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Groat gradually sold his land to developers as the demand for residential lots increased. Westmount developed early due to its proximity to downtown Edmonton. Access to downtown was further enhanced by the extension of an electric streetcar line in 1910 and commercial space developed along 124 Street beside the line. Westmount, particularly the area bordering the Groat Ravine, established a reputation as an attractive residential area for wealthy and professional people.
Apartment buildings are generally located near 124 Street or other major traffic routes. Along its residential streets, Westmount has retained many of its older homes, although extensive renovation and infill development has occurred. To help maintain the character of the neighbourhood, public and private initiatives to upgrade the 124 Street shopping district and to develop heritage preservation guidelines were implemented in the 2000s.
Westmount is now a mixed-use neighbourhood with a variety of residential, institutional, recreational, commercial, and light industrial land uses within easy walking distance of each other. The 124th Street shopping area and Business Revitalization Zone (BRZ) runs north-south through the neighbourhood, acting as a central spine for the community.
Westmount likely takes its name from an affluent, predominantly Anglophone, city (formerly neighbourhood) on the west island of Montreal.