Promising, Convenient Village-Style Neighbourhood Arrives in North Edmonton
A new village-style neighbourhood is springing up in northeast Edmonton. Manning Village offers an amalgamation of convenience, community, aesthetics, and recreational opportunities. Planners promise that “it’s a place to belong” where “community means more than the home you live in”. The homes themselves, though, are spacious and gorgeous. Lush greenery abounds. One of the highlights of the site is a large pond. Developers promise this will be a pleasant place to chill. Greenery will surround the pond and line Ebbers Boulevard; Manning Village will be ideal for beautiful neighbourhood jaunts. Many houses have rears that face the pond. In a community like this, such an area is bound to be a space where homeowners not only revitalize their own spirits but also connect with neighbours. In February, Dolce Vita management told the Edmonton Sun that young families were already planning to live in the community.
Manning Town Centre is a nearby fix for running errands or enjoying family time. One can shop for sports goods (including fishing and hunting supplies), home improvement goods, shoes, pet supplies, and liquor. There are restaurants and a 10 screen Cineplex theatre. Boston Pizza and Chili’s will soon be added to the blend of culinary choices. On a nice day, the walk to Manning Centre is a pleasant time-out. To the south, there are alternate shopping amenities: Canadian Tire, Superstore, and Costco. A variety of banking services are close at hand. On lazy Friday nights, the most difficult part of getting take out is the family battle over which restaurant to choose. One has only to hit the pause button, take a short trip, and return to the couch.
Recreation enthusiasts and those who enjoy chilling outdoors will be very satisfied with this location. Kirkness Park, a vast green space, is very close by, ideal for a jog or kicking or hitting a ball around. Clareview Community Recreation Centre and Clareview Arena are not far south of the new development. Residents can join programs or drop in for a swim or a skate. The aquatic centre has an impressive array of facilities: a five meter dive platform, a waterslide, springboards, a whirlpool, a steam room, a children’s pool, and other amenities. For those who don’t feel like braving cold weather, the fitness centre boasts an indoor track. Skateboarders and other alternative sports enthusiasts living nearby have easy access to the Clareview skate park, which lies just west of the recreation centre. The park has features intended for various skill levels. There are three baseball diamonds and plenty of field space. A Multicultural Centre includes lounges for youth and seniors- great places to congregate. Again, one can escape cold weather by taking the kids to Clareview’s indoor playground. The 18,000 square foot Clareview library branch is also nearby, with its aquarium and fireplace. What a great place to study, surrounded by comforts!
Bus stops and transit centres are close by, as are medical and dental clinics. The Clareview LRT Station is not far. The neighbourhood is close to Anthony Henday Drive, a vital roadway surrounding Edmonton that will get residents where they need to be. The Yellowhead Highway is relatively accessible as well. Manning Village’s prime location also means that residents can be quickly on their way to destinations such as Beaverhill Lake or Elk Island for a break from the city.
Hermitage Park, with its river valley trails, is a short drive away, as are the Rundle Park and Raven Crest golf courses. Hermitage Park is a popular picnic site overflowing with beautiful flora and bursting with colour. Its pond is a well-loved trout fishing destination. Visitors enjoy hiking, cycling, and boating. Rundle Park golf course, teeming with greenery and stunning gardens, is suitable for various skill levels. The course and club house at Raven Crest are great locales to relax, recharge, play, and challenge oneself.
There are several close elementary and secondary educational institutions, including three elementary schools which are each about five minutes’ drive from Manning Village. The list consists of both private and public schools. Kirkness School, John D Bracco School, St. Bonaventure Elementary, St. Dominics Catholic School, McLeod School, Dr. Donald Massey Elementary-Junior High School, Steele Heights Junior High, Edmonton Christian School, Queen Elizabeth High School, M.E. Lazerte High School, Archbishop O’Leary High School, and Eastglen High School. Distance to and from these schools by vehicle ranges from four to twelve minutes. McLeod Community Out of School Care is a very close childcare program.
When choosing a home, one might consider lane and garage placement. Duplexes are in the works. Design is described as “open concept”. Showhomes demonstrate the potential of these beautiful abodes, designed by Cameron Homes, Dolce Vita Homes, Lincolnberg, and Sterling Homes. Cameron Communities focuses on “minimum maintenance”. Each house, pleasing to the eye, is designed with “a contemporary version of Heritage style architecture” in mind. Colour schemes are attractive. Cameron Communities promises that the “various design styles will be brought together by the use of similar building materials and steeper roof lines.”
As this new development begins to take shape, then, it brings a great deal of promise with it. Houses range in price, starting from the $340,000 mark. It’s exciting that construction will keep on going through the spring and summer.
Written By : Brenna Turvey