Welcome to beautiful Belle Rive and majestic Mayliewan: two highly sought-after neighbourhoods located side by side in Northeast Edmonton’s popular Lake District. Developed with active families in mind, both communities are unique in that their design allows residents to enjoy access to the area’s many stormwater lakes via a network of walking paths and bike trails.
Known for their broad selection of detached, single-family properties and proximity to countless amenities, these two all-in-one communities have first-time buyers and growing families eager to call Northeast Edmonton home.
Did you know? Like all other communities in Edmonton’s Lake District, Belle Rive and Mayliewan were named after lake descriptions: Belle Rive, meaning “beautiful shore” (French) and Mayliewan, “beautiful bay” (Cantonese).
Single-Family Homes of Every Style and Price Point
While there are a few roomy duplexes and low-maintenance townhome options available throughout Belle Rive and Mayliewan, single-family homes are the most common home style. Development in both areas began in the early 1980s, continuing into the 1990s and onward, leading to a diverse selection of detached real estate choices.
For example, those in search of a single-family home in either community can find everything from budget-friendly single-detached properties (ideal for first-time buyers) to high-end luxury homes with ample square footage and, in many cases, scenic lake
On average, single-family dwellings in the area offer three to four bedrooms and come in a broad range of styles, including spacious two-story homes, quaint bungalows, split and bi-level properties, front and rear detached garage models and everything in between.
Belle Rive and Mayliewan Townhomes:
Townhomes in the area feature an average of three bedrooms and bathrooms and 1,400 square feet of living space. With prices starting in the low 300s, they make an excellent option for first-time buyers, downsizers, and anyone looking for an affordable, low-maintenance home. In addition to beautifully renovated attached homes, there are also several new development options available. Drive-in garages, finished basements and modern features and finishes are just a few advantages to expect from a Belle Rive and Mayliewan townhome.
Belle Rive and Mayliewan Duplexes:
Though smaller in number, there are a few renovated duplexes scattered throughout Mayliewan and Belle Rive. The perfect alternative to single-family homes in the area, these semi-detached units offer an average of three bedrooms and bathrooms, convenient ensuites and plenty of room to move around. Single and double-attached garages are also standard, as well as private yard space and, in many cases, finished basements.
Standard features to expect from a Belle Rive and Mayliewan home may include:
- Open-concept floor plans
- Gourmet kitchens
- Tiled backsplashes
- Walk-in closets
- Family and bonus rooms
- Formal dining rooms
- In-floor heating
- Quartz and or granite countertops
- Eat-in islands
- Harwood flooring
- 5-piece spa-inspired ensuites
- 9-ft and vaulted ceilings
- Gas fireplaces
- Custom cabinetry
- Dedicated dens and office spaces
- Wet bars
- New energy-efficient systems
- Finished basements
- Bespoke light fixtures
- Outdoor entertainment spaces
- Mature landscaping
- Composite decking
- Heated garages
- Underground sprinkler systems
- Legal basement suites
- And more!
Average Home Prices:
Belle Rive: $383,000
Did you know? Edmonton’s Lake District is comprised of eight highly desirable neighbourhoods in total. In addition to Belle Rive and Mayliewan, these include Crystallina Nera, Eaux Claires, Klarvatten, Lago Lindo, Ozerna and Schonsee.
An Abundance of Amenities
Both communities share a small commercial centre located along 160th Ave and 82nd Street, which features a convenience store and gas station, pharmacy, bakery, medical centre, salons and a variety of other services. 5-minutes to the west sits Namao Centre, a large shopping complex offering various big-box retailers (Canadian Tire, Lowe’s, Shopper’s Drug Mart, etc.), grocers, banking institutions, coffee shops, restaurants and more. Other shops and services can also be found along nearby 97th Street, which leads directly to both North Town Centre and Northgate Centre.
Other amenities in the Belle Rive/Mayliewan area include:
- Londonderry Mall – Northeast Edmonton indoor shopping mall, including 150+ stores and services.
