Twenty-five years have passed since sod was first turned on what is now Lewis Estates, which has grown from a hinterland community bordered by farmland to one of the fastest-growing neighbourhoods in the city. And growth in the area – which encompasses such residential districts as Potter Greens, Breckenridge Greens, Meadowlands, Webber Greens and Suder Greens – is likely to accelerate even further with plans to add a fire hall and more schools within five years, as well as an LRT terminal at the Lewis Farms Transit Centre.
The stop will be the end of the line for trains running from Mill Woods toward the west end, each promising a 25- to 28-minute ride time from downtown. It’s welcome news to Irina Langreiter, president of the Lewis Estates Community League, who is excited over the prospect of rapid transit reaching a neighbourhood that has been her home since 2012.
“The majority of our residents are working or studying across the city and the LRT will significantly reduce their daily commute and increase important family time,” she says.
Despite the hustle and bustle, there are still plenty of reminders of what Lewis Estates was like 25 years ago. Street names pay homage to pioneers and farmers who helped bring dairy farming to the area. A sprinkling of houses that have been around since the 1990s create a nostalgic dimension to the influx of recent developments that lend a sense of new beginnings. Some of the older areas have more mature feels, with aging trees that weren’t removed when building commenced. Many of these districts are nestled against the Lewis Estates Golf Course, which adds a tranquil feel to the busy suburb.
In short, it’s a “dream community,” according to Langreiter. “I was looking for more than just a house. I was looking for the whole package.”
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LEWIS ESTATES GOLF COURSE
This 18-hole golf course is open to players of any skill level, from beginner to pro. Voted the Top Public Golf Course in Edmonton for 2013, Lewis Estates Golf Course offers tournaments and lessons for those who need some help with their swings.
Originally called Montana Pizza, a renovation and a name change didn’t do anything to tarnish this hidden gem. Reasonable prices, an extensive menu and all-day delivery make it a popular eatery. Langreiter, a big fan, says Monty’s is “number one on my dial on a movie night!”
Founded in 2005, Waves Coffee House is an import from Vancouver. The menu offers up hot, delicious coffees, handmade beverages and pastries – some of which are gluten-free. Waves’ website states that its beans are purchased directly from farmers.
West Henday Promenade features some recognizable names like Sobey’s, Royal Bank and CIBC, along with medical and dental offices. The fact it’s adjacent to the Lewis Farms Transit Centre makes it especially attractive to residents.