Although homes in Riverdale lean more to the expensive side (recent listings in the area were as high as $1.1 million), the residents of this neighbourhood get what they pay for. With the community nestled between Boyle Street and a bend in the North Saskatchewan River, the scenery is breathtaking. Combine that with the close proximity to downtown, direct access to the river valley, with its biking and hiking trails, and Riverdale is a recreation haven just moments away from the core.
No. 7: Strathearn
Overlooking the North Saskatchewan River Valley, Strathearn earns points for a commanding view. The wedge-shaped neighbourhood is within walking distance of the Bonnie Doon area and its shopping centre. But who needs to leave when Strathearn’s destined to be the go-to neighbourhood? The slated LRT expansion to Strathearn Heights has set into motion a development plan, which promises to replace 500 townhouses with a new urban plaza, complete with apartments, residential towers and commercial spaces.
No. 8: Crestwood
Many Edmontonians can’t utter the name “Crestwood” without the words “Candy Cane Lane” in the same sentence. But the Christmas spirit isn’t the only thing Crestwood has in abundance; the neighborhood is jam-packed with community facilities, including two neighbourhood shopping centres, and Crestwood Park’s arena and tennis court. The community spirit of this neighborhood is a big draw, proudly boasting Canada’s oldest community league, which has been around for 96 years.
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No. 9: Windermere
The name of this neighbourhood is likely a combination of two words: “Winder,” which means, “to take one’s breath away,” and “mere,” which refers to the boundary of an area. It’s an appropriate name for one of Edmonton’s newest neighbourhoods, which lies in Edmonton’s southwest boundary – connecting to Anthony Henday Drive. With all-new modern homes, condos and duplexes set within sprawling development communities and a massive shopping centre including Edmonton’s only licensed movie theatre, this growing community truly takes the breath away.
No. 10: Belgravia
Named for a fashionable residential section of 19th-century London, this quiet neighbourhood lies between the North Saskatchewan River and 114th Street. Older bungalow-style homes, small shops near 76th Avenue, easy access to the University of Alberta and a short jaunt to Whyte Avenue have long characterized Belgravia. But with the LRT expansion giving residents quick access to downtown, and new condominium projects on the rise, the once quiet slice of Edmonton is looking to get busier.