Bound on all sides by other parts of the city and fully built out, Brantford’s Henderson Survey is the epitome of quiet, established neighbourhoods.
Eighty per cent of the 1,900 homes in the neighbourhood consist of single-detached houses on generously sized lots, many of them a part of the neighbourhoods establishment throughout the 1940s.
Henderson Survey, named after Justice William T. Henderson, who owned land in the area when it was developed, is bordered by Highway 403 on the north, King George Road on the east, St. Paul Avenue on the south and the CN Rail line/Paris Road on the west.
You can easily picture evening strolls along streets with mature boulevard trees, with traffic kept to a minimum due to all of the major thoroughfares being located on the neighbourhood’s periphery.
Yet for all its quiet, Henderson Survey is in the thick of the action in Brantford. Just a moment’s drive from the commercial stretch along King George Road and instantly accessible to two Highway 403 interchanges, the neighbourhood is a strategic jumping point to anywhere in Brantford.
Henderson is a comfortable mix of young families and retirees, with the fifth highest median age for a neighbourhood in Brantford and only 30 per cent of all households comprised of couples with children.
Despite its smaller size, Henderson Survey is home to two public schools and two secondary schools.
Ecole Confederation is a newly refurbished campus on Ewing Drive that is one of the city’s two French immersion public schools. James Hillier Public School is nestled in the middle of the neighbourhood on Queensway Drive.
St. John’s College is a Catholic high school on Paris Road, while Tollgate Technological Skills Centre is a high school with a focus on trades along Tollgate Road.
PARKS AND RECREATION
With lots of houses on and old-growth trees, the Henderson Survey still manages to pack in a few parks.
Spring Gardens Park and Devon Down Park are the largest in the neighbourhood, with Regent Park and Seneca Park supplementing. James Hillier Public School, Devon Down Park and Seneca Park all play host to outdoor rinks through most winters.
Spring Gardens Park underwent playground renovations in 2017, with the addition of brand new equipment and play areas.
While not boasting any trail connections through the neighbourhood, Henderson Survey is only a short walk from the trail entrance on Hardy Road.
Henderson Survey is strategically located moments from Highway 403 interchanges on both the east and west side. Commuters can be out of their driveway and onto the highway in either direction in less than five minutes.
With its instant access to Highway 403, Henderson Survey boasts the unique quality of being no more than 15 minutes away from any location in Brantford.
The No. 8 Mayfair bus route sweeps through Henderson Survey hourly, while both versions of the No. 4 Mall Link bus pass along St. Paul Avenue and King George Road at regular intervals.