls, Moore’s and Carter’s & Oshkosh Boutique. 

If you’re more in the mood to take in a movie, then you’re in luck; Landmark Cinemas at the boardwalk has ten screens, an arcade and a wide variety of choices for in theatre snacks! 

Restaurants & Food Services 

When you live in Columbia Woods, you have all sorts of restaurants to try within minutes of your front door—looking to try a twist on a family favourite? Panago Pizza, located at Erb St W. and Ira Needles offers delicious pizza with a twist, their butter chicken and coconut curry fusion pizzas are a great way to try pizza in a new way. 

If you’re looking to set the mood for a night out with friends then head over to Symposium Cafe & Lounge. Enjoy delicious comfort food, a wide selection of local IPAs and a fully stocked bar, living in the suburbs doesn’t mean you can’t have a decent night out on the town! 

Do you have a craving for some delicious South-east Asian cuisine? Then Red Ginger Modern Thai + Viet Cuisine is right for you; Offering a wide assortment of traditional Thai and Vietnamese noodles, soup and curry dishes, Red Ginger is perfect for those looking to spice things up.

HealthCare & Lifestyle

Living in Columbia Woods doesn’t mean you have to rough it; treat yourself to Jolanta’s European Spa, which offers skin care, spa services and rejuvenation services. Why stop at great skin? Renew yourself head to toe with Lotus Nails And Skin Spa and Mosa Beauty Salon, both within a 5-minute drive from anywhere in Columbia Woods. 

Schooling / Child Care

Elementary students living in Columbia Woods can attend Vista Hills Public School located on the south end of Abraham Erb Public School on the north end. For those wishing to join a catholic school, St. Nicholas Catholic School offers grades PK-8. 

One of the best parts about living in Columbia Woods is having Sir John A Mcdonald right in the neighbourhood, making it easier for secondary students to get to and from classes. Students wishing to pursue a Catholic education can attend Resurrection Catholic Secondary School. 

Transit

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Columbia Forest is tucked away on the northern side of Waterloo, but thanks to the GRT system, residents aren’t isolated by any means. Within the neighbourhood bus route, 31 gives residents a direct line to the Conestoga Mall Transit Terminal that connects with many other buses and the Light Rail Transit System. To travel to Waterloo’s Boardwalk, route 13 loops through the northern end and Laurelwood or catches either the 202 or the 29 that goes along Erbsville Road. 

Route 31 Columbia

Route 13 Laurelwood

202 iXpress University

Route 29 Keats-University

Parks

The highlight of living in Columbia Woods is how much green space there is to explore, the surrounding forest has been preserved, and trails have been added for residents to venture safely. On the northern end of the neighbourhood are smaller wetlands as well; if you’re an animal lover or just looking to get closer to nature Columbia Woods is perfect for you. 

Black Cherry Park is located in the centre of Columbia Woods on Black Cherry Street, the park has playground equipment and is one of the entrance points to the GeoTime Trail. 

St. Moritz Park on the south end of the community has a beautiful view of the sprawling countryside adjacent to Columbia Woods. This park has two tennis courts, a soccer field, playground equipment and is the southern entrance to the GeoTime Trail. 

The GeoTime Trail winds through the Winterburg Forest north, through Forested Hills up until Monastery Creek, the trail has portions dedicated for bikes and off Terran hiking.

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$189,900
134 SCOTT Street, waterloo, Ontario

134 Scott Street

Waterloo, Ontario

Affordable living in the land lease community of Martin Grove Village. This Bungalow home features 3 bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, a spacious eat in Kitchen/Dinette and Living Room. Relax on the rear deck. Easy access to the Highway and minutes from Shopping, St. Jacobs and the St. Jacobs Market District (Farmer’s Market). Land Lease Fees are $685/month, Estimated Property Taxes are $38.55/month, Water is billed quarterly. A fantastic opportunity for home ownership for a handy person or contractor, needs TLC. Schedule your visit today. (id:30922)

3 Bedroom 1 Bathroom 1027

Royal LePage Wolle Realty

For sale Open House
$799,900
210 BRISTOL Street, waterloo, Ontario

210 Bristol Street

Waterloo, Ontario

Prime Uptown Waterloo/Breihtaupt Park location! Charming 3 bedroom brick bungalow with oversized detached garage on large private lot! Bright open concept main floor living space with combined living/dining and kitchen! Center island with breakfast bar, wine fridge, stainless steel appliances and range hood, hardwood flooring, sliders to deck and patio area, great for bbq and entertaining! 2 spacious, sun filled bedrooms and a 4 piece bath are also on the main floor. Basement features additional bedroom, separate entrance and huge rec room! Great curb appeal, tons of parking on beautiful Pavestone driveway and covered front porch with composite decking. Don't miss the chance to live in this amazing community in close proximity to shopping, public transit, parks, located on a quiet tree lined street. (id:30922)

3 Bedroom 1 Bathroom 895

Peak Realty Ltd.

