Walk under the lantern streetlights, across the famous love-lock bridge and look up at the Eiffel Tower in all its lit-up glory… except you’re not a tourist in Paris — you’re a kid enjoying a new destination playground in St. Albert!
Chérot (pronounced like Merlot) is a new community from Rohit Land Development that brings European elegance to northwest St. Albert, along Ray Gibbon drive. It’s named after Emile and Celestine Chérot, who married in France, came to Canada in 1911, and eventually settled on 45 acres along St. Albert’s green belt.
Senior Project Manager of Rohit Land Development, Jim Killoh, says the company is proud to pay homage to St. Albert’s French history through the community’s name and sophisticated style. “St. Albert, from its founding, had a French-speaking Métis connection with the people who initially settled here. The name, the style, even the spirit of Chérot — it’s all French inspired.”
Killoh explains that the design goal was to differentiate the development by using that inspiration to make something cohesive throughout the community — including the playground — to tie it into St. Albert’s culture and history and provide a connection to France.
For future homeowners, Chérot will be more than a new neighbourhood. And for long-time St. Albert resident Killoh, it’s more than a development. “I’ve lived in St. Albert for 23 years, including working 14 years in planning and development with the City of St. Albert. So, it’s extra special to see this community grow, it is close to my heart.”
Marty Pawlina, Marketing Manager of Rohit Land Development, adds “Working with our award-winning builders, we created two architectural styles exclusive to Chérot: the French Country Modern and the French Farmhouse. When you envision the entire streetscape, the garage and exterior doors are black, the windows frames are black, it’s a dramatic, modern aesthetic.” The steep-pitched roofs fit that aesthetic too, along with other elevated design details. And he says the landscape architecture — with columnar trees in the boulevards and purple lavender lining the many walking paths (with a community amenities campus and school coming), all make for an elevated community.
Discover how you can live “une belle vie!” (a beautiful life) starting this fall at cherot.ca
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