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Mckernan New Construction Real Estate and Show Homes
Mckernan New Construction Real Estate and Show Homes
The People and The Real Estate in Mckernan
Strike up a conversation with a McKernan local about the neighbourhood and you will detect the unmistakable pride in their voice as they wax eloquent about the community. A mature neighbourhood in South central Edmonton that is close to the University and the heart of Edmonton’s downtown locales, McKernan is one of the most sought after places in the city for home buyers. The mixed population, diverse in the terms of age, ethnicity and lifestyle, is one of the biggest draws of the community since it gives people an opportunity to expand their horizons without ever setting foot out of their safe haven.
The quiet peace in the neighbourhood is another big attraction especially for those who value their solitude and privacy. The fact that this is one of the neighbourhoods in Edmonton where green housing is taken very seriously has been a big plus in recent years too, leading to more attention being bestowed upon properties here. A number of energy efficient homes are being built here in McKernan to cater to the growing demand.
The New Community of Mckernan
This southwest Edmonton neighbourhood is encircled by the University Avenue to the north, to the west it has 113th Street marking the boundary along with a part of the Belgravia neighbourhood, to the south lies the 72nd Avenue, and 109th Street marks the end of McKernan in the east. The surrounding neighbourhoods are Garneau, University of Alberta, Queen Alexandra, Allendale, Parkallen and Belgravia.
McKernan is located ideally for easy access to the University and its proximity to Downtown also ensures that professionals living here have an easy and quick commute to the commercial hubs. An LRT station was opened here in 2009 right at 76th Avenue and 114th Street and that is one more great reason to choose McKernan if you are looking for a place that is well connected with Edmonton.
The main locations in McKernan where you will find a lot of activity are the intersection of 109th Street at 76th Avenue as well as the meeting point of 109th Street with 72nd Avenue.
Your New Mckernan Home in Edmonton
McKernan is named after one of the early settlers here, James McKernan, who went on to become a prominent businessman. It was his property that later came to be known as the McKernan neighbourhood and the home of the family was located at the current site of the McKernan Elementary-Junior High School. As was the case with many of the neighbourhoods here, McKernan too was part of the City of Strathcona and was later merged into Edmonton in 1912. Development in this community did not start early though and major part of it happened after the draining of the McKernan Lake in the 1940s. However, some homes did come up here during the years between 1913 and 1947 because the McKernan Lake Streetcar ran from the 76th Avenue starting from Calgary Trail and went right up to 116th Street. Apartment buildings first came up here in the 1950s, and trend continued during the 1960s and 1970s.
The community lies to the south east of the University area, which is primarily residential even today. You will find that a very few commercial establishment do lie within this location, giving the residents access to essentials. Quite a compact neighbourhood, McKernan features the grid pattern planning where you will find a lot of open space is interspersed within the living spaces and streets to give an overall impression of a quaint little town.
Most of the homes in this community are single family detached homes dating from the 1940s and 1950s. A good number of the older homes have been redeveloped but the ones that stand still are impressively well maintained and upgraded with modern amenities. A few duplex homes and townhouses also dot the neighbourhood. There are also a few duplexes and townhouses in the area.
One of the biggest advantages that McKernan residents have is the neighbourhood’s proximity to some reputed healthcare facilities such as the University of Alberta Hospital, Cross Cancer Institute, and Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute.
If proximity to the University makes McKernan a great place for college age students to find accommodations in, the access to good schools within and around the neighbourhood makes it a great location for a young family with kids too. The McKernan School here is run by the Edmonton Public Schools system and there are quite a few other good schools in neighbouring communities that the residents can opt for too.
Things to do in Mckernan
There is no dearth of open spaces in McKernan and the community has been planned so that residents have a number of parks where children can play and adults can enjoy a brisk walk or a quick jog around the perimeter. The parks also have play equipment, which makes them all the more attractive to children. McKernan Park is the main one here and with its spray deck it is quite a popular haunt for residents and their kids. Gowan Park and Charles Simmonds Park are two others located here within easy reach. There are also two community rinks maintained by the McKernan Community League and here you can indulge in sports like hockey and skating.
Nature lovers will love the fact that McKernan is close to many major trails that lead to the river valley park system, some easy, some tough, but all of them perfect for a trekking exploration or a cycling trip with friends. William Hawrelak Park is easy to get to from here and in the park you have some interesting areas to explore too.
If exciting nightlife is what interests you, then all you have to do is head down to Old Strathcona. This is the heart of Edmonton and it offers quite a variety of entertainment opportunities with its numerous party venues, dance venues, and theatres. Expect to find some impromptu street performances, quick gigs and unusual events right here in one of the oldest parts of Edmonton and wind up the night with some generous portions of authentic Canadian fare at one of the family owned and operated restaurants right here.