For sale Open House
$599,900
209 ALLEN Street E, waterloo, Ontario

209 Allen Street E

Waterloo, Ontario

Attention first time buyers, investors/handy persons and retirees. Don't miss out on this 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom all brick bungalow in Waterloo!! This home features a detached double car garage/workshop and a large deck measuring 18.5' x 15.0' overlooking a deep rear lot!. The living room has crown molding, with hardwood under the carpet and new carpet in the basement. The 2 car garage is a great size 23.5' x 20' with wiring for welding. This home is located in a highly desirable area of Waterloo, known for its proximity to uptown Waterloo and downtown Kitchener as well as all amenities such as shopping, supermarkets, and schools. Additionally, the home is situated in close proximity to a comprehensive networkof trails, which offer residents easy access to the city's many parks and greenspaces. These trails not only provide opportunities for outdoor recreation, but also serves as an efficient means of transportation, connecting residents to various parts of the Waterloo and Kitchener!. All of these features make this home an ideal location for anyone looking for quality life in a great neighbourhood!! (id:30922)

3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 970.2900

RE/MAX Solid Gold Realty (Ii) Ltd.

For sale
$739,000
54 BLUE SPRINGS Drive Unit# 42, waterloo, Ontario

54 Blue Springs Drive Unit# 42

Waterloo, Ontario

Located in one of Waterloo's most desirable buildings. This executive condo offers the best of everything, spacious 1765 sq ft with 2 bedrooms and two baths. Large entry foyer, roomy open concept living and dining room areas. An abundance of space to accommodate, all your dining room furniture adjacent to the living room with cozy wood burning fireplace. Built in beverage station. Sliding glass doors to the absolutely private balcony with modern glass railing and the most amazing views. Large kitchen with centre island, mall of pantry, an abundance of counter and cupboard space. Sunny dinette surrounded by windows, the perfect place for morning coffee. The master bedroom can easily accommodate a king sized bed plus all of your furnishings, built in desk or vanity, handsome custom built in cabinet, walk in closet and ensuite bath with walk in shower. Roomy second bedroom or den. Second 4 piece bath with tub. Insuite laundry, separate storage room with water softener. Numerous updates include flooring, entire unit painted, window coverings, plumbing, electrical and much more. No need to give up nature here, water views from every window along with mature trees give you the feeling of resort living. All the greenspace you want without any of the maintenance, perennial gardens, groomed walking trails and boardwalk. Covered parking, carwash bay, separate storage locker, controlled entry. Newer windows and doors. Exceptional location, walk to groceries, restaurants. (id:30922)

2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 1765

RE/MAX Twin City Realty Inc.

For sale
$2,895,000
5 KRAFTWOOD Place, waterloo, Ontario

5 Kraftwood Place

Waterloo, Ontario

CUSTOM BUNGALOW NESTLED ON A SECLUDED ONE-ACRE LOT WITH OVER 5,000 SQUARE FEET OF LIVING SPACE! Welcome to 5 Kraftwood Place, a stone home inspired by the unique style of old Quebec, located in Waterloo's most prestigious neighborhood. This exclusive court off of Kraft Drive has only four executive homes and backs onto conservation. The elegant stone exterior features low-maintenance landscaping and stone terracing. Every detail was attended to when building this home, including ICF insulation with 14 thick walls and thermal mass resulting in no drafts. Enjoy an oversized three-car garage with an additional workshop area and separate access to the lower level of the home. The modern foyer features 10-foot ceilings with heavy crown moldings and maple floors. All hardwood floors throughout the home, as well as a coffered maple ceiling and a cherry barrel ceiling, are milled from trees off the property! The kitchen features custom cabinetry, Cambria countertops, and high-end appliances. You can look forward to entertaining in the hearth room, complete with large windows overlooking the yard and one of three gas fireplaces. The 4 season Muskoka room has three large sliding doors leading out to the deck. There is a formal dining room with a cherry wood barrel ceiling, as well as a large living room, pantry, mudroom, and a powder room. The main level master features a 7-piece ensuite as well as a large walk-in closet with built-in organization and a laundry shoot. Next to the master, there is an office or nursery. The above ground walk-out lower level features a bright family room with large patio doors opening to the picturesque backyard. This level also features a master bedroom with a 3-piece ensuite and two additional bedrooms, as well as a 3-piece bathroom. The backyard of this home is a nature-lovers dream with mature trees and breathtaking views. Don't miss out on your opportunity to live in this distinguished area close to the Grand River and the tri-cities! (id:30922)

