Everything you need to know about Southwest Edmonton

Take some time to thoroughly explore the Southwest Edmonton area

Welcome to the most popular area of the city for families: Southwest Edmonton! If you look at the communities Sterling builds in, you’ll quickly see this quadrant has more new neighbourhoods than any other.

Why does everyone seem to want to live in Southwest Edmonton? Could it be the prime shopping? Those living in this area can quickly get to West Edmonton Mall, the Currents of Windermere shopping centre, and South Edmonton Common. And that’s just to name a few. There are plenty of other stores throughout the area.

Could it be the great schools? Southwest Edmonton is certainly home to some fantastic schools, including public and private options. Best of all, new schools keep popping up to accommodate the growing population.

Could it be the proximity to a wide variety of green spaces, parks, and preserved wetlands? Fun places like the Terwillegar Park Recreation Centre?

At Sterling Homes, we like to think the fabulous communities in Southwest Edmonton are the biggest draw, but we’re probably a little biased. We understand there’s a lot of factors that will go into your decision.

Take some time to thoroughly explore the Southwest Edmonton area, and you might just find the perfect home for you.

Southwest Edmonton Communities

Sterling offers homes in six different communities in this part of the city. Each community has its own personality and amenities within the neighbourhood. We think our descriptions will pique your interest, but there’s nothing quite like seeing them in person.

Allard

Allard is still in the early stages of development, so you’ll have your pick of the best lots. It’s set in the Heritage Valley area, which will soon have a robust Town Centre shopping area with a Main Street look and feel. While the community does have many of the features you’ll want in a neighbourhood, one of the biggest draws is the community skating rink residents can use in the winter.

new homes in southwest edmonton

Available models and pricing in the Allard community include:

  • Townhomes from the $320s
  • Duplexes from the $340s
  • Laned homes from the $360s
  • Front attached from the $430s

The Sequel B model showhomes at 5208 and 5210 Andison Link SW will show you just how nice it can be to live in a duplex home. Seeing the same base model side-by-side gives you an opportunity to see how you can completely change the look of a home by choosing different finishing options.

The showhome at 5511 Allbright Square SW is based on the Trista floor plan. The base model of this home has 1,537 square feet, but you can add more space with your design choices.

In the Thomas B model at 5513 Allbright Square SW, you’ll find everything you’ve been looking for in a large, stately home. It’s a four-bedroom home with over 2,500 square feet of space and a modern look both inside and out.

Cavanagh

Cavanagh is designed to be close to everything you might need. Of all of Sterling’s communities in Southwest Edmonton, Cavanagh is the one that’s closest to the highway. This makes it easy for commuters. You’ll also be close to shopping, and since the Blackmud Creek Ravine borders the community, you can easily go there for a nature walk when you want a change of pace from the community’s pond.

Available models and pricing in the Cavanagh community include:

  • Duplexes from the $340s
  • Laned homes from the $360s
  • Front attached from the $430s

The Sensation J model showhome located at 2510 Casey Way SW is one half of a duplex-style home. It has almost 1,500 square feet and a beautiful open-concept living area with a classic look. At 2508 Casey Way SW, you’ll find the other half of this duplex home. It’s based on the Sahara floor plan. It’s a bit larger at 1,594 square feet and has some great personalization options.

If you love the classic look of laned homes, you’re going to appreciate the Evans M3 model at 3010 Checknita Way SW. This home offers your family 1,651 square feet of living space in a sleek design.

The Tanner model at 2710 Collins Crescent is the model for those looking for a large family home. At 2,034 square feet, there’s plenty of room for everyone with this open floor plan.

Crimson in Creekwood Chapelle

Crimson in Creekwood Chappelle is south of Ellerslie Road, which makes it convenient to travel to any of the shops and restaurants along this road. The family-friendly atmosphere and larger available housing styles make Crimson a popular choice for families with kids of all ages. You’ll also appreciate being so close to popular amenities like the YMCA, Terwillegar Park, or the Windermere Cineplex Odeon.

Available models and pricing in the Crimson in Creekwood Chappelle community include:

  • Duplexes from the $340s
  • Front attached from the $430s

Tour the showhome at 8724 Carson Way SW. It’s a 1,900+ square foot home based on the Trista with Bonus Room model. This front-attached garage home is a great fit for families.

