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Welcome to the Buena Vista Area of Saskatoon
Buena Vista is located in south-central Saskatoon and offers easy access to downtown Saskatoon and a number of popular Saskatoon golf courses. Roughly seventy-five percent of the homes in the area are detached houses and the area's close proximity to the University of Saskatchewan makes detached duplexes a popular housing type for rental revenue.
Roughly half of the homes in Buena Vista were built before 1940, some in the first couple of decades of the 1900's so you'll find an interesting mix of dwellings from old character homes, to war time houses, to more recent infill development. Large lots and a mature landscape give the area a certain charm.
The area has just one school, Buena Vista School, which is part of the public system. Catholic school students are bussed out of the area.
Buena Vista has nearly twenty acres of park space between three public parks offering baseball and basketball facilities, numerous playgrounds, plenty of walking paths, and a paddling pool. Bordering the South Saskatchewan River, Gabriel Dumont Park is a wonderful spot to enjoy a summer afternoon because of its pretty views and picnic sites.
The patio at Tastebuds Cafe is a popular gathering spot for specialty coffees, light meals, desserts and good times with friends.
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When we moved to Saskatoon, we wanted to be within walking distance of downtown, in a character house. The trouble was, we couldn’t afford skyrocketing prices in Broadway/Nutana. Nor could we afford the homes a few blocks from the university. We lucked out with Buena Vista.
The neighbourhood is a three-minute drive from downtown. It’s about a twenty minute walk from the new River Landing development, and the Saskatoon Farmer’s Market. Around our home, we frequently see neighbours out walking, often with their kids or dogs in tow. In the warm months, lilacs, mature trees and gardens create a striking atmosphere for pedestrians and cyclists. Buena Vista Park and its playground are gems in the summer months. The Saskatoon Lawn Bowling Club is also located there, holding regular “junior nights” aimed at anyone under the age of fifty each summer.
Living in “BV”, it’s hard to get much closer to Saskatoon’s river trails for walking, running, in-line skating and biking. Those trails stretch from the Exhibition grounds, all the way north along the South Saskatchewan river. On the far west side of the area you’ll find the Saskatoon Hilltops Junior Football club and their practice field, alongside several baseball diamonds. This sports park is largely fenced, which makes it a favourite for dogs and their humans.
A warning: Buena Vista is not the place to find cookie-cutter houses. No two blocks look alike. The area was established in the early 1900s, but it took another 30 years to fill in most of the lots. Edwardian character homes sit next to Depression-era bungalows, wartime houses, and more modern infill homes. A number of the older homes have undergone additions or substantial renovations, as has the area’s only school. Residents nickname Buena Vista elementary school “The Castle on the Hill”. This three-storey brick landmark on Lorne Avenue underwent a significant restoration in 2003. Generations of Saskatoonians have gone to school there, and it creates a magnificent centrepiece for the neighbourhood.
For a last-minute grocery or snack run, it’s hard to beat Lorne Avenue Drugs, and the Pelican Market, at Lorne Avenue and Taylor Street. The Pelican Market is independently-owned, and is stocked with fresh produce, baking, and dairy products. This family-run convenience store also includes a well-provisioned dollar store and a dry-cleaning drop off service. A few blocks up Lorne Avenue, Tastebuds serves up coffee, desserts, and a delicious lunch menu. Its outdoor patio is an ideal spot for people-watching. Buena Vista is within a comfortable walking and cycling distance to shops and bars in both the Broadway area, and downtown. (Luckily, the area is just far enough to be past “stumbling distance” for drunks).
One of the best things about living in this historic east-side neighbourhood is the sense of community. Admittedly, this is not not Saskatoon’s most affluent neighbourhood. Rather, it’s one where families of all sizes, ages, and backgrounds come together, and where residents take pride in their homes, gardens and yards. The houses here are built close enough together that it’s hard not to get to know your neighbours, or to see a familiar face passing by. Buena Vista residents tend to quietly watch out for each other, infusing this neighbourhood with a sense of honesty, dignity and pride.
Buena Vista is one of Saskatoon’s oldest neighborhoods; however, one of the best neighborhoods to live in if you prefer to be close to some of Saskatoon’s major amenities and downtown. The location of the neighborhood really makes the “live, work and play” lifestyle accessible.
Though Buena Vista is a small neighborhood, it boasts close proximity to many, many things. For example it’s very close to one of the major traffic arteries known as Circle Drive which allows for quick access to other major routes and neighborhoods, it’s an approximate 20 minute walk to Downtown Saskatoon or to the culturally diverse Broadway Avenue which is home to unique shopping experiences and independent restaurants. The Buena Vista neighborhood runs parallel to the Saskatchewan River (approximately 2 blocks west of the neighborhood) which has amazing walking and biking trails.
Buena Vista has cute character homes on larger lots which allows gardening and horticultural enthusiasts to create picture-perfect yards and landscapes. This mature neighborhood is comfortable, cozy and beautiful.