The Northwest Edmonton community of Griesbach holds a truly unique history in that it was first developed as a Canadian Forces Base (CFB Griesbach) in the early 1950s. The area remained home to military personal and their families until the early 2000s, when the army base was relocated north of the city to Sturgeon County.
Despite its established status, boasting mature trees and plenty of “old neighbourhood” charm, residential development didn’t begin in this Castle Downs community until the early 1990s – when the former military land was transferred to the Canada Lands Company. As such, Griesbach remains one of Edmonton’s “oldest new communities,” which continues to see new homes cropping up within its boundaries today.
Griesbach Home Styles
As we mentioned above, residential development in Griesbach did not begin until the 1990s/early 2000s. As such, real estate opportunities consist of newer homes of all styles and price points, offering many of the features and finishes modern Edmonton home buyers have come to expect from a developing community.
Single-family homes account for nearly half of all home styles in this flourishing neighbourhood and consist of roomy front-attached models, laned homes and large luxury properties. As a means of preserving Griesbach’s mature charm and historical status, many new homes in the neighbourhood are modelled after classic Tudor, Victorian and Colonial designs.
Average Griesbach Home Listing Price: $440,000
Did you know? The Village at Griesbach represents one of the neighbourhood’s newest developments. This award-winning new community within a community features a variety of eye-catching new home models carefully constructed by some of Edmonton’s most reputable home builders.
Fantastic Local Amenities
Griesbach Village, a small commercial centre featuring several restaurants, cafes, daycare, and various services, can be found in the community’s far southeast corner. As development continues, a mixed-used business campus is also planned towards the southwest.
Griesbach sits within walking or short driving distance to numerous Castle Downs/Northwest Edmonton amenities, including grocers, shopping hubs, medical and family services, countless restaurants, entertainment venues and more:
- Kingsway Mall – 200+ stores and services, including several big-box retailers and restaurants.
- Londonderry Mall – 150 + stores and services including Hudson’s Bay, Winners and an Edmonton Public Library.
- Namao Town Centre – (Save-On-Foods, Canadian Tire, Sobeys, Lowe’s, etc.
- Northgate Mall (Marshalls, Walmart, Safeway, etc.)
- North Town Centre – Medical centres and health services, T & T Supermarket, Indigo Books, etc.
- Royal Alexandra Hospital
- Skyview/North City/Palisades Shopping Centres – The Home Depot, Superstore and numerous big-box retailers
Did you know? Some of Griesbach’s semi-attached and detached homes were constructed using reclaimed materials from the original base, such as authentic hardwood flooring.
Families living in Griesbach enjoy having access to a public K-9 school, which can be found in the east-central portion of the neighbourhood. Other schools and educational opportunities (including further public and Catholic options) can all be found within the surrounding communities.
Designated Public Schools:
- Major-General Griesbach School (Designated Grade K-6 School)
- Major-General Griesbach School (Designated Grade 7-9 School)
- Queen Elizabeth School (Designated Grade 10-12 School)
Designated Catholic Schools:
- St. Timothy (Designated Grade Pre-K-6 School)
- Katherine Therrien (Designated Grade K-6 School)
- St. Edmund (Designated Grade K-6 School)
- St. Edmund (Designated Grade 7-9 School)
- Archbishop O’Leary (Designated Grade 10-12 School)
Did you know? Griesbach school was first constructed in 1955 to accommodate the children of military families living on the Griesbach base. The school has since been retrofitted with new upgrades and amenities.
Ample Parks, Open Green Space and Recreation Facilities
In addition to affordable homes of all price points and styles as well as proximity to top-rated amenities, Griesbach is also noted for its numerous parks, preserved open green spaces, tree-lined paths and peaceful stormwater lakes. The area is also home to a community garden, rock park, toboggan hill and historic Patricia Park.
Residents in the community are also served by the Griesbach Community League, which offers numerous sports programs and family-friendly events throughout the year.
Other nearby parks and recreational venues include:
- Beaumaris Lake / Park
- Caernarvon Off-Leash Park
- Lauderdale Off-Leash Park
- Castle Downs Park and Spray Park
- Castle Downs YMCA
- Grand Trunk Fitness and Leisure Centre
- Londonderry Fitness and Leisure Centre
- Twin Willows Golf Club (15-minutes west)
Did you know? Princess Patricia Park and Monument was built to commemorate 100 years of the Princess Patricia’s Light Infantry. The monument contains several memorials and commemorative plaques, as well as a time capsule containing numerous regimental artifacts and articles related the regiment’s history.
Getting Where You Need to Go
Griesbach is bounded by Castle Downs Road to the west, 153rd Ave to the north, Canadian Forces Trail/ Highway 28/97th Street to the east and 137th Ave to the south. Thanks to the community’s convenient location, Griesbach residents enjoy a streamlined commute to both Edmonton’s downtown core (15-minutes via 97th Street) as well as the greater City of Edmonton via the Yellowhead Highway.
Adjoining 137th also delivers quick access to several other major thoroughfares in the area, including St. Albert Trail (Highway 2) and Wayne Gretzky Drive via Manning Drive and Fort Road.
Transit opportunities in and around Griesbach are also easily accessible, with both the Northgate Transit Centre and the Castle Downs Transit Centre less than 5-minutes (drive) away. The City of Edmonton’s future LRT expansion plans (Metro Line) will also include two stops along the community’s west end.
For more information on the many Edmonton homes for sale and/or other real estate opportunities in Griesbach, Castle Downs or greater Northwest Edmonton, we invite you to get in touch with us. And, don’t forget to take advantage of any one (or all) of the Terry Paranych Real Estate Group free buyer’s resources:
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