Saskatoon neighbourhoods, profiles and price trends

Selecting a neighbourhood that you think you’ll be comfortable in isn’t easy, particularly if you’re trying to do it from half way across the country and you’re more or less unfamiliar with Saskatoon.

I’d like to introduce you to a resource which I think you’ll find helpful. I call it Saskatoon Neighbourhoods, Profile and Price Trends. In this section of the Saskatoon Real Estate Resource Centre website, there’s a separate page for each area of Saskatoon. On the most developed pages, you’ll find the following information about neighbourhoods which you may want to consider.

  • Photos taken around the area schools, parks, etc. (a work in progress).
  • Real estate data from the previous year including the number of units sold (houses & condos), the low selling price, the high selling price and the average selling price.
  • The six months rolling average selling price of both houses and condos in the area.
  • A house price trend chart which shows how prices have changed over a ten year period, comparing changes in neighbourhood values to Saskatoon in general.
  • The kinds of occupations that area residents are involved in.
  • Household income statistics for residents of the area.
  • Some information about the types of homes which exist in the neighborhood.
  • A chart which shows the history of development for the neighbourhood.
  • Some information on the percentage of homes which are owner occupied
  • Links to schools in the area.
  • A Google map of the neighbourhood (zoom out to see exactly where the area is situated).
  • In some cases, one or two reviews of the area written and submitted by residents.

If you currently live in Saskatoon, I have a favour to ask of you. I’d really appreciate it of you’d visit the page for your neighbourhood, scroll way down to the bottom of the page and jot me a few words about your area in the provided form. There’s nothing that tells a story like somebody’s story. I know that people will find your words helpful.

Click through to the Saskatoon Neighbourhoods, Profiles & Price Trends page here.

I’m always happy to answer your Saskatoon real estate questions. Feel free to drop me an email.

Norm Fisher

Royal LePage Saskatoon Real Estate

School’s out for Saskatoon Briarwood residents

They expected schools and playgrounds would eventually occupy the vacant space that sits at the center of Saskatoon’s Briarwood neighbourhood and some paid a premium for the opportunity to be close. Now that those plans have been scrapped by both school boards there are some lingering questions about what will become of this land.

North Ridge Development Corporation and Boychuk Construction Corporation are both proposing a rezoning of that land to accommodate residential development. North Ridge would like to develop 17 lots in the northeast corner of Briarwood Park and Boychuk has their eye on a parcel across the park for 27 new homes.

Residents seem most concerned that the city takes some measures to soften the blow of the lost schools by insisting that the development takes into account the fact that many of these homes were constructed to enjoy a park view, and not the backyards of neighbouring homes.

They’d like to see some green space to provide a bit of a buffer between the new and existing homes. The Municipal Planning Commission seems to be somewhat onside and has sent a memo to city administrators saying they won’t support the plan without changes which include adjusting North Ridge’s proposed orientation of the new homes and incorporation of linear or pocket parks.

Proverbial poo hits the fan in Nutana, Saskatoon

New Sewage Lift Station Proposed for Nutana Saskatonn

You might say that residents of Saskatoon’s Nutana area have their “shit in a knot” over proposed plans to build a new sewer lift station in Rotary Park and who could blame them. The idea of dealing with raw sewage in your back yard isn’t exactly appealing to anyone. City administrators are recommending council approve plans for construction of the new lift station near the Senator Sid Buckwold Bridge in Rotary Park.

It seems that there are concerns about the ongoing viability of the existing lift station located across the river in Victoria Park. It’s been in operation for close to a century and the underwater pipe which transports sewage across the river hasn’t been inspected since 1911. City administrators favour the new location because the estimated cost comes in about $600,000 lower on that side off the river. The annual cost of operation will also be lower by approximately $15,000.

The new lift station would include public restrooms and the city plans to landscape to prevent the station from becoming an eye sore. Odour control equipment would be installed in an effort to minimize foul smells but it’s doubtful that it could be eliminated totally.

Councillor Charlie Clark who represents the area on City Council says he will not support the move.

Councillor Pat Lorje who represents Riversdale where the current lift station operates is fully behind the change. “Words fail me,” she said. “I understand the ‘not in my back yard’ syndrome….when you have professional engineers recommending a specific location, they’re not doing it for frivolous reasons…I don’t think it will have that large of an impact on the neighbourhood.”

I could go either way on this, as long as they keep it operating in a public park. 🙂 Sheesh!

Pleasant Hill land deal nets Patrick Wolfe $1.4 million

Over the past 16 years, Patrick Wolfe quietly purchased a block of decrepit residential properties, one at a time, in the Pleasant Hill area of Saskatoon. A wiser investor may have wondered what the hell he was up to. Few would have ever thought that his investment would by a key component in renewing the Pleasant Hill neighbourhood but last night his plan became clear as Wolfe saw his land sale proposal to the City of Saskatoon move forward in a deal which netted the savvy investor $1.4 million dollars, and a $365,000 donation receipt to boot. City Council approved a deal to purchase 29 properties from Wolfe with the intent to clear the land for use in a Pleasant Hill renewal project which will ultimately include a new housing development, a much needed elementary school, some green space, and a possible community group space.

Earlier this month, Mayor Don Atchison, Premier Lorne Calvert, and National Revenue Minister Carol Skelton announced the details of a cooperative initiative between the city, the province and the federal government to begin some much needed redevelopment in the Pleasant Hill area.  The renewal project will be funded through the Urban Development Agreement with $1.71 million coming from the City of Saskatoon. The province and the federal Department of Western Economic Diversification will each pick up $789,471 of the cost.

Negotiating the purchase of the only three properties on the block which are not owned by Wolfe is underway. Once complete, the wrecking ball will start to swing and some new life will find its way into the Pleasant Hill area.

Let’s hope that this new development provides an opportunity to rejuvenate a community which could really use a boost.

Congratulations Pleasant Hill residents.

Congratulations Mr. Wolfe.

More about the Pleasant Hill renewal project here.

Surprise! It’s a baby! Saskatoon couple finds newborn on doorstep

Surprise! It’s a Baby!  Saskatoon Couple Finds Newborn on Doorstep A Saskatoon couple got a huge surprise when they opened the back door of their Lawson Heights home on Saturday. Apparently, the family dog was barking continuously so Ed Anderson went to investigate and found a newborn baby girl wrapped in towels and a sleeping bag on the doorstep.

Born just minutes before she was discovered and still sporting an umbilical cord, the girl was “red and wrinkled” and “her little hands were like ice,” said Lee Anderson who happens to be a registered nurse. The temperature was close to -30C (-22F) on Saturday morning.

According to the Globe and Mail, the couple called 911. Mr. Anderson explains, “After I said that we had a crying baby at our house, the operator said, ‘So what’s the problem with that,’ well, it’s not mine. I found it abandoned by my back door.”

An ambulance arrived at the scene within minutes. The baby is in fine condition and in the custody of the Department of Community Resources.

Saskatoon Police used dogs to try to track the person who dropped the child off but had no luck. They spent the balance of the day canvassing the area looking for clues as to how the child ended up at the Anderson’s home.

Police remain concerned about the child’s mother and they are encouraging her, and anyone else who may know what happened to come forward.

The Globe reports that the Anderson’s had planned to shop for a new car on Saturday, which just goes to show you that you never really know what the day is going to bring.

Read the story here