Finding a home that is right for you is more than just finding the right house, it’s finding your community, the people and things that excite you, bring you comfort, and make you feel like you are in the place you belong. When looking to fill those needs, the growing and thriving community of Rosenthal should easily be at the top of your list. The community on Edmonton’s far west end, is bordered by 231 Street on the west, Winterburn Road on the east, Whitemud Drive to the south, and to the north by the future extension of Webber Greens Drive. Whether you are a family looking for a community to raise children, or a single working adult wanting a home with easy access to the major arteries, Rosenthal is the community that has something for everyone.
The Community Right on the Edge
Rosenthal currently has approximately 1500 homes within its boundaries, including Condos, Townhomes, Duplexes, Single Family Homes and Estate Homes. This blossoming neighbourhood, is part of the area originally known as Lewis Farms. Comprised also of Breckenridge Greens, Lewis Estates, Potter Greens, Secord, Stewart Greens, Suder Greens, and Webber Greens, Rosenthal recently formed its own community league and held its first AGM. New Community League President Paul Andrews said “We are a growing, vibrant community that encourages people to get together.” He also hopes that having a community league, apart from those of neighbouring communities, will advocate for the neighbourhood because he didn’t want their neighbourhood to “lose its voice”. He hopes that with the new community league will come new programming and people will see value in membership.
“It’s Just Really Special”
Tanya, an entrepreneur moved from the north side of Edmonton, where she had lived for twenty years, and “didn’t think that a different part of town could make that big of a difference” But, with her husband and two young children, it really has. “I think it’s this area, it’s just really special.” And, of course, having not just a park, but a spray park they find the outdoor space amazing. “We meet fifteen new people every time we come here. Everybody at the park, we see them regularly, we all text each other. It’s a fun community.”
Shopping, Entertainment, Golf are all Just a Put Away
As a walkable community, residents are able to enjoy paths and water features, parks and open spaces all outside their own back door, allowing them to forget the hustle and bustle of city life.
Yet, the conveniences are still nearby. Grocery stores, coffee shops, and even Costco are close, as is the entertainment of the River Cree Casino, which regularly features world renowned entertainment in addition to the hotel and casino. The Lewis Estates Golf Course is also just minutes away, giving residents of Rosenthal an 18 hole golf course right in the neighbourhood.
When a Neighbourhood Really Is Family
Event Technology Director, Hamed moved with his family to Rosenthal almost five years ago and the quiet community was one he looked forward to raising his family in. Coming from another west end community, where they lived in an apartment, Rosenthal afforded his family the opportunity to move into their own home with a backyard, their own place to call home. For the father of an 8-year-old, a 6-year-old, and a newborn, he was looking for specific things, which he found in Rosenthal “because there are so many kids here, it’s a nice community here, [it’s a] neighbourhood that is really quiet and nice. There is no crime. It’s safe for kids to play. There is a trail to walk or take a bicycle. There is everything in this community that you need.” But, because Rosenthal is still being developed, it allowed something even more unique and special for Hamed. “So many family members moved together. There are five families. So we bought five houses.” Incredibly, his house, two brothers in-law, and his mother in law all live within a block. “So we keep each others kids when we go to work.”
The Growth is Incredible
With an area as desirable as Rosenthal, naturally, growth isn’t only in the housing sector, Edmonton Public Schools has seen the need for a school, and is planning for a K-6 school. Currently, it is at #6 on it’s list of priorities. And, approval was recently announced for the $321.3 million Lewis Farms Community Recreation Centre, which will be located in Rosenthal. Members of the community are looking forward to that facility, which will include a swimming pool, dive tank, twin arenas, park, public library, high school completion centre, baseball diamonds and daycare. Construction on the project is expected to begin in 2021 and has completion set for 2025.
“The People are Good”
Rosenthal is a young community with something for everyone. It is sought after, and Paul Andrews says that when you are looking for a new home, and a new community, you should “choose one that best suits your family.” In Rosenthal, that’s easy to do. It’s a community that gives you that feeling of home. “The people are good.”
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