What are the best communities for families in Edmonton?

Best neighbourhoods in Edmonton for families

Who would know better what communities are best for families than the families that live there? So we started to ask them... Edmontonians analyzed the best communities based on the criteria that were important to them.  Every family has different needs, so we found that each family would use their own criteria and analyze which areas offer the best combination that was best for them and where they would be proud to watch their families grow.

Edmonton is a great city for families, with plenty of safe and family-friendly communities to choose from. Whether you're looking for top schools, parks, or community centers, Edmonton has something for everyone.

Many of the best neighbourhoods in Edmonton share similarities, like safety, easy access to activities, tightly-knit communities, great schools, and most importantly low crime rates. 

Here are the top 10 picks chosen by Edmontonian families like yours.

1. Hazeldean

New homeowners looking for a safe neighbourhood that offers many family-friendly amenities should look no further than Hazeldean. You may have to increase your budget to find the perfect home. But, the lush green surroundings, views of the valley, and easy access to the rest of the city are worth every penny. 

2. Glastonbury

Glastonbury is a top neighbourhood for families thanks to safety, quiet, and an amazing school district.  The neighbourhood is newer, mostly developed in the 2000s and 60% single-family homes,  so there are plenty of great housing options in the community.

3. Cumberland

If you’re concerned about safety while looking for the best family neighbourhoods in Edmonton, your list has to feature Cumberland. Cumberland is one of the newer communities in North West Edmonton. Residents enjoy access to recreational and family opportunities with large parks, and pathways in the neighbourhood. So much nature and the central lake.  The community is part of the Cumberland-Oxford Community League, established in 2002, that organizes recreational activities and events in the area, such as free outdoor family movie nights and get-togethers.

4. Summerside

The lake! Do I need to say anymore? If I do, Summerside is one of the best communities for kids meeting other kids. It's like the old days when kids use to go outside and meet other kids, but in Summerside they do. Summerside Grande Blvd. is also an amazing Halloween attraction with kids coming from all over South Edmonton to visit the famous Halloween Alley.  The schools are great. There is every amenity that you can think of within 2 km, it's one of the best, if not the best place for families to live in Edmonton. Real estate will cost a little more in Summerside but in our opinion, it's worth it!

5. Rutherford

This friendly and inviting neighbourhood is made up of single-family homes, condos and duplexes but 85% of the residences in the neighbourhood are single-family dwellings. The remainder is mostly duplexed and the condos are limited along Ellerslie road and 111 Street so if you are inside Rutherford you can expect other families just like yours.. Moreover, it’s also a safe area, especially if your budget allows you to purchase a home in the upscale part of the neighbourhood. 

6. Ambleside

Ambleside has become a popular alternative for young families because it offers affordable housing and high safety levels. Singles and couples also have a collection of apartments and condos available, not to mention nearby shopping centres and dining establishments. The best part may be that the neighbourhood residents have easy access to healthcare facilities and recreational areas designed for family use. It's also surrounded by parks, ponds, and trails. Everything was designed to be within walking distance so you could feel like you live in a little town.

7. Brintnell

This family-orientated neighbourhood offers quick access to Anthony Henday Drive to reach any area of Edmonton quickly. Brintnell Park is right in the middle which is great for families but as a bonus 167 Avenue has every amenity you could want. Some of the first homes were built right after 2000, and most of the residential development occurred between 2005 and 2010. The residences are single detached two-storey homes with attached or detached garages so most of these inhabitants will be small families.

8. Wild Rose

It is an amazing community that focuses on the people that live in the area, strengthening the importance of the foundations of the family and the community. It is bordered by 17 Street, 34 Street and 38 Avenue so you can enjoy shopping nearby, or take up a class at the recreation centre. Close to transportation and freeways, Wild Rose is a great place for young families. 

9. The Hamptons

This quiet suburban is family-focused but modern, built in the early 2000s. The Anthony Henday freeway flanks it, so it's fast to travel anywhere in Edmonton fast. The Hamptons is great for families because it's close to everything you need, pathway systems, parks, playgrounds, lakes and ponds that are spread throughout the community. But there's more, shopping, cafes, medical centres and two schools, Bessie Nichols Public School and Sister Annata Brockman Catholic School. 

Honourable Mentions

Edmonton is chock full of beautiful, safe neighbourhoods, so our list above is not comprehensive by any means. To find the best option for your family, your best bet is to work with a reliable real estate professional, like a Justo agent. Our experts are familiar with all Edmonton neighbourhoods, including areas that didn’t make our top 10 list.

Here are a few honourable mentions that you should also keep in mind and discuss with your real estate agent: