Downtown Winnipeg Real Estate Listings and Information
Downtown Winnipeg is home to diversity, with heritage buildings neighbouring exciting new developments, and unique shopping and dining districts accentuated by a lively arts and entertainment scene. The downtown area of Winnipeg is a pretty broad area. It encompasses the area between the Red River on the east, The Assiniboine River on the south, Isabel St, Balmoral St, Colony St and Osborne St to the west, and the rail yards on the north. Winnipeg’s downtown is centered around the corner of Portage & Main, and includes the historic (early 1900s) Exchange District to the north, and The Forks National Historic Site (and market) to the south. The city completed a transit mall on Graham Avenue, to draw some traffic off Portage Avenue. The area is well served with the Health Sciences Centre at its northwest edge.
For the lifestyle choice of condominiums, Downtown offers many condo community choices, with styles to suit every taste and budget and also higher end and luxury condos. They are located throughout the area with easy access to all the amenities and transportationg offered in this neighbourhood.
There is plenty of shopping in the downtown area. One of the most fun places is the Forks Market, but there is a stretch of shopping centres and structures on both sides of Portage, from Main Street west to Colony Street. On the north side of Portage is the $100 million Portage Place, which is linked to the Bay. The downtown stores along Portage are all connected via pedestrian walkways that stretch out almost 2 kilometres, so you can shop in comfort instead of braving Winnipeg’s winter climate.
The downtown area has a number of attractions and recreational facilities. There is of course, the historical site at the Forks, which is also home to the Children’s Museum and the CanWest Global Performing Arts Centre (home to the Manitoba Theatre for young People) as well as a number of summer festivals. Just to the north is the CanWest Global Park, home of Winnipeg’s AA baseball team, the Winnipeg Goldeyes. The Winnipeg Cyclone Basketball team plays its season at the "Wind Tunnel" at the Convention Centre. During the winter, you can ice skate on the Assiniboine and Red River between the Midtown Bridge and the Provencher Bridge
The Forks is a national historic site located in downtown Winnipeg where the Assiniboine and Red Rivers meet. It has been a meeting place for people for over 6000 years and is a popular place for tourists and Winnipeggers alike. Within The Forks is The Forks Market which contains food shops, where specialty items can be found as well as fresh fruit and vegetables, many unique shops like pylon pop culture, as well as a ballet conservatory and a large craft store among other things. Across the large courtyard is Johnson Terminal, home of Finn's Pub, an Old Spaghetti Factory, more shops and a large cooperative antique store in the basement. There is also the Manitoba Theatre for Young People and The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is under construction and is envisioned to be a national and international destination, a centre of learning where Canadians and people from around the world can engage in discussion and commit to taking action against hate and oppression.
South Portage is the group of blocks located between Portage Ave., Main St., Broadway and Memorial Blvd. Many notable Winnipeg institutions are located in South Portage such as the Millennium Library, the Winnipeg Convention Centre, MTS Centre (home of the Winnipeg Jets), the Law Courts and Cityplace. Winnipeg's public transit hub is located on the Graham Avenue Transit Mall, as many bus routes converge there. There are numerous office buildings and hotels in this area, including some of Winnipeg's tallest buildings. The return of the Winnipeg Jets will bring a lot more than NHL hockey to the city’s downtown when they start playing this fall – they carry the promise of a development boom to complement what is already a revitalization success story.
The Waterfront District is a newly emerging district located in the northeast corner of downtown Winnipeg. The area runs along the west bank of the Red River along the recently built Waterfront Drive. There are several condominium projects recently completed or currently being built as well as plans for even more redevelopment.
The Exchange District is Winnipeg's historical warehouse district. The district, because of its rich abundance of turn-of-the-twentieth-century buildings is increasingly being utilized as a location for filming as it resembles similar areas in large Midwest American cities, such as Chicago. There have been several initiatives to revitalize the historic district such as Red River College's Downtown Campus on Princess Street as well as several loft and condominium projects. The district is also home to the annual Winnipeg Fringe Festival, the second most attended in Canada.
Broadway-Assiniboine lies in the southern part of downtown on the north bank of the Assiniboine River The neighbourhood is one of the most densely populated in Winnipeg and features many notable landmarks such as the Hotel Fort Garry and in 2005 the Bears on Broadway. Broadway-Assiniboine features the Assiniboine Riverwalk and is home to many notable restaurants.
Winnipeg's Chinatown covers a few square blocks to the northwest of City Hall and is home to about 600 people of whom nearly 80% are Chinese. The area is popular for its many authentic Chinese restaurants and stores.