If you are not familiar with Edmonton, it is hard to know which neighbourhood is the best for you. Unlike most cities, income demographic communities are sparatic here. It is common to have house prices range by over a million dollars throughout several of our neighbourhoods. It is also common to have a high crime rate only a few blocks away from a low crime rate community. To learn more about each community, feel free to browse each community content.
If you are a nature lover, Edmonton offers several low crime, river valley communities filled with walking trails and bike paths in the southwest enjoy spending time outdoors observing wild animals and plants. If you prefer to be beachfront, go fishing, take out the boat, or be near the water on a daily basis, view homes for sale in Parkland County and Summerside.
For those who enjoy more of a metropolitan lifestyle, homes near the downtown core in Oliver and near Mill Creek are a must to check out. These diverse neighbourhoods are extremely walkable with "mom & pop" shops, restaurants, pedestrian-friendly infrastructure, ample nightlife and the streets are flooded with people during our popular summer festivals.
Each Edmonton community is famous for something. Research your community and learn more. The top five historical districts in Edmonton are:
- Glenora was originally part of a river lot farm homesteaded by Malcolm Groat, the namesake of Groat Road.
- Griesbach was the originally military base in Edmonton.
- Riverbend established in 1970, best known for its luxury houses and beautiful ravines.
- Mill Creek electoral district wasn't created until 1996. It is named for the Mill Creek Ravine which runs through Edmonton. but is best known for École J. H. Picard French Immersion Catholic School.
- Kaskitayo communities are named after historical chiefs and were once flooded with bison and buffalo.
The Magrath Mansion is a two and one half-storey historical building situated on a large Highlands city lot overlooking the North Saskatchewan River providing amazing views year-round. It was built between 1912 and 1913 with a stately design strongly influenced by the Georgian Revival and Neoclassical architectural styles. The heritage value of the Magrath Mansion lies in its association with Edmonton's pre-World War One building boom.
Prominent features of the Magrath Mansion include the symmetrical front facade, two-storey colonnade supported by robust classical columns, hipped roof with gable dormers, and wraparound porch and balcony that expresses in its lavishness and scale the ebullient optimism.
In the years between the creation of the Province of Alberta in 1905 and the outbreak of World War One in 1914, Edmonton experienced substantial real estate, commercial and economic growth. Among the most significant figures during this time period were Bidwell Holgate and William J. Magrath, who both built mansions in this area. Unfortunately in the early 1930s, the Magrath family had fallen behind in the payment of property taxes and the home was seized by the local sheriff.
This entrepreneurial pair established a real estate company in 1909 and was involved in numerous projects to create residential areas for Edmonton's growing population. Their most ambitious undertaking was the creation, development, and promotion of Highlands, a subdivision located in the northeast Edmonton. Envisioned as an exclusive preserve of our municipality burgeoning entrepreneurial and professional class, Highlands was graced with such genteel luxuries as minimum building standards, streetcars, concrete sidewalks, street lighting, and sewer and water mains.
The impressive colonnade home with robust classical columns crowned by Ionic capitals is a bold expression of the Neoclassical architectural vision. The interior was equally ostentatious, graced by a variety of exotic materials - including mahogany, Italian marble, hand-painted silk and linen wallpaper, and Bohemian crystal. You will impress your friends with the architectural details like the French chandelier in the reception area, the winding oak staircase to the second floor, the fireplace faced with hammered brass in the library, and the intricately painted, and sculptured plaster ceiling in the dining room.
Source: Alberta Culture and Community Spirit, Historic Resources Management Branch (File: Des. 323)
What classifies an Edmonton home as luxury?
Luxury home prices vary from city to province to state to country. What classifies a home in the luxury market consists of a few variables. Luxury homes are no longer based on price alone. To classify property into the luxury home category, it mush have desired indulgences. A home can be considered "a luxury property" when it offers these features:
- A grand foyer with soaring ceilings to greet your guests.
- Adequate nanny/guest living quarters which are private and away from the main living area.
- Personal conveniences and amenities such as pools, in-home gyms, Imax movie theatres, arcade rooms, wine cellars, decontamination showers, backyard tennis courts, solarium, and game rooms. There are several homes in Edmonton with personal amenities which can be found in Cameron Heights and Glenora.
- State of the art kitchens. With duel ovens, smart refrigerators to keep track of your food items, wine storage, ample counter space, built-in computer screens.
- Technology. Homes controlled with voice activation or the touch of a bottom from anywhere in the world are now one of the must-haves with elite buyers.
- Privacy. Many elite home buyers require privacy, especially media icons who get accosted by paparazzi.
- A prime location. A view is one of the things that make homes fall into the luxury category no matter where you live. It can be an unobstructed view of a mountain, beachfront, or overlooking the sparkling lights of the city. Beachfront properties in Edmonton can be found in Summerside.
- Premier quality, reputable builders and renowned architect. The construction materials, lighting, finishes, appliances, and design all must be a cut above what's considered standard. Dominate renowned Edmonton communities include Griesbach and Windermere.
A luxury home can mean different things to different people. Bottom line, a luxury home is where you can relax and retreat from the rest of the world, enjoying a dwelling which fits your lifestyle.
Living in Lewis Estates Edmonton
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 centre 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 ageing population and offers all the perks of new community living.
Looking for new homes in southwest Edmonton?
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 in 2016 and later. Residential construction of Uplands and Stillwater is already underway and will be the hottest new home district in Edmonton in 2019 & 2020. View currently listed Riverview homes for sale.
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 the Glenora area. The Buena Vista Dog Park features 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 between 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 the 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 accessible via Rabbit Hill in the Riverbend District. 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 strolls with your best friend.
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 including Allard, Blackmud Creek, Callaghan, Cavanagh, Desrochers, Chappelle, Graydon Hill, Hays Ridge, Heritage Valley Town Centre, MacEwan, Paisley, Richford and Rutherford. Plus the future community 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.
The nearby Currents of Windermere and Southgate shopping centres 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 prestigious 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.
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.