Balwin is an established neighbourhood located in Northeast Edmonton’s greater Londonderry district. Formerly a part of the original Village of North Edmonton, Balwin’s roots date back to the late 1800s when the area was known as “Packingtown.” Balwin is home to commercial and school facilities, ample park space, and a broad selection of affordable home styles.
Bounded by both Fort Road and Yellowhead Trail, residents of this easily accessible neighbourhood also enjoy having convenient access to Downtown Edmonton (situated less than 15 minutes drive to the south) as well as countless North Edmonton amenities.
Did you know? In the early 20th century, the community was known as “Packingtown” due to a meatpacking plant established along Fort Road. Meatpacking was a major industrial employer in the area until the 1980s.
Real Estate and Homes For Sale in Balwin
Four-bedroom, two-bathroom single-family homes account for most real estate opportunities in Balwin, with prices starting in the high 200s. Affordable post-war bungalows are typical to the community, many of which come accompanied by ultra-large lots, double detached garages and recent upgrades (new countertops and flooring, energy-efficient appliances and systems and more). Separate rental income suites can also be found in many homes throughout the area, making Balwin an attractive option for Edmonton real estate investors.
Low-rise apartment-style condos account for an additional 25% of residences in Balwin. With average two-bedroom, one-bathroom unit prices starting as low as $70,000, the community holds appeal for first-time buyers searching for an affordable home in a great location.
Finally, a small number of attached and semi-detached townhomes and duplexes can also be found throughout Balwin, particularly in the neighbourhood’s west end.
Average Listing Price in Balwin: $296,000
Did you know? Balwin takes its name from two of the area’s earliest landowners: Frank Ball (Bal) and Luke Winterburn (Win).
Accessible Northeast Amenities
Several commercial amenities, including restaurants, a pharmacy, medical clinic and banking institutions, can be found throughout Balwin, with further shops and services available along 82nd Street, 66th Street and Fort Road. In addition, major shopping destinations such as Londonderry Mall, Northgate Centre, North Town Centre and Clareview Town Centre (Costco, Walmart, Superstore, etc.) can all be reached within 10 minutes’ drive or less.
Other nearby amenities include:
- Century Casino and Hotel Edmonton
- Kingsway Mall
- Manning Town Centre – Cineplex, Lowe’s, Canadian Tire, etc.
- Northeast Community Health Centre
- Royal Alexandra Hospital
- Skyview/ North City/ Palisades Shopping Centres (numerous big-box retailers, restaurants, shops and services)
- And more!
Did you know? Less than 5-minutes north of Balwin, Londonderry Mall features over 150 shops and services spread over 700,000 square feet of premium retail space.
Parks and Recreation
Besides several pocket parks, playgrounds and open green spaces, Balwin houses an active community league featuring a hockey rink, tennis courts, sports field and a wide range of family-oriented events throughout the year (dance and sports programs, casino nights, local festivals, community days and more). The community also sits within proximity to several popular leisure centres such as:
- Clareview Community Recreation Centre
- Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre
- Eastglen Leisure Centre
- Grand Trunk Fitness and Leisure Centre
- Londonderry Fitness and Leisure Centre
- O’Leary Fitness and Leisure Centre
Other recreational amenities near Balwin include:
- Borden Park
- Clarke Stadium / Joe Clarke Athletic Grounds
- Commonwealth Stadium
- Dawson Park
- Edmonton EXPO Centre
- Hermitage Park
- Highlands Golf Course
- Kinnaird Park / Rat Creek
- Riverside Golf Course
- Rundle Park Golf Course
- And more
Did you know? Packingtown’s original hotel, the Transit Hotel, was constructed in 1908 to serve travellers coming to and from northeast Edmonton. Situated directly across from the Balwin, the building has become a historic north Edmonton landmark, recently reimagined as a restaurant.
An excellent place for growing families, Balwin features three local schools, including a public elementary and a public junior high, as well as a Catholic elementary/junior high split school. Additional educational opportunities are easily accessible within the surrounding communities (many within walking distance) and cover everything from further non-secular options and immersion programs to daycares and senior high schools.
Designated Public Schools:
- Princeton School (Designated Grade K-6 School)
- Balwin School (Designated Grade 7-9 School)
- M.E. Lazerte School (Designated Grade 10-12 School)
Designated Catholic Schools:
- St. Vladimir School (Designated Grade K-6 School)
- St. Cecilia School (Designated Grade 7-9 School)
- Archbishop O’Leary School (Designated Grade 10-12 School)
Did you know? With NAIT campus only 10 minutes away to the community’s immediate southwest, Balwin is a prime choice among post-secondary students and faculty members.
Commuting From Northeast Edmonton
Balwin is defined by 82nd Street to the west, 132nd Ave to the north, 66th Street to the east and 127th Ave to the south. Nearby Yellowhead Trail provides residents with streamlined access to the east Anthony Henday, Highway 16 and Sherwood Park, while adjoining Fort Road (Wayne Gretzky Drive) allows for a convenient commute to north and south Edmonton. The downtown core can also be reached in less than 15-minutes via 82nd Street and nearby 97th Street.
Situated within walking distance of the Belvedere LRT Station (Capital Line), Balwin also boasts a relatively good transit score. Numerous bus stops define the area, with several routes providing direct access to city centre.
Did you know? Edmonton’s Capital LRT line expansion will see a 4.5 km southwards track extension from Century Park to Ellerslie Road. As a result, Balwin residents will soon have access to every corner of the city via light rail transit.
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