Living near the Mill Creek Ravine is a Nature Lovers Paradise
One of the most popular places to live in Edmonton is near the Mill Creek Ravine which is located near the community of Cloverdale, south of the downtown core. This creek begins just south and east of Anthony Henday Drive and flows through the communities of Strathcona and Bonnie Doon.
During the 1960s and 1970s, local residents and nature enthusiasts fought successfully to prevent a freeway from being built in the ravine, so the City installed large segments of the creek were diverted into small channels that allow water to flow under our roads and the Davies/Coronet Industrial area. The surplus run off of the water emerges several meters above the east bank of the North Saskatchewan River which is visible from the James MacDonald Bridge.
Mill Creek is named after a flour mill that was established by William Bird in 1878. The ravine was once home to part of the Yukon & Pacific Railway line which ran from the Canadian Pacific line at about 67 Avenue, across 99 Street, and down into Mill Creek Ravine. In 1954 most of the railway through the ravine was abandoned, with only one section serving the meatpacking plant, running from 79 Avenue to the CPR line.
In the early 1980s, the City of Edmonton converted the railway right of way between 67 Avenue to the river into a paved bicycle path now used as a multi-use trail by residence. In 1988 the Edmonton Historical Board erected a plaque in Mill Creek Park commemorating the railway and you can still see the original wooden railway trestles at 76 Avenue NW.
Other nearby attractions near Mill Creek includes the Argyll Velodrome, Accidental Beach, BMX course, Muttart Conservatory, Rafters' Landing Riverboat and the popular summertime Mill Creek Outdoor Swimming Pool at 8200 - 95A Street.
Real estate in Mill Creek offers Ottewell Shalimar Plaza apartment condos for under $100,000 per unit to the Bonnie Doon Cascade Luxury Condos with stunning downtown views. Mill Creek houses for sale range from affordable super cute bungalows in the highly desirable neighbourhood of Hazeldean to architecturally designed million dollar plus homes in Strathearn, Bonnie Doon and Cloverdale.
No matter, which season it is, the Mill Creek Ravine is always worth the stroll featuring panoramic view and great for taking photos of mother nature
Cameron Heights Edmonton Luxury Homes
Cameron Heights is tucked away from the rest of the city located in west Edmonton. It is bordered by the Anthony Hendaym three natural ravine systems (Wedgewood, Cameron, and Smith Road Ravine) and the North Saskatchewan River Valley.
Residential and commercial real estate development is located strategically around the natural features Cameron Heights including a green space that has been designed to provide a focal point and is intended to house an elementary school and community facility.
Cameron Heights was named after John Cameron, a pioneer and businessman who lived at the north end of the road that now bears his name (Cameron Avenue). He arrived in Edmonton from Winnipeg in 1881, started a business as a merchant, and was the first president of the city’s Board of Trade. He also served as the Chairman of the Edmonton School Board and as one of the first members of Town Council in 1892 and 1895.
Homes in Cameron Heights are primarily built a few years after the turn of the century. Similar to the Griesbach community, Cameron Heights homes for sale have a slower turn over time than most Edmonton communities. The average price for a detached Cameron Heights home is approximately $800,000. House prices in this west Edmonton community range from the mid $400,000 to a few million.
Amenities near Cameron Heights
- Edmonton Country Club & Private Golf Course
- Terwillegar Off-Leash Dog Park
- River Valley Cameron Walking Trails
- Cameron Heights has a low walk score
- Treehouse theme children's playground
Riverbend Edmonton - An Extraordinary Place to Live
Riverbend is one of the best places to live in southwest Edmonton surrounded by mother nature. It is divided into two parts - Old Riverbend on the west and new Riverbend on the east. Riverbend is located off of Terwillegar drive a few minutes from the University of Alberta.
House prices in Riverbend Edmonton range from move-up to luxurious home prices. Old Riverbend is located on the west side of Terwillegar Drive and includes the communities of Brander Gardens, Brookside, Ramsay Heights, and Rhatigan Ridge.
Living in Riverbend
The newer part of Riverbend is located on the west side of Terwillegar Drive, bounded by Whitemud Creek Ravine and 23 Avenue NW offering homeowners here breathtaking and beautiful scenery year-round. This part of Riverbend includes the communities of Bulyea Heights, Carter Crest, Falconer Heights, Henderson Estates, and Ogilvie Ridge.
