Finding A Community for Your Lifestyle
There are many factors when it comes to looking for a new community to fit your lifestyle. You need to decide what amenities are most important to you. This question is answered differently by every new homebuyer. Although new communities offer every amenity imaginable, you may find some neighbourhoods appeal to you more than others. Whether it’s an emphasis on schools, green spaces or shopping, you’re sure to find something to suit your lifestyle.
Read on to learn more about a few of Edmonton’s great new neighbourhoods and why they might be right for you.
Nestled in the gorgeous Heritage Valley, Allard is a family-friendly neighbourhood within close proximity to many schools. In fact, Edmonton Public Schools is building a brand new K-9 school that will house over 900 students. Set to open in September 2017, this new facility will feature an enormous recreational centre, a football field, and a convenient drop off area.
In addition, there are already five other established schools within the area meaning you and your children can have their pick. Donald R. Getty K-9, Roberta McAdams School K-6, and Micheal Strembitsky School 1-9, to name a few.
Located for Living
Cavanagh is an enclave community, giving you the safe feeling of living in a quiet residential neighbourhood while still having easy access to stores, major highways, and other modern essentials. Families love that it’s just a few minutes away from a K-9 school, so kids are easily able to make friends in the neighbourhood. You’ll also be able to take your kids on nature hikes throughout the year at the nearby Blackmud Creek Ravine.
Those who choose Cavanagh are able to select from a variety of affordable home models in different architectural styles. These include duplex homes and laned homes that have a picture-perfect front yard.
College Woods at Secord
Peaceful and Welcoming
College Woods at Secord has all the shine of a new neighbourhood with the advantage of being in a developed area. The schools are well-established, so your children will be able to find friends easily. Many of them may even live in the neighbourhood. There are large green spaces for family fun, and the homes seem to blend with the natural surroundings.
Residents in this community appreciate the proximity to Secord and all the amenities it has to offer. You can easily do your grocery shopping, catch the latest movies, or pick up some new decorations for your home. Easy access to the Anthony Henday and Whitemud Drive make it easy to get around the city.
Sterling builds front-attached single-family homes and duplexes in College Woods. Our gorgeous homes start in the low-$400,000s and have all the space your family needs to spread out. At the same time, our open-concept living areas can help you stay connected.
Crimson in Creekwood Chappelle
You Will Love Being Home
Those living in Crimson in Creekwood Chappelle enjoy being in the centre of it all. You can easily walk to the City of Edmonton Recreation Centre, go shopping at Currents of Windermere or The Shoppes of Terwillegar Gardens, go golfing at a number of golf clubs or watch a movie at VIP Cinema. Best of all, a new school just opened this fall in the community so your kids will be able to receive their education in a building with all the latest amenities.
Sterling builds front-attached homes, laned homes, and duplex homes in Crimson in Creekwood Chappelle. If you act fast, you may be able to get a lot on a cul de sac, which will have a bigger backyard for the kids to play.
If accessibility is one of your main concerns, look no further than Cy Becker. Commuting anywhere in Edmonton area is a breeze from this north community as it’s located just off the Anthony Henday and Yellowhead Trail – making most areas of the city reachable in just 30 minutes. For those needing transit services, Cy Becker is more than ETS friendly. You’ll have access to the Clareview LRT and transit station featuring multiple bus routes and a mere 45-minute train ride to the other side of town. No matter where you need to go, you can get there with ease from Cy Becker.
A Place to Grow
Located in the blossoming Windemere area, Glenridding Heights has something for everyone – whether you are a large family or just starting out. There are many schools located near the area, with the closest being Sakaw School K-6, Dan Knott Junior High, and J. Percy Page High School. There’s also plenty of family entertainment nearby at Currents of Windermere and you can look forward to convenient transit options for older children and the commute to work.
Food and Fun
Old English flair paired with a wealth of modern amenities makes Langdale in Windermere a unique place to call home. With two movie theatres nearby at Currents of Windermere (one being Edmonton’s only VIP theatre), there’s no shortage of entertainment. You’ll also find popular upscale bars and eateries such as Browns Socialhouse, Boston Pizza and more. Here too, coffee shops, grocery stores, salon and spa services and a wealth of other retailers are all within arm’s reach.
Reach New Heights
Laurel Crossing is a quaint neighbourhood perfect for families who want to live in a community with a friendly feel. Right within the community, you’ll find green spaces, parks, playgrounds, and even a community lake. This makes it easy to get out after dinner to meet up with friends. You and your kids will be developing relationships that last a lifetime. If you prefer to take your activities indoors, The Meadows Recreation Centre sits just steps away and includes a variety of programs and classes for all ages.
When it comes to home styles, Laurel Crossing has a little something for everyone. Sterling offers affordable townhomes that give you all of the benefits of owning a brand-new home without the high costs. Duplex homes and front-attached homes are also available.
Where Your Story Begins
A lovely community in North Edmonton, Newcastle is a great choice for those who seek balance in their lives. If you choose Newcastle, you’ll have an easy commute to work and can easily get to the stores you love, but you’ll also be able to simply have some good family fun in the neighbourhood. The community features landscaped walking trails, playgrounds, and a peaceful community lake.
Sterling builds duplex homes and front-attached homes in Newcastle, so you can enjoy more spacious lots. The current phase is located near an existing playground with plans for a school in the near future, so it’s a great choice for families with young children.
