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Rio Terrace is a highly sought-after neighbourhood located in popular West Edmonton. Quaint, mature and defined by river valley views, Rio Terrace is known for its well-kept properties and family-friendly atmosphere. If you’re looking for a beautiful family home equipped with high-end features, mature landscaping, and close proximity to some of the city’s best amenities, Rio Terrace might be the perfect neighbourhood for you.

Did you know? Rio Terrace was named in the 1950s. “Rio,” meaning “river” in Spanish, is a nod to the community’s scenic location along the North Saskatchewan River.

Real Estate and Homes For Sale in Rio Terrace

Rio Terrace emerged in the late 1950s, though most residences (70%) were constructed in the 1960s. Single-family homes account for all home styles in the neighbourhood, with models ranging from brand-new infill homes and renovated bungalows to two-story models and split-levels. One of Edmonton’s smaller communities, Rio Terrace boasts around 500 homes, many of which overlook the nearby river valley.

The average Rio Terrace home encompasses four bedrooms, three bathrooms, and approximately 2,000 square feet of beautifully renovated living space. These residences often come equipped with double attached and detached garages and spacious lots enhanced by mature trees, well-maintained landscaping, and distinctive architectural elements.

You’ll find no “cookie-cutter” homes in Rio Terrace, as each property offers unique and enticing features. Due to Rio Terrace’s exceptional river-side location, home prices tend to fall above the Edmonton average, and competition can be fierce among buyers.

See also:  Your Guide to West Edmonton Real Estate.

Average Listing Price in Rio Terrace: $900,000

See Homes For Sale in Rio Terrace

Did you know? Rio Terrace was formerly part of the Town of Jasper Place, annexed by the City of Edmonton in 1964.

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West Edmonton Amenities Near Rio Terrace

Rio Terrace’s quiet location doesn’t keep homeowners from enjoying a diverse range of amenities in the surrounding areas. In under 10 minutes, residents can easily reach the Meadowlark Health and Shopping Centre as well as the West Edmonton Mall, North America’s largest shopping destination boasting 800+ stores and services.

Along the nearby 170th and 178th streets, numerous big-box retailers, services, and restaurants cater to residents’ needs. These include the Terra Losa Shopping Centre, which houses stores such as Home Depot, Best Buy, Canadian Tire, and Mayfield Common, featuring popular retailers such as Winners and HomeSense. Additionally, the Misericordia Hospital is conveniently located within a short distance.

Those who love the great outdoors also love living in Rio Terrace. The neighbouring river valley park and pathway system, along with Callingwood ParkWhitemud ParkBuena Vista Park, and the Edmonton Valley Zoo, are all easily accessible, providing options for outdoor adventures and recreation.

Residents also benefit from a large park site located in the community’s west end, home to tennis courts, a skating rink, playground and spray park. The Rio Terrace Community League hosts local events and provides a variety of family-friendly activities, sports programs, and playgroups, fostering a sense of community and engagement.

Further recreational amenities in the vicinity include:

As a means of minimizing traffic, there are no commercial amenities in Rio Terrace. Instead, residents have convenient access to various niche shopping plazas offering groceries, medical services, restaurants, and more, thanks to its proximity to Whitemud Drive.

Apart from the river valley attractions, Rio Terrace offers additional recreational opportunities for homeowners. The Patricia Ravine, Rio Park, and the Edmonton Country Club are all within reach, while Snow Valley Ski Club and Rainbow Valley Park lie directly east.

Did you know? The Patricia Heights Ravine sits within walking distance of Rio Terrace. This includes access to Patricia Ravine Trail and Off-Leash area and Rio Park.

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Rio Terrace Schools

There are two schools located in Rio Terrace: Rio Terrace Public Elementary School and the Westend Community Playschool. Families can also take their pick of additional schooling options within the surrounding neighbourhoods of Patricia HeightsLynnwood, and more.

Designated Public Schools:

Designated Catholic Schools:

Did you know? Rio Terrace has a liveability score of 83%, which is considered exceptional. Crime rates are 39% below the Edmonton average, and the area is highly rated for its easy commute, amenities, employment, health, housing, and schools. (Source: Area Vibes)

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Commuting From Rio Terrace and West Edmonton 

Rio Terrace is bounded by 156th Street to the west, Whitemud Drive to the north, 149th Street to the east and Rio Terrace Drive to the south. Semi-secluded yet easily accessible, homeowners can reach the greater City of Edmonton via the Whitemud and nearby West Anthony Henday. 170th Street is also just a short distance away and provides direct access to Yellowhead Trail. There are some transit opportunities in Rio Terrace, particularly along 156th Street.

For more information on Edmonton real estate opportunities and homes for sale in Rio Terraceor any other community in the capital region, get in touch with us! We also invite you to take advantage of our free Edmonton home buyer resources, including: 

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