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The People and The Real Estate in Windermere Estates
This vibrant community is located in Southwest Edmonton, close to the North Saskatchewan River. With the river on the one side and the Whitemud Creek Ravine on the other, Windermere is the picture perfect fairyland that you might see in story books. Spend some time here and you will that the welcoming residents here are also vastly different from the always- busy neighbours that you may find in the commercial hubs of Alberta’s uptown locations. Nestled in the lap of nature, complete with sprawling old style mansions and quiet, neat streets, Windermere is a perfect haven if you want to live someplace where you have some peace and quiet without compromising on access to the amenities.
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Windermere’s location is one of the biggest reasons for the appeal that properties here hold in the Alberta real estate market. The neighbourhood overlooks the North Saskatchewan River Valley and is encircled by it on the northwest and west sides. On the south side lies the Ellerslie Road, 170th street NW and Terwillegar Drive mark its boundaries on the east and Anthony Henday Drive on the northeast. The communities that lie closest to Windermere are Ambleside, Keswick, Anthony Henday Terwillegar, Glenridding Heights and River Valley Windermere.
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Interestingly enough, the origin of the neighbourhood’s name is not quite clear. Historians believe that it may have derived the name Windermere from the name of a small town located in England. The word ‘winder’ means ‘to make breathless’ or ‘to take the breath away’ and the word ‘mere’ means ‘boundary. This quaint Edmonton community still has enough of the old style homes, the charming architectural style of age old English homes with their simple lines and sprawling open spaces to justify the name of the English town. With most homes overlooking the North Saskatchewan river, designed to be airy and well lighted, the community does stay true to the meaning of the word Windermere as well.
Windermere’s Neighbourhood Structure Plan (NSP) was finalized in 2006. During the planning phase, this location had about 80 homes already standing. The original development in this area took place along the river valley, understandably. This was during the 1960s and 1970s and homes were not constructed much further away from the banks of the river then. Even today, you will find some of those homes, the large single family detached homes on enormous lots, occupying the areas right beside the river. The development that took place later, during the 1980s and 1990s, brought in more compact structures further away from the riverside and the community slowly expanded.
You will find a number of stone and wood duplex homes here today sharing space with the older style single family dwellings. New apartment style homes are relatively fewer here when compared with other Edmonton suburbs.
Like many of the communities here, Windermere too was originally a part of Strathcona County and later became part of the City of Edmonton in the year 1982. The lands here were originally primarily used as agricultural land. Later builders and settlers also preserved the area’s natural beauty and built their homes in such a way that the existing natural features were not marred. This is the approach that is still maintained by the town planners even today.
The vision for Windermere is to create a sustainable suburban community where the river valley and other environmental assets are nurtured and safeguarded. With this as one of the primary objectives, development has been taking place here to create a mixed-use commercial centre, green spaces, and amenities that are all cohesively connected.
Since Windermere is being promoted as an "urban centre", there is no question that it has adequate access to amenities and will continue to grow in this respect. This makes the community a great place for those who cannot or do not prefer to travel a long distance for these. With easy access to good schools, this is also a good place for young families with children to settle down in.
The main idea behind the ‘urban centre’ concept that is being promoted in these parts of Edmonton is that the neighbourhood is self sufficient enough so that residents need not drive down for any services or needs. You will find that this mission has been successful here with residents simply choosing to walk or cycle down, within the neighbourhood, when they need something done or something purchased.
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This is a great time to buy a home in Windermere or move into a rented one. The neighbourhood is growing at a fast clip and many new amenities are coming up here of late. Access to the Currents of Windermere, a new shopping centre located off Anthony Henday and Terwillegar Drive is one of the most attractive features of this community right now. This shopping complex is not just touted as a ‘private space meant to give the vibes of a public area’ as per the planning strategists, it also aims to fulfil all the needs of the locals comprehensively be it shopping, dining or entertainment. The presence of the Cineplex within the complex is quite the highlight here.
The many parks and trails that Windermere residents have access to make this community a perfect location for nature lovers to call their home. Remember that the Whitemud Creek Ravine is close by with its charming little creek and the diverse plants and animals in the vicinity. There are easy and tough trails here for first time and expert trekkers to explore. Bird watchers are sure to have a wonderful time trekking in these parts since more than 150 species of birds have been spotted in this ravine.
If you are an avid golfer, then you are in luck because Windermere is known as the “golfer’s club”. The very famous Windermere Golf and Country Club has a stunning golf course that extends some 6,800 yards from the tips. It features among the top 100 golf courses in Canada and has played host to some of the world’s best golfers. If you would like a change from this golf course, then you can always head out to River Ridge Golf and Country Club, which lies quite close by too.
Green spaces, amenities, entertainment, essentials- with all of them easily accessible from your home here, there is really nothing that Windermere does not have to offer.