In Brantford’s northwest, tucked in north of Highway 403 and west of King George Road/Highway 24, the Mayfair neighbourhood has minimal traffic through its streets lined with single-detached homes.
In fact, more than 85 per cent of the 2,100 homes in Mayfair are detached homes – the highest percentage among all Brantford neighbourhoods. That high number of homes means Mayfair has the fifth-most families in Brantford, despite ranking eighth in population.
Only the Ava Heights and Brantwood Park neighbourhoods have more couples with children.
Built in an area with easy highway access and the city’s major commercial district on its eastern border, Mayfair is an attractive neighbourhood for growing families looking to buy their next home.
The eastern border of the neighbourhood is lined with some of Brantford’s most popular eateries, including Gus and Guido’s, Sushi 8, Gametime and Angel’s Diner.
The central area of Mayfair pays tribute to Brantford’s Group of Seven connection, with a street named after native son Lawren Harris and connecting streets after his artistic counterparts.
In the northeast part of Mayfair, Summerhayes Crescent is home to one of Brantford’s most unique districts, with a fully forested subdivision hidden among the trees.
Originally registered as a subdivision in 1959, the neighbourhood grew from south to north throughout the ensuing decades and is now built out to its borders (until a 2017 boundary adjustment added lands to the north from the County of Brant into city jurisdiction).
The Mayfair neighbourhood boasts one each of public and Catholic elementary schools to serve the area, but is also just across a bridge from one of the city’s two public French immersion schools.
Russell Reid Public School on Cambridge Drive has enrolment of 323 students and is one of only three elementary schools in Canada boasting Bird Studies Canada’s migration tracking antenna for students to throw themselves into some hands on biology study.
Our Lady of Providence Elementary School on Kent Drive has 356 students serving the Catholic demographic.
Just across Ewing Drive in the Henderson Survey neighbourhood, Ecole Confederation is one of Brantford’s two French immersion public schools with a population of almost 600 students.
Public high school students in Mayfair will likely attend North Park Collegiate, while Catholic secondary students will be destined for St. John’s College.
PARKS AND RECREATION
Fore! Mayfair is the proud home of the city’s 18-hole public golf course, providing both a popular recreation destination and stunning vistas for several homes that surround it.
Northridge Municipal Golf Course has been on the receiving end of millions in capital upgrades from the city during the past several years, including a brand new driving range and irrigation system. There are more upgrades in the capital forecast, including a new clubhouse for the course in the heart of the neighbourhood.
There are several large municipal parks dotted throughout Mayfair, including Anne Good Park in the northwest area, Deer Park in the central area, Roswell Park located behind Russell Reid Public School and Mayfair Park in the southeast. Roswell Park was upgraded with brand new playground equipment in 2017.
No connected city trails run through the neighbourhood, but the Hardy Road trail entrance is only a short bike ride or 30-minute walk from the intersection of Ewing Drive and Balmoral Drive.
ARTS AND CULTURE
Myrtleville House Museum is a step back in time to the 1800s in the midst of the Mayfair neighbourhood.
The preserved Georgian-style farm house built by the Good family in 1837 hosts numerous school outings for children, as well as several community events and tours throughout the year to share insight into the past.
The farmstead housed four generations of Goods for over 140 years before the family donated the farmhouse, its contents and the three silos on site to the Heritage Canada Foundation. The interior of the home has been preserved by the Brant Historical Society to offer a glimpse into 19th-century pioneer life in Brantford.
Myrtleville also hosts the city’s largest annual Easter egg hunt for kids, with hundreds of children showing up for a mad dash around the property in a search for goodies.
In the southeast corner of the Mayfair neighbourhood, the Dunsdon Legion has branched out to be much more than a veterans’ club. The Tollgate Road venue hosts entertainment and events on a near-weekly basis.
The Mayfair neighbourhood is partially sequestered in Brantford’s northwest corner by Highway 403 and undeveloped rural lands, making it a rare destination for through traffic. In fact, Oxford Street/Balmoral Drive can be considered the neighbourhood’s only secondary thoroughfare, but even that is a bit off stretch since it’s arguably just as quick for drivers to stick to the border roads.
Powerline Road on the north and King George Road on the east are definitely heavily used by drivers, but even still, they are somewhat removed from the heart of the neighbourhood.
There is relatively quick access to Highway 403 at both the eastern and western edges of the neighbourhood. Similar to the adjacent Henderson Survey, commuters can be out of their driveway and onto the highway in either direction in less than five minutes.
The Mayfair neighbourhood is also a straight shot to Paris and Cambridge to the north, with drivers able to be in the city limits of Cambridge in 15 minutes or less.
The No. 8 Mayfair-Holmedale bus serves the neighbourhood, looping into the neighbourhood on Ewing Drive, travelling along Woodlawn Avenue, Balmoral Drive and Kent Road – with a stop at the Brantford Commons plaza. The bus is on an hourly route, but usually has two buses in service during peak times.
Some areas of the neighbourhood are also close enough to the commercial district on King George Road to be considered walkable for most day-to-day needs.