Situated less than 10-minutes from the city’s vibrant downtown core, Virginia Park remains one of Edmonton’s oldest and most celebrated communities. Nestled snuggly between beautiful Borden Park and Kinnaird Park, this quiet, family-friendly neighbourhood is characterized by tree-lined streets, affordable homes, countless amenities and breathtaking views of both Rat Creek and the North Saskatchewan River Valley.
Did you know? Though the origin of the neighbourhood’s name is not officially known, the community was once home to the Virginia Park Greenhouse, which operated within the heart of the area from 1912 to 1981. The greenhouse has since been moved to southwest Edmonton. (Source: City of Edmonton)
Virginia Park Home Styles
Although first established in the early 1900s, the majority of residential development didn’t occur until after the Second World War. Roughly 75% of the original structures in the neighbourhood were built before 1950, with infill becoming progressively popular over the years.
Virginia Park consists predominantly of post-WWII single-family homes on large lots and apartment-style condos. While many of the single-family homes available in the community are older, they come equipped with the one-of-kind character only a mature community can provide – many having been retrofitted and renovated to feature the latest upgrades. Those preferring a more contemporary property are also sure to find what they’re looking for in this eclectic neighbourhood as, due to its fantastic location, detached infill homes are in increasingly high demand.
As we mentioned above, apartment-style condos are also abundant in Virginia Park. This makes the community an ideal choice for first-time homebuyers and working professionals looking to settle near Edmonton’s city centre as well as downsizers in search of a low-maintenance, amenity-friendly lifestyle.
Average listing price: $414,000
Virginia Park is home to a countless array of convenient amenities, many of which are easily accessible on foot or within a very short driving distance. A small commercial district featuring grocers, a health centre, and various other services can be found directly west of the neighbourhood. Additional shops and services (including coffee shops, banking institutions, restaurants and more) are also easily accessible along nearby 118th Ave.
Residents also enjoy having convenient access to Kingsway Mall and Edmonton City Centre – two major independent shopping malls featuring 150+ stores and services and situated no more than a 10-minute drive away.
Other convenient amenities include:
- Capilano Mall
- Commonwealth Stadium
- Edmonton Expo Centre
- Edmonton Northlands
- Jasper Ave (numerous restaurants, services, cafes, pubs, etc.)
- Royal Alexandra Hospital
- And more
Did you know? In addition to peaceful walking paths, beautiful outdoor gardens and eye-catching public artworks, Borden Park also houses the Borden Natural Swimming Pool – the first public, man-made pool of its kind in all of Canada.
Parks and Recreational Opportunities
With nearly half the neighbourhood comprised of landscaped parks, walking trails and green space, there’s no denying Virginia Park is an outdoor lover’s delight. In addition to Borden Park (which occupies the community’s entire north end), Virginia Park is also bordered by the scenic North Saskatchewan River Valley.
Here too, Rat Creek and Kinnaird Park are also tucked away to the neighbourhood’s immediate south, providing residents ample opportunity to get outside and enjoy a morning jog, evening stroll, family picnic and much more.
Last but certainly not least, the ultra-popular Highlands Golf Club sits just a 2-minute drive away to the east in the adjoining Highlands River Valley.
Other recreational amenities:
- Bellevue Community League (serving both Virginia Park and Bellevue)
- Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre
- Eastglen Leisure Centre
- Forest Heights Park
- Joe Clarke Athletic Grounds
- Riverside Golf Course
Did you know? Edmonton’s famed River Valley Swing (considered to be one of the city’s most prized hidden gems) can be found less than a 15-minute walk directly south of Virginia Park, a short distance from Kinnaird Park and Rat Creek.
Virginia Park Schools
Families considering calling Virginia Park home will be pleased to discover the community features a local public elementary school and park site. All other educational opportunities, including junior high, senior high, and Catholic options, can be found in the surrounding neighbourhoods.
Designated Public Schools:
- Virginia Park School (Designated Grade K-6 School)
- Highlands School (Designated Grade 7-9 School)
- Eastglen School (Designated Grade 10-12 School)
Designated Catholic Schools:
- St. Alphonsus (Designated Grade K-9 School)
- St. Catherine (Designated Pre-K-9 School)
- St. Joseph (Designated Grade 10-12 School)
Did you know? Edmonton’s own Concordia University is also located in Virginia Park’s east end, tucked away along 71st Street and Ada Boulevard.
A Convenient Location
Virginia Park is bordered by 78th Street to the west, Borden Park Road to the north, 73rd Street/Wayne Gretzky Drive to the east and Ada Boulevard to the south. Residents looking for a quiet, yet accessible community will enjoy having the best of both worlds in Virginia Park. Although semi-isolated, the area remains bisected by 112th Ave, which provides convenient access to Edmonton’s downtown core.
Those requiring access to the greater City of Edmonton will also enjoy living in such close proximity to Wayne Gretzky Drive, which offers a streamlined commute to both the Yellowhead Trail and southeast Edmonton. The Capital LRT line runs directly to the neighbourhood’s east, with the Stadium LRT Park and Ride Station located 3-minutes away.
Did you know? Virginia Park was once part of Edmonton’s historic Highlands streetcar network, which operated from 1912 until 1945.
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