Garneau Edmonton Homes For Sale
Once a part of the City of Strathcona, Garneau is now an Edmonton neighbourhood – one of the city’s oldest. In fact, the area’s history and historic sites are fiercely protected by its residents through the Preserve Garneau Society.
Today, Garneau typically makes most lists of the city’s “best neighborhoods” because of its ingenious mix of the old and the new, be it residential or commercial. It’s also a popular area for students, who lend a “vibrant, bohemian-type vibe” to Garneau, according to Leanne Brownoff of the Edmonton Journal.
Because of its age, Garneau is known as a “legacy neighbourhood.” Once home to a wide variety of architectural styles, the area sadly lost many of these buildings with the expansion of the University of Alberta. Many of those that remain have been restored and some have been officially designated as historical sites.
Home styles here include condominiums (both low- and high-rise), in-fill homes and homes built between 1910 and 1940. Prices run the gamut from the mid-$100,000s for a small one-bedroom condo to more than $1 million for a large, custom home with high-end finishes.
When you decide to buy a home in Garneau, rest assured that residents have paid attention to their neighbourhood’s growing pains and insist on preserving what makes Garneau unique. To that end, a group of concerned citizens have created Preserve Garneau, a non-profit society. The group’s mission is to “. . .highlight Garneau's history, preserve its buildings and streetscapes for future generations and act as a resource for anyone interested in preserving historic buildings and communities.”
Garneau is a neighbourhood packed with things to do. The very active community league holds a number of annual events and there are several parks and playgrounds within the community’s borders.
Garneau is also home to the historic Garneau Theater, the City Arts Center and the Garneau Tennis and Beach Volleyball Club. Finally, like all vibrant communities, Garneau offers the University of Alberta Farmers Market, open every Thursday from September to April.
If it’s shopping you crave and you don’t want to have to travel to participate, you’ll be glad to know that there are plenty of shopping and dining opportunities close to home. Whyte Ave. is where you should start, enjoying the many bars, restaurants and, naturally, shops. You’ll also find it easy to run your errands here, with banks, a tax preparation service and others along the strip.
Along 88 Avenue you’ll find Highlevel Diner, a local favorite, as well as Sugar Bowl (stop in for a yummy breakfast!) and several shops. More shopping deliciousness can be had along 109 Street, where you’ll also find an artisanal sandwich shop (Farrow’s), a tapas eatery and more.
The University of Alberta Law Center, Stollery Children’s Hospital, University of Alberta Hospital and the Walter C MacKenzie Health Sciences Center lie on Garneau’s western border.
Garneau is located on the LRT line so getting around and beyond the community is a breeze.
The youngest of Garneau’s residents who attend public school do so at Garneau School, a K through grade 6 elementary school located in the neighbourhood. Students’ families actively participate in the school, helping with many of the events regularly scheduled, such as the Harvest Ball-O-Fun, pancake breakfasts, Terry Fox Run and more.
Homes for sale in Garneau
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