Glenridding Heights

If you want a community that’s both exciting and convenient, Glenridding Heights would be a good choice. It’s in Windermere, so you know you’ll never have to go far to shop, and it’s easy to pick up a take-out meal on those nights when you don’t feel like cooking. With the variety of housing styles, this neighbourhood really appeals to people at all stages of life.

Available models and pricing in the Glenridding Heights community include:

  • Townhomes from the $320s
  • Duplexes from the $330s
  • Laned homes from the $350s
  • Front attached from the $400s

Currently, there are no showhomes in Glenridding Heights, but you could tour the Westin model in the nearby Langdale community because it’s indicative of the style people are choosing in Glenridding Heights. It’s a three-bedroom home with more than 2,400 square feet, so there’s plenty of space to spread out.

Langdale in Windermere

Langdale  is also in Windermere, but its old-English style tends to attract those who want a quieter lifestyle without having to travel too far from the city. The benches set around the pond mean it’s easy to take a break while you walk – a good solution for retired people or those with young children. With Langdale as your home, you’ll love every aspect of your life, from relaxing in your backyard to walking around the urban forest.

Available models and pricing in the Langdale community include:

  • Townhomes from the $289s
  • Front attached from the $500s

The showhome at 17820 9 Ave. SW is based on the Wellington model, and it has a lot to offer your family.

The Watson at 17812 9 Ave. SW is a 2,300+ square foot home that feels absolutely expansive.

The Uplands at Riverview

With breathtaking views, The Uplands at Riverview feels like a secluded getaway, but you still have everything you love about the city nearby. Enjoy watching the seasons change on your walks through the nearby Wedgewood Creek or hop on the Anthony Henday to go anywhere in the city you need to. This community has it all.

Available models and pricing in The Uplands community:

  • Townhomes from the $340s
  • Front attached from the $490s

If you’ve been dreaming of a home with modern design, you’ll want to check out the almost 2,300 square foot Winterfell at 2708 – 198 St. NW. This model has some unique design elements we think you’ll like.

The Westeros at 2704 – 198 St. NW has almost 2,400 square feet of living space. This particular floor plan has some great additional features and options.

Superior Schools

When you’re looking for a home for your family, you want to feel confident your children will go to a school that will foster a love of learning. Throughout the southwest part of Edmonton, you’ll find a variety of schools offering supportive learning environments. These include public and Catholic schools.

Dr. Lila Fahlman School

The Dr. Lila Fahlman School is a public school that serves kids from kindergarten through ninth grade. It opened in September of 2017, so those who go here get to enjoy all the privileges that come with having a brand-new school. Teachers and administrators work together to help each student “reach for the stars.” One of the best features of this school is the daycare centre located within the school. Students won’t have to take a bus to a separate location.

St. Thomas Aquinas

St. Thomas Aquinas School is a Catholic school that includes elementary and junior high students. They’ve also begun incorporating a pre-K program called 100 Voices. The kindergarten program is a half-day program, and all students have half days on Thursdays. The school recommends using the daycare at the YMCA.

Donald R. Getty School

The Donald R. Getty School is a public school for children in kindergarten through ninth grades. The school focuses on encouraging students to work hard to finishing anything they start. Teachers espouse the “RAH” philosophy, which stands for “Respectful. Active. Healthy.” This school also has half-day kindergarten programs, and all students leave an hour early on Thursdays.

Johnny Bright School

The Johnny Bright School offers kids in elementary and junior high school the opportunity to learn in a technology-driven environment. Project-based learning programs help students learn in a hands-on manner, and all students begin the Career and Technology Foundations (CTF) program starting in fifth grade. On Thursdays, students can select special classes that meet their interests, including programs in things like the fine arts, second languages, or athletics.

Lillian Osborne High School

The Lillian Osborne High School is a good choice for parents looking for a rigorous academic program, as 72 per cent of the students achieved honours. Students receive credit for extracurricular activities, and they get to enjoy learning in an environment with supportive teachers and peers. Teens love the fact that school starts a bit later on Mondays due to teachers’ meetings and administrative activities.

