Lot or Parcel Size
Most of the time Customers don't realize just how large an acre is (approx. 210 ft. x 210 ft.) and most of the parcels in this area are 2 to 3 acres. Unless you plan to have horses or other uses in mind that is usually large enough for the feeling of privacy and room to move. Think about your expectations and lifestyle, 3 acres of manicured lawns and gardens is a fair time commitment to maintain versus 3 acres of natural treed area. Build your home and leave the rest natural. Most of the acreage developments have natural environmental reserves or other natural features (ravines, small lakes ect.) so you can achieve more privacy with out owning all the land.
To Buy or Build an Acreage Home
There usually is a good selection of used homes in the area. With a used home you can usually benefit from the owners hard work over the years like finished basements, extra buildings, mature landscaping and trees planted, fences ect. So sometimes a used home can be a good investment and may only need some paint and flooring to bring it around to your standards. Be careful considering major renovations or additions, as ultimately everything is for sale again.
Most of the vacant parcels are not serviced, the cost of power, gas, water, phones and septic disposal fields can vary but is usually approx. $35,000. per parcel. One of the more common mistakes I've seen is people choose a house plan of a city home. In the country your plan should bring the outdoors in, take your time and plan your home to suit the property. Be careful not to over or under build to the subdivision or to build a lavish home on a "cheap" lot.
I've often heard it said, We are going to build and then we will have exactly the home the way we want it and a few years later they tell me, well if we could start over we would change this or that.
As mentioned above, the extra costs add up, fences driveways, landscaping ect.
Choose a contractor who has some experience building in the country, and have fun, its a great exprience.
Day to Day
Country living has many special rewards but also some challenges. We do more driving kids around, hockey, swimming, after school stuff and invariably their best friend isn't just across the street ( and that's from our personal experience of having raised 4 kids here). but after all is said and done there is some comfort in watching them get on the bus in the morning and know they will be back on the bus later and if not other specific arrangements have been made.
We do get excellent municipal services from Parkland County for road maintaince, fire, ambulance and development control.
School service is provided in this area by Parkland School Division. Graminia Community School, (with a school population of about 760 students, Kindergarten to Grade 9). For High School you have a choice of Spruce Grove Composite High School ( approx. 1400 students) or John Maland High School in Devon (with approx. 400 students), Bussing is provided.
The population of the area is approx. 7400 residents, most of whom commute to Edmonton, Devon, Niscue or the International Airport. There are 3 active community groups, Clymont, Graminia and Woodbend all of them offer a variety of programs and services. Also within the area are several other organizations, Junior Forest Wardens, Cubs, Guides, Ball Clubs, Horse and Gymkhana Clubs and more.
This area is a unique environment of treed sand hills, small ponds and wetlands which supports a rich and varied wildlife. Within the area are 2 world class Natural Areas, the Clifford E Lee Nature Sanctuary, a 360 acre wetlands area with trails and boardwalks and the U of A Botanic and Japanese Gardens. Most of the properties in the area are within a 15 to 20 minute drive to Edmonton for all the major services. Also the Town of Devon and its stores and services are just across the river.
Take the time with your family to see and appreciate the unique features of the area and feel the community sprit and country lifestyle.