New Communities of the South West of Edmonton; Larch Park

Since 1923, Melcor has been building the kind of communities we want to live in throughout Alberta. the developer behind Larch Park's sister communities of Magrath and Mactaggart, Melcor has broadened its creative horizons to attain a level of sustainability to be experienced in Edmonton.

"Larch Park's architectural achievements are unique as well. We offer more modern homes with a diverse housing selection that distinguishes this destination in both style and character," states Larch Park's development manager, Michaela Davis.

Exemplifying a community plan of environmental design principles, each home must attain a high standard for energy and resource efficiency. This light carbgbon footprint not only lessens its impact on nature but also further assures its like-minded homebuyers that their community will sustain and even encourage the progressive lifestyle they are seeking.

"Our location adjacent to the Whitemud Creek Ravine and bird sanctuary has influenced us to which ties directly into the initiatives of the community," continues Davis. "Maintaining this naturalized setting, so as not to intrude on wildlife, was our ispiration."

Featuring 60 incomparable acres, Larch Park lies south of 23rd Avenue and east of Rabbit Hill Road, nestled between Magrath and Whitemud Creek Ravine. Hosting 300 single-family homes, townhomes and bungalow-style duplexes, as well as a future ten-acre apartment-style condo development, a full twenty of these acres have been dedicated to environmental and municipal reserves.

A top-of-bank walk includes interpretative panels that speak to the natural wildlife and the histroical significance of the area that includes Larch Sancutary, a bird habitat that is also home to moose and deer. Trails will run throughout Larch Park and connect to the ravine, providing a close connection to nature.

A winning builder group has evolved three very popular styles for the area that include Modern, Craftsman and Prairie. With many lots backing on to the ravine, 60-foot wide lots can also deepen to 170 feet, providing generous outdoor areas. Reputed builders that include Birkholz Homes, Ace Lange Homes, Perry Signature Homes and Carriage Signature Homes each host show homes in the area and will be offering their own brand of quality, curb appeal, and maximized energy efficiency.

Bold colors and modern curb appeal greet updon entry where homes are not oversized a maximum of 3,200 square feet. "The homes are required to meet a minimum Energuide rating of 80," explains Davis, with designs maximizing natural sunlight that also enhance viewscapes. Indiginous plants that retain moisture and resist drainage with minimal lawn keep are also promoted in the landscaping codes. Our storm pond was developed with the aid of the University of Alberta to recreate a natural wetland habitat with indigenous plants that not only flourish but also require minimal maintenance and contribute to better storm water management," shares Davis.

 Sustainability is also incorporated into infrastructure with LED street lights and a construction waste management program. A community garden will also be available to residents who wish to participate.

"It's the last pocket in Magrath to be developed," says Davis. "The community is also complete with convenient retail and commercial amenities all close by. Only a 20-minute drive to downtown, Larch Park's accessible location is also a factor in it's rising populatiry. With shops and services within walking distance or a short drive away, the community draws those looking for that special connection with home.

*Credit article from Best Homes Edition Fall 2012 

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