Check out the new Edmonton community of Paisley in the south west part of the city. It’s a concept neighbourhood and one that’s been on the books since 2011 when the City of Edmonton adopted the Heritage Valley Neighbourhood Area Structure Plan. This emerging neighbourhood was named in honour of the Edmonton Fringe Festival’s founder, Brian Paisley. For those unfamiliar with the festival’s origins, it was started by Paisley in 1982 and modeled after the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. It was the first fringe festival of its kind in North America, and for his work developing it for Edmonton audiences and other theatre work in our country, Paisley was awarded the Order of Canada in 2010.
Edmonton home owners have just started moving into the Paisley neighbourhood which is on the east side of Hays Ridge, another new neighbourhood in the Heritage Valley area. Other fresh new neighbourhoods in this district include Chappell and Graydon Hill. Paisley is about half a mile south of Ellerslie Road and close to Anthony Henday Drive. At final build-out it will be a small neighbourhood and while it’s “out there” in Edmonton’s south west corner, it doesn't feel as far out as some suburban communities. Established areas like Rutherford, Windermere and Terwillegar provide amenities for Paisley residents.
This new district is hailed as being truly diverse, designed in the nouveau-urban style of walkable streets, public gathering spaces and interesting streetscapes. It was laid out with what experts are calling “big personality” with eclectic art installations that honour the Brian Paisley legacy. One of those public pieces of art include Dan Corson’s Nepenthes Paisleyi, a visually striking piece with programmable LED lighting.
This neighbourhood offers a host of housing options, from duplexes, detached homes and townhomes nestled along expansive green spaces and spacious parks and ponds. The architectural guidelines for building in Paisley dictate that there is a mix of traditional style housing and modern construction with futurist rooflines, front and rear garages.
The community is laid out in such a way that residents can’t help but get acquainted with their neighbours. The community was also purpose built so that reach street is set back from busy streets. There are no intersecting bus routes – instead they traverse the periphery of the neighbourhood so that stops are a maximum of 400 metres away from people. That’s about a five-minute walk.
Shopping and medical centres and schools (South Edmonton Common) are close at hand and more are scheduled to be built. Terwillegar Rec Centre is close as are several golf courses. Windermere, Jagare Ridge and River Ridge and Derrick Golf Clubs are all close by. There’s a fantastic off-leash park and plenty of pathways right in the community. By all accounts, it offers the tranquility of a suburban neighbourhood with the amenities of inner-city living without the density.
Paisley Touted as Affordable
If you’re looking to purchase a new Edmonton home, some of the residential units in Paisley are available in the low $200,000s. Some of the participating builders and developers working in Paisley are offering special down payment plans in which home owners can get in for just $1,000.00. Although working with a real estate agent will help you avoid any pitfalls or assist in reading the fine print before entering into a contract that seems too good to be true.
There is a myriad of show homes open in Paisley for new home buyers to tour. Some of the special features especially in the attached homes in Paisley include upstairs laundry facilities, walk-in closets and ensuites. Some of these upgraded features aren’t always found in a duplex home or a townhome.
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