Columbia real estate guide & listings for sale
The character of Columbia is exemplified by its relaxed atmosphere. Although the neighbourhood does not contain any parks, green spaces are well-distributed in nearby neighbourhoods, making it easy to access them from most locations in the neighbourhood. This part of Waterloo is also reasonably quiet, as there tend to be low levels of noise from traffic - however some areas can be quite noisy, especially close to the railway line.
Cars are an excellent medium of transportation in this part of the city. Nearby highways are easy to reach from any location in Columbia, and it is very easy to come across a parking spot. However, the public transit system in this part of Waterloo is not especially convenient. Nevertheless, there are about 10 bus lines traversing the neighbourhood, and bus stops are not very far from most houses. There aren't many pedestrians out on the streets of Columbia, despite the fact that meeting daily needs is convenient on foot. It is also occasionally difficult to travel by bike in Columbia since the cycling infrastructure is not especially extensive, and there are a fair number of hills.
Large apartment buildings are the main housing type, representing about 40% of dwellings in Columbia, while small apartment buildings, single detached homes, and townhouses are also present in the housing stock. This part of the city has a good variety of unit sizes, ranging from lofts to four or more bedrooms. Around 85% of the population of this neighbourhood rent their home whereas owners make up the remainder. Roughly 40% of properties in this neighbourhood were built between 1960 and 1980, while the majority of the remaining buildings were constructed in the 1980s and the 2000s.
Home buyers in Columbia will be pleased to learn that a grocery store is always only a reasonably short walk away. Moreover, there are a fair number of opportunities within walking distance for those who value restaurants and cafes. It is also a rather short walk to a decent choice of clothing stores. As far as education is concerned, in Columbia, parents and their schoolchildren will typically be able to access both primary and secondary schools on foot. On the other hand, there are only a few daycares and consequently they can be a rather long walk away.