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Brenton at Glenridding Ravine scores with couple’s idea of dream community

Edmonton Journal
Laura Severs

It’s hockey night in … Brenton at Glenridding Ravine?

Talk to Australian Nate Vella, who has been in Edmonton for some nine years, and he can trace his upcoming move to the new southwest community all the way back to a Sherwood Park resident who travelled to Australia 10 years ago to play ice hockey.

And even though Vella was not a hockey player that still resulted in a series of domino-like moves, which brought him to Edmonton to visit around Christmas 2012 — he notes he somehow never returned home despite all the years here — and ultimately, years later, to choose to build in Brenton when the last domino fell.

That final domino saw Vella and his wife-to-be, Melissa Good, becoming godparents, and deciding they need to be near their godchild so when they have a child, the two could be raised together.

“It’s very important to us that our children grow up together,” said Vella. “Our friends are already situated in Chappelle, so we’re looking to make the move to the southwest.”

While the Chappelle area was their initial target, it was the style of home, and the ravine lot, at Brenton at Glenridding that spoke to them.

“The street we’re on in Brenton, it’s kind of tucked away, we back a ravine; it’s all single-family homes,” said Vella. “It’s beautiful.”

Rapid Growth

Brought on earlier in 2021, Brenton at Glenridding is developing at a fairly fast clip.

“The community has a strong and healthy pace, which is on par from what we’ve seen in Anthem United’s other southwest community, Glenridding Ravine,” said Cody Price, marketing manager for Anthem United, the community’s developer. “Buyers see the southwest as the most sought after and aspirational area of the city, and we set out to provide them with a community that provides them everything they could want in a new neighbourhood: convenience, access, quiet and safety.”

Brenton offers 123 lots nestled in a tranquil environment away from the hustle and bustle while still conveniently close to southwest amenities. It’s minutes from Currents of Windermere, the Terwillegar Recreation Centre is about 10 minutes away, and right near the Anthony Henday.

“Brenton is exclusively a residential community, which will help maintain an elevated sense of peace and quiet,” added Kevin Backus, Anthem’s development manager. “There are shops and services within walking distance for convenience but still out of your ‘backyard.’ ”

Two relatively unique offerings at Brenton include front-garage homes with lane access, which Anthem notes is relatively rare in Edmonton, and lots with larger power services.

The front-garage homes with lane access means a homeowner will be able to get to their backyard from a lane, which could provide additional parking, RV parking and more, compared with typical front-garage homes, which back onto the rear yard of another front-garage home. Meanwhile, the larger power service will allow for added features like solar panels or an electric car charger.

Flexible Builder

Vella and Good went with Coventry Homes, purchasing the company’s Nysa model — a floor plan that has a mudroom, half-bath and office at the front; a walk-through pantry leading to the kitchen opens to the dining area and living room.

“The open to below was something that we were looking for, it looks very grand,” added Vella, noting that an array of windows with a view backing on the ravine was another selling point. Then, with Coventry being a flexible builder and allowing homeowners to modify the floor plan, the couple flipped the master bedroom to the back of the house so they could also enjoy the ravine views from there as well. But they didn’t stop there.

Not needing an upstairs bonus room, they instead enlarged the bedrooms and created a closet for themselves that they say might rival one as seen on the Real Housewives’ shows.

They hope to take possession early in the new year.

Joining Vella and Good will be their dog, Lady, age two, a Cavoodle, a hybrid of a cavalier King Charles spaniel and a poodle, who apparently is a huge Edmonton Oilers fan.

“I’ve played some pickup games over the years and then one season in beer league in 2017 but broke my wrist, which required surgery in the summer of 2018 so haven’t ever gone back,” said Vella of the hockey journey that started when he became friends with that Sherwood Park visitor.

About Brenton at Glenridding

Brenton means “high place” in Celtic or as developer Anthem United puts it: a place to experience an elevated state of living.

Anthem has partnered with Coventry Homes, Jayman Built and Pacesetter Homes. Jayman and Coventry are building traditional and zero-lot-line front-garage homes, while Pacesetter is building townhomes. Front garage homes start from the $500,000s and townhomes from the mid-$300,000s. Architectural styles include arts and crafts/craftsman, contemporary/modern, heritage and prairie.

View the original article from the Edmonton journal here.