Edmonton officially consists of 375 neighbourhoods, but for many residents, the choice of where to live boils down to just one question: the city or the ‘burbs? Generally speaking, you’ll feel right at home in the suburbs if you prefer peace, quiet, and shiny new things -- Radio Canada estimates that more than half of Edmonton’s suburbs didn’t even exist 40 years ago. Particularly popular suburbs include Sherwood Park, St. Albert, Spruce Grove, and Stony Plain, where you’ll find some of the newest and most desirable real estate in Edmonton.
The urban core, meanwhile, is considerably more historic, eclectic, and densely populated. Popular areas situated right in the thick of things include Cloverdale and Glenora, a locally beloved neighbourhood with tree-lined streets and historic, grandiose brick houses.
A stone’s throw west of the downtown core, the gentrified Oliver neighbourhood is dotted with shops, eateries, and galleries and features a nice mix of older homes and newer condos/high rises. Travel slightly east, meanwhile, and you’ll come across some of the most affordable houses for sale in Edmonton in the Boyle, Central McDougall, and Alberta Avenue neighbourhoods. If considering a home in these areas (where petty crime and panhandling is more common than other neighborhoods), however, be sure to spend some time there first to make sure it’s right for you.
The revitalized Old Strathcona neighbourhood is a premier residential area for students, singles, young couples, night owls, and young urban professionals. Home to much of the city’s thriving arts community and buzzing with numerous dining and drinking establishments, Old Stratchona's homes include both older, well-kept single-family homes and new, chic apartments and lofts. Not surprisingly, homes for sale in this highly regarded area of Edmonton don’t usually linger in the MLS listings for long before someone swoops them up.
Other highly appealing and generally affluent neighborhoods in Edmonton include Haddow and Henderson Estates in the south, Parkview and Crestwood in the west, and the super-scenic Highlands in the north.