Just east of the Shaw Conference Centre by little over a block is a gem of a building with such a great view of the actual North Saskatchewan River [closer in reality than the panoramic photo depicts] and downtown that is called The View. It is 4 minutes from the Hotel MacDonald, 3 minutes from City Hall and 2 minutes from Telus Plaza. You can get to the University of Alberta Hospital within 9 minutes. Northlands Agricom is 7 minutes away. The air conditioned open concept 1220 sq ft condo with a 9 foot ceiling was professionally designed with upgrades to the architectural lighting, hardwood flooring, granite countertops throughout, custom cabinetry, efficient bathroom layout, an extra large kitchen island, under counter lighting, multi-speed stove fan, custom tiling, a steam with thermostatic shower, therapeutic bath, washer and dryer and more. The condo has structured wiring throughout in addition to wireless N. The living room has a large Samsung widescreen TV, HD satellite and leather furniture. In all the closets, the storage system is adjustable and has been upgraded for maximum usability. It sleeps up to 4 or 6 with the sofabed. You have a choice of a comfortable and seamless pillowtop king size bed or 2 XL twin beds in addition to a queen size bed. There are two sofas in the living room, one being a sofabed. Some people love the view so much, they move the kitchen table into the living room. Others choose to eat in the traditional dining area. Linen, dinnerware, cutlery, bedding and utilities are included. Outside maintenance is taken care of: There is no snow to shovel, grass to mow or water. There is no need to be bothered with the garbage collection schedule. Included is one heated and secured underground parking stall. Extra parking can be found on the street and there are visitor parking stalls. 2 childrens' parks, a outdoor rink and community hall is a 5 minute walk. A Catholic church is across the street. 2 ethnic restaurants and one of the finest restaurants, The Hardware Grill, in Edmonton are 2 and 4 blocks away respectively. As fun and busy is the community around the condo, the unit is intended for rest and relaxation. * * * * Called the River of Green, Edmonton's River Valley constitutes the longest stretch of connected urban parkland in N. America. The river valley is 22 times larger than New York City's Central Park. Athletes and those who attempt to be take advantage of the valley to run, jog, walk, hike, cycle, rollerblade through the paved and unpaved paths. You can even take a guided Segway tour through the river valley year round, the only way you can travel on a Segway publicly outdoors in Edmonton and the first on public land in Canada. It starts and ends at Louise McKinney Park 4 times a day and runs 3 seasons a year for groups as small as 2 and even single riders if you ask. In the river valley and downtown, festivals and other activities are abundant during the summer. Tai Chi in the Chinese Garden or do yoga in the park below the condo. There is easy access right down to the river's edge using the freshly cut lawn and paved walkways and/or stairs. You can watch within the condo unit the River Boat Queen across the river or watch the Dragon Boat racers practice throughout the summer in the river. Other sightings are power boats, jet skis, canoes, and the silly Sourdough Raft Race. Across the foot of the river promenade below is the sandy Cloverdale Beach. You can see Capital Ex's and practically all the others fireworks sites throughout Edmonton on Canada Day from the condo. You can see the forest from the trees when it comes to the view of downtown from the condo. Blocks away and seen from the condo is a ski hill for skiing and tobogganing. Next to the Muttart Conservatory for botanical lovers. the ski hill is also home to the renowned Edmonton Folk Festival. All of this including concerts, the Dragon Boat Races and the Chinese Garden can be seen from the condo. Riverside and Victoria Golf Courses are 1.4 and 3.2kms away respectively. Downtown buildings and Chinatown are a short walk away. Get your fresh groceries at an ethnic supermarket 2 blocks away. Bus stops next block over where buses head off in all directions includes one route that leads to West Edmonton Mall without transferring. A two block walk gets you to Canada Place where you can enter the 13 kilometre (8.1 mi) year-round climate-controlled underground tunnels and walkways between more than 40 buildings and parkades and three of the five Edmonton Light Rail Transit (LRT) stations in the downtown area. The LRT can whisk you to the University of Alberta, NE and south Edmonton.