Saskatoon News November 6, 2012

Saskatoon Needs More Schools-Stonebridge Overview

Part 2-focus on Stonebridge

As a REALTOR(r) in Saskatoon I am often dealing with out of town buyers and one area that is important to many Saskatoon home buyers are the schools in the neighbourhood they are considering.

According to an article in the Star Phoenix the public and Catholic school divisions new schools in Hampton Village and Stonebridge remain their top priority however neither division will attach timelines to any construction of new schools in these areas.

Hampton Village and Stonebridge are dealing with the same issues when it comes to large amounts of children and no schools. Stonebridge will one day be home to 13,200 people and, with some of the final developments underway, this number will be here pretty soon. While parents in Stonebridge have the choice of several nearby schools the realty is that they are all on the other side of Circle Drive, a highway, so kids can’t safely walk or bike to school. The sad truth is some small kids are on the bus for 45 minutes each way for what should be a 5 minute drive due to the sheer numbers of kids being picked up and dropped off.

It blows my mind that according to the ministry’s new capital list, both public and Catholic schools in Stonebridge are in the Priortity 4 category. As a real estate agent in Saskatoon this lack of priority affects some of my client’s decision to purchase in this neighbourhood as schools are in their future. What does this mean? Quite simple actually, I don’t show them houses for sale in Stonebridge if schools are a priority to them. We look at established areas only. Many people aren’t too concerned about it so I should clarify that this is not the opinion of all homeowners in Stonebridge but I think all would be happy to have elementary schools there.

If you are considering buying a house for sale in Saskatoon make sure you are dealing with an experienced Saskatoon REALTOR(r), especially if you have questions or concerns about the neighbourhood or what is happening. I would be more than happy to help you with the purchase of a Saskatoon home, whether it is a condo or a single family home I have experience in all.

Kari Calder
Saskatoon Real Estate Agent
Century 21 Fusion