First established in 1883, the Nutana area was the original settlement of what now makes up the city of Saskatoon. The Temperance Colonization Society, a group of Toronto Methodists, established the first permanent settlement after choosing it as a suitable colony site. Given the history of the area, the neighbourhood is very mature, housing several historical buildings, as well as beautiful over-hanging tree tunnels on many of the residential streets. Some of the historical buildings include the Trounce House, which is the oldest structure in Saskatoon, and is the last of the original houses from the temperance colony. Fire Hall #3, now known as The Hose and Hydrant, is also a historical property, which served as a fire hall until 1956. At the height of the Cold War in 1959, the Department of Civil Defense used the building as a radiation proof communications centre. One of the more notorious historical buildings located in the Nutana area is the Broadway Theatre. The Art Deco style movie theatre was the entertainment destination during the post-World War II years in the Broadway area. It fell into a disrepute in years to come, but was revived as an art-house cinema and live performance venue during the 1980s. It is now considered by Saskatoon residents to be one of the city’s most iconic structures, as a cultural hub, and a venue where notable musicians, theatre and film often visit.
As far as Real Estate in the area, according to MLS data, the average sale price of a home in 2013 was $409,891. The home ownership rate in the Nutana Area is 51.3%, with an almost even blend of low-density, single detached dwellings and apartment-style multiple unit dwellings. It is considered a middle to upper-income area, with an average family income of $67,657, and average dwelling value of $206,830. Nutana may be most notably known for the business district of Broadway Avenue. Housing many local and eclectic stores, Broadway Ave is a hot-spot in the city for unique shopping and dining experiences, yearly festivals, as well as a great view of the river and downtown Saskatoon. Being located just minutes from the city centre, as well as close to bustling 8th street, this is a prime location for families or individuals who enjoy walking and bicycling to destinations throughout the city, while still being close to major streets for easy access to transportation or travelling. There are both Public and Catholic schools located in the Nutana Area, including École Victoria School, Nutana Collegiate, and Oskayak High School. There are also several prominent parks and walking trails in the area, among them being Poplar Crescent Park, Rotary Park, Albert Rec. Unit, Idywyld Park, Massey Park and Cosmopolitan Park.
The Nutana Area has no shortage of character, history, amenities and sights to see. If this neighbourhood sounds like the perfect fit for you and your family, view the listings in this area today!