Ancaster vs Dundas: The Ultimate Showdown for Your Next Hamilton Home

Matthew Kelly | eXp Realty 
March 11, 2023

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Welcome, Future Hamiltonians!

Hey there, savvy homebuyers and Hamilton aficionados! If you’re here, you’re likely pondering the age-old question: Ancaster or Dundas? Both are stellar choices, but each has its own unique vibe.

So, let’s get down to brass tacks and help you make that all-important decision. We’ll cover everything from real estate trends to local amenities. And hey, don’t forget to grab your
FREE Hamilton Home Buyers Starter Kit—it’s the ultimate guide to making your move a breeze!

The Tale of Two Towns


Ah, Ancaster—the epitome of upscale living! Perched atop the Niagara Escarpment, this area is a haven for those who love nature and luxury combined.

Ancaster Unveiled

  • Downtown Ancaster: Think charming older homes from the ’40s and ’50s, complete with sprawling lawns and custom builds that are the talk of the town.
  • Suburban Sprawl: Venture a bit further, and you’ll find modern neighborhoods with townhomes and a consistent architectural style.


Welcome to Dundas, a cozy, historic town that’s all about community and charm.

Dundas Decoded

  • Heart of Dundas: Picture red brick homes from the roaring ’20s, right next to a bustling main street.
  • Outskirts: Here, you’ll find a mix of neighborhoods built from the ’80s to the early 2000s, each with its own unique flair.

The Real Estate Rundown: What's Your Budget? 💰

The Big Picture

  • Ancaster generally comes with a 22% higher price tag compared to Dundas. But hey, location, location, location!

Category Breakdown

  • Condos: Both offer limited options, but they’re neck-and-neck in terms of pricing.
  • Townhomes: Ancaster takes the cake here, being about 16% pricier.
  • Detached Homes: Ancaster leads by 19%, thanks to its larger, newer builds.

Price Range Snapshot

  • Ancaster: Most options here are above the $1 million mark, but there are still options in the $800K to $1 million range.
  • Dundas: More affordable options compared to Ancaster are available here, especially if you’re willing to compromise on size.

Getting Around: Walk, Drive, or Ride? 🚗🚶‍♀️


  • Ancaster: Score of 62 (You might need those walking shoes!)
  • Dundas: Score of 83 (You can practically waltz to the local café!)

Public Transit

  • Ancaster: Score of 67 
  • Dundas: Score of 68 


  • Ancaster: Score of 67 (Great for leisurely rides.)
  • Dundas: Score of 68 (Almost a tie, but Dundas edges out slightly.)

The School Scoop: A+ or B-? 🎒

  • Ancaster: 11 schools, average rating of 7.4
  • Dundas: 5 schools, average rating of 6.92

Both towns offer above-average educational options, making them great for families.

Your Outdoor Oasis: Parks and Recreation 🌳


  • Tiffany Falls: Perfect for nature lovers and Instagrammers alike.
  • Robert E Wade Park: The go-to spot for soccer and sports enthusiasts.


  • Spencers Gorge: Home to the famous Webster and Tew’s Falls.
  • Dundas Driving Circle: A year-round hub for outdoor activities, from splash pads to ice skating.

Retail Therapy: Shop 'Til You Drop 🛍️

  • Ancaster: Large shopping centers at both ends of town.
  • Dundas: Smaller plazas with a variety of boutique stores.

So, are you team Ancaster or team Dundas? Either way, you’re in for a treat because both towns offer something special. And if you’re serious about making the move, don’t forget to download your FREE Hamilton Home Buyers Starter Kit. It’s packed with tips, checklists, and local insights to make your transition smooth as butter.



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✅ Complete Moving Checklist


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✅ What & Where the Top Schools Are
✅ Cost of Living in Hamilton
✅  Learn About Top 10 Parks in Hamilton
✅  & More About the Surrounding Cities 

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