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Discover the Charm and History of Edmonton’s Parkdale Neighbourhood

Parkdale is a central Edmonton neighbourhood with deep roots in the city’s history. Located just minutes north of downtown, Parkdale was developed in the early 1900s alongside the construction of a local streetcar line, providing direct access to shops and services along 118th Avenue. Today, Parkdale remains an ideal location for those seeking an ultra-affordable home in a historic community.

Did you know that Edmonton gained city status in 1904 with a population of just over 8,000 people? Only a year later, Edmonton became the capital city of Alberta when the province was formed on September 1, 1905. The community of Parkdale was established soon after, with 40% of residences built before World War II and another 30% before 1960. These historic properties offer a glimpse into Edmonton’s architectural past, with many heritage homes restored to include modern amenities.

In addition to its historic homes, Parkdale offers a mix of housing options at affordable price points. Detached infill homes and half-duplexes are ideal for first-time buyers, while low and high-rise apartments start at just $65,000 for a one-bedroom unit.

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With downtown Edmonton only minutes away, Parkdale residents can enjoy amenities like the shops and eateries of Jasper Avenue, Rogers Place, the Edmonton City Centre mall, and the Downtown Business District. Bordering 118th Ave also provides amenities within walking distance, including grocers, medical services, and banking.

Other nearby attractions include the Royal Alberta Museum, Art Gallery of Alberta, Citadel Theatre, and Edmonton Convention Centre. The community is also home to many parks, including the large Giovanni Caboto Park.

The Parkdale Community League was established in 1922 to promote community engagement and “sane and true” patriotism through social and recreational events. The league originally organized activities like tennis matches, dances, variety shows, and hockey games. Though the league declined during World War II, it was re-established in 1956 to fundraise for a new rink complex. A community centre was built in 1981 through an $830,000 community services grant, offering space for community events and programming.

In 1986, Parkdale amalgamated with the neighbouring Cromdale community. Together, Parkdale-Cromdale Community League represents the interests of both communities and provides resources for residents.

Welcome to Parkdale, an Edmonton community with deep historical roots and a variety of amenities for residents. Explore the neighbourhood to discover its historic homes, green spaces, recreational facilities, schools, and local businesses. Parkdale's friendly and welcoming atmosphere, affordability, and proximity to downtown make it an ideal place to call home.

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Alberta Avenue: A Vibrant Blend of History, Community, and Culture

Nestled just north of downtown Edmonton, Alberta Avenue is a bustling community full of character and cultural diversity. Home to more than 200 businesses and services, this vibrant neighbourhood is a welcoming haven for residents and visitors alike.

Shop, Dine, and Play on Alberta Avenue

Alberta Avenue is a shopper's paradise. Whether you're looking for a beach read from the Wee Book Inn, international ingredients from Paraiso Tropical Latin Market, or current and retro games from NexWave Video Games, you’ll find it all here.

Hungry? Enjoy a culinary world tour without leaving the neighbourhood. From mouth-watering barbecue to exciting Cuban cuisine, Alberta Avenue offers food lovers a smorgasbord of delectable options.

When it's time to have fun, Alberta Avenue delivers. From the 5-pin bowling and craft beers at Plaza Bowl to the dance classes at Bedouin Beats, there's always something to do. Don't forget to drop by the volunteer-run Carrot Community Arts Coffee House for some fantastic local music and art.

Alberta Avenue: A Glimpse into its History and Development

Established during the First World War, Alberta Avenue is one of Edmonton’s oldest communities. Its boundaries form a rectangle, with 111 Avenue and 97 Street serving as the southern and western borders, 122 Avenue as the northern border, and 89 Street as the eastern border.

In 2015, community newsletter Rat Creek Press ranked Alberta Avenue as the second-best area in Edmonton for property investment. The community continues to thrive, with the Alberta Avenue Community League and Arts on the Ave hosting year-round events and festivals.

The Community Vibes and Neighbours

Known for its concentration on the arts, Alberta Avenue is fast becoming one of Edmonton's cultural hotspots. The artistic community is thriving, thanks to major contributors like Theatre Prospero, Nina Haggerty Centre, and The Studio.

According to Edmonton's 2012 municipal census, over half of the 6,000 residents in Alberta Avenue are under 60 years old. The neighbourhood boasts a mix of families, singles, couples, and seniors, with an average household income of $60,000. The strong Asian community alongside the Anglo-Canadians adds to the area's cultural diversity.

Local Amenities and Accessibility

Alberta Avenue is conveniently located near educational institutions like NAIT and CLI College, as well as the Royal Alexandra Hospital. The community also offers a beautiful walking trail in Alberta Avenue Park, with the community centre at the south end of the park.

Getting around is easy, thanks to the Kingsway transit centre and the NAIT LRT line. For private flights, the municipal airport is just a few blocks away.

The Revitalisation of Alberta Avenue

Despite past challenges, Alberta Avenue is experiencing a resurgence, with crime rates on the decline and local news coverage spotlighting the successful revitalization of the area. The tree-lined streets and suburban areas provide a peaceful respite, contributing to the improved quality of life in the neighbourhood.

Affordable Living in Alberta Avenue

Alberta Avenue is a cost-effective place to live, offering a mix of rental and for-sale homes. The Carrot Community Arts Coffeehouse sets a high standard for affordable and delicious fare, and as revitalization continues, it’s expected that prices for amenities and entertainment will rise gradually.

Education in Alberta Avenue

Education is a key focus in Alberta Avenue. The neighbourhood is home to Delton Elementary School, Norwood School, and One World One Centre, offering a wide range of programs to meet students' needs and interests.

Alberta Avenue is a mature neighbourhood marked by a rich history, diverse culture, and a vibrant community spirit. Whether you're a resident or a visitor, there's always something to explore and enjoy in Alberta Avenue.

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