Homes for Sale in Edmonton
AUDREY ABUAN - RE/MAX Real Estate REALTOR®
An older inner city neighbourhood, Oliver is located immediately west of downtown. By the standards of 100 years ago, the area was known as Edmonton’s West End. It was only during the 1950s that the area was named after pioneer citizen Frank Oliver. By this time it could hardly be called the West End, as Edmonton’s boundaries now extended well beyond 124 Street, Oliver’s western boundary.
Development in Oliver began during the 1880s when several institutional structures were built. The General Hospital and the original Misericordia Hospital were joined by numerous churches, several schools, and a cloister.
Housing development was firmly in place prior to World War I, with infill being complete by the 1930s. The southern and western portions of Oliver together formed one of Edmonton’s more fashionable residential areas, with many large houses. Smaller, less ornate houses were built on infill sites, primarily in the northern portion of Oliver. Developed with primarily stand alone houses, Oliver was also the location of several quality condominium apartments.
During the later 1950s, Edmonton was in the midst of a sustained period of growth, and the demand for dwelling units of all types of increased. Oliver, close to Edmonton’s downtown and its burgeoning supply of jobs, became an attractive area for apartments. Today, Oliver has become densely populated with a strong commercial element threaded throughout.