When shopping for a new home in Winnipeg, location is everything. Your surroundings should fit your lifestyle not only in the moment but when looking toward the future as well. The suburb of West Kildonan area is the perfect place to stretch your legs in one of Winnipeg’s greenest and most historically relevant areas. With plenty of small businesses throughout the area, easy access transit and commuter routes and all of the culture and greenery of Kildonan Park, there is always something to do!
As Winnipeg has expanded we have watched the Kildonan Region stretch itself along both sides of the Red River. West Kildonan itself is located on the West Side of the River in the North-West Area of Winnipeg.
During the summer months one of the main draws throughout the area is Kildonan Park. More than being your run-of-the-mill outdoor space Kildonan Park is a sprawling green space complete with tons of options for recreational actives including public pools, multiple playgrounds, sports fields, bike paths and barbecue/picnic areas — and don’t forget the witch’s hut! For decades this fairy tale cottage has been a popular spot for children and parents. When the weather gets cold the park becomes the ideal spot for skating and sledding with toboggan runs, large skating paths and skate rentals. In addition to the park itself, this area is home to Winnipeg’s oldest golf course, as well as Rainbow Stage a popular spot for live stage plays in an open-air theatre.
For young professionals a suburb like West Kildonan is the best way to combine the need for access to industrial and commercial areas while still being able to escape to a quieter place during the evenings. Main Street and Leila Ave are main arteries for many Winnipeg communities and they both cross through the West Kildonan areas. With the Chief Peguis bridge nearby and access to Henderson Highway, commuting is a breeze. Whether you are working remotely, in-office or with a hybrid model West Kildonan is one of the best places to live in Winnipeg.
The West Kildonan area is the ideal location for history buffs because it is the location of the Battle of Seven Oaks in 1816 and the local Seven Oaks House Museum, one of the city’s oldest houses.
Different parts of the city have different housing options and this is all built on a system of supply and demand. For example, if you are looking for a high-rise condominium in the Fort Garry or St. Boniface areas it will be an uphill battle. At the same time, unattached homes are rare in the Exchange District or Downtown. When you are browsing houses for sale in the West Kildonan area you are most likely to find unattached homes with backyards.
Despite having the advantages of unattached homes and backyard spaces, West Kildonan has a history of affordable housing. As recently as 2019 the cost of living in the West Kildonan community fell nearly 20% below the national average. The crime rate throughout the community is also exceptionally low compared to other parts of the city.
Whether you are looking or a starter house or a forever home, the hunt can be exciting and daunting. A quick visit to an MLS multiple listing service site can be exciting at first but after hours of browsing listings on your own, it is easy to lose site of your priority list. Basing your search purely on square footage and bedrooms might lead you to listings in the downtown core when your personality and lifestyle are more geared toward a suburb. Instead of struggling with too many options, have an experienced Canadian real estate agent identify your goals, price point and needs in order to present relevant listings that are chosen just for you.
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