Chappelle Gardens in the south west area of the Heritage Valley district has been underway for the past six years. There are a few things that make this neighbourhood unique.
Whether you purchase an existing home or go with a new build, every homeowner is eligible to join the Resident’s Association. The community is about to open the new 6,600 square foot clubhouse which sits on a five-acre site and will feature a variety of indoor and outdoor amenities.
A grand opening takes place later this month in which this private, residents-only facility will open to the public at 1059 Chappelle Blvd SW.
Inside, the Resident’s Association building has a fireplace and flex rooms, washrooms and skate change rooms during the winter.
Outside the building is a spray park, basketball courts, a pergola area for picnics and colourful playground. In the winter residents can enjoy a huge outdoor hockey rink, a pleasure rink and a pretty decent toboggan hill.
Programs and activities will take place year-round and the building will be managed by staff so residents don’t have to worry about maintenance or organizing volunteers. One of the ongoing challenges, especially with community leagues in Edmonton, is finding volunteers to flood, scrape and maintain outdoor ice but not in this community.
The developer of Chappelle Gardens, Brookfield Residential, thought creating a gathering spot for residents was important.
The company is also encouraging residents to use their green thumbs to grow gardens and have provided architectural guidelines that allow residents to actually have vegetable gardens in their front yards. Often, zoning regulations will mandate how large your driveway must be and where fences must be built but front-yard vegetable gardens are definitely being encouraged in Chappelle Gardens.
For residents who live in town homes or condos in the community, there are 20 shared community gardens set aside throughout the community. Composting stations are set up in these public garden areas. Public buildings, including the current parade of show homes, use rain barrels to conserve water. There are also storm water ponds in the area that actually provide habitat for birds and smaller mammals in the Heritage Valley region.
The gardens are being encouraged in Chappelle because they get people outside of their homes in their front yards. An action like that may seem small, but people on the street adds to the value and interest of the community. The homes on streets like this seem friendly and approachable and everyone wants to live in a neighbourhood where people are welcoming.
At final build out there will be 4,500 homes in Chappelle but there is a good selection of resale homes in the community right now. Prices in Chappelle are reasonable, with condos priced in the low $200,000s and larger family homes priced at just over $500,000. It’s an affordable community with moderately priced properties.
The location is great – south of Ellerslie Road next to the Whitemud Ravine, close to Highway 2 and Anthony Henday. There are Catholic schools and public schools in the area with a new school opening this fall – Donald R. Getty School for kids up to Grade 9.
Shopping is close by at South Edmonton Common. Another commercial centre is coming soon – Heritage Valley Town Centre. Terwillegar Park is another amenity that’s reasonably close and the Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre is less than 10 minutes away.
If the name “Chappelle” sounds familiar to you, the area was named in honour of the late Margaret Chappelle who was an environmental activist. She was instrumental in diverting plans for a freeway that the City of Edmonton had wanted to run through the Heritage Valley area and when she died, she left a huge sum of money to the Edmonton Humane Society.
The building is expected to be operational this month.