‘A Hidden Gem’: Spring Lake Ranch Featured in the Edmonton Journal

We’re excited to share the Edmonton Journal’s recent feature article on Spring Lake Ranch!

In “‘A hidden gem’: Spring Lake Ranch offers room to grow”, writer Laura Severs did a great job conveying what makes SLR such a special community:

“The calendar may say something different but spring, as in Spring Lake Ranch, a residential community outside of Edmonton, has just sprung forward.

The 60-acre lakeside community, located 10 minutes west of Stony Plain in Parkland County, recently released its last 15 lots as Phase 4 of the residential development is now on the market.

“What started as a vision or a dream is now a beautiful, thriving community with people living in their forever homes,” said Sarah Corker, director of Spring Lake Ranch. “We had talked about what will be — in 2008 when the shovels first hit the ground. It’s better than imagined.””

Read the full article here.

It shares details about Phase 4, Wilcor Homes, our upcoming Open House (Saturday, Oct.20th) and more.

Is Your Home Ready for Winter?

It’s that time of year! Halloween decorations are getting put up, the weather is cooling down, and, if you’re an Alberta homeowner, you’re thinking about what needs to get done to prepare your home for winter.

At Spring Lake Ranch, we like to get a head start on winterizing our homes. This makes for a worry-free winter when it comes to home maintenance as well as an easier transition to spring, This year, we’re sharing our “To Do” list for winterizing your home to help ease the process. Keep this guide handy and let us know if you have any questions! (Email Sarah Corker at scorker@springlakeranch.ca.)

1. Walk the Perimeter of Your Home’s Exterior

New homes typically settle within the first three years. Check for signs of settling and address these before the season’s first freeze.  Ensure that water is draining away from your home properly, and drain rain barrels so they do not crack due to to frozen rainwater. Make sure hoses are disconnected and put away and all hose bibs are turned off. Lastly, check stairs, paths and railings for safety. When the ground gets slippery, falls are more likely, so ensure all footing is even and rails are sturdy.

The TIMBER HAVEN (For Sale)
The CEDARWOOD design

2. Clear your Downspouts and Eaves

Removing tree leaves and needles and other debris will help prevent ice damning. And once winter arrives, remember to remove snow from the roof of your home with a roof rake regularly!

Colourful fall trees and leaves at Spring Lake Ranch

3. Clean the Windows

This is best done sooner than later, before it’s too cold for the task! Clean windows will help brighten those long winter months.

The TAMARACK Bungalow. (Our newest version of this design is For Sale–the first home build in Phase 4.)
Great Room of The MEADOWVIEW Bungalow (For Sale)

4. Clean your Furnace

Over the summer when it’s not running, your furnace collects dust which, if not cleaned prior, gets blown through the house once it gets going! Prevent this by making your annual furnace cleaning occur every fall.

5. Have your Wood-burning Fireplace Cleaned and Gas Fireplace checked

Chimney buildup can be hazardous, so regular cleaning by a certified chimney sweep is important.

Stone fireplace of Scott + Kerri J’s custom bungalow at Spring Lake Ranch
Stone fireplace of The WEST VIEW 

6. Prevent Frozen Pipes

Insulate the pipes near windows, doors and in unheated parts of your home. And remember to keep the heat set no lower than 13 degrees celsius when you’re away.

The TAMARACK Bungalow

7. Prevent Cold Drafts

This is essential for maximizing your home’s energy efficiency. Repair caulking as needed around doors, windows, air vents and outside faucets. Check weatherstripping on windows and doors and seal any cracks in foundation walls.

Fresh snowfall at Spring Lake Ranch

8. Protect Your Entryway

A thick floor mat with rug pad underneath to keep it in place will help stave off the wear that wet and snowy boots can cause on your floors. Keep a boot scraper outside to remove snow and debris from footwear, and place a waterproof tray in the entryway for shoe storage.

Entryway of The MEADOWVIEW Bungalow (For Sale)

Follow these steps, and you can rest easy this winter knowing you’re home is prepared for the season.

Until then…enjoy the rest of fall! The scenery has been truly stunning at SLR this year. (The recent winds scattered a lot of the leaves but there are still some fall colours lingering.) The crisp air is lovely for walking our Lake and Ravine trails. We welcome you to take a drive out and explore the area!

Aerial views of Juniper Lane with three very private Lots For Sale, Meadow Reserve bordering The Meadow View Bungalow, other SLR homes, Loon Lake, and Spring Lake. (Taken earlier this fall.)

Interested in viewing one of these featured homes For Sale? Contact Sarah Corker at 780.288.9767 or scorker@springlakeranch.ca. 

Phase 4 at SLR: 15 Gorgeous Properties

When our team began creating the SLR community, we chose to develop it in 4 phases. 

This stunning final phase of Spring Lake Ranch includes 2 quiet cul-de-sacs, Spruce Crescent and Juniper Lane, with gorgeous properties that back onto the treed ravine. Starting at $164,900.