Constable Daniel Woodall School 

Constable Daniel Woodall School is a new public school for kids in kindergarten through grade six, but it has a classic philosophy. Teachers work hard to recognize the unique needs of each student and help build an environment that allows students to succeed. Throughout the school, there is a strong focus on being a leader and showing kindness.

Michael Kostek School

Serving kids in kindergarten through sixth grade, Michael Kostek School uses inquiry-based learning to help students gain a deep understanding of their materials. The administration believes teaching a child is a group effort that should involve students, teachers, parents, and the community at large. They strive to ensure students feel safe and happy each day.

Southwest edmonton school kid at computer image Bruce Smith School

The Bruce Smith School is a public middle school serving grades seven through nine. Students are able to take advantage of technology with the wireless networks and Chromebooks, among other tools. Students are held to high standards for work ethic, and everyone is focused on providing opportunities for engaged learning.

Jasper Place School

For kids in high school, the Jasper Place School prides itself on being diverse. Teachers and administrators strongly support students’ mental health by blogging on sensitive topics like school stress, mental health problems, and LGBTQ issues. Teachers provide differentiated instruction for each student, and there are career programs in addition to academic programs.

St. Francis Xavier

St. Francis Xavier is the Catholic high school located in the southwest Edmonton area. Students are able to extend their faith-based education in a way that allows them to find their path in life. Students can choose an academically rigorous path including AP courses, but they can also earn credit for work experience outside of school. The school offers apprenticeship programs in a variety of trades, such as plumbing, ironworking, and carpentry.

Shop ‘Til You Drop

Whether you’re the type of person who loves to spend the day shopping or quickly run in for the one thing you need, you’ll find the Southwest Edmonton area offers plenty of opportunities. Of course, there’s a Super Store and a Shoppers Drug Mart, but you can also spend some time at these other popular destinations.

Heritage Valley Town Centre

The Heritage Valley Town Centre is still in the process of being developed, but people are starting to take advantages of the amenities that are already there, which include a Shoppers Drug Mart, a gas station, and Joe Fresh. Eventually, the centre will be a pedestrian-friendly shopping centre with a Main Street feel. The City of Edmonton is also planning to include public transportation options like an LRT station within the Town Centre. Best of all, residents of some communities can walk from their homes to the shopping centre.

South Edmonton Common

No matter what you need, you’ll probably be able to find it at the South Edmonton Common. It features a huge range of recognizable stores like Best Buy and Walmart but also includes unique stores like Mister Safety Shoes and Education Station. While you’re there, you can grab a fast bite to eat at Subway or a cup of coffee at Tim Hortons.

Currents of Windermere

Currents of Windermere does include some of the staple stores like Canadian Tire and Home Depot, but it prides itself on having a more unique blend of stores than what you’d typically see at a mall. For instance, Cloud Nine Pajamas focuses solely on selling the best pajamas and loungewear, while The Makers Keep is a store that sells hand-crafted and locally-made goods. Housing communities like Langdale and Glenridding Heights are in this area, so the shops here are incredibly convenient.

The Shoppes of Terwillegar Gardens

The Shoppes of Terwillegar Gardens is a shopping plaza that features a variety of fast-food restaurants like Starbucks and Subway. There’s also Swish Flowers, where you can buy unique floral arrangements for a special occasion or to simply brighten up your home. This is a good solution when you want to pick up something quickly without walking through a mall.

Ellerslie Corner

Also a shopping plaza, Ellerslie Corner is the place you’ll probably want to go when you need to get the grocery shopping done. There’s a Sobey’s, a Save-On Foods, and a Shoppers Drug Mart in this area. There’s also a collection of fast food restaurants, banks, and gas stations. More than anything, Ellerslie Corner is a convenient place for you to get your daily tasks done, especially if you live in the Allard or Cavanagh communities.

Riverbend Square

The Riverbend Square shopping plaza is convenient to those living in The Uplands and Langdale. There’s a Safeway for you to get your groceries, but there are also a few banks and restaurants. You can pick up some take-out food at Dominos or McDonald’s or have a sit-down meal with the kids at A&W Canada.

southewest edmonton west edmonton mall world waterpark imageWest Edmonton Mall

As North America’s largest mall, West Edmonton Mall hardly seems like it needs to be mentioned. However, it’s one of the most popular destinations for families who live in Southwest Edmonton. While it has many of the same big-name and speciality stores you find at most malls, the West Edmonton Mall is unique because it offers insanely fun activities like World Waterpark, Galaxyland, and the Dragon’s Tale blacklight mini-golf.