- Manning Town Centre – Open-air power centre featuring numerous retailers, various eateries, and a movie theatre.
- Skyview Power/North City/ Palisades Centre – Three massive side-by-side shopping districts featuring countless shops, services, and restaurants.
The Top 10 Northeast Edmonton Amenities:
- Poplar Park: Poplar Park features a modern playground, splash park and ample open green space to enjoy. The park also includes picnic areas and walking paths, perfect for a family outing on a sunny afternoon.
- Cattail Crossing Golf Club: Formerly referred to as “Hunters Green,” Cattail Crossing is an 18-hole course suitable for low handicappers and beginners. Not only is Cattail considered a best-kept secret, but it was also recommended as one of Golf Digest’s most “exciting” courses.
- Clareview Town Centre: Clareview Town Centre is an outdoor shopping district hosting a Costco, Wal-Mart, Superstore, medical centres, banking institutions and more.
- Castle Downs Park: One of north Edmonton’s most popular recreation areas, Castle Downs Park features a spray park, skatepark, outdoor rink and many other outdoor amenities. The park site is also shared with the Castle Downs YMCA, which features a variety of programs, services and activities.
- Namao Centre: An array of shops and professional services, with big-box retailers including Canadian Tire, Save-On-Foods, Shoppers Drug More, Lowe’s, etc.
- Hermitage Park: Hermitage Park is located in the neighbouring community of Canon Ridge. The park includes boating amenities, a fully stocked trout pond, off leash dog area, picnic sites and riverside walking trails.
- O’Leary Fitness and Leisure Centre: This multi-amenity facility includes an aquatic centre (with a 25-metre swimming pool with waterslide, steam room, and dive pool), an indoor playground and a fitness centre.
- Beaumaris Lake: Beaumaris Lake is Edmonton’s first and largest stormwater lake. Built-in the late 1970s, this man-made body of water maintains a 2.5 kilometres perimeter and houses numerous plant and animal life species.
- Northgate Centre: Safeway, Marshalls, a medical and professional centre, Wal-Mart, restaurants and miscellaneous shops and services.
- Clareview Recreation Centre: This multi-amenity facility includes an aquatic centre (with a 25-metre, 8-lane swimming pool with lazy river, springboards and waterslide, steam room, dive platform, etc.), an indoor playground, fitness centre, arena, multi-cultural, library and district park.
Did you know? Belle Rive was initially to be named “Belle Riva” as a nod to Edmonton’s Italian community. However, the spelling mistake “Belle Rive” was never corrected, and so the neighbourhood remains named today.
Families living in either community will have plenty of schools to choose from, including nearby public, Catholic, preschool and Christian options. In addition, Belle Rive is home to a local K-9 public school (Florence Hallock) which accommodates elementary to junior high-aged children in both neighbourhoods.
Designated Public Schools:
- Florence Hallock School (Designated Grade K-6 School)
- Florence Hallock School (Designated Grade 7-9 School)
- Queen Elizabeth School (Designated Grade 10-12 School)
- M.E. Lazerte School (Designated Grade 10-12 School)
Designated Catholic Schools:
- St. Dominic (Designated Grade Pre-K-6 School)
- St. Anne (Designated Grade K-6 School)
- St. John Bosco (Designated Grade Pre-K-6 School)
- St. Philip (Designated Grade K-6 School)
- Cardinal Leger (Designated Grade 7-9 School)
- J.J. Bowlen (Designated Grade 7-9 School)
- Archbishop O’Leary (Designated Grade 10-12 School)
- Alta Montessori Daycare and Out-of-School Care
- Edmonton Northeast Christian School
- McLeod Community Early Learning and Child Care Center
- Small Sprouts Preschool
Did you know? Mayliewan is often referred to as “Cherry Grove.”
