Edmonton Military Realtor - Audrey Abuan

Edmonton Advanced Marketing BGRS REALTOR


Looking for new homes in southwest Edmonton?

New homes in Riverview, River's Edge, Uplands and Stillwater are now selling.



Riverview located at the outer ridges of southwest Edmonton is now building. Similar to the rural West Big Lake district, the Riverview community is nestled away from the big city, south of the Grange and features an urban lifestyle, lined with trees along the Wedgewood Creek ravines. This up and coming community will be filled with the amenities of a modern city including playgrounds, parks, recreation and walking trails integrated with new and modern homes, a variety of restaurants, shops and services.


House prices in Riverview will range from starter home prices to the multi-millions. Also known as River's Edge - the Riverview Area offers some of the cities best country residential homes. The Edgemont community features houses and attached dwellings built 2016 and later. Residential construction of Uplands and Stillwater is already underway and will will be the hottest new home district in Edmonton in 2019 & 2020. View currently listed Riverview homes for sale.

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Living in Lewis Estates Edmonton

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Lewis Estates was originally developed as a retirement community. When Lewis Estates, also known as "Lewis Farms" began the construction of single family houses, it was focused around the popular Lewis Estates golf course which features an incredible 6,742 yard 18-hole championship course. Several of the houses in this part of West Edmonton feature large picture windows which overlook the golf course. This is also one of the few areas in west Edmonton which houses are relatively newer and offer many bungalow style homes. Keep in mind when purchasing one of these Lewis Estates homes to seek out extra glass insurance for those hard hitters! There is also a very popular community focused Seniors Care Living Residence with an aquatic center and fitness room which features a full-time health and wellness director to inspire and entertain the most discerning and active seniors.


Today, the community of Lewis Estates is changing with the expansion of the city and has added a few schools to accommodate the younger families with a major up-coming Lewis Farms Facility and Park project, currently in the design phase, with anticipated completion in 2020 and will be located within the Rosenthal neighborhood in the open space southwest of 92 Avenue and Rosenthal Way.


Lewis Estates, West Edmonton is comprised of seven communities. The original communities of Breckenridge Greens, Potter Greens, Stewart Greens, and Suder Greens which were constructed after 1990 and the most recently built communities of Rosenthal, Secord, and Webber Greens featuring a mix of single-family and duplex homes.


Everything you will ever need is also within minutes of Lewis Estates including West Edmonton Mall, the Misericordia Hospital, River Cree Casino, Costco, Sobeys Liquor, dental care, physical therapists, lawyer offices, a transit station and plenty of strip malls in the Grange. Lewis Estates is a perfect place to live for children, parents and grand-parents. It is a mixed district catering to both our aging population and offers all the perks of new community living.

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Communities for Edmonton Dog Lovers

Edmonton has over 40 dog park and off leash areas where your best friend can run and play without having you on the other end of the leash. You too, can get physical and emotional benefits from exercise and by socializing with other dog owners. 



My top 3 places to live for Edmonton dog owners are near


  • Buena Vista - Great Meadow: A large off leash dog park near the valley zoo, north of Laurier Park and south of Melton Ravine in west central Edmonton. The Buesna Vista Dog Park feaures an open off-leash area, access to the river valley for those dogs who love to swim, park benches, ample parking and river valley trails with maps for walking and cycling. Note* No smoking or vaping tobacco or cannabis in this park.
  • Hermitage Point South located bewteen 129 Avenue and 137 Avenue, 22 Street and the River Valley in northeast Edmonton. It features plenty of natural walking trails, picnic sites, Ambassador, portable toilets, seasonal summer fishing and a large off-leash dog area. Our Edmonton Ambassadors at the Hermitage Park Dog Park help improve the quality of our off-leash areas, and enhance user experience for human and canine visitors by encouraging positive interactions, and creating a culture of community at the park. Homes near the Hermitage Point South Dog Park are very reasonably priced. Check them out!
  • Terwillegar Dog Park in southwest Edmonton accessable via Rabbit Hill in the Riverbend Distrct. Although the Terwillegar Dog Park is a multi-use area, it is most popular for pet lovers with larger canines. This park also has a 262-metre-long footbridge that links the park to Oleskiw River Valley Park on the north side of the river, perfect for long stolls with your best friend.
For other dog parks near you, visit Edmonton's off-leash dog parks



#28 - TERWILLEGAR PARK - Park access via Rabbit Hill Rd. This is amulti-use area

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Pros and Cons of Condominium Ownership

Living in a condominium in Edmonton offers the sense of community living. Whether you are taking out the trash, working out in the exercise room, relaxing in the lobby or picking up your mail, there will be ample opportunities to engage with your neighbors.