Terwilleger Heights Towne Square

Located in the centre of the Southwest Edmonton area, the Terwillegar Heights Towne Square is a shopping centre that has just a few stores. Come here to get your dry cleaning done at Page Cleaners or pick up some beverages at Glassy Wine and Spirits. You can also come here for the vet services at Terwillegar Veterinary Clinic or to have your teeth cleaned at Gentle Family Dental Care.

Perfect Parks and Gorgeous Green Spaces

Southwest Edmonton is seeing a tremendous amount of growth, but this doesn’t mean the urban spread is taking up all of the beautiful natural areas. Modern developers are careful to preserve the nature for people do enjoy. In the Southwest Edmonton area, there are acres of wetland and parks.

Many of the new housing communities are designed with parks, playgrounds, and green spaces for residents to enjoy. They have paved walking trails, beautiful stormwater ponds, and other outdoor spaces that make them especially attractive to buyers.

For example, in Allard, there is over 20 acres of park and green space. Glenridding Heights has a lovely pond and a huge green space with a playground, field, park and sliding hill. Langdale in Windermere offers you a full urban forest and a 7.4 acre landscaped pond, while Uplands at Riverview gives your family the amazing tree-lined ravines of Wedgewood Creek.

Blackmud Creek Ravine

The Blackmud Creek flows into the Whitemud Creek, and this beautiful natural area is convenient for those who live in Alard and Cavanagh. There are over seven kilometres of walking trails, and local residents like to walk along these trails at any time of year. Find your route by looking at the Community Walking Map put out by Walk Edmonton.

Enjoy Your Recreation Time

All work and no play makes anyone a dull person. The good news is those living in the Southwest Edmonton area have plenty of options for recreational activities. Whether you like team sports, yoga classes, or a round of golf with your buddies, these are some of the areas most popular recreation places.

The YMCA

There are two YMCAs in Southwest Edmonton. The William Lutsky Family YMCA is in the south part of the area, while the Jamie Platz Family YMCA is on the western side. Both offer the types of programming you’ve come to expect from a YMCA, including swimming lessons for the kids, family swim time, fitness classes for adults, sports programs for kids, and a variety of exercise machines you can use. Child watch is available during certain time periods.

Terwillegar Park Rec Centre

The Terwillegar Park Rec Centre offers a variety of family-friendly recreational activities. You can take classes, swim with the family, and even go ice skating. Sign the children up for one of their special kid programs, where even tots can start learning to play sports. The saltwater pool is an especially popular attraction with a wave pool, slides, and a lazy river area.

Jagare Ridge Golf Club 

The Jagare Ridge Golf Club is most convenient to those living in the Heritage Valley area, but others will only need to take a short drive to get there. It’s open to all, and the course is spectacular, incorporating the natural landscaping into the design. It’s a great course for beginners, but experienced golfers can also find a good challenge.

River Ridge Golf Course

Set along the North Saskatchewan River, the Ridge Golf Course is  a semi-private golf course that was professionally designed. Lakes and ponds dot the lush scenery, so you can start to feel relaxed while you play your round. The clubhouse offers an excellent opportunity to take in the view.

Windermere Golf and Country Club

The Windermere Golf and Country Club is a members-only club that appeals to those who have a passion for golf. It’s been around for half a century, so you know you’ll be in good hands when you come here. In fact, this club is a favourite of many top Canadian golfers.

Windermere Cineplex Odeon & VIP Cinema

At the Windermere Cineplex Odeon & VIP Cinema, you can catch the latest movies in some of the most comfortable seating around. Those who are over 19 can enter the VIP cinema, where your refreshments go far beyond the traditional popcorn and soda. You can enjoy foods like burgers, wings, guacamole, and poutine. Beer, wine, and cocktails are also available.

Staying Healthy

Having access to a large number of outdoor and recreational opportunities can help keep your body healthy, but when you’re not feeling well, you want to know there’s a doctor close by. Luckily, the Southwest Edmonton area is home to several hospitals, medical clinics, dentists, and speciality doctors.

