Ok. You’re ready to make your move to a shiny, brand new home!
But remember: A new home is only as good as its neighbourhood.
Whether you’re building a new single family home, or a move-in ready townhome, here are some tips to help you choose the best new community to meet your needs.
You’re about to spend a lot of money.
Buying a new home, townhome, or duplex is likely the biggest purchase you’ll ever make. Don’t spend it in the wrong place!
Traditionally, southwest Edmonton is considered the most sought after area, and the Remax Elite Edmonton Neighbourhood Guide agrees. It calls southwest Edmonton one of the most desirable neighbourhoods in the city. Why?
- Accessible amenities
- Overal affluence
- It’s on the doorstep of one of the largest shopping centres in the world
- South Edmonton Common, with over 320 acres of shopping
- Close to the Currents Windermere
- Good access to the University of Alberta and downtown
- Multiple sports fields and parks
Links to check out:
- Remax Elite Edmonton Neighbourhood Guide
- For a city-wide overview, check out the Edmonton Journal’s map of house values.
Some like modern. Others, traditional. Consider your style, then:
- Go to the neighbourhood. That’s right! Get out of your vehicle, and walk around.
- Doing this will give you more time to look at houses and exterior options and see things you would have missed just doing a “drive-through.”
- You’ll meet potential neighbours and feel the community vibe
- Visit showhomes and ask about style options
You want to feel like you fit into your community. And that has a lot to do with its style and feel.
If sustainability is important to you, check out new neighbourhoods that feature solar options.
Remember that duplexes and townhomes offer a smaller environmental footprint and can reduce energy bills and overall consumption.
If you have children, proximity to school is extremely important, but it’s also important to check with the school board to confirm attendance areas.
Boundaries shift from year to year, so if you are home-shopping in June, make sure you check for the next calendar year.
- More info for finding an Edmonton Public School
- Edmonton Catholic School in your desired neighbourhood.
Check out the community’s public transportation access. Consider:
- Where is the nearest bus/LRT stop?
- Where is the nearest transit station?
- Is there a Park and Ride nearby?
- Sometimes, in a new area, there is no bus service yet. Find out if it is planned and when. Call 311 and ask: will this community’s density support regular service?
Other Things to Consider
- Find out about neighbourhood associations and community league involvement from sales reps and community websites
- Know your commute times
- Ensure there are multiple routes to work
- Check to see just how long you’ll be sitting in your vehicle daily