It's hard to believe, but it wasn't that long ago that "retirement" was a dirty word among hard-working Edmontonians, who've always seen the value of keeping busy and scoff at the idea of settling down. Today's seniors, though, are an energetic bunch, the kind of people who might be seen volunteering on Monday, playing hockey or basketball on Tuesday, and then packing their bags for a months-long European tour by the weekend.
But whether you're looking for a launch pad to start your worldly adventures or just a garden to call your own, you've got many options when it comes to the Edmonton real estate market. To help make retirement the best years of your life, it's important that you choose the right neighbourhood. With that in mind, here is a list of great communities for retirees from your friends at Ryan Dutka Real Estate Solutions.
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West Jasper Place / Jasper Place
Once a small hamlet that was home to a few hundred farmers, the former village of Jasper Place became part of Edmonton in the first half of the twentieth century. In recent years, West Jasper Place has become popular with older seniors looking to live close to downtown thanks to a number of seniors-only apartments and assisted living communities. In addition, the area is home to a host of healthcare providers just across from West Edmonton Mall, including Misericordia Community Hospital, Jasper Place Continuing Care Centre, and Villa Caritas.
Like West Jasper Place, the South Edmonton area of Mill Woods features a number of neighbourhoods that appeal to retirees thanks to a location close to downtown, plenty of green space, and a number of amenities that appeal particularly to seniors. Near Millwoods Park and Mill Woods Town Centre, for instance, you'll find the Mill Wood Seniors and Multicultural Centre, a 23,500 square foot community space above the library that runs 55+ programming every day of the week, from quilting to pickle ball. Golfers and outdoor enthusiasts living in Mill Woods will also appreciate access to the golf course and the walking trails at Mill Creek. There's certainly lots to keep you busy here.
The neighbourhoods of Kaskitayo take advantage of an excellent location at the intersection of Anthony Henday Drive and the Queen Elizabeth Highway, so residents aren't far from great shopping at South Edmonton Common and outdoor living on the trails of Blackmud Creek Ravine. For younger or more active seniors interested in maintaining their own home, Kaskitayo homes for sale offer a broad variety options, including smaller residences and condos that are perfect for people looknig to downsize. Access to major transportation routes also makes this area an excellent choice.
The Lake District
The neighbourhoods of Northeast Edmonton's popular Lake District include a number of hot properties for anyone looking for cottage-style residences in the heart of the city. These gorgeous new homes and low-rise condos typically feature tranquil water features, community parks, shopping, and local amenities. There are hundreds of Lake District homes for sale in the area as well as revered retirement communities like The Chateau and Northshore Condos at Schossee Square.
This medium-sized suburban city just outside of Edmonton recently placed fourth in a MoneySense list that ranked quality of life in Canadian communities, beating out cities like Montreal and Vancouver, and it's particularly perfect for those retirees looking to stretch their dollar further without sacrificing safety, security, and fun. This charming city along the Sturgeon River can be quiet, but it's never dull, and you'll find plenty of festivals and community celebrations each year to keep you busy. Many seniors fine that their incomes decline with age, and downsizing in St. Albert can be an effective way of saving money.