The Winnipeg housing market has been strong since the start of the year, and while COVID-19 has impacted the market, the strong trajectory is expected to continue throughout the spring.

The biggest areas of concern for homebuyers in Winnipeg include affordability and low housing supply. The homeowners in Winnipeg are commonly identified as young families looking to live in the city, as well as move-up buyers.

So, what are the best neighbourhoods in Winnipeg to buy a house? RE/MAX explores more than 300 of Canada’s most liveable hot spots in the new 2020 Liveability Report. Here are our top picks in Winnipeg.

Most Liveable Neighbourhoods in Winnipeg

  1. River Heights

  2. Norwood Flats

  3. Osborne Village

  4. Fraser’s Grove

  5. Scotia Heights

  6. Wolseley

  7. Riverview

  8. Old. St. Vital

  9. Crescentwood

  10. West End

Most Liveable Neighbourhoods in Winnipeg

The most liveable neighbourhoods in Winnipeg, as listed above are all in close proximity to green spaces, parks, retail shops and transit. They boast lots of liveability factors that appeal to homebuyers looking in those neighbourhoods.

Winnipeg Liveability Trends

Liveability in Winnipeg is expected to continue to improve. “Developers in the region know that Winnipeg residents, like many Canadians, enjoy their own neighbourhoods, so they keep this perspective in mind when building and planning. Gone are the days where neighbourhoods have the bare minimum, the focus now is adding value to the properties with great neighbourhood amenities”.

Winnipeg at a Glance

Winnipeg is the capital city of Manitoba and boasts a diverse economy in sectors including trade, manufacturing, education and health case. Often called the “gateway to the West”, Winnipeg is also culturally diverse, with over 100 languages and nationalities represented. People are often drawn to Winnipeg because of it’s unique winter experiences and great liveability factors, including unique neighbourhoods and access to green space.

Canada’s Most Liveable Neighbourhoods

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Liveability is about quality of life at a local level. A neighbourhood’s dynamism, or lack thereof, involves a delicate convergence between independent small businesses, public institutions, arts and culture, green spaces and housing, to name a few. The COVID-19 tragedy will impact neighbourhood ecosystems differently across the country, just as the virus itself has. Yet, civic/local pride has been proliferating throughout this crisis in inspiring ways, giving Canadians hope that micro-economies, including real estate, have the resilience to be restored in the near and mid-term.

To learn more about liveability in Canada’s biggest housing markets, read the RE/MAX 2020 Liveability Report.

Winnipeg is Manitoba’s capital and the province’s largest city, with a population of 705,244 reported in the Canada 2016 Census. Touted as the “gateway to the West,” Winnipeg boasts a diverse economy in sectors including trade, manufacturing, education and health care. The city is also culturally diverse, with over 100 languages and nationalities represented here. Winnipeg is known for its unique winter experiences, colourful arts and festivals scene, unique neighbourhoods and access to green space. Restaurants, museums, theatres, sports venues and night clubs are hot spots among residents and visitors alike.

We know that Canadian’s truly celebrate the liveabililty factors of their neighbourhood – the qualities that give homeowners the true satisfaction of their home within the context of a neighbourhood. In fact a Leger survey conducted by RE/MAX revealed that 89% of Canadians recommend their neighbourhoods to others. Unlike your home, neighbourhoods cannot be changed, so it is important to assess what qualities are important to you before you purchase. Luckily, when it comes to Winnipeg, there is a lot of celebrate in terms of liveability.

A survey of RE/MAX Brokers revealed that the best places to live in Winnipeg’s are the neighbourhoods of Bridgwater Lakes, River Heights and West Kildonan rank as the top three for access to green spaces and parks, walkability, retail and restaurants and the ease of getting around/public transit.

In the same Leger survey, six-in-10 Canadians put easy access to shopping, dining and green spaces at the top of their liveability criteria. Proximity to public transit (36 per cent), work (30 per cent) and to preferred schools (18 per cent), as well as cultural and community centres (18 per cent) fall out of the top five neighbourhood wants and expectations. So how does Winnipeg stack up?

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If you are searching for the best place to live in Winnipeg, you should know that Transcona ranks as the top hidden gem neighbourhood, while River Park South, Sargent Park and Saint James rank as the top three neighbourhoods for affordability and good supply of housing inventory.