Where to live in Edmonton? We help to answer this question with an overview of the popular neighbourhoods. This interactive neighbourhood map of Edmonton is useful for orientating yourself in relation to the different neighbourhoods.
The city’s southwestern neighbourhoods are often identified as some of the most desirable. Areas such as Haddow, Henderson Estates and Ogilvie Ridge have comparatively low crime rates and high affluence. Generally speaking, the city’s southside tends to be very family-friendly and comparatively safe.
One notable area is Old Strathcona, Edmonton’s main arts and entertainment district, shopping hub, and close to the University of Alberta. The popular Whyte (82nd) Avenue is a draw for residents and tourists alike, and is buzzing with shops, bars, and great restaurants. Whyte Avenue runs through several neighbourhoods, including Garneau, Queen Alexandra, Strathcona and Bonnie Doon.
Mill Woods is another southside area, and is comprised of more than eight neighbourhoods. Over 100,000 people live in Mill Woods, and it offers more affordability than most southside addresses. Mill Woods is a largely self-sufficient community, with amenities such as a hospital, police headquarters and recreation centre. Mill Woods has a reputation for higher levels of crime, but this reputation is largely unwarranted, and neighbourhoods such as Jackson Heights and Greenview offer high quality of life and low crime.
Summerside, Ellerslie in the southwest of the city is a new residential area popular with many families. It’s a pretty quiet area with many new houses and apartments. The bus service is pretty good for those without cars, and many people use bikes during the summer. Lake Summerside is a man-made lake with a playground, boats, swimming in the summer and skating in the winter, and they often have family days. It is a private lake and only the residents on Lake Summerside can use the water.
Downtown – Surrounding Areas
Located immediately west of the downtown core, Oliver is one of the city’s oldest neighbourhoods. Oliver features both older homes and newer apartment buildings and condominiums, and is one of the densest neighbourhoods in Edmonton. Jasper Avenue, Edmonton’s main street, cuts through Oliver and is lined with shops, restaurants and other amenities.
Cloverdale has kept its focus on residential, rather than commercial, development, making it one of the quietest neighbourhoods in Edmonton. It is located on the river valley, immediately across the river from the downtown core. In the summer, the Edmonton Folk Music Festival is held in Cloverdale, and it is also home to the distinct Muttart Conservatory pyramids and Edmonton’s oldest ski hill.
The Boyle Street area is one of the oldest parts of the city, and has some of the highest concentrations of old buildings in Edmonton. It lies just east of the downtown core, is very ethnically diverse, and features walk-up apartments and brick buildings. Although the area is largely considered low income, it is currently undergoing redevelopment and the future of the neighbourhood is promising.
Of course, West Edmonton is home to the famous West Edmonton Mall, meaning there are plenty of amenities nearby. West Edmonton is also very family-friendly and has a lot of variety, regardless of whether you’re looking for an apartment, condominium, or single-family home. Some neighbourhoods to consider are Glenora, Parkview and Crestwood.
Westmount is considered central-west, and may be one of Edmonton’s most desirable neighbourhoods. It was originally developed in 1910 and has retained its original charm. As a result, Westmount is an established neighbourhood comprising mainly single-family homes. There are several shopping areas in the district, including 124th Street and 102nd Avenue.
The Highlands was named by This Old House magazine as one of Canada’s best neighbourhoods of old homes. With a golf club backing onto the river valley and its own shopping district along 112th Avenue, it is easy to see why it has garnered a little fame.
Crime in Edmonton tends to be concentrated in some northeastern neighbourhoods, including Abbotsfield, Beverly, Hermitage and Norwood. Downtown also experiences some problems at night, particularly in the Chinatown and McCauley areas.
Northwest areas such as Castledowns and Oxford are considered to be nice to live in, and nearby communities such as Beaumount, Stony Plain, St. Albert, Sherwood Park and Leduc are popular as housing costs are lower than within the city. There is the additional commute to consider, however, depending on where work takes you, but it shouldn’t add more than about 20 minutes to your drive.
Still not sure where to live in Edmonton? Keep researching and talking to people that live there as it will help you decide on the areas to suit you.
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