Saskatoon Neighbourhood – Queen Elizabeth
Queen Elizabeth is a mostly residential neighbourhood located in south-central Saskatoon. It is a suburban subdivision, consisting mostly of low-density, single detached dwellings. As of 2007, the area is home to 2,491 residents. The neighbourhood is considered a middle-income area, with an average family income of $61,904, an average dwelling value of $280,970 and a home ownership rate of 66.9%. According to MLS data, the average sale price of a home as of 2013 was $343,459.
Location – Queen Elizabeth is located within the Nutana Suburban Development Area. It is bounded by Taylor Street to the north, Ruth Street to the south, Melrose Avenue to the west, and Clarence Avenue to the east. Roads are laid out in a grid fashion; streets run east-west, avenues run north-south.
History – The land for the neighbourhood was annexed by the city between 1910 and 1919. A 1913 map shows that the present-day Queen Elizabeth area overlaps two registered subdivisions of the day: the G.T.P. 1/4 Section in the west, and part of the Broadway Addition in the east. During the speculative real estate market between 1909 and 1912, ambitious developers had a local lumber company built three stately brick homes at 1906, 1908 and 1910 York Avenue (at the intersection with Taylor Street). Though they were far away from the city core, developers anticipated that residential building would soon expand outward quickly. Foundations for other houses nearby were built, but abruptly abandoned as a recession took hold in 1913. Meanwhile, the homes became known as the “Three Sisters” and were landmarks for travellers. The city eventually developed the land near the houses in around 1953. The northmost “sister” was demolished to make way for Fire Station #3 – the two remaining homes survive to the present day.
Home construction begin in earnest until after World War II. Gladmer Park, a complex of four-unit semi-detached houses, was developed in the 1950s as one of several Limited Dividend Housing Projects constructed in Saskatoon. Financing was provided by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation repayable over a 40-year period. A condition of the mortgage required that this project provide low rent housing over the 40-year term. Queen Elizabeth School was designed by local architect Frank J. Martin. It was built in 1953 and opened in September 1954. Aden Bowman Collegiate was opened in 1958.
Education – Queen Elizabeth School – public elementary school, part of the Saskatoon Public School Division. Declining enrolment at the school in the 2000s (decade) prompted the school board to offer part of the building to the Saskatoon Open Door Society (SODS), an organization providing services to immigrants and refugees. Since 2008, SODS has operated adult language classes in the school, and is slated to open a day care in 2010. Aden Bowman Collegiate – public secondary, part of the Saskatoon Public School Division.
Parks and Recreation – Weaver Park – 10.2 acres (4.1 ha)
The Queen Elizabeth Community Association serves residents by offering recreational, social, and educational programs for adults, children/youth, and preschoolers. The association serves the west half of the Haultain neighbourhood as well.
Commercial – The only commercial developments in Queen Elizabeth are businesses located at the intersection of Broadway Avenue and Taylor Street. In addition, there are 27 home-based businesses in the neighbourhood.
#AskSlade about properties currently for sale in this neighbourhood. Slade Real Estate Inc. 306-222-9992.