5 Bedroom 4 Bathroom 5256

Rego Realty Inc.

For sale
$749,000
52 BLUE SPRINGS Drive Unit# 64, waterloo, Ontario

52 Blue Springs Drive Unit# 64

Waterloo, Ontario

Fabulous 2 balcony penthouse suite facing views of Four Wells Lake. This 2 bedroom, 2 full bathroom, carpet-free renovated condo at Willowells is enveloped with natural light. The large living area features hardwood flooring, sliding door with access to balcony, and woodburning fireplace. Well appointed kitchen with island mount range hood, stainless steel appliances, quartz counters, pot lights, and white cabinetry will redefine your cooking. Breakfast area is surrounded by windows and allows access to the balcony with wonderful views of the spring fed pond. The primary features ensuite and not only one closet but a walk-in closet as well. Additional good-sized second bedroom features 3 piece ensuite and spacious walk-in closet. Maintenance-free condo living at 52 Blue Springs Drive means you have more time to enjoy doing the things you love, without sacrificing the amenities you may be accustomed to when owning a detached home. This unit also features a premium exclusive use parking space steps away from the garage access entry as well as 2 storage lockers, one located in the parking garage and the second located off the balcony. The exterior of this property is surrounded by nature with quick and easy access to the Grand River Trail System to keep you active in the outdoors. The dock next to the large pond has comfortable chairs, tables for your refreshing drinks, a gas BBQ and plenty of space to entertain your family and friends. Ownership at the Willowells affords you access to and use of a workshop equipped with tools, a car wash station, 2 common patios and a boardwalk surrounding the spring fed pond, not to mention the community of residents making it more than just a home. It's a lifestyle. Close proximity to many amenities including, groceries, banking, many restaurants, public transit, 2-3 min access to Expressway, 10 minute walk to Conestoga Mall and the LRT (id:30922)

2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 1685

RE/MAX Twin City Realty Inc.

For sale
$624,900
162 WEBER Street N Unit# B, waterloo, Ontario

162 Weber Street N Unit# B

Waterloo, Ontario

Attention Parents, Investors or Buyers Looking to get in the market! This turnkey property is in the perfect location for someone attending University of Waterloo, Wilfred Laurier or Connestoga College! As a parent wouldn't it be great knowing that potentially your child's housing cost is being carried by tenants. Maybe your an investor and you know, location alone, means regularly capitalizing on top rents! Lastly, maybe your looking for your first home and you need to get in at a price point that is reasonable. Whatever your need this property will work for you. It has been well taken care of and is ready for the next owner. The main floor is a nice, open combination kitchen, dinning and living area. Upstairs, there are three decent size bedrooms and 4 pc bath. Downstairs has a fourth bedroom with egress window. Completing the basement is another 3 pc bath and laundry. This property also has a separate side entrance off the driveway and an additional walk up from the basement to the back yard. This property has been great for the current owners but it is time to move on! Sounds like someone's next opportunity! Book a showing today! (id:30922)

4 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 1020

Coldwell Banker Neumann Real Estate Brokerage

For sale
$869,900
739 ERBSVILLE Road, waterloo, Ontario

739 Erbsville Road

Waterloo, Ontario

Almost Half Acre Property in Desirable Waterloo Backing onto Greenspace! Own a piece of history with this property, which has been in the family for many decades! The original front of the home, which is separated from the main living in the back, was built in 1860. The main house was rebuilt in 2002 with lots of windows for sunlight, 3 bedrooms, master bedroom ensuite, open concept living room and kitchen, huge unfinished basement with lots of windows and beautiful back deck overlooking stunning natural area. The front home is currently being occupied by a family friend, which has separate kitchen, living room, and 2 spacious bedrooms upstairs. Some other updates include Roof (2021) and Furnace (2021). The property also has a large shed to the left with upstairs storage. This home is a one of a kind unique property that does not come up often! Book your showings today! (id:30922)

5 Bedroom 3 Bathroom 2352.8800

Mcintyre Real Estate Services Inc.

