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 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.