Chappelle Gardens Social House provides a hub to draw residents together

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When people feel connected to their community, a richness is added to their lives.

That’s why Brookfield Residential designed and built an impressive residents association facility in Edmonton’s southwest neighbourhood of Chappelle Gardens. As a community hub with programs, activities and events for young and old, the Chappelle Gardens Social House, the new 6,600-square-foot facility building, will play a vital role in the lives of all who live in the area.

“From what we’ve heard over the years from Brookfield residents, people who feel connected to their communities believe their quality of life is better than others,” says Peter Tsoukalas, Brookfield’s senior development manager.

“Creating this amenity goes back to what Brookfield is really passionate about. Creating a place where people feel like they can participate and feel like they belong,” he says.

“It was important to Brookfield to provide this amenity that contributes to a healthy and active lifestyle. We hope to share this with everyone in Edmonton during the grand opening of the building on June 3.”

The 6,600-square-foot building and surrounding park, which has just opened in Chappelle Gardens, is the only amenity of its kind in the Heritage Valley area, says Tsoukalas.

Every homeowner in this community has automatic membership to Residents Association, with access to everything it offers.

“It’s like an extension of your living room or your backyard,” he says.

Barbecues and other types of gatherings let residents in Chappelle Gardens get to know each other. Supplied

The Chappelle Gardens Social House at 1059 Chappelle Blvd. S.W. has a spacious public area with a two-way fireplace, a meeting room with a wet bar, flex rooms, office space, washrooms and a skate change room.

It encompasses a beautifully landscaped five-acre (two-hectare) space featuring a spray park, basketball nets, a picnic area with a pergola and a playground. As an all-season facility, there is a pleasure rink for families to enjoy and an NHL-sized rink that is flooded and maintained throughout the winter by on-site staff. There is also a nearby toboggan hill.

As a focal point in Chappelle Gardens, the Social House will be where residents gather to meet neighbours to perhaps watch a hockey game, take a class or see their children play sports. Community barbecues, seasonal celebrations and social evenings, featuring activities such as yoga or movies in the park, are other options.

“Membership allows exclusive access to everything, with all maintenance and operations taken care of by professional full-time staff,” says Tsoukalas. Residents will have the opportunity to rent space in the building for private events.

The facility is part of Brookfield’s commitment to develop not just communities, but spaces where communities thrive.

When completed, Chappelle Gardens will include 4,500 homes with approximately 13,000 residents. While the Residents Association is vital to the neighbourhood experience, every home and street reflects Brookfield’s vision of community connection. It starts with the neighbourhood structure.

“Within the architectural guidelines, homeowners are allowed and encouraged to have a vegetable garden in their front yard,” Tsoukalas says. “When you see people out in their front yards, it evokes that sense of community.”

“It harkens back to a simpler time.”

There are also 20 shared community garden plots for residents to rent throughout the season.

“This is another opportunity to meet people, share gardening practices and connect with others,” says Tsoukalas.The community features homes for all types of new homebuyers, from townhomes and duplex homes to affordable single-family homes with front-drive or rear lane garages.

The Residents Association building might be considered a luxury amenity, but Chappelle Gardens is in the affordable range. Home prices start in the low to mid $200,000s, with move-up homes starting from the low- to mid-$400,000s.

Participating builder partners include Brookfield Residential, Daytona Homes, Homes by Avi, Look Master Builder and Morrison Homes.

Tree-lined walking paths throughout the community and storm-water ponds are other community enhancements. Located on the doorstep of the Whitemud Ravine, Chappelle Gardens has a natural “out-in-the-country” feel, yet, it’s within easy reach of Highway 2, the Anthony Henday Ring Road and the city centre or the Edmonton International Airport, just 15 minutes south.

All the amenities of an established community are close, such as shopping at South Edmonton Common or Currents of Windermere. Terwillegar Park and the Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre are also in the area.

Schools are always top of mind when considering a new home purchase and there are Catholic and public schools nearby, including the new Donald R. Getty School that opens this September for students from kindergarten to Grade 9. Another site is zoned for a future school as well.

The grand opening of the Residents Association on June 3 is an excellent opportunity for everyone to visit the neighbourhood, explore the new building inside and out, and get a taste of all that Chappelle Gardens has to offer.

“We like to say that life is cultivated in communities like Chappelle Gardens,” says Tsoukalas.

For information, visit chappellegardens.com.

Chappelle Gardens Social House grand opening

Date: Saturday, June 3, 2017

Time: Noon to 4 p.m.

Where: 1059 Chappelle Blvd. S.W.

Attractions: Food, live music, a beer garden and activities for people of all ages 

Directions: Take Ellerslie Road to 141 Street and 28 Avenue and follow the signs

Information: chappellegardens.com

This story was created by Content Works, Postmedia’s commercial content division, on behalf of Brookfield Residential.

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Fuente: CALGARY HERALD