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For a community that’s been around since 2011, new still seems like a fitting buzzword for Chappelle Gardens.
About 70 percent complete, this southwest Edmonton neighborhood just added a Bee Greenway and new park with a working sundial.
“New trails are constantly popping up with brand new things that even avid neighborhood explorers (like myself) haven’t seen yet,” said Gary McClenaghan, a long-time resident of Chappelle. “It’s still growing.”
The McClenaghans, Gary and Pam bought their home in Chappelle Gardens in 2012 and took possession in 2013, when the Heritage Valley subdivision was still in its infancy. The couple, who moved to Edmonton from Saskatchewan, knew very little about the Alberta capital, but Gary landed his dream job — radio producer at Edmonton FM station 100.3 The Bear — and relied on local contacts to help with their move.
“We knew Ikea was here and we wanted to live close to the airport,” said Pam, explaining that they had no family here and that family would be visiting. “That was kind of our big thing.”
As they were both used to small-town life, Chappelle struck a chord.
“Chappelle was just more home to me because I’m from such a small town,” Pam said.
“To me,” Gary added, “it was that Heritage Valley was something big. If you go into the valley it splits a bit from the town and the Henday is quite a distance from there. I still like going down into that little valley; it makes me feel detached from the city.”
Their two-story, 1,700-square-foot, three-bedroom home has served them well over the years, and they self-developed the basement in 2017 to house a growing family, which now includes their son Brooks and daughter Rylee.
They also did some work on their kitchen to brighten up the space. Their ground floor, Pam said, doesn’t get much sunlight, and they decided white cabinets made more sense for the kitchen than the dark cabinets they had.
They also turned their lair into Gary’s studio; he now works as a voice actor and does work for clients all over North America.
“We absolutely love it here,” says Pam. “It’s perfect for our family. It’s so community oriented, everyone takes care of everyone. And we don’t have any family here, so if we know other parents and other kids around, we eventually get a sense of family.”
“Our community is essentially our family,” Gary said. “There are also a lot of kids around, which is nice. Our kids have no shortage of friends.”
Small town appeal
When Brookfield started creating Residential Chappelle Gardens, it knew exactly what it wanted to do.
“It’s a community that was developed with a small-town feel in mind, where neighbors are friends and there’s a sense of anchorage,” said Raegan Sather, Brookfield’s senior manager of strategic marketing, communities in Alberta. “It’s a masterplan community with a special focus on roads, trails and beautiful green spaces connected with walking trails.”
Currently, new lots are being developed on the west side of Chappelle along the Whitemud Ravine and on the east side of 114th Street, adjacent to Heritage Valley Trail, which has yet to be built.
Along with new homes — Chappelle Gardens will be home to some 4,500 families when completed, expected sometime around the time frame of 2025 to 2026 — two new community features have just come online: the Bee Greenway and a park.
The park and green area which includes a Gnomon (pronounced No-min) sundial installation is located in the north western part of the community on Coughlan Green between Challand Lane and Coughlan Lane.
“Based on the positioning of the feature and the location of the sun, it (the sundial) will indicate what time it is,” Sather said.
The Bee Greenway is approximately 500 meters long. “Located east of Carpenter Landing at Chappelle Drive, it has been completed and we hope to see wildflowers soon and help the bees with a safe place for a food source and support all the gardens in Chappelle,” added Sather.
Shopping in Chappelle Gardens
Builders in Chappelle Gardens include Brookfield Residential and Daytona Homes.
Brookfield builds duplexes with a front attached garage from the high $300,000, single-family home with a detached garage in the rear from the mid-$400,000, and a single-family home with an attached garage from the mid-$500,000.
Daytona builds single-family homes with double attached garages in the back from the low $500,000 — a unique product that a carriage house income suite can have above the garage, and these homes face park space rather than a road. Daytona is also building a single-family detached garage in the back from the high $400,000 and a single-family home with an attached garage from the mid $500,000.