The new community development of Keswick on the River is located on the North Saskatchewan River in the Southwest Edmonton community of Windermere. This unique setting offers stunning scenery in a comfortable, English-style village. The old-world architecture is reminiscent of Keswick's namesake: the venerated Lake District of England. Spread over 200 acres, this area is renowned for its green spaces, playgrounds, walking trails and of course, the river valley. Keswick is ideally suited for homeowners seeking estate homes as well as first-time buyers with eye toward starting and raising their family in an idyllic space.
Keswick on the River is one of the last untouched, pristine areas bordering the riverfront. Whether you're simply strolling along the green paths and regal ravines or you choose to join one of the golf clubs (such as the Windermere or the River Ridge Golf and Country Clubs) you're treated to a picturesque view of both the city of Edmonton and the Saskatchewan River. Located northeast of the Keswick community is Currents Windermere, a central shopping hub with a Home Depot, a Canadian Tire, a Cineplex Odeon Theatre, a Safeway and a number of restaurant and bistro offerings. This includes the delightful contemporary Italian restaurant Sorrentino's, whose offerings were enjoyed at the Keswick neighbourhood grand opening in September of 2013.
The main artery that feeds directly to the both the city's centre as well as the surrounding areas is Anthony Henday Drive. Feeding that route is 170 St. SW, which connects to Terwillegar Drive NW. The major bus routes that serve Keswick are Route 24 and Route 325. Route 325 is a local route that runs along Windermere Road, Windermere Boulevard and Washburn Drive. Route 24 stops along 170 Street SW and provides access to the Edmonton city centre.
Supporting the Junior High and Elementary age children, the Esther Stark School is a good example of the community-centred style of school you're likely to find in the area. Its mission is to "ensure high levels of learning for all of our students." Community and family involvement are major priorities, which gives the local schools a friendly and welcoming culture. The closest high school is Lillian Osborne, which offers career training and opportunities in medicine and dentistry.
Keswick conforms to the standard Edmonton municipal and school tax rate, with a combined levy of around $2,366 per year. As a whole, this ranks Keswick and Edmonton at 16th for all cities across Canada and 9th against other cities and in Alberta. The Keswick area offers high-end Edmonton real estate at realistic prices, with homes selling for between $350,000 and $1,000,000. Sales began in late 2013, but the area is already developing into a thriving residential community.
Every year, the larger community of Windermere hosts a variety of fun events that are open to the whole family. For example, The Currents Windermere shopping plaza hosts a family hay ride every Saturday in December. Proceeds raised go to help support the Christmas Bureau of Edmonton, which serves to provide a festive meal to families in need. Keswick is quickly making a name for being a family-friendly community, and the area offers residents a lush backdrop for homes built with old-world architecture and clean lines. Imagine the classic charm of a cozy, pedestrian-friendly village with a modern slant. See for yourself why this timeless neighbourhood is quickly becoming one of the most popular local communities for young families.