Officially incorporated as a city in 1977, St. Albert is a city that is located in Alberta.
It has a population of roughly 64,000 people and a land area of around 50 square kilometers.
It is currently the sixth largest city in the province and is dubbed with the nickname of “Botanical Arts City” due to a city-wide commitment to living that is in harmony with preserving the environment and a strong arts & culture sector.
One of the reasons that St. Albert’s citizens have a stellar health profile is because of the active entertainment that is available to them for next to no cost.
Like many of the cities in the province, St. Albert aims to present itself as a city that is attractive for businesses and investors.
Athabasca University is the online post-secondary institution that exists in St. Albert, and is focused on online distance education.
St. Albert is comprised of 26 neighbourhoods in total.
City: 48.27 km2
One of the reasons that St. Albert’s citizens have a stellar health profile is because of the active entertainment that is available to them for next to no cost. There are numerous recreational facilities, both inside and outside, that provide enough room and resources year-round to engage in multiple sports. People can choose to sign up for athletic activities or create their own team that competes against others for fun. Outside of these facilities are several parks and trails where people can catch a breath of fresh air and enjoy the natural scenery of the city. There are also several events that keep people busy in this city. There are several market events where people can drop by and enjoy some of the best fresh produce that the province has to offer. If you like music, there is a week-long festival in August where rock bands from around the country stop by and put on a killer performance! Finally, there are numerous cultural events where different ethnicities and cultures put on unique performances and educate the audience about their background.
St. Albert is comprised of 26 neighbourhoods in total. Many view the city as having a northern, southern, western, eastern and central region that are distinct from one another. They differ in the types of homes available, the neighbourhoods, and the amenities that are in close proximity.
Central St. Albert is composed of Downtown, Mission, Braeside and Inglewood. Most of the entertainment in this area comes in the form of music halls, casinos, shopping malls, fine dining restaurants and pubs. Many people who work in these areas like to show up to one of these neighbourhoods for a relaxing night out.
The northern region of St. Albert is made up of the neighbourhoods Oakmont, Erin Ridge and Erin Ridge North. Many of the amenities in this area include community parks and outdoor paths for those who want to take a casual stroll around the area. Despite being close to the busier parts of the city, these neighbourhoods are far quieter in nature.
Sturgeon Heights, Forest Lawn, Akinsdale, Pineview, Kingswood, Woodlands, and Campbell Business Park are the neighbourhoods that are part of East St. Albert. In addition to some ice rinks and a few sports complexes, you can also find bowling centers and the city’s signature water park that attracts visitors from across Alberta.
In southern St. Albert, you have the neighbourhoods Riel Business Park, Grandin, Heritage Lakes and South Riel. There is an eclectic mix here between businesses and recreational parks, some of which are used to host the city’s annual festivals and events.
West St. Albert has the following neighbourhoods: Riverside, Lacombe Park, Deer Ridge, Jensen Lakes, North Ridge, Elysian Fields, Avenir. This is by far the most rural area of the city, being far removed from any of the regular activities that are taking place in the city.
Given that Central St. Albert is the most urban of all the regions, it is expected that most of the high-end condos and apartments available for rent would be concentrated in this area.
Most of the properties here are very modern in design and have an interior finish to match. Due to their high price, you will usually see professionals and business people occupying these homes. The same goes for the townhouses and fully detached homes that exist on the perimeter of this region.
Northern and Western St. Albert are not rural in nature, yet many of the homes here are laid out in a similar fashion where there is a good amount of space between them. Expect to find mansions, bungalows, and large-sized residential homes that can go as high as low 7 figures for a price tag.
Many of these homes have been recently built and have an exterior finish that reflects this. With pools, recreational rooms and many more features being installed in these houses, the real estate market here is enticing for high net worth individuals.
South & East St. Albert share similar qualities in its homes with the exception of a mix between modern-looking homes and traditionally designed houses. Additionally, the properties are slightly smaller in size.
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The following table, based on data taken from the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA’s) National MLS® Report for April 2016 (the latest information available), demonstrates how homes in LSTAR’s jurisdiction continue to maintain their affordability compared to other major Ontario and Canadian centers.
Athabasca University is the online post-secondary institution that exists in St. Albert, and is focused on online distance education. This means that students will be able to take courses from the convenience of their own home and follow along with regular assignments and exams. Although there are in-person classes, distance education comprises a good bulk of the total courses available. There are 12 public elementary schools (K-8) and 2 catholic elementary schools that are available to young children living in St. Albert. Notable schools for high academic performance in the areas of writing, reading & mathematics include Muriel Martin, La Mission, Bertha Kennedy and Robert Rundle.
Like many of the cities in the province, St. Albert aims to present itself as a city that is attractive for businesses and investors. Over the past decade, there has been a consistent increase in the number of business licenses per 1000 residents of the city. Unsurprisingly, this has also led to a very large increase in the number of people that choose to migrate to this city. With numerous online resources available at the official city website, newcomers will learn everything they need to know about starting a successful business in St. Albert. Industries that contribute significantly to St. Albert’s economic growth and employment include trade, public administration, health care, construction and education. The strong labour market in this city has allowed for worker wages to increase over time. Citizens and business owners are kept up to date about the city’s economy and business well-being through a monthly newsletter that keeps a profile on local businesses and updated statistics.