The portion of Pleasantview east of 106 Street has been a part of Edmonton since 1914; the remaining portion had to wait until the end of World War II before becoming part of the city. As partial repayment of a debt owed for overseas service, prairie farmland that is now western Pleasantview was subdivided into generous half- to full-acre lots and sold under the Veteran’s Land Act to returning veterans. A unique feature of Pleasantview is its topography which contains one of south Edmonton’s most noticeable elevations, a hill from which the view is pleasant.
Today, Pleasantview has a variety of other land uses, including a cemetery located in Caine Memorial Park at the centre. Until 1950, the neighbourhood was known as Martin Estate, named after David Martin, who was an early pioneer and settler in the area in 1899. After the neighbourhood’s urban subdivision in the mid-1900s, the area was renamed in honour of the view achieved from its notable topographical feature.