Surrounded in natural beauty, the small cozy neighbourhood of Cloverdale stands out as one of Edmonton’s hidden gems that must be seen to be believed. Spanning only a handful of blocks, it boasts some of the city’s most stunning character homes, modern infills and condos surrounded by gorgeous trees, hills and trails that seem to be tucked in at every turn.
Known as “The Flats,” the Cloverdale neighbourhood sits just south of the banks of the North Saskatchewan River, nestled beside Gallagher Hill and the lovely Muttart Conservatory to the west. The area has grown from its historical roots as a commercial and industrial hub at the turn of the century into today’s modern community. Home of the Edmonton Folk Fest, Edmonton Ski & Bike Club and the largest urban park in Canada, it’s conveniently located a stone’s throw away from the city core.
“I think the number one thing that draws people to Cloverdale is the walkability” says Kerri-lyn Holland of Holland & Associates with RE/MAX River City. “You can live here, walk downtown to work, to a restaurant then walk back home. It’s not far at all, only 15 minutes away.”
“It was magical even when I was driving by looking for a home,” says Karen Chalmers, a long-time resident of Cloverdale. “I moved here from Vancouver and the fact that this is right in the River Valley, it’s such a stunning location, and the building I live in is beautiful too and that’s common in Cloverdale.”
Cloverdale offers a mix of housing for different lifestyles-- from fully restored Victorian-style character homes with porches, to brand new sleek infills to spacious condos with spectacular views. “There’s only a few neighbourhoods that surround downtown,” explains Jason Holland of Holland & Associates with RE/MAX River City “and with limited land here in Cloverdale, it’s a great investment as the house prices consistently go up with it always been a sought after neighbourhood.”
Cloverdale resident Wendy Bosch and her husband moved to the community after attending the Edmonton Folk Fest at Gallagher Park over twenty years ago!
Karen enjoys the overall quiet, enchanting neighbourhood feel of the community, but looks forward to the energy and excitement the music event generates each summer. Her family even built a stage in their basement and has hosted musical greats such as Jim Cuddy from Blue Rodeo and Corb Lund.
“What I really love about the neighbourhood though,” Karen explains, “is the vibe. The kids play outside all day. They’re skiing or playing hockey in the winter and they’re at Accidental Beach by the river in the summer. The parents on the block get together to visit or have block parties. Everybody gets together, it’s just a really nice atmosphere.”
“And the funny thing is, “she laughs, “People here don’t leave. So many of our neighbours have left one house here when they out-grow it and have gone on to live on another side of Cloverdale.”
Credit: Edmonton Ski Club
If you’re looking for a way to move into this fantastic community, here’s one of our latest listings from Holland & Associates RE/MAX River City, of a lovely home with a view of Edmonton’s skyline.
This 2 bed, 2 bath condo on the 3rd floor at “The Landing” in Cloverdale has a spacious layout with high-end finishes to enjoy
“There are some good opportunities right now in Cloverdale to invest in a condo, an older home or renovate or buy a brand new infill,” says Kerri-lyn.
“It’s one of the most desired mature communities in Edmonton and here you’ll find something for everyone. From great proximity to downtown, future LRT, an active and entertaining lifestyle and small village feel in the heart of the big city – Cloverdale is simply amazing and has so much to offer.”
Credit: Edmonton Ski Club