Bulyea Heights offers more walking trails than any other Riverbend community and with the presence of the Whitemud Creek Ravine, which runs the eastern length of Bulyea Heights, is the most striking community. Almost every house in Bulyea Heights is owner-occupied with several of these homes touching the edges of the ravines with more walking trails, natural paths for hiking and run-off streams from the North Saskatchewan River. Bulyea Heights was named after George Hedley Vicars Bulyea, the first Lieutenant-Governor of Alberta.
Carter Crest is a smaller upper-class Riverbend community features a combination of single-detached housing, construction prior to 1990s. There are only a few roads in this community which swirl and curve to limit the negative effects of traffic, maximize land space and allows its homeowners bigger lots. Carter Crest is within walking distance to the Terwillegar Recreation Center and is named after Robert I. Carter, a Canadian government agent who advised Americans on their immigration prospects in Canada.
Falconer Heights is one of the few Riverbend communities which offer several amenities including a medical centre, a library, fast food restaurants, banks, and more located in Riverbend Square. This portion of Riverbend is popular with the ageing community and features a fantastic retirement community. There is no school site located within Falconer Heights, but there is a large future school/park site adjacent to Henderson Estates. It was named after James F. Falconer, who was involved in the formation of the Edmonton Names Advisory Committee in the mid-1950s.
The Henderson Estates is nestled between Old Riverbend and Haddow in Terwillegar Heights bounded by the River Valley which runs the length of the community, providing homeowners with excellent access to our greatest natural asset. Due to the natural beauty and breath-taking views, many of these Henderson Estates properties will run into the multi-million dollar price range. Henderson Estates is named after Thomas Henderson, a homesteader in the Riverbend area in the late 19th century who imported Italian honey bees to his farm.
When originally built, Ogilvie Ridge was to be a private, elite, gated community until the city decided, Edmonton against any gated communities. It is bordered by Bulyea Heights, Whitemud Creek ravine, and west by the Rabbit Hill. Ogilvie Ridge features a natural topography with an integration of the North Saskatchewan River Valley ravine system defining this community. Ogilvie Ridge was named after James H. Ogilvie, a politician, a lawyer, and a veteran of World War I.
Old Riverbend Edmonton - A Favorite Place to Live
Riverbend is one of the best places to live in Edmonton. It is divided into two parts - East and west of Terwillegar Drive. House prices range from move-up to luxurious home prices. Unlike any other district in the city, Riverbend offers it's homeowners plenty of mother natures natural scenic beauty with community walking paths and river valley access all within walking distance.
Riverbend consists of nine communities. The new part of Riverbend is located on the east side of Terwillegar Drive and includes the communities of Bulyea Heights, Carter Crest, Falconer Heights, Henderson Estates, and Ogilvie Ridge.
Living in Old Riverbend
Rhatigan Ridge was first subdivided in 1980 with various house styles from large luxury homes on spacious lots, especially near the edges of the river valley to a range of more modest executive-style houses. Rhatigan Ridge encompasses the Riverbend community league beside St. Mary Catholic School and features a high point of land with panoramic views south of Riverbend Road. Rhatigan Ridge was named after of Thomas Rhatigan, a farmer who was famous for the quality of his wheat and oats and was proclaimed World Oat King at the Royal Winter Fair three times.
Brander Gardens offers more deserve homeownership with plenty of townhouse and apartment condominiums to choose from. When originally built, the majority of these condos were focused on the upper-class and elite. Located in the western portion of Brander Gardens are some of Edmonton's most magnificent properties, originally called Glamorgan. Homeowners here are treated with the proximity to the Fort Edmonton Walking trails and Footbridge which crosses to the Wolf Willow Ravine. Brander Gardens was named in honour of George Brander, who established a peony garden in the Bonnie Doon until the 1940s.
Brookside, nestled away from the rest of Riverbend bounded by Whitemud Creek Ravine North with scenic views of our Downtown. Most houses in Brookside are executive style homes constructed in the 1970s with above average-sized lots and mature landscaping. Brookside homeowners enjoy the natural woodland habitat, skiing at the Snow Valley Ski Club and Rainbow Valley Park, access to river valley park trails, and other recreational facilities.
Ramsay Heights is Riverbend's oldest community located in a prime real estate location and features a mix of housing equally split between single-family houses and condominiums. Ramsay Heights offers a high elevation vantage point with panoramic views of Edmonton. A large portion of the detached houses in Ramsay Heights runs along the river Valley on 154 Street and Whitemud Road. There are also a few luxury houses located in the original Glamorgan subdivision adjacent to the river valley. Ramsay Heights was named for Walter Ramsay, a principal at McKay Avenue and Queen Avenue School, then became the cities first commercial florist.