For sale
$849,900
175 BRISTOL Street, waterloo, Ontario

175 Bristol Street

Waterloo, Ontario

Magnificent single-detached bungalow home. Great location in a quiet neighborhood close to universities, shopping centers, schools, public transportation, and other amenities. Just minutes from the expressway. This home is fully renovated top to bottom, with new floors, windows, kitchens, bathrooms (2022) as well as the kitchen appliances. Desirable layout, total of 5 bedrooms, 3+2!!! The finished basement w/separate entrance that has 2 bedrooms, living room, dining area and kitchenette offers idea potential for in-law set up or mortgage helper. Whether you are a first-time home buyer, a retiree, or just looking for a bungalow, this home is a house you will want to view. The perfect place to raise kids, or to enjoy your golden years in this quiet beautiful community. Call today to book an appointment for a private showing, you don’t want to miss this opportunity. It really is amazing!! (id:30922)

5 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 1099

RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc.

For sale
$429,900
375 KING Street N Unit# 1501, waterloo, Ontario

375 King Street N Unit# 1501

Waterloo, Ontario

Better than new! 1,175 square foot deluxe corner unit condominium. Originally a 3 bedroom unit converted to 2 bedrooms. Professionally renovated to create open concept kitchen, dining and living rooms. Kitchen features stainless steel appliances, black granite countertops and gleaming white cabinets. Private balcony with panoramic cityscape views. Newer flooring throughout. In-suite laundry, underground parking! All inclusive condominium fee includes heat, central air, hydro, water, amenities, parking, storage locker and maintenance. On site facilities include: indoor pool, sauna, games room, library, full woodworking shop, hobby room, exercise room with equipment and running track, billiards/party room and car wash! Excellent location close to universities and convenient to Conestoga Mall and expressway. (id:30922)

2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 1175

RE/MAX Solid Gold Realty (Ii) Ltd.

For sale
$1,099,900
613 BENNINGER Drive, kitchener, Ontario

613 Benninger Drive

Kitchener, Ontario

Brand New ACTIVA built home now ready for immediate occupancy! This Net Zero Ready home is located in the New Trussler West community just minutes from Hwy 7/8, nature walks, shopping, schools, transit and more! This modern open concept home features 10ft ceilings, 12 x 24 porcelain tile & light oak hardwood flooring, large welcoming foyer, 2 piece powder room and a designer kitchen featuring extended upper cabinetry, gorgeous quartz countertops, floating shelves and an oversized island with quartz waterfall countertop all open to the bright great room, making this a great place for entertaining and family get togethers. The custom oak staircase with white risers and black iron pickets lead to the 2nd floor featuring 3 great sized bedrooms, a 2nd floor bonus room which could be used as an additional 4th bedroom, office or lounge, 9ft ceiling height, 2nd floor laundry. You will love the large primary bedroom including an upgraded Ensuite with walk-in tile shower, glass enclosure, his and hers double sinks and a walk-in closet. Unspoiled basement features high ceilings, egress windows, rough in for future 3-piece bath PLUS a dual fuel Net Zero Ready heating and cooling system. Don't miss this rare opportunity to live in Kitchener's new and upcoming community! (id:30922)

3 Bedroom 3 Bathroom 2066

Peak Realty Ltd.
RE/MAX Twin City Realty Inc.

For sale
$429,000
30 BLUE SPRINGS Drive Unit# 511, waterloo, Ontario

30 Blue Springs Drive Unit# 511

Waterloo, Ontario

Welcome to the Waterford! Enjoy maintenance-free living in this fantastic two-bedroom condo apartment. With lake views from every window, this unit features a spacious galley kitchen and bright breakfast area, a large open living/dining room, two full bathrooms, in-suite laundry and a private balcony that overlooks Four Wells Lake. This unit comes with a storage locker and one underground parking space. Building amenities include; secure entry, a library, two party rooms, a guest suite (available for rent), a rooftop patio, a picnic area w/ BBQ, and beautifully landscaped grounds. Close to trails, shopping, transportation and more! (id:30922)

2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 1076

Keller Williams Innovation Realty

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