Since Idylwylde shares a border with Bonnie Doon, residents in this community frequent the Bonnie Doon Shopping Centre, a mall with a variety of retail stores such as Stitches, Shoppers Drug Mart and Dollarama, as well as a Safeway, some medical offices and various bank branches.
Prior to the pandemic and market slowdown, homes typically sold in less than a week in Idylwylde, Edmonton.
Average Single-Family Home Price (2019): $475,697
3. Windsor Park, Zone 15, SW
Wedged in-between the University of Alberta and William Hawrelak Park, the community of Windsor Park is considered one of the top family-oriented neighbourhoods in Edmonton. Part of the reason is its easy access to outdoor activities, while the other is Windsor Park public school, one of the top-ranked schools in the city, according to the Fraser Institute.
Other pluses for homeowners include the great income-suite potential from students attending the nearby University of Alberta, as well as an easy commute to downtown, the Alberta Legislature, and the arts and entertainment hub of Whyte Avenue (on 82nd Ave. NW).
In this neighbourhood, it’s not unusual to see your neighbours enjoy a morning of skiing, before going on a snowshoe hike (or a springtime hike), or getting ready for an afternoon of boating on the North Saskatchewan River.
Buyers interested in this area will be happy to know this community is 100% single-family homes. That doesn’t mean you won’t find rental suites, but the streets are not divided up among houses and apartment blocks and condo complexes. Still, the price of homes in this area reflects demand. Homes here are, on average, about 30 years old, with many newer, custom-build, large homes being built in the last decade.
This redevelopment has pushed property prices up substantially in the area, making it one of the most expensive neighbourhoods in the city. Still, it’s easy to find a renter (to help pay your mortgage), and access to schools, outdoor activities and most major job sectors in the city make this an ideal community to put down roots.