With a population of approximately 6,000 residents, this lush West Kildonan neighbourhood was developed in the 1950s-60s, and was advertised as a suburb boasting larger homes and above-average lots. Throughout Garden City, Winnipeg, Manitoba, streets are playfully named after flowers, like Crocus Street, Iris Street and Daffodil Street.
Garden City is located between Carruthers Ave to the south, Leila Ave to the north, McPhillips St to the west and the Canadian Pacific Railway’s tracks on the eastern side.
Garden City is the type of neighbourhood where families have made their forever homes, sometimes in part due to the tightly knit cultural communities that have settled here. A large portion of Winnipeg’s Jewish population (7% compared to the 1.6% city average, according to the latest census data) calls Garden City home; there are several synagogues, retirement homes and businesses catering to the Jewish community. German, Polish and Ukrainian communities also have a strong presence here.
The neighbourhood has a higher percentage of residents aged 50+ because it is an established suburb. With the resurgence in popularity in mid-century modern architecture and style, retirees and families alike are turning to Garden City for its popular ranch-style homes and green spaces.
Two significant shopping centres can be found along the bustling commercial strip of McPhillips Street. Northgate Shopping Centre is home to a cinema specializing in second-run movies, Joey’s Only Seafood, Dollarama and more. More than 70 shops, eateries and services occupy Garden City Shopping Centre. Anchor tenants of this indoor regional mall include Sears, Winners and Canadian Tire.
Garden City is home to some tried-and-true local favourites reflecting the cultural diversity found in the city. Paradise’s heaping plates of house-made pasta, classic Italian entrees, cheesy pizzas and garlicky Caesar salad keep customers well-fed and satisfied. The family-run Winter Garden Chinese Restaurant whips up tasty bubble teas and more than 200 Szechuan and Shanghai dishes.
Kildonan Park, one of Winnipeg’s largest green spaces, is less than a 10-minute drive away. Amenities include an Olympic-sized swimming pool, trails, duck pond, picnic shelters, Rainbow Stage outdoor theatre, golf course and the Peguis Pavilion. Little ones will delight in a visit to the “gingerbread” witch’s hut, which brings the fairytale Hansel & Gretel to life.
Winnipeg’s real estate market continues to be above Canadian averages. According to Winnipeg Realtors, real estate sales in Winnipeg are running at a record pace. Officials said detached homes are remaining on the market for about 30 days, while condos are selling in 52 days, which is five days fewer when compared year over year.
According to the Winnipeg NOW website, Garden City was one of Winnipeg’s major residential developments of the 1950s and 60s. It features many blocks of detached residential homes, apartment blocks, some commercial property, shopping centres, parks and other community amenities.
Families and retirees are drawn to the area’s trendy-again mid-century modern homes, designed with large windows, clean lines, carports and breeze brock detailing and fencing. The most popular type of home is a ranch-style bungalow.
Winnipeg is well-known for its sunny skies and pollution-free city living. Garden City is a quiet residential community, except for the main traffic arteries on the edges of the neighbourhood, namely McPhillips Street and Lelia Avenue.
Crime rates in Winnipeg have continued to go down thanks to increased policing. The crime rate in Garden City is considered moderate compared to other parts of Winnipeg, with most crimes falling under the property crime category. Nighttime walking is considered moderate to highly safe. There are some surrounding neighbourhoods with higher crime rates. Up-to-date statistical information on neighbourhood crimes reported across the city can be found on the Winnipeg Police Service CrimeStat map.
There are seven schools found in Garden City. For students in K-5, there’s Collicutt School and Forest Park School. R.F. Morrison School (K-5) and H.C. Avery Middle School (grades 6-8) both feature Ukrainian bilingual programs, while the latter also offers a Hebrew bilingual program. High Schools (grades 9-12) include Garden City Collegiate, which has a French immersion program, and Met School. Faith Academy Middle School (5-8) is the only private school in the neighbourhood, offering chapels and Christian service as part of the curriculum.
Currently in Winnipeg, the only public transportation option is Winnipeg Transit and a short bus rapid transit line. Residents have access to approximately eight bus routes, with a major transit hub found at Garden City Shopping Centre.
Families (67%) of two people or more in the neighbourhood dominate compared to singles (33%).
There are over 15 small green spaces and park areas laid out in the neighbourhood, with the largest being Garden City Park. All this green space provides families and neighbours with easy access to connect with the outdoors.
Seven Oaks General Hospital is located just around the corner from Garden City. This, plus the neighbourhood’s thoughtfully planned green space, relative safety and proximity to schools, make Garden City an attractive community for retirees and families alike. Impressive developments in the area include the opening of the brand new $22-million WSF Soccer North, a state-of-the-art indoor soccer facility plus the neighbouring Shaughnessy Park outdoor pitch, and the Seven Oaks Arena, offering two new year-round ice pads to the community. For a mid-century neighbourhood that lives up its titular charm, Garden City offers a relaxing suburban pace.