Picturesque, peaceful and ripe with charm, Idylwylde is a mature community located in Southeast Edmonton. Boasting plenty of open green space, ample amenities (including walkable schools, shops and services), and an abundance of home styles suited to every taste and budget, it’s easy to see why this notable neighbourhood is gaining traction among Edmonton home buyers.
Did you know? The name Idylwylde is thought to allude to the word “Idyll,” a Welsh term referring to a short poem describing a picturesque scene or incident in the country.
Idylwylde Real Estate and Homes For Sale
Though Idylwylde was established in the early 1900s, residential development didn’t begin until the end of WWII. As a result, nearly half of all homes in the area were built between the early 1950s and 60s, with an emphasis on bungalows and one and a half storey models. Though infill homes are becoming increasingly popular due to the community’s fantastic location, many of these older homes are available on the Edmonton market today. Perfect for families, most single-family homes in Idylwylde feature an average of three bedrooms and bathrooms, modern upgrades and plenty of yard space.
For more information on infill homes, see our previous post: 6 Key Benefits of Purchasing an Infill Home in Edmonton.
While single-family homes account for over half of all residences in Idylwylde, the area also offers a large number of apartment-style condos. These consist mainly of low-rise units with two bedrooms and bathrooms, ranging from the low 100s to early 200s. Affordable and located within close proximity to Whyte Ave, downtown Edmonton and the University of Alberta, Idylwylde is the ideal neighbourhood for first-time buyers.
Idylwylde Average Listing Price: $335,000
Did you know? Idylwylde, along with other communities comprising the former City of Strathcona, merged with the greater City of Edmonton in 1913.
Central Southeast Edmonton Amenities
As mentioned above, Idylwylde sits within a short distance of the many boutique shops, services, eateries and entertainment venues of vibrant Whyte Ave. But that’s not all. Idylwylde residents benefit from having several shopping districts available within a 10-minute drive or less – this includes Bonnie Doon Shopping Centre, located within the neighbouring community of Bonnie Doon.
Check out: Edmonton Community Spotlight: Bonnie Doon
Other amenities include:
- Art Gallery of Alberta
- Capilano Mall
- Citadel Theatre
- City Arts Centre
- Edmonton City Centre (mall)
- Edmonton Convention Centre
- Edmonton Downtown Farmers Market
- Edmonton Public Library
- Jasper Ave (a hub for restaurants, cafes, pubs, boutique shops and services and more)
- Muttart Conservatory
- The Old Strathcona Farmer’s Market
- Rogers Place / Ice District
- Royal Alberta Museum
- The Stollery Children’s Hospital
- Southgate Centre
- The University of Alberta Hospital
- Winspear Centre
- Winston Churchill Square
- And much more
Did you know? The Muttart Conservatory features over 700 different species of plants spread across three climate-regulated biomes (pyramids) – tropical, temperate, and arid. It is also one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks.
Parks and Recreation
Situated near the Mill Creek Ravine and the North Saskatchewan River Valley, Idylwylde residents enjoy ample opportunity to get out and get active. Locally the area is home to a popular leisure centre and an established community league which hosts family-friendly activities and events throughout the year (including a community garden, swim program and skating rink).
Other recreational amenities near Idylwylde include:
- Accidental Beach
- Alberta Legislature Grounds
- Dawson Park
- Don Wheaton Family YMCA
- Edmonton Ski Club
- Forest Heights Park
- Gallagher Park
- Government House Park
- Henrietta Muir Edwards Park
- Kinsmen Park
- Kinsmen Pitch and Putt
- Kinsmen Sports Centre
- Louise McKinney Riverfront Park
- Riverside Golf Course
- Royal Glenora Club
- Royal Mayfair Golf Club
- Victoria Golf Course
- Victoria Park
- And more!
Did you know? Formerly referred to as Stony Creek, Mill Creek was renamed after one of western Canada’s first flour mills, established along the ravine’s banks in 1871.
Idylwylde houses a single school, Vimy Ridge Academy, the city’s leading institution for aspiring high school-aged athletes. Additional educational opportunities, including public and non-secular schools, private schools, early learning, and more, can all be found within the surrounding neighbourhoods. The University of Alberta also sits just a 10-minute drive away, easily accessible via Whyte Ave or nearby Connors Road.
Designated Public Schools:
- Rutherford School (Designated Grade K-6 School)
- Kenilworth School (Designated Grade 7-9 School)
- McNally School (Designated Grade 10-12 School)
Designated Catholic Schools:
- St. Brendan School (Designated Grade K-9 School)
- St. Monica School (Designated Pre-K-School)
- Austin O’Brien School (Designated Grade 10-12 School)
Did you know? Named after Alexander Cameron Rutherford, Alberta’s first premier, Rutherford School remains one of Edmonton’s oldest schools (est. 1911).
Getting From Here to There
Idylwylde is defined by 83rd Street to the west, 90th Ave to the north, 75th Street to the east and 82nd (Whyte) Ave to the south. Quiet yet easily accessible, Idylwylde residents have a convenient commute to downtown Edmonton, less than 10-minutes away via Connors Road. Bordering 75th Street also provides a streamlined commute to Whitemud Drive (7-minutes south), while 82nd Ave gives way to both the Sherwood Park Freeway and west Anthony Henday.
Idylwylde is well regarded for its walkability, with most amenities easily accessible by foot. Transit opportunities within the community are also abundant, with several stops and routes located throughout. Edmonton’s Metro and Capital LRT lines are easily accessible by transit, with stations located in nearby Belgravia and McKernan, as well as the University of Alberta.
Did you know? Expansion plans for the Capital and Metro Lines will see service extending further into both Southeast Edmonton (Ellerslie area) and Northwest Edmonton (Campbell Road, near St. Albert).
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