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Pros of Condominium Ownership

No Maintenance. The biggest benefits of condo living are that other people do the maintenance for you. They cut the grass, maintain the common areas including elevators, amenities, windows, doors, and shingles No grass to mow or snow to shovel with the exception of detached condos and townhouse style condominiums.


Cost. Condominiums are less expensive than buying a comparable house in Edmonton. Obviously, the cost of a condo versus the cost of a house depends on the location. Property values in Edmonton vary in each neighborhood. But typically, you'll spend less on a condo, " Maintaining a single-family house can be expensive. It is your responsibility to keep your home in living standard conditions. When purchasing the first home, going brand new is a smart choice.

Security. Most apartment condos offer gated or locked entries, with special keys or electronic fobs. If you live alone, or security is a concern for you, this can be a major perk. In addition, you’re living in close proximity to other people and in an emergency, this will be helpful.

Amenities. Exercise rooms, Guest suites, swimming pools, underground parking, and courtyards. Many condo communities offer residents amenities that are out of reach for the average homeowner.

Cons of Condominium Ownership

Homeowners Association Fees.Of course, there is a few to live in a condominium. It costs money to maintain a large building. When you buy a condo, you essentially become a business partner in that community. You pay a condominium fee each month (on top of your mortgage) which goes towards the upkeep of the property, as well as future investments. This fee can vary from a few hundred dollars upwards. It will depend on the current condition of the complex, how well the monies have been managed and future expenses.


Less Privacy.You will be meeting your neighbors. Some condominium complexes in Edmonton offer in-house managers and know everyone by name. Depending on how well your complex is built, your neighbor may even know what time you get home every day. Expect to have someone looking at you when you are out on your balcony or sitting in the front yard. Socialites love this!


Less Freedom. Depending on your condominium complex, you may or may not be allowed to have pets, have Bar-be-ques on the balcony, change the flooring to a hardwood, have guests stay for long periods of time or rent out your unit. Read the by-laws before purchasing.


Levies and Special Assessments: In Edmonton, Condos have been hit hard by the recession, the oversupply and there are plenty of issues with a few Edmonton condominiums, whereas some builders missed adding building materials during construction, such as water vapors. Also as more people struggle to make ends meet, more condo owners are dropping out of paying their condo fees. This can increase the cost of what you will be paying each month.


Things to inquire on prior to purchasing a condominium

  • Reserve Fund Study
  • Are condo fees reasonable
  • Bi-laws - are you allowed pets?
  • Financials - Is the complex in the red
  • Professionally or Self Managed
  • AGM - Annual General Meeting
  • Any upcoming special assessment


Today, several banks will request to review these documents prior to releasing your financing. Also, have your lawyer review these documents if you are not comfortable with the lingo.

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Welcome to Heritage Valley Edmonton

Heritage Valley is one of Edmonton's largest and newest districts located in southwest Edmonton established in 2001. There are currently 14 communities includin Allard, Blackmud Creek, Callaghan, Cavanagh, Desrochers, Chappelle, Graydon Hill, Hays Ridge, Heritage Valley Town Centre, MacEwan, Paisley, Richford and Rutherford.  Plus the future neighborhood of Cashman. Although nearby, Blackburne does not form part of the Heritage Valley. It is bounded by 170th Street NW, 41st Avenue SW, Ellerslie Road.


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The nearby Currents of Windermere and Southgate shopping centers offer a variety of retail, dining, and medical and dental options. The Heritage Valley Town Centre will also provide many new shopping opportunities when construction is complete. Close proximity to the Anthony Henday, as well as the major bounding roadways, provides residents with access to amenities throughout the city.


The international Airport, Jagare Ridge Golf Club and South Edmonton Common are also nearby.

Each community in the Heritage Valley area has plenty of green spaces, and walking trails for homeowners to enjoy. Most of the Streets in the Heritage Valley Area are named after Edmontonians. There is also a new future hospital with plans underway and plans to extend the LRT.


Callaghan, Richford and Rutherford are the most presitious communities in the Heritage Valley Area, while Allard and Blackmud Creek feature more value per square foot than other Heritage Valley area homes. View homes for sale in the Heritage Valley.

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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

Old Riverbend is located on the west side of Terwillegar Drive, bounded by Rabbit Hill. North Saskatchewan River  and includes Brander Gardens, Brookside, Ramsay Heights,and Rhatigan Ridge.


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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 in honor 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 home ownership with plenty of townhouse and apartment condominiums to choose from. When originally build, the majority of these condos were focused on the upper-class and elite. Located in the west 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 honor of George Brander, who established a peony garden in the Bonnie Doon Area until the 1940s.


Brookside is 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 run 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 in honor of Walter Ramsay, a principal at McKay Avenue and Queen Avenue School, then became the cities first commercial florist.


View more homes for sale in the Riverbend Edmonton District.

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