Big plans coming to life in Arbours of Keswick

Arbours of Keswick. Supplied / Postmedia

Share Adjust Comment Print

New is the buzzword when it comes to Arbours of Keswick.

This southwest Edmonton community will be home to new builders, new types of homes and, in the not too distant future, there will be new schools, a new church, and new shopping options as this subdivision from Rohit Land Development starts to hit its stride.

Helping to move this along, there will also be new road connections as Arbours of Keswick marks its 1 1/2-year anniversary having been launched in September 2018.

“We’re experiencing quite a bit of positive momentum within the area, said Marty Pawlina, marketing manager for Rohit Land Development. “We are getting homes sold and people moving in but usually what happens is the amenities come after because all the rooftops are done. The real exciting thing we’re seeing is that momentum bump — since the new school was announced last November and now that the Church of God, which is a significantly large congregation, has announced the new facility that they’re building.”

The school, an Edmonton Public Schools kindergarten to Grade 9 facility will be located in Arbours. But there will be a new Edmonton Catholic Schools facility too, also kindergarten to Grade 9, that will be located just outside of Arbours — minutes away and connected to it via a neighbourhood walking trail.

The church, at the southern tip of Arbours, is just off of 28th Avenue S.W. as is the neighbourhood commercial centre, Royal Centre Keswick, which is expected to be anchored by a yet-to-be named supermarket. It will include area service and convenience amenities and dining options.

Improved arterial connections sees the most southerly portion of Rabbit Hill Road crossing 170th Street, to where it connects to and becomes 28th Avenue. “Both 170th Street and Rabbit Hill Road (segments) were opened in 2019 while the 28th Avenue portion will open in spring of 2020,” said Doug Vanden Brink, senior project manager for Rohit Land Development.

Growing Demand

Arbours of Keswick, on 160 acres, is expected to include some 1,000 homes when it is ultimately completed.
Meanwhile Arbour Towne, a higher density portion of Arbours, will house multi-family options. It will include townhomes and other multi-family products such as apartments. This section will have more of an urban feel and is slowly coming online but will get a larger push next year.

“One of the cool stories that also contributes to the momentum is that we have announced two new builders: Art Custom Homes and Happy Planet Homes,” said Pawlina. “So we have some really good builders coming in and new show homes will be opening this year.”

Art Homes will be building streetscape and single-family homes while Happy Planet will construct rear-laned garage homes.

“We are extremely excited to be a part of Arbours of Keswick’s builder community,” said Karan Bhatara, project manager for Happy Planet. “What sets up apart from other builders is a combination is three things: we provide well thought out floor plans, with luxury finishings, at an affordable price point.

“Our show home is currently under construction with a scheduled opening is early summer 2020,” said Bhatara. “We have already generated a lot of interest in these upcoming units.” These single family houses with an attached double garage will start in the high $300,000s.

“Arbours of Keswick is the place to be for a couple of reasons,” added Bhatara. “Keswick has been approved for two brand new kindergarten to Grade 9 schools, has excellent access in and out of the community for residents, is conveniently located near commercial sites, has a brand new church under construction, and a beautiful walking trail landscape with the amazing Gordon King Pond.”

Art Homes also chose Arbours because of its location. Add in the new schools, the diversity of builders and housing options — from starter homes to estate homes — and the area amenities and it just made it the place to be, said Art Homes’ president Arman Pandher.

“We currently have our show home and three spec homes under construction,” said Pandher, noting the starting price will be $475,000. The plan is to open the show home in May.

Art Homes is a mid-size builder that works with each of their home buyers as if they were the company’s only customer or priority for a very personalized approach, he says.

“People love our designs,” said Pandher, pointing to Greenwood at Orchards, another Rohit community that they’re building in. There, their Niro model, a streetscape version, is very popular and they’re bringing over an upgraded version to Arbours.

There are three deals pending for the streetscape model, which was a finalist in last year’s Awards of Excellence from the Canadian Home Builders’ Association–Edmonton Region.


WHERE: Just south of Ellerslie Road, accessible via Hiller Road and turning south on 182 Street S.W.

BUILDERS: Art Custom Homes, Dolce Vita Homes, Excel Homes, Happy Planet Homes, Kanvi Homes, Kimberley Homes, Rohit Communities and Victory Homes.

YELLOWFISH: Arbours is part of the Yellowfish Program, which encourages residents to live with sustainability in mind and to be water wise in the consumption and disposal of water.