Orchards strives to offer residents plenty of opportunities to connect with neighbours. There’s an active residents’ association, playgrounds, and a clubhouse. Rent the clubhouse for your next party or participate in the many planned events throughout the year. Kids will especially love the toboggan hill and skating rink in the winter, and there’s a spray park being built soon to cool off in the summer.
No matter what type of home you’re looking for, Orchards probably has the answer. It’s a unique mix of home styles, and all residents have access to the same amenities.
A Shopper’s Paradise
Manning Village is prime for those who want easy access to shopping. With many grocery stores nearby, you’ll never have to worry about picking up dinner on your way home. Some of the favoured grocery stores in this area include Costco, Safeway, Sobeys, and a Save On Foods, to name a few.
As for other types of shopping, Manning Town Centre is Edmonton’s newest open-air shopping complex. In addition, this community is near Londonderry Mall which includes retailers such as Winners, David’s Tea, Shoppers Drug Mart, the Edmonton Public Library and more.
New Community, Established Amenities
Secord Heights is one of Edmonton’s newest communities. In fact, it’s so new it’s only in the pre-selling phase. Don’t let that stop you from putting in an offer, though. While the neighbourhood will be brand new, it’s close to everything you need. In fact, your home will be so close to the schools, your kids will be able to walk. A brand-new community like this is perfect for families who want to get the best pick of the lots in the community. If you’ve been dreaming of a big yard or a spot close to the playground, this is the community for you.
Secord Heights is a stone’s throw away from College Woods, so you can expect to find many of the same amenities. It’s also close to Edmonton’s major highways, allowing you to have an easy commute to work.
In Secord Heights, Sterling offers the option of duplex and front-attached homes. The duplex homes start in the $330,000s, so they’re more affordable, but they have much of the privacy you’d get in a detached home. Show homes in this community will be available in spring of 2018, but you can tour the show homes in other communities throughout Edmonton. Sterling can build many of those styles in Secord Heights.
City Living, Rural Beauty
This neighbourhood is located in the safe and scenic bedroom community of Spruce Grove. Located just 11 km west of Edmonton, Spruce Grove boasts all the amenities of city living with the luxury of a rural skyline. It’s also bustling with businesses and this area could be perfect for those who want to stay close to home or work in the west end of Edmonton. the community of Springate is located near many grassy parks that are lovely for walking, biking and many other outdoor adventures.
Glorious Green Spaces
This community is also located in a bedroom suburb offering a family orientated environment with enormous amounts of natural green space. It’s located far enough from Edmonton you don’t get the city noise but close enough you can look forward to an easy commute.
Sienna is close to a beautiful lake and walking trails while Fort Saskatchewan itself is home to many off-leash dog parks, spray parks, and even some skateboard parks! You can always learn more on the Fort Saskatchewan website (did we mention they even have listed trail maps for hiking?).
Get Anywhere From Here
This is the choice community for those looking for a new home that gives way to an easy commute. Tamarack is settled neatly near Whitemud Drive to the north, 23rd Avenue to the south and 17 Street to the west. The Millcreek Ravine also runs through a little part of this neighbourhood and, with its many trails and pathways, makes it easy to bike in the summer months. As well, Tamarack is home to a brand new transit centre and plenty of bus stops, making it straightforward for anyone who relies on public transit.
Those who are looking for a peaceful area to call home may enjoy the Uplands. Tucked inside the Riverview community, this smaller neighbourhood is slightly elevated, giving residents a better view of the surrounding area. You’ll love being able to easily get to the walking trails of the Wedgewood Creek ravines, where you can get fresh air along with your exercise.
The Uplands is in southwest Edmonton, and you’ll have easy access to a variety of stores and restaurants. The Terwillegar Recreation Centre and Lewis Estates Golf course are popular destinations for Uplands residents. This community is also close to many major hospitals and health clinics, including Grey Nuns and Misericordia. If you work in any of these locations, you’ll enjoy an extremely easy commute.
Sterling offers two types of homes in the Uplands – single-family front-attached homes and townhomes. Our front-attached homes are stately and modern. They’re perfect for families. Those who want something more affordable will enjoy the updated looks found in the townhomes. These homes cost less than $300,000 and are often available for purchase as quick possession homes.
Shop Til You Drop
Shopping is one of the many amenities Walker Lakes has to offer, with South Edmonton Common just around the corner. Edmontonians flock to this massive retail district from all over the city, but for those living in Walker Lakes, this popular location rests just a short drive away. Spanning over 320 acres, South Edmonton Common is definitely a one-stop shop for anything you may need.
Also, there are many grocery stores in the Walker Lakes area (including a Walmart Supercentre) so you’re sure to have your pick of where you’d like to buy. This is the perfect area for the frequent shopper!
A Natural Escape
This community offers all the amenities of the big city while maintaining an open prairie feel. Westerra boasts massive green spaces including 9.19 hectares of environmental reserve and 1.46 hectares of park area right your backyard. This naturalistic neighbourhood even features a landscaped storm pond, paved walking trails and a treed ravine. In addition, you’ll find several parks and playgrounds for the kids as well as the nearby CPGA Golf Course. There’s no doubt that in Westerra, you’ll be able to get out and enjoy everything mother nature has to offer.
When shopping for a new home, amenities will no doubt have a huge influence on where you want to buy. Not only do they make your life easier, they add value to your everyday activities and to your home. With so many great communities and awesome amenities to choose from, you’re sure to find your perfect fit.
Originally posted June 7, 2017, updated October 3, 2019.