The neighbourhood of Granville in West Edmonton is a budding community currently undergoing rapid development. Since 2010, Granville has been building a name for itself as an affordable area for luxury living. It is comprised of around 305 acres in the form of single-family detached homes, duplex lots and apartment style-condos. The area consists mostly of families with children, who enjoy the luxurious mansion-style houses and terrific outdoor living.
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One of the most enticing elements of living in Granville is the benefit of having access to a network of bike trails and green spaces. Parkland surrounds Granville on all sides, including the Glastonbury Park to the east, Potter Greens Park to the north and The Hamptons Park system to the south. Plans are also underway for the construction of wet ponds with surrounding landscaping and new walkways throughout the community. The Hampton Market is a commercial district that features shops and restaurants. If you're looking for savings, there is a Costco located at the northern edge of the neighbourhood, which will act as the focal point of a new shopping district called the West Granville Centre, to be built this year.
Drivers can access Edmonton's downtown via the Anthony Henday Drive to the East and Whitemud Drive NW to the North. Buses run along Guardian Road NW as well as numerous stops along Glastonbury Boulevard. 62 Avenue serves as a convenient bus route with stops at Hemingway Road NW, Getty Gate and 207A Street. As well, north of Granville, you'll find access to the Edmonton LRT system on 87th Ave. NW. With so many options available, commuters can easily access the city's business centre.
Currently undergoing planning and construction, the Granville neighbourhood is creating a central elementary school site for its residents. Construction is expected to end in 2014. Across Anthony Henday Drive, you'll find a selection of public schools like the Lymburn School for K-6. The Bessie Nichols Public School serves junior high students. The Archbishop Oscar Romero High School is located just east of 178th NW and is the closest secondary school in the area.
In the 2010 Residential Property Taxes and Utility Charges Survey, Edmonton as a whole reported municipal tax amounts that fell below the national and regional averages. The tax levy ranged around $1,542 per year, ranking it 8th among the 20 cities surveyed. With the school tax included, Edmonton ranked 9th at a combined tax levy of around $2,366 per year. When utility charges are taken into account, Edmonton ranks 16th overall for cities across Canada and 9th for cities within Alberta.
The Lewis Estates Golf Course is located 2 minutes north of Granville. Golfers take note that it was voted Edmonton's top pubic course of 2013 by Top Choice Awards. The Hamptons Community League hosts a free Winter Carnival at the Sister Annata Brockman Catholic School, which features outdoor fun that includes snowshoeing, tobogganing and cross-country skiing. The HCL is one of many organizations devoted to bringing community together and advocating for local residents' concerns.Development is in overdrive at the moment, so new buyers will feel as if they are entering into an already thriving community with local amenities already in place. Over the coming years, even more industry and growth is certain to stimulate interest in this area of West Edmonton. This family-friendly neighbourhood will offer great amenities and luxurious living at affordable prices, making it a highly sought-after Edmonton community.