Situated just a stone’s throw away from city centre, Riverdale remains one of Edmonton’s most beloved (and beautiful) neighbourhoods. Praised for its unique location, mature trees, proximity to amenities and diverse home styles, Riverdale offers home buyers the distinct character and charm only an established riverside community can provide.
Did you know? First settled in the late 1800s, Riverdale was the first industrial suburb of Fort Edmonton and stands as one of the oldest communities in the city (source: Riverdale Community League).
Riverdale Real Estate
As we mentioned above, Riverdale’s unique array of home styles represent one of the many qualities drawing Edmonton home buyers to this exceptional neighbourhood. While most homes in the area were built following the Second World War, Riverdale also hosts a number of turn-of-the-century character properties (several having been built in the early 1900s). These older homes typically feature large lots, ample charm and recent upgrades.
Other single-detached family homes (which account for roughly 40% of Riverdale home styles) consist of everything from renovated post-war bungalows to modern infill properties constructed after 2000. A few luxury homes may also be found scattered throughout.
Despite the popularity of single-family dwellings, condos account for over half of Riverdale’s home styles. Low-rise, apartment-style condos are the predominant form of multi-family housing in the area, followed by townhomes and duplexes. Duplexes are becoming increasingly prevalent as the neighbourhood’s older properties give way to contemporary infill homes.
Average Listing Price: $435,000
Did you know? Riverdale’s industrial roots can be linked back to the early production of brick, coal and lumber. The area was formerly known as “Fraser Flats,” named after the local lumber mill owner.
Fantastic Local Amenities
Thanks to its fantastic location, Riverdale sits within close proximity to some of the best amenities Edmonton has to offer – including the many vibrant shops, services, restaurants and entertainment venues housed in the downtown core. Riverdale also sits just a short distance from the Royal Alexandra Hospital, clinics and health services, grocers and much more:
Other popular amenities in the area include:
- Art Gallery of Alberta
- Citadel Theatre
- Edmonton City Centre (mall)
- Edmonton Convention Centre
- Edmonton Downtown Farmers Market
- Jasper Ave (a hub for restaurants, cafes, pubs, boutique shops and services and more)
- Little Brick Café
- Muttart Conservatory
- Rogers Place / Ice District
- Royal Alberta Museum
- Winspear Centre
- Winston Churchill Square
- And much more
Did you know? Riverdale’s Little Brick Café and General Store was once the home of J.B. Little, owner of the area’s original brickyard which provided material to the many historical buildings we see around Edmonton today. Built in 1903, the former residence has now been transformed into one of the city’s most celebrated cafes.
Parks and Recreation
Nestled in the heart of the river valley, Riverdale offers no shortage of walking trails, parks, cycling paths and open green spaces. In addition to Louise McKinney Riverfront Park, the community features an active community league which hosts numerous programs, events and neighbourhood initiatives throughout the year.
Other outdoor recreation venues near Riverdale:
- Alberta Legislature Grounds
- Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre
- Dawson Park
- Don Wheaton Family YMCA
- Edmonton Ski Club
- Forest Heights Park
- Gallagher Park
- Henrietta Muir Edwards Park / Chinese Garden
- Kinsmen Pitch and Putt
- Kinsmen Sports Centre
- Riverside Golf Course
- Royal Glenora Club
- Victoria Golf Course
- And much more
Did you know? Louise McKinney Riverfront Park is home to the 100 Street Funicular. Part of the city’s Mechanized River Valley Access project, the Funicular is a glass-walled elevator offering exceptional views of the North Saskatchewan River Valley.
An ideal location for growing families, Riverdale features a centrally located elementary school offering before and after school programming for residents in the immediate area. Other educational opportunities, including Catholic and Private options, French-Immersion, pre-school programming, etc., can all be found within the surrounding communities.
Designated Public Schools:
- Riverdale School (Designated Grade K-6 School)
- Spruce Avenue School (Designated Grade 7-9 School)
- Victoria School (Designated Grade 10-12 School)
Designated Catholic Schools:
- St. Teresa Of Calcutta (Designated Grade K-6 School)
- St. Alphonsus (Designated Grade K-9 School)
- St. Catherine (Designated Grade K-9 School)
- St. Joseph (Ascension, 4th and 5th Year ELL / Designated 10-12 School, Returning Grade 12)
Did you know? Built almost entirely of brick, Riverdale School stands as a reminder of the community’s early industrial roots. First established as a temporary structure in late 1913, the historic school was later completed in the mid-1920s.
5-Minutes to Downtown
Riverdale is bounded by Connors Road / Jasper Ave to the west, Rowland Road (106th Ave) to the north, and the North Saskatchewan River to the east and south. Although the area remains semi-secluded in its river valley setting, Jasper Ave delivers quick and convenient access to both downtown Edmonton and north Edmonton (including the Yellowhead Highway).
Stony Plain Road (via adjoining 103a/ 104 Ave) also offers streamlined access to west Edmonton, while 106th Ave transects with Wayne Gretzky Drive and 50th Street.
Thanks to its unique location, Riverdale home buyers may find themselves less vehicle dependent, as the area’s many walking and cycling paths provide interconnectivity between the surrounding neighbourhoods. The community is also noted for its many transit opportunities, offering several stops and routes along Jasper Ave. The Stadium LRT (Park and Ride) Station can be found 5-minutes’ drive to the north.
For more information on Edmonton real estate opportunities/homes for sale in Riverdale (or the city’s many other river valley neighbourhoods), get in touch with us! And, don’t forget to take advantage of anyone (or all!) of our free buyer’s resources, including:
- Edmonton’s Top Infill Communities
- Your All-in-One Guide to Choosing the Right Neighbourhood
- The Terry Paranych Real Estate Group Home Buyer Blog