When deciding on a neighbourhood to settle down in, amenities play a huge role for most homebuyers. Not only do they add value to your everyday living, but they also add to the overall value of your home. New developments especially have a lot to offer those in search of these extras. Here are just a few of the many amenities you can expect in a new community.
Shopping and Entertainment
Firstly, you're guaranteed to find a variety of stores within short walking or driving distance. We all have our favourite places to shop, but it’s convenient to have a variety of choices nearby, so you can get what you need as soon as you need it. Of course, this will include grocery items, but many new developments also include shopping districts with pet, hardware and liquor stores, as well as pharmacies, office supply chains and much more. For example, Langdale is very close to the Currents of Windermere shopping hub.
These shopping areas also tend to offer a variety of restaurants and pubs as well as entertainment venues such as movie theatres, arcades and more. New communities want to keep these things close so you don't have to go far for a night out. The Orchards, for instance, is a brand new family-friendly community resting just minutes from South Edmonton Common.
One of the most important things you can do when moving to a new community is to meet the neighbours, so it's important for a community to have a space where people can mingle and get to know each other. Whether it's a healthy option like a community pool or skating rink, or something more oriented towards young families like the playground at Uplands, if a sense of community is important to you, make sure you look for an area that has plenty of space to meet new friends.
Access to education is on every parent's mind when looking for a new home. Having access to schools within a short driving or walking distance is incredibly helpful for busy families who don't have the time to spend in the back and forth commute. Edmonton's best builders have recognized this need and, for this reason, the city's newest communities are sure to offer a variety of educational choices right in your very own neighbourhood.
For instance, Laurel Crossing is within close proximity to many schools including the brand-new Thelma Chalifoux School, set to open in 2020. Take a look at our guide to schools in Southeast Edmonton for more information on schools in this area.
Green space is an absolute necessity when it comes to buying a home. New communities shine in this area because parks are laid out in cohesion with the neighbourhood's development. It’s always nice to be able to have a picnic in the summer or take the kids to the nearby park (maybe even a water park!). And don’t forget about your furry friends! A lot of new areas also have designated dog parks for pet owners - guaranteeing you'll never have to leave a family member at home.
Having paved trails throughout the neighbourhood makes going for an evening stroll or morning jog simple. They also can help you get around the area easily without needing to take a vehicle. Paths and trails are common in new communities as they are mapped out before the homes are developed. The gorgeous community of Westerra in Stony Plain, for example, boasts an intricate pathway system, surrounded by a protected environmental reserve and 1.46 hectares of green space.
This one is a given for suburban areas, as many people commute all over the city every day. Edmonton Transit makes a huge effort to make every community ETS friendly - which is why you'll find so many new neighbourhoods situated by transit centres and LRT stations. The community of Cavanagh, is located just one bus ride away from the Century Park LRT station, while Cy Becker and Manning Village rest just moments away from the Clareview LRT station and transit hub.
Services cover everything from police and ambulances to walk-in centres and hospitals. Communities that are close to these things have a feeling of safety about them. Knowing you can easily get access to medical help adds value to a community's level of security. A community like Laurel Crossing, for instance, offers quick and convenient access to family doctors, dentists, vision care, pharmacies and much more. The Grey Nuns Hospital is also just an 8-minute drive away.
Recreational Centres are also common in new communities. These facilities are great activity hubs and can include everything from swimming pools and fitness classes to libraries and soccer fields. The community of Tamarack is right across from the newly developed Meadows Rec Centre featuring two NHL-sized rinks, an indoor children's playground, basketball courts and much more. Nearby rec centres give you yet another fun place to spend time outside of your new home.
Another thing to bear in mind when looking for amenities in your community is any special needs you or your family may have. For example, if you have kids who are heavily into athletics or dance, you may want to consider proximity to schools. Or if you or your family are new Canadians, consider how close your new community is to specialty stores that may carry your favourite foods, or if there are any religious or community centres nearby. If you plan to attend regularly, cutting your commute can save you a lot of time and stress in the long run.
These are the top amenities you can expect in and around new communities. Our communities are developed for homeowners, just like you, who want all of the best amenities within arm's reach. Now that you know what amenities to expect, you can explore new communities with confidence!
Originally posted May 25, 2017, updated February 1, 2019.