Moving can be an extremely stressful endeavor. Not only is it challenging to find a home that suits you and your families needs, you also have to consider what neighbourhood suits you and your families needs. This can be especially difficult if you are moving to a new city and have very limited knowledge on the current state of neighbourhoods within the city limits. Everyone wants to find the perfect neighbourhood that they can call home and feel safe with their family. It is very easy to fall short of this and buy into an area that doesn’t manifest these characteristics. A property may be priced under market value, but this could be solely based on the current state of the neighbourhood in which it resides. Safety is a huge thing to consider when choosing a new home, you want to feel safe where you live, excess worry is never anyone’s friend. Everyone wants to be able to stroll the streets they live on, feel comfortable with their pets being left outside, and feel comfortable with their children walking to school unaccompanied. When you end up living in a neighbourhood that is not safe, you begin to feel just that, unsafe. Where you live should never create excess frustration, fear, uncomfortableness and anxiety. The last thing we want to see is our clients unknowingly move into an area that is unsafe, our goal is to make our clients as informed as possible when purchasing property. In order to achieve this we have prepared some information on the less desirable neighbourhoods in Regina.
The North Central neighbourhood of Regina has been long known as one of the worst neighbourhoods not only in our city but in Canada. It is no surprise that people feel this way, Macleans magazine has consistently awarded North Central in Regina the crown of Canada’s worst neighbourhoods, it is the long standing champion. There are many reasons for this, although based on a per-capita ratio these allegations are not ill-founded. The current market value of homes directly reflects this. The area is robust with crime and poverty. These two things often go hand in hand and in this case it is no different. The area is full of drugs, prostitutes, vandalism, noise, gangs, theft, among many other things most people would prefer to avoid. Safety is not only a concern during the evening but throughout the entire day. The conditions of homes reflect this as well. Most are run down and require extensive maintenance. What is left on lawns in this area can be a direct indicator of the state of the inside of homes. It would never be recommended to allow your children to walk to school or in the area at all unattended. There is constant theft and break ins in this area, cars go missing, windows are smashed, and homes broken into and trashed. Property is vandalized and tagged, prostitutes roam certain areas, and gangs control most of the neighbourhood. The area has a few well-known corner stores and a bar that are best to be avoided. One positive is that the city has created a revitalization movement through the building of two new schools, Scott Collegiate and Sacred Heart. North Central is ubiquitous with poverty, this although quite unfortunate and sad as a negative effect on the Real Estate Market in the neighbourhood. This area is closed in by major roadways and is subject to more noise, especially in the evenings due to activity on the streets.
This neighbourhood is close to the North Central/Washington Park area. This neighborhood is right next to Dewdney Avenue right by the Pasqua hospital. It is well known throughout the city that this area is not very safe, especially in the evenings. There is quite a lot of crime in the area, this includes robberies, vandalism and assaults. This area is also robust with drugs and all the activities associated with them. There are a few corner stores, as well as a liquor store that are best when avoided. It is advised that children are not left alone and unattended in this neighbourhood, so it is best not to let them walk to school on their own. Vehicles are often vandalized in this area, this includes windows being smashed, headlights being smashed, etc. The homes in this area are not very well taken care of, this is very apparent on the exterior of the properties, most of the interior properties are in similar, if not worse condition. This area is considered a more impoverished neighbourhood of the city, which unfortunately goes hand in hand with criminal activity.
The Glenelm/Glencairn neighbourhoods are two adjoining east end areas that have similar characteristics to those of North Central but less extreme. This area is considered to be less safe than other in the city, especially in the evenings but it does not fit the same profile of the North Central/Washington Park area and the Windsor Park area. It is fairly similar and does have its fair share of criminal activity, this includes drugs, assaults, vandalism, robberies, etc. Although, it is still not as apparent as it is in the other mentioned areas. There are a number of corner stores in the area, they are safer to go to during the day then the evening, kids should ideally not be allowed to go on their own. There are both elementary schools and a high school in this area, it is safer for students to walk to and from some than others. The homes here are both hit and miss in terms of their quality due to receiving ongoing care and maintenance.
Regina’s core neighbourhood is the area that houses the General hospital. This area is infamous for being “rough around the edges”. There have been multiple attacks on hospital employees before and after their shifts when walking to their vehicles. This area has its fair share of crime and gets less safe the closer you get to Victoria Avenue and it is typically safer the closer you are to College Avenue. Noise is another issue in this area due to its proximity to the