Allard, Cavanagh, and Crimson in Creekwood Chappelle residents will be happy to know there are plans to build a hospital in the Heritage Valley area, but the following providers are available right now:

  • Ellerslie Medical Centre
  • Rutherford Health Centre
  • The Tooth Doctor
  • Oasis Eye Care
  • Grey Nuns Hospital
  • Misercordia Hospital
  • Hawkstone Medical Clinic
  • Hampton Medical Clinic

Convenient Commuting

If you choose one of the new communities in Southwest Edmonton as your home, you’ll have no trouble getting around. Each location makes it easy to get to Edmonton’s main routes, such as the Anthony Henday Drive, Whitemud Drive, and Highway 2.

If you’d prefer to save the environment and take public transportation, that’s an option as well. In general, residents in the southwest part of Edmonton can get to the downtown area by public transit in less than an hour. Relax during your commute!

Currently, there’s an LRT station at Century Park, though there are future stations planned to give more access for these communities. There are free parking areas around the Century Park Transit Station, but those can fill up quickly. Many who like to take the LRT into the downtown area choose to pay for a monthly parking permit.

You can also take the bus from a stop near your home to the Century Park Station. The exact availability of buses in your area can vary, but the #45 bus goes close to many of our neighbourhoods. Check the ETS Trip Planner to figure out the best route for any community you’re considering.

Which Model is Right For Me?

The home you choose should be a good fit for your lifestyle now, but you’ll want it to be comfortable for many years to come. Fortunately, Sterling offers a variety of styles and several different floor plans for each type. Think carefully about the home you choose.

Townhomes

Townhomes are sometimes called row houses because they’re put together in a row of three or more homes. You share a wall (or two) with your neighbours but you also get to share some of the exterior building costs. This makes them more affordable, and they’re especially popular with young couples and retirees.

Sterling’s townhomes are available in the following communities:

  • Allard
  • Glenridding Heights
  • Langdale
  • The Uplands

Duplex Homes

Duplexes are two separate family homes connected by a wall. From the outside, you might think the building is a very large, single-family home. The layout in a duplex home is quite similar to what you’d expect in a traditional two-storey home: a living area on the main floor with bedrooms upstairs. They tend to be a bit bigger than townhomes, but significantly less expensive than the traditional single family home. If you haven’t considered this type of home before, you’ll be surprised by how comfortable they are.

Sterling’s duplex homes are available in the following communities:

  • Allard
  • Cavanagh
  • Crimson in Creekwood Chappelle
  • Glenridding Heights

Laned Homes

This building style gets its name because the garage is usually placed across a lane in the back of the home. This means you’re able to create that picture-perfect look of a classic home from the front. Laned homes are usually the most affordable option for those who want a detached home. You save money due to having the garage at the back. However, many people simply prefer the look of this style of home, and they’re also a good choice for those who have been thinking about including an income suite over the garage of their home. A renter can help cover the cost of your mortgage, and an income suite with this home design allows you to maintain your privacy.

Sterling’s laned homes are available in the following communities:

  • Cavanagh
  • Glenridding Heights

Front-Attached Homes

Front-attached homes are probably the style of home you think about when you first consider buying a house. The garage is attached to the front of the home, making it easy for your family to go in and out of the home. Some people worry the garage overpowers the look of the front of the home, but many people strongly prefer the convenience of an attached garage. Many floor plans in this style include bonus or flex rooms that can be used as playrooms, home offices, or second living rooms. This is the style of home you want if you’re looking for a large family home with enough space for your family to spread out.

Sterling’s front-attached homes are available in the following communities:

The type of home you choose is an intensely personal decision. Consider your family’s needs and budget as you explore your options. We’d love to see you out at one of our many southwest showhomes to help with your decision!

The Southwest Edmonton area clearly has a lot to offer all types of homeowners. As you explore each of the communities we build in, we hope you’ll appreciate the great value Sterling Homes offers those who want to build new homes in this area. We believe when you stay focused on your needs and wants, you can truly build the home of your dreams in a community that’s perfectly suited for you.

Originally published July 16, 2018; updated November 9, 2018

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