Downtown Edmonton & Ice District Real Estate

ICE District urbanity

About Downtown Edmonton

Imagine landing property on New York’s Upper East Side before it blossomed into what it is today: a playground for New York’s titans of business, entertainment and culture. Well, Edmonton’s ICE District is poised to become just that, thanks to a perfect storm of locational advantage, downtown rejuvenation, and upscale opportunities in the J.W. Marriott skyscraper, Stantec Tower, Edmonton Tower and ICE District Tower B – with even more to come.

Excitement in the area is also elevating interest in surrounding communities, where the city’s award-winning restaurants, first-class entertainment and walkability have long been a draw for those who prize urban sophistication. With Rogers Place at your doorstep and the downtown skyline at your balcony, there’s no better place to stake your claim to vibrant city living.

Downtown Edmonton Condos & Lofts for Sale

At the heart of downtown Edmonton is the new ICE District, which spans 101 to 104 Street, and 103 to 106 Avenue. It’s bound on the west by the trendy Warehouse District, on the east by the Civic Precinct, on the north by McCauley, and the south by the Financial District – each area teeming with possibilities.
Although downtown construction remains somewhat heavy, keep in mind it’s a gateway to better transit, restaurants, businesses and urban greenspace. Downtown currently boasts 15,000 people and is expected to reach 18,000 by 2021 – a population that ensures the lights don’t go out when office hours end.

The coveted area is virtually all vertical, with luxury and high-end condos that include Ultima, The Legends Private Residences, and SKY Residences, the latter of which features four outdoor patios, including one with hot tubs and barbecues exclusive to residents. Prices range from $120,000 to upward of $1.5 million, with the average listing hovering just north of $400,000. The neighbourhood is ideal for professionals, singles, empty-nesters and couples who prize sweeping vistas, a rich social scene, and a stillness you can only find 66 stories into the air.

Downtown Edmonton Lifestyle

No other area in the city offers residents the positional advantage of downtown Edmonton. With its unparalleled walkability and access to the best retail stores, it’s no wonder Ferragamo shoes are the neighbourhood’s preferred mode of transportation. In fact, the only reason to breach downtown boundaries is to remind yourself just how good you have it.

First and foremost, we must talk about the after-work scene. Living downtown – particularly in the ICE District – puts you just steps away from Rogers Place, the home of the Edmonton Oilers and a new community arena – not to mention nearly every major concert in the city. But because of the way newer condos are built, you’ll never lose a night’s sleep over noise.

Within reach is the Grand Villa Casino, with 11,600 square-metres of gambling possibilities; the Winspear Centre, home to Edmonton’s Symphony Orchestra; and more nightlife than you can shake a martini glass at. Culture-lovers will also relish the easy access to such landmarks as the new Stanley Milner Library; the Art Gallery of Alberta; the Citadel Theatre; the Neon Sign Museum; and the new Royal Alberta Museum.

Then, of course, there’s the insane food scene, which no other neighbourhood can touch in terms of accolades and buzz. Downtown Edmonton is home to award-winning Corso 32, Hardware Grill, Uccellino and Bundok, not to mention local haunts like Woodwork, Rostizado, Bistro Praha, XO Bistro + Bar, and The Wine Room. And don’t even get me started on the swishy patio scene, the crown jewel of which is the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald. Add that to the ICE District’s planned dining halls, sports bars, cocktail lounges and grocery store, and your days of relying on Skip the Dishes will be but a greasy memory.

Other downtown draws include the 104th Street Market, Churchill Square, Alex Decoteau Park (which includes an off-leash area for dogs), the famed Hotel MacDonald, the River Valley Funicular, Ford Hall Winter Garden, ICE District’s 4,600-square-foot public plaza, and downtown campuses for MacEwan University, Norquest College, and Enterprise Square (University of Alberta extension).

Looking for a real estate agent to help you buy or sell a condo in downtown Edmonton? Text me at 780-416-0070 to make your move a reality.

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