Old Westmount, just west of uptown Waterloo features beautiful older homes, gas lamp street lights, mature landscaping and adjoins the exclusive Westmount golf course. Old Westmount is within minutes from the quaint Belmont Village stores offering shoppers a variety of unique shops. Maple Hills and Westvale, are west of Westmount and the golf course, is a popular subdivision with average-priced pre-owned homes as well as newly built homes. Beechwood, west of U of Waterloo is an established neighborhood popular for its lovely home amongst forested parks, walking trails and community pools. West of Beechwood and west of Fischer-Hellman Rd N are the newer communities of Beechwood West, Upper Beechwood and Buckingham Estates which feature parks meandering through the community. To the north is Laurel wood which adjoins the Laurel Creek Conservation Area and Reservoir.
The community is served by 7 elementary schools, a high school, and a public library. Post-secondary education is available at the adjacent University of Waterloo, Wilfred Laurier University, and nearby University of Guelph, and Conestoga College, which has a Kitchener and a Waterloo campus.
This part of Waterloo is well served by 3 significant shopping malls and plazas, and has a number of vibrant retail areas including Uptown Waterloo.
For athletes, there are several arenas, pools, the facilities at Centennial Park and a private golf course. Laurel Creek Conservation Area and Reservoir to the north and adjacent Centennial/Waterloo Park is the city's recreational and festival centre, with an arena, pool, small zoo, stadium, and bandshell. There is the Chicopee Ski Hill nearby on the city's SE corner
Waterloo is mature and has a range of homes, both new & resale. Prices for Single family detached run $270,000 (2006 prices), Semi-detached residential $165,000, Townhouses/Row houses $185,000, and Condominium Units are averaging $150,000.