6 Best Edmonton Neighbourhoods: Edmonton, AB Community Living Guide

Posted by Edmonton Homes.ca on Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021 at 1:14pm.

Edmonton Best Neighbourhoods

Residents living in Edmonton have many opportunities when it comes to experiencing popular restaurants, shopping, nightlife, and attractions, as well as exploring the hidden gems the city has to offer. Those planning to relocate to Edmonton should be prepared for numerous destinations designed to enrich, educate, and fascinate. Along with various things to do, Edmonton neighbourhoods offer residents and potential residents several choices in types of residences, business opportunities, quality schools, and convenience in modes of transportation when navigating around town. Anyone house-hunting in Edmonton should read on and keep the following communities in mind, as they're some of Edmonton's most popular neighbourhoods.

Downtown

Downtown Amenities

  • Community Medicine Wheel Garden
  • Frederick G. Todd Lookout
  • Muttart Conservatory
  • Art Gallery of Alberta
  • Edmonton Valley Zoo

Edmonton's history dates to a time when aboriginal hunters were the area's inhabitants approximately 3,000 years before Europeans arrived in the 19th century. Once Europeans arrived, the fur trading business became the main focus of commerce. Today, Edmonton is the capital city of the Alberta province.

Downtown Edmonton offers its residents many things to do, such as a visit to the ICE District and Rogers Place for ice hockey events, friendly gambling at the local casino, socializing at busy Churchill Square, having a picnic at the Alberta Legislature Grounds, assorted shopping venues, culturally diverse restaurants and cafes, and numerous nightclubs for entertainment.

Glenora

Glenora Amenities

  • Alexander Circle
  • Government Hill
  • MacKinnon Ravine Park
  • Close to downtown

Overlooking the North Saskatchewan River Valley, Glenora had its beginning as a farm owned by Malcolm Groat. The property changed ownership through the years, and in 1905, the property was purchased by James Carruthers. His goal was to turn the acreage into a residential neighbourhood. In 1909, he negotiated a bridge be built to span across the ravine, allowing the area to be developed as it was first envisioned by Carruthers when he purchased the land.

Glenora is conveniently located near MacKinnon Ravine Park and has access to points of interest such as the Alberta Government House and Government House Park. Glenora was also the former home of the Royal Alberta Museum, which has since moved to downtown, just a bit over 14 kilometres from the neighbourhood. The relative nearness to downtown allows residents easy access to the entertainment, dining, and shopping venues, plus places of interest just a short drive from many Edmonton condos.

Hazeldean

Hazeldean Amenities

  • Hazeldean Playground
  • Recreational opportunities nearby
  • Argyll Sports Centre
  • Close to downtown

Hazeldean's history began as World War II was coming to an end. The majority of the single-family homes, Edmonton rowhouses, and duplexes were constructed after the war ended and at the beginning of 1960. More homes were added throughout the 1960s, and the remaining homes were constructed after 1970.

Residences in the neighbourhood overlook the Mill Creek Ravine, where they have access to recreational opportunities. There is also the Argyll Sports Centre nearby.

Residents have convenient access to 99 Street, 63 Avenue, and 73 Avenue, with driving time to downtown Edmonton just 11 minutes.

Strathearn

Strathearn Amenities

  • Strathearn Community Garden
  • Gallagher Park
  • Staircase to Cloverdale
  • Bicycle friendly

The community of Strathearn goes back to 1882 when the Canadian Pacific Railway planned a route to Edmonton. The Dominion Government had surveyors checking the area for potential land sales and development. Two of the river lots surveyed were to become the Strathearn community. Mining and fur trading were two economic businesses that were popular before the construction and development of the area, with agriculture being the main focus.

Strathearn, meaning "the valley of the river Earn" in Scottish Gaelic, was considered a residential neighbourhood in 1952 with the construction of the Strathearn Public School. In 1953, the Strathearn Community League was formed and is still in business today. The neighbourhood features single-family homes in a quiet and relaxed atmosphere with parks, restaurants, supermarkets, and shopping centres close by. The neighbourhood is also bicycle-friendly and has access to nearby bus lines. Residents are just seven minutes from downtown Edmonton.

Oliver

Oliver Amenities

  • Oliver Park
  • Kitchener Park
  • Paul Kane Park
  • The Promenade (Boulevard)
  • Proximity to universities

Oliver is a well-established neighbourhood located west of downtown and overlooking the North Saskatchewan River. The majority of the homes were constructed in the 1960s. The community has undergone redevelopment with residences mostly situated in low-rise and high-rise buildings featuring townhomes and apartment-style condos.

The community offers residents plenty of dining, business, and shopping options at Oliver Square and Oliver Square West. For entertainment, residents have quick access to Victoria Park, the Royal Glenora Club, scenic views along the Victoria Promenade, such as the Oliver Convergence Fountain, and the Victoria Golf Course. The University of Alberta is just across either the High-Level Bridge or the Groat Bridge. MacEwan University is also nearby.

McCauley

McCauley Amenities

  • Ukrainian Canadian Archives & Museum
  • Mary Burlie Park
  • Dr. Gladys Edith Muttart Park
  • Giovanni Caboto Park

Nearly half the residences built in the McCauley community are pre-1960 one- and two-bedroom homes. The neighbourhood offers residents a calm and quiet atmosphere with minimal street noise and ample opportunities to walk or bike to nearby businesses, grocery stores, restaurants, and cafes. With over 250 shops, Little Italy and Chinatown represent the area's popular retail shopping district. McCauley is also home to the Commonwealth Stadium, where fans can watch the Edmonton Eskimos play professional football.

For a step back in time, seven historic buildings dating from 1902 to 1922 are laced throughout the community. Other landmarks in the area include the Royal Alberta Museum in downtown Edmonton, Rogers Place, and Epcor Tower. There's also Giovanni Caboto Park for outdoor activities located in Little Italy. Additionally, Edmonton's public transportation system offers residents another convenient way to get out and explore around town via the Stadium Station and the Capital Line.

Find Your Home in Edmonton

No matter which of these excellent neighbourhoods a new resident may choose, there is sure to be a fun-filled destination nearby. Potential residents considering Edmonton as their next home will find an abundance of positive points that include convenience, ambiance, culture, and friendly atmospheres among the choices available in Edmonton neighbourhoods. Whether it's dining out, enjoying a night on the town with friends, going to a sporting event, picnicking in a park, or kayaking or canoeing the river, the city offers a wide range of things to do to support an enjoyable and diverse lifestyle.

If you're looking to make your home in Edmonton, contact Terry Paranych Real Estate Group with Edmonton Homes at (780) 665-4888 to get in touch with an Edmonton real estate agent and discover your ideal Edmonton home today.

By Justin Havre

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