HIGHLANDS

Highlands is situated on land originally identified as River Lots 30, 32 and 34 and owned by three Hudson Bay Company employees. Until the area came into the hands of McGrath, Holgate and Company, real estate developers, it seemed an unlikely candidate for early development situated, as it was, 3 miles from the centre of Edmonton. McGrath-Holgate negotiated with the city to provide services and extend the electric streetcar line with subsidies provided by the developers. The name, Highlands, was chosen in a contest, with a fifty dollar prize to the person who provided the best name for the new subdivision. More about Highlands...

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Highlands was annexed to the city in 1912 and a streetcar line, which operated from 1912 to 1945, ran long 112 Avenue. In 1911, McGrath and Holgate built their mansions on Ada Boulevard, a roadway named after McGrath’s wife. Other large, well appointed houses were built along or near Ada Boulevard, where residents enjoy a spectacular view of the North Saskatchewan River Valley. More modest housing was located further from the valley. While development in Highlands began during the 1911 land boom, it did proceed, albeit at a slower pace, through the subsequent decades of slower growth until a final development surge during the late 1940s and 1950s used up most of the remaining residential lots.

With the exception of commercial and apartment development along 118 Avenue and in a few scattered locations, Highlands has remained an area of low density residential development. The Highlands neighbourhood also contains many significant heritage resources. The locally initiated Highlands Historical Foundation was established in 1988 to increase awareness about, and the preservation of, heritage resources within the neighbourhood.

Information taken from City of Edmonton website.

 

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Listing information last updated on September 20th, 2017 at 10:32am MDT.