Strathcona Real Estate

Arts hub with heritage charm

Live in Old Strathcona

For Edmonton’s creative class, there’s no trendier – or more welcoming – address than Old Strathcona. This heritage community vibrates with kinetic energy, in large part because of the many artists, performers, students, small business owners, and writers that call the area home. From its prestige views of the River Valley to the unmatched access to locally owned boutiques, restaurants, lounges and cafes, Strathcona combines curb appeal with positional advantage.

It’s no wonder this community unfailingly lands in Avenue Magazine’s annual roundup of best neighbourhoods, and even topped the list for five consecutive years. If you love great food, vibrant nightlife, and heritage charm juxtaposed with bohemian character, there’s no better place to put down roots.

Strathcona Homes & Condos for Sale

Strathcona is nestled in central Edmonton, just south of the North Saskatchewan River, and is framed by Garneau, Bonnie Doon and Queen Alexandra. With Whyte Avenue as its crown jewel, the vibrant neighbourhood has experienced impressive renewal in recent years, shedding its mega-bar past for a bougier vibe that’s attracting fresh blood to the local arts and business scenes.

Properties range from $140,000 for a walk-up condo to $2 million-plus for a jaw-dropping single-family home overlooking Saskatchewan Drive or Mill Creek Ravine. Although the community is known as a historic district (Old Strathcona was its own city until it amalgamated with Edmonton in 1912), only a small number of properties are pre-war. Most listings in this area were built after 1945, and many feature recent renovations, upgrades and additions – think open kitchens, vaulted ceilings, refinished hardwood, large bay windows, energy-efficient appliances, and legal suites.

Strathcona Lifestyle

Living in Strathcona means never being more than a short walk or bicycle ride from award-winning restaurants, theatre, market-fresh groceries, and some of the city’s best arts and entertainment venues. Make no mistake: this is Edmonton’s flagship neighbourhood for local culture, and its residents are at the helm.

For those who love the outdoors, Strathcona punches well above its weight class. In the summer, sun-soaked patios, historical walking tours, and the lively festival scene – think Fringe, Pride, and Art Walk – will make a pair of Oakleys and SPF 30 your best friends. And in the winter, you’ll love traversing the charming trestle and foot-bridges that crisscross the frozen ravine, or sipping hot cocoa with friends at Ice on Whyte.

The arts landscape in this community is like no other, with live theatre venues scattered like confetti around Whyte Avenue. The area is home to the renowned Varscona Theatre, Walterdale Playhouse, Shadow Theatre, ATB Financial Arts Barns, Grindstone Theatre, and Northern Lights Theatre, ensuring your date nights are never dull. For those who prefer film to live performance, Strathcona also has the beloved Princess Theatre, a two-screen arthouse cinema with balcony seating that evokes the golden age of entertainment.

Foodies will be dazzled by the community’s dining options, many of which consistently land on critics’ “Best of Edmonton” lists. Dorinku, the premier spot for Tokyo-style street food, will make you feel like you stepped into a Quentin Tarantino movie; Have Mercy is a masterclass in Southern-inspired cocktails, and boasts one of the largest whisky menus in town; MEAT is where people in-the-know go for Edmonton’s best smoked BBQ; the burgers at Next Act are renowned across Alberta, thanks to local favourites like the PB&J (exactly what it sounds like) and the Drama Queen (one of Edmonton’s best veggie burgers); and Pip, the new kid on the block, has won widespread kudos for its mouthwatering brunch (the avocado toast never disappoints!).

Strathcona residents enjoy easy access to downtown and the university area, as well as the city’s most unique way to travel: by trolley. During the warmer months, the High Level Bridge Streetcar takes you along the former Canadian Pacific Railway trackage, from Old Strathcona area, through the CPR Tunnel, and across the High Level Bridge – a memorable and nostalgic journey that’s not to be missed.

Finally, no discussion of Strathcona life would be complete without mentioning the shopping. From the locavore delights of the Old Strathcona Farmers Market (Gull Valley’s tomatoes will change your life) to carefully curated shops like When Pigs Fly, Junque Cellar and Artifacts Trading Company, to the upscale footwear at Fluevog and Poppy Barley, your retail game can’t help but be elevated when you live here.

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

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