Parks and Recreation
As we mentioned above, both Belle Rive and Mayliewan were developed with active families in mind and are home to numerous stormwater lakes and walking trails. The communities also share a large school park site/open green space located in the northeast corner of Belle Rive, known as Poplar Park. In addition to a new playground and ample room to run around, the area includes a spray park, soccer fields and baseball diamonds.
Residents of Belle Rive are served by the Evansdale and Kilkenny Community Leagues, respectively, with both associations offering various sports programs and family-friendly activities throughout the year.
Other recreational amenities in the area:
- Beaumaris Lake/ Beaumaris Park
- Castledowns Family YMCA
- Castle Downs Park
- Castle Downs Rec Centre/Arena
- Cattail Crossing Golf and Winter Club
- Edmonton Garrison Memorial Golf and Curling Club
- Londonderry Fitness and Leisure Centre
- Northgate Lions Recreation Centre
Did you know? Beaumaris Lake is Edmonton’s first and largest stormwater lake. Built-in the late 1970s, this man-made body of water maintains a perimeter of 2.5 kilometres and is known to house numerous plant and animal life species.
Getting From Here to There
Belle Rive and Mayliewan sit bounded by 167th Ave (Castle Downs Road) to the north and 153rd Ave to the south.
97th Street also sits just a short distance to the communities’ west, providing residents with a streamlined commute to Yellowhead Trail, Edmonton’s downtown core (in 20 minutes or less) and the north Anthony Henday. 167th and 153rd also intersect with Manning Drive to the east, transitioning to Fort Road and Wayne Gretzky Drive. Lastly, the neighbourhoods are bisected by 82nd Street, another major thoroughfare leading to the Yellowhead and city centre (Jasper Ave).
While both communities are regarded as car-dependent (most errands will require a vehicle), they are cyclist-friendly and host several transit stops throughout. A number of transit centres can also be found in the surrounding communities, including Clareview LRT and Transit Station.
Summing It All Up: The Top 8 Reasons to Live in Belle Rive and Mayliewan
Fantastic Single-Family Home Styles – Perfect for growing families, Belle Rive and Mayliewan boast many single-family homes spread across a vast range of styles. These two-storey front attached homes, 4-level splits, bi-levels and laned homes.
Excellent Home Features – Modern upgrades are standard among Belle Rive and Mayliewan homes, offering buyers everything from new countertops and flooring to upgraded bathrooms and finished basements.
Waterfront Views – As part of Edmonton’s larger lake district, many homeowners enjoy having a panoramic lake and waterfront views. Lined with walking trails and viewpoints, residents have plenty of reason to get out and enjoy the scenery.
Exceptional Liveability Scores – Both Bell Rive and Mayliewan boast a liveability score of 76%, which is considered exceptional. Both areas are highly rated for their amenities, commute times, cost of living and schools.
Parks and Green Spaces – Besides several interconnected walking trails, Belle Rive and Mayliewan feature large parks and green spaces, incorporating playgrounds, sports fields, basketball courts, spray parks and community gardens.
Recreation Centres – There are no less than three family-friendly recreation centres within 10 minutes of Belle Rive and Mayliewan. All facilities include swimming pools, fitness areas and child-friendly amenities. Arenas and outdoor fieldhouses are also available in some facilities.
Great Shopping – Manning Town Centre, Londonderry Mall, Clareview Town Centre, and Northgate Centre are just a few of the many diverse shopping hubs in and around Mayliewan and Belle Rive. As a result, locals have access to countless big-box retailers, shops and services, restaurants, recreation venues and more.
Easy Accessibility – Due to the neighbourhoods’ proximity to significant thoroughfares such as Yellowhead Trail and the north Anthony Henday, locals enjoy a streamlined commute to just about everywhere in the greater capital region. Adjoining 97th and 82nd Street also provide direct access to Edmonton’s city centre.
Good Schools – Northeast Edmonton is home to several highly rated schools, all within arm’s reach of Belle Rive and Mayliewan. With so many educational options available, families are sure to find the right school(s) to meet their children’s needs.
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Originally published March 17, 2021, updated May 24, 2023
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