HOMESTEADER

Homesteader is one of three neighbourhoods within the Hermitage plan area. In 1875, an Anglican minister, Canon William Newton, arrived in the Edmonton settlement and built his first church, a home and a hospital in an area he called the Hermitage. The Hermitage was located about 10 kilometres from Fort Edmonton on the south side of a ravine overlooking the North Saskatchewan River to the east. Reverend Newton’s home remained there for more than 25 years. For many years after, the Hermitage remained an agricultural area. During that time, the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway line formalized the area’s south boundary along the railroad right-of-way. More about Homesteader...

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In 1960, the area’s two cattle farms were sold to a land development firm. One year later, the Hermitage was annexed to the City of Edmonton. Land development was held up during the 1960s while government officials and developers addressed concerns about residential development too near the industrial plants in the vicinity. By 1970, these concerns were resolved and Homesteader was concluded within the Hermitage Outline Plan area.

Homesteader was the first of the three Hermitage neighbourhoods to begin residential development. The neighbourhood was subdivided in 1974 and building commenced within a year. By the end of the decade, most of the neighbourhood had been developed. Homesteader is bisected by Hermitage Road, the neighbourhood’s main collector road, running east from 50 Street. Homes in the southeast corner of the neighbourhood access 50 Street via 127 Avenue. Interior residential streets are of curvilinear and cul-de-sac design. At the centre of the neighbourhood is a multi-purpose education and recreation site. A number of strategically placed pathways promote bicycle and pedestrian travel within the neighbourhood and join Homesteader to the other two Hermitage neighbourhoods to the east. Homesteader residents have access to the river valley park system via Kennedale Ravine. The residents of Homesteader are served by the businesses located on 50th Street and in the centrally located Hermitage Shopping Centre and Hermitage Plaza.

Homesteader was named in honour of the men and women who were the pioneers of settlement and agriculture in the Edmonton area.

Information taken from City of Edmonton website.

 

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Listing information last updated on July 20th, 2017 at 8:46pm MDT.