Homes for Sale in Edmonton
AUDREY ABUAN - RE/MAX Real Estate REALTOR®
In 1882, the property which is now the neighbourhood of Abbottsfield was owned by E. F. Carey, co-founder of the merchandising firm of Norris and Carey and one of Edmonton’s most prominent 19th-century citizens. Since the Abbottsfield area was east of the Town of Beverly, it remained a rural area beyond the limit of urban development until it was annexed to the City in 1961. For a decade after annexation, there was no residential development in Abbottsfield.
The area was thought to be too close to both the Beverly landfill site south of 118 Avenue and the chemical plants east of the North Saskatchewan River. At the end of the 1960s, however, work began on transforming the land fill site into Rundle Park, a multi purpose educational and recreational resource. After this change to the local environment, Abbottsfield housing developed rapidly. The neighbourhood was entirely constructed in the 1970s. Abbottsfield is unique among Edmonton’s pre-1980s neighbourhoods in that all residential development consists of row houses and walk-up condominiums.
The housing is built around a centrally located multi-purpose school and recreation site. Abbottsfield Park, along with its close proximity to the river valley and park system, provides for a wide variety of recreational activities. The former Saint Sophia Elementary School was sold and converted into the Abbottsfield Recreation Centre. The ARC provides space for recreational programs and community groups to deliver social and educational activities.