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Edmonton South East Real Estate

When deciding on a new place to live, there are always going to be questions about any prospective neighborhoods or communities. There are certain facets of everyday living that you’re going to want to maintain that are ideal for you and your family. If you’re relocating to or within the Edmonton area, there are a wide variety of high-quality selections when it comes to neighborhoods. Whether you want a place in which to raise a family or if you’re just looking to live the single life, there is an ample supply of information at every turn that help you become an Edmonton homeowner.

Perhaps one of the best options for prospective home buyers is South Edmonton. While this isn’t actually a designated community or neighborhood, it does encompass a wide variety of exceptional areas. Essentially anything south of the North Saskatchewan River is considered to be a part of South Edmonton. The river itself roughly bisects the city into north and south halves, and the farther south you travel, the more residential the neighborhoods become. Of course, some individuals might think of a suburban lifestyle as pedestrian at best, but there are a whole host of options for you to choose from when it comes to living in South Edmonton.

One of the most prominent communities in South Edmonton is Mill Woods. The residential area was established in the early 1970’s and has blossomed into a bustling community of nearly 80,000 residents. It’s zoned off into 8 different communities each with their own neighborhoods to provide every area with its own distinct identity. Mill Woods also benefits from the town centre concept of urban design. In effect, each of the communities surrounds a highly commercial town centre (Mill Woods Town Centre) wherein most of the business takes place. While you’ll still receive all the benefits of being in a big city, you’ll live in area that’s virtually self-contained.

Mill Woods is also known for its level of community involvement. There are all sorts of resources for residents including an extensive website and youth sports programs. The Mill Woods Park is full of fun activities for any active types and is open year-round. Located right near the Town Centre, the Mill Woods Park offers a water playground, walkways for joggers and walkers, and a premium sports field. During Canada Day festivities, the park becomes uniquely cheerful with petting zoos, concerts, and over 50,000 visitors at any given time. It’s also an ideal spot to get in a little skiing and sledding action during the winter.

For those who prefer indoor activities, you’ll find that the Mill Woods Recreation Centre (located right near the park) has an indoor swimming pool, two regulation NHL-sized hockey sheets, and a full exercise room. You’ll definitely have no shortage of things to do in Mill Woods if you indeed decide to relocate there. In addition to all this, the Town Centre itself features an aptly named mall called the Mill Woods Town Centre. Here you can shop at among 85 different shops and retailers without ever having to leave the safety and comfort of your own neighborhood.

Of course, all of this along with a great selection of schools makes for the prospect of some highly-priced real estate. Being one of the most in-demand neighborhoods in South Edmonton is naturally going to lend itself to potentially higher real estate market values. Even so, there is a bevy of different condo and townhouse options that can give you a definitive chance at being a Mill Woods resident. Whether you’re looking for ornate high-rise condos or quaint townhouse complexes, Mill Woods has what you need. They’ve also got plenty of options under $200,000 if you’re in the market for a condo.

When choosing something a little more substantial, you’ll likely want a single family home that meets all the needs of your family. This can seem like a daunting task in such a nice community, but you might be surprised by how low some of these prices can get. The average price for a 4 bed, 3 bath house in Mill Woods is only around $350,000. Compared to many other communities in Edmonton, this is practically a steal.

If you head a bit farther north from Mill Woods, you’ll eventually run into the Bonnie Doon area. Built right on the south banks of the North Saskatchewan River, Bonnie Doon is one of the premier communities in South Edmonton. In this section of town, it’s rare to find a home (condo, single family, or otherwise) for under $350,000 and for good reason. It’s only a hop, skip, and a jump away from Edmonton’s City Centre and provides easy access to parks and trails along the Mill Creek Ravine. There is definitely a natural beauty surrounding Bonnie Doon and its adjacent neighborhoods like Strathearn, Cloverdale, and Idylwylde.

Bonnie Doon is also home to one of Edmonton’s first shopping malls—the Bonnie Doon Shopping Centre. Here you can amble around in one of many different designer shops or even go bowling if you feel like it. Bonnie Doon is also famously the center of Franco-Albertan culture in Edmonton and the whole province, in general. You’ll find a large number of francophone individuals with theaters and other venues catering specifically toward a French-speaking audience. Any transplants from Quebec will certainly find a home in Bonnie Doon, but francophone heritage is certainly not a requirement for living there. You can spend hours delighting in the vibrant architecture and unique community events.

Of course, branching out to one of the surrounding neighborhoods would be just as nice (if just as expensive). The beauty of Bonnie Doon isn’t limited to Bonnie Doon and you can find it in Strathearn, Idylwylde, Cloverdale, and others. In fact, these neighborhoods are usually collectively known as the “Bonnie Doon area,” despite being distinct from one another. Maybe the greatest thing about all of these neighborhoods is that it only takes a river crossing to the north to make it into the downtown area of Edmonton. You get all the fantastic perks of a suburban environment all within a short distance of the truly big city of Edmonton.

Choosing between Mill Woods and the Bonnie Doon area (or, really, any of the other fantastic areas in South Edmonton), is certainly a difficult task. Both areas offer different slices of life that might be appealing to one and not the other. With Mill Woods, you have a wholly suburban environment enclosed in a completely self-regulating system. With the Bonnie Doon area, you have a vibrant, historic community just a stone’s throw away from the City Centre at large. There’s nothing particularly bad about any area; it all just depends on your individual taste. Both areas, of course, are going to be on the southern side of the great city of Edmonton. They are both thriving communities with involvement from a lot of different sectors of the community. You can’t really go wrong with either selection.

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