12 August 2011 ~ 3 Comments

Apartments Winnipeg: is downtown the new hotspot?

Apartments Winnipeg

The view from the new "Avenue" downtown apartments in Winnipeg

Everyone in Winnipeg is buzzing with excitement from the recent NHL announcement. The Jets are coming back! And just in time for what seems like a new era for downtown. Downtown Winnipeg apartment rentals are now shaking their once notorious reputation with all kinds of renovations, new construction, and complete make-overs of historic buildings. On almost every street, there seems to be new developments and apartments; and guess what, they’re affordable too! So what would it take to get you to make the move downtown?

Downtown Apartments Winnipeg

The latest stats:

  • Over $900 million has been invested in or committed to 140 commercial and residential projects in Winnipeg in recent years.
  • Over 13,000 people live downtown
  • Over 700 new residential units have been recently completed or are underway

Everyday Needs:

  • Over 20 grocery and convenience stores and over 10 specialty food stores
  • Groceries available at The Bay Food Market, IGA on Donald, Fredette’s Family Foods, and The Forks Market’s fresh produce and meat
  • In the summer, visit the Exchange District outdoor market for more fresh food
  • 250 downtown restaurants to choose from
  • 200 shops
  • Over 100 events downtown each year
  • 3 dry cleaners
  • 2 walk-in clinics in CityPlace and Portage Place
  • 7 drugstores and pharmacies

Recreation, Entertainment & Fitness:

  • 14 downtown parks
  • Walking distance from the MTS Centre, Millennium Library, Winnipeg Goldeyes Ballpark and The Forks
  • 4 movie theatres
  • 27 museums and galleries
  • You no longer have to worry about finding a parking spot before a busy event—you can just walk over
  • YMCA-YWCA is a full service gym with a pool and is conveniently located

Getting Around:

  • The Free Downtown Spirit bus
  • 2 kilometres of indoor walkway systems connect you from the Bay to Portage & Main
  • 56 Winnipeg Transit routes go downtown
  • Over 250 bike racks
  • Over 32,000 parking stalls
  • Monthly parking ranges from $80-$170 per month
  • Central location: less than 25 minutes from anywhere in the city
  • Winnipeg James A. Richardson International Airport if less than 15 minutes away
Apartments Winnipeg

Display suites in the new "Avenue" apartments Winnipeg, downtown.

If you haven’t visited downtown Winnipeg in awhile, what you see there today might surprise you. Organizations such as Centre Venture, North Portage Development Corporation, and the Downtown Winnipeg Biz have been working very hard to transform downtown into a desirable place to live and find apartments for rent in Winnipeg.

In an April 15, 2011 news release, the Housing and Community Development Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross and mayor Sam Katz announced an additional $20 million in funding to encourage more residential units that would draw people downtown, boost the economy and improve safety.

“Downtown Winnipeg has a lot to offer residents and we want to continue to support successful initiatives like the Downtown Residential Development Grant program that help to revitalize the downtown,” said Irvin-Ross. “We will continue to partner with the City of Winnipeg on this innovative program, which offers developers a flexible incentive to create a variety of housing options for people of different income levels.”

“The city is committed to building on this success and ensuring downtown is a location of choice for people excited about the opportunities of an urban lifestyle,” said Katz. “By continuing to provide an attractive strong residential incentive, we will keep feet on the street long after the storefronts close.”

What would it take to get you to move downtown? Let us know in the comments.

3 Responses to “Apartments Winnipeg: is downtown the new hotspot?”

  1. Steve-O 12 August 2011 at 3:25 pm Permalink

    The only thing that keeps me from purchasing/renting downtown are the hours that facilities stay open. It seems the only places that stay open late are restaurants and bars.

    Winnipeg Square doesn’t have a single shop open after 5:00 (Shoppers Drugmart is open until 6:00), Starbucks on Broadway and Donald closes at 8:30 (instead of the normal 11:00), the one on Graham closes even earlier. Unfold Apparel, Moi and Hoopers all close right after the work crowd leave too.

    Kudos to Modern Convenience for actually bucking the current trend.

  2. Joy 12 August 2011 at 4:33 pm Permalink

    I think this is a great article. Reaffirms the decision I made earlier this year of living downtown.

  3. Sabrina 31 August 2011 at 8:40 am Permalink

    Great Article!!!!

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