The community of Laurier Heights can be found in west-central Edmonton, tucked into a bend of the North Saskatchewan River Valley. The River Valley circles Laurier Heights from the northern edge to where Whitemud Drive crosses the river. 149 Street and the Whitemud border Laurier Heights on the west side, and it’s north border is 87 Avenue. Nearby communities surrounding Laurier Heights include Parkview, Jasper Park, Lynnwood, and Quesnell Heights on the other side of the Whitemud.
This is a wonderful, mature neighbourhood on the cusp of Edmonton’s central inner-city. Residents enjoy tree-lined streets, ample playground and park space, and many nearby commercial areas and services.
At Home in the River Valley
Many homes in Laurier Heights have beautiful, scenic views of the River Valley, including Buena Vista Park, Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park, and the Edmonton Valley Zoo, which is just southeast of the community boundary in the valley.
Its immediate access to the River Valley is ideal for families and couples with active, outdoorsy lifestyles: Laurier Heights is a great starting point for any river valley adventure, and there are trails and pathways that will take your throughout Edmonton’s Ribbon of Green. Fort Edmonton Park is nearby, and across the river you can access Whitemud Park, Whitemud Creek Ravine, and the University of Alberta Farms area. Skiers and snowboarding families will love how close they are to Ski Valley, just a few minutes drive away on the Whitemud.
Living, Playing, & Working in Laurier Heights
It’s easy to get in and out of Laurier Heights, whether you’re commuting to work or just heading out for a day of errands. 149 Street connects with Whitemud Drive, while driving north for a few minutes gives residents access to the Stony Plain Road/102 Avenue corridor that leads quickly into downtown. And Whitemud Drive makes it easy to access everything south of the river, including the University of Alberta, Southgate Centre, and Old Strathcona.
At the heart of Laurier Heights is Laurier Heights Park, a large park space with tennis courts, soccer fields, a baseball pitch, an ice rink, playgrounds, and a spray park. You’ll also find the Laurier Heights Community League here, as well as Laurier Heights school, which welcomes children from kindergarden to grade nine.
At the corner of 149 Street and 87 Avenue is a commercial shopping area, including restaurants, cafes, and professional services. Just a short drive away along 87 Avenue is Meadowlark Shopping Centre, where you can find many more stores, services, groceries, more restaurants, and an Edmonton public library branch.
Laurier Heights Real Estate
Looking at the 2014 census data for Laurier Heights, what is most immediately striking is how long people tend to stay put in Laurier Heights. Over 60% of residents say they’ve been living in their home for 5 years or more, which is a great indication that a community has strong roots, a solid foundation, and is excellently served by local amenities.
You’ll primarily find single-family detached homes in Laurier Heights, but there are a few apartments and apartment-style condo low-rises around. The age demographic in Laurier Heights trends a little older, with many residents over 40, so you can bet this is a generally quiet community where you won’t have a lot of rambunctious midnight parties disturbing your shut-eye. There’s also a couple of senior citizens homes in the area, which shifts the demographics upwards.
But don’t be deceived by it’s older demographic appearance: There’s a lot here for families to love. What kid wouldn’t want to live within walking distance of the zoo?
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