Last week, we looked at the first five of our Top Ten Fastest Growing Edmonton Communities list, and this week we’re going to keep counting up to the #1 spot. This list is based off the 2014 City of Edmonton census data, released last summer.
After looking at the #10 – #6, we noticed the communities on the first half of our list were all newer communities, all close to the Anthony Henday ring road, and all had access to important amenities. Let’s see if the trend holds as we count up to the #1 fastest growing community in Edmonton.
#5 – Laurel
2009 Population: 0
2014 Population: 4,098
Increase since 2009: 4,098
Another almost brand-new community Laurel is located in southeast Edmonton, just north of the Anthony Henday. It’s bordered to the west by 34th Street and to the north by 23rd avenue. When completed, this are of the city will be fantastically family-friendly, including lots of pedestrian walking trails and local park spaces.
Only a few minutes drive away is the brand new Meadows Community Centre, featuring an aquatic and fitness centre, two ice arenas, and a public library branch. New schools are planned for this area, making this an attractive community for young families looking to make their home near where their kids can go to school in a few years. And for those already with grade-school children at home, there are schools in neighbouring communities ready for attendance. Rio-Can Meadows and Millwoods Town Centre shopping centres are both close by.
#4 – Walker
2009 Population: 0
2014 Population: 4,424
Increase since 2009: 4,424
Walker is located in southeast Edmonton, south of Ellerslie Road, east of 66th Street, and west of 50th Street. This area of Edmonton is brand new and still under development, so look at this community to continue growing for a while yet! It’s only a short drive away from the commercial shopping area at Parsons Road and Ellerslie, and in the other direction is the brand new Ivor Dent Sports Park and the Pioneer Meadows Golf Course.
This is an up-and-coming community to watch: The addition of the developing Charlesworth/Harvest Pointe commercial centre along Ellerslie Road and 50th Street will add even more value to this already awesome family-centric community.
#3 – Windermere
2009 Population: 322
2014 Population: 5,339
Increase since 2009: 5,017
Windermere is located in Edmonton’s southwest, and borders the North Saskatchewan River Valley to the west. It sits just north of the Anthony Henday and west of 170th Street. Windermere’s location can’t be beat: It’s got access to main arterial roads and a huge selection of amenities, shops, and services right nearby, including groceries, a movie theatre, restaurants, big box stores, and more. And it was recently announced there are new schools planned for Windermere, which will only increase the neighbourhood’s popularity.
It’s position high up and overlooking the river valley give many residents fantastic views looking down into Edmonton, and the nearby River Ridge and Windermere Golf clubs make this a favourite home base for Edmontonians who love to spend a lot of time on the green. There’s an interesting and wide mix of homes in Windermere, which includes everything from large-lot estate-style homes to urban-styled condos.
#2 – The Hamptons
2009 Population: 5,642
2014 Population: 10,799
Increase since 2009: 5,157
The Hamptons neighbourhood is located on the western edge of Edmonton, just west of the Anthony Henday and south of 62nd Avenue. Quick access to the Anthony Henday makes The Hamptons an easy commute for most residents, even for those who work across the city. Access to arterial roads, the amenities along 62 Avenue, and a family-focused atmosphere all contribute to The Hampton’s success.
The community is primarily low density residential with single-detached homes, but there is a mixture of medium density as well, including duplex/triplex units and townhouse-style homes. In recent years two new schools have opened to serve The Hamptons area: Sister Annata Brockman Catholic School and Bessie Nichols Public School, both of which provide kindergarden to grade 9 education.
Want to learn more about The Hamptons? Read our full profile of The Hamptons community.
#1 – Summerside
2009 Population: 4,807
2014 Population: 11,314
Increase since 2009: 6,507
Summerside is located in southeast Edmonton, south of Ellerslie Road, west of 66th Street, and east of the QE2 highway, and it’s well know for it’s 13 hectare recreational Summerside Lake, built as Edmonton’s first all-purpose man-made lake, and provides Summerside residents an exclusive place to swim, fish, and use non-motorized boats.
While the community is largely single-family style homes, there are also apartment-style condos and row housing as well, which means this area has every type of home you could want throughout your life, from small starter-house to large homes on luxury lots with private lake access. Michael Strembitsky School is located within the neighbourhood, and there are major amenities along the 91 Street corridor, including groceries, restaurants, and a fitness centre. It’s also mere minutes away from the South Edmonton Common power shopping area, where you can find literally anything you might need!
Want to learn more about Summerside? Read our full profile of Summerside community.
Edmonton’s Fastest Growing Communities: The Common Themes
South Edmonton is Booming
There’s a lot of interest and growth in Edmonton’s southern regions: Only 1 of the top ten was outside of the far south areas of the city. Given that the far south of Edmonton is where our borders are expanding, this makes a lot of sense, and there are already strong commercial zones and amenities already built up around the Calgary Trail and Ellerslie Road corridors, so new neighbourhoods have quick access to important amenities even if they aren’t within their boundaries. Don’t expect growth in the south to slow down anytime soon!
Want to learn more about what makes South Edmonton so special? Read our feature blog post on South Edmonton.
We Love the Anthony Henday
It’s no coincidence that the fastest growing Edmonton communities are all bordering the Anthony Henday. The addition of — and coming completion of — this important ring road has opened up a lot of options for Edmonton commuters. You no longer have to live in the same region of Edmonton that you work in: It’s fast and easy to get to almost any part of the city, and once the Henday is complete it will be even easier!
Young Families Setting the Trend
All of these communities either have new schools within them, new schools nearby, or new schools on the books, making them attractive to young families with growing children that need a great education. Combine that with access to great brand-new recreational facilities, shopping amenities, and park areas, and you have a burst of interest from new families looking to set down roots in a community they can grow in. If you drill down and look at the demographic mix of these communities, you’ll find the data shows these communities are trending younger.