Phase 4 properties are 1/2 acre lots, which, as we highlighted in this post, is the ideal size for a balanced lifestyle. With a property under one acre, you can have a beautiful garden, grow your own veggies, and still have plenty of room for a fire pit and hot tub— without having to dedicate all your free time to maintaining your land.

PLUS: you have the privacy of country living while still being part of a community.

A beautiful Phase 4 property bordering the treed ravine

Some Phase 4 Lots border the Meadow Reserve, a peaceful oasis that’s home to native bird species.

Many Phase 4 properties back onto SLR’s treed Ravine, which features a walking trail and lovely treetop and sky views. A morning stroll here is one of our favourite ways to start the day! (And kids LOVE searching for frogs and other forest creatures.)

This summer, Wilcor Homes began construction on our first Phase 4 home build. This gorgeous home For Sale is an updated design of The TAMARACK, and is located on Lot 33, backing onto the Ravine. This brand-new TAMARACK will be Move-in Ready December 2017!

We’ll be releasing more details on this home soon, but for now you can view the original design here. If you’re interested in viewing or learning more about The TAMARACK prior to its public Open House this fall, contact Sarah Corker at 1.888.867.1055 or scorker@springlakeranch.ca.

We often have visitors to SLR ask about the building options available when they purchase a lot. When you are ready to start the design and build process, you can choose to work with SLR’s premier builder Wilcor Homes, or another builder of your choosing. Homes built at SLR follow our architectural guidelines, which maintains the beauty, quality, and value of the community.

Phase 4 has 15 Lots For Sale, starting at $164,900. 

If you have questions or would like to view Phase 4 properties and have the opportunity to reserve your Lot, contact Sarah Corker. 1.888.867.1055 or scorker@springlakeranch.ca.

We welcome your interest, and look forward to seeing this gorgeous area of SLR become home to more wonderful residents! To keep updated on Phase 4 + other SLR news, subscribe to our newsletter here, follow us on facebook here, and on instagram @springlakeranch.

Check out Phase 4 and the SLR community from above in this amazing aerial video — captured from a helicopter!

See you soon at Spring Lake Ranch…

Meet the Residents of SLR! (Here’s What They Say…)

At Spring Lake Ranch we pride ourselves not only on our homes, but on the wonderful residents who live in them. They make the community such a special place to live! Here, they share what brought them to Spring Lake Ranch, what they love about their homes, and some of their favourite highlights of the community.
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Hugh and Stephanie A, Owners of The HAWKSWOOD:

HughandStephanieAHW Kitchen“We are in LOVE with our house!  It is extremely functional for our family. We love the open concept layout, the beautiful view of the lake and forest, the walkout basement with the Jack & Jill bathroom connecting the two bedrooms, the large island in the kitchen and the laundry room!  We’ve built twice and have never had such a positive experience. The Wilcor team has been extremely helpful through the whole process and has gone out of their way to make sure we are happy in our new home. They are truly amazing. 

We love that we are so close to nature (the trails and lakes) but still just steps away from a playground for our kids.  We have a large yard but also have neighbours close so we don’t feel isolated. It’s the best of both worlds.” 

Scott and Kerri J, Owners of a Custom Bungalow:

DSC_0990DSC_2819 DSC_0924Scott: “For several years, we wanted to find the right acreage property and we believed that the selection and discovery process would take years to complete. Not so! The beauty of Spring Lake revealed itself through the newly developed area at Spring Lake Ranch. Instantly, we fell in love with the west-coast designs of Wilcor Homes and the possibility of waking up to the pristine serenity of the lake. We were sold! Wilcor Homes simplified and personalized the process of creating our custom built home.

Kerri: “I fell in love with Spring Lake Ranch. I was already enamoured with the ranch-style homes, rolling hills, and beautiful views, and then when frogs jumped across my sons’ feet and an owl landed on a treetop, I was sold. We have looked at many other lakeside communities within 45 minutes of downtown Edmonton and none compare to the beauty and serenity of Spring lake Ranch. We had spoken to various builders in the area but it was very clear that with Wilcor we have people we truly like, who take pride in the homes they build, and who love the community. Our experience has exceeded our expectations.

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Meghan and Murray H, Owners of The LAKEWOOD:

DSC_0278“SLR was so appealing because of the close proximity to schools, strong sense of community, mix of young families in the area, outdoor activities available and the absolute beauty of the neighbourhood.

We love everything about our new home. From the oversized windows in the great room, to the forest at the back of our lot and the bright and inviting kitchen to the high ceilings throughout the home. The attention to detail and the quality of materials and craftsmanship made it a very easy decision to buy in SLR.

We were also impressed at the thought and detail that went into the layout of the community. Ensuring that each lot maximizes the beauty of the area, the addition of walking trails and leaving as much of the natural landscape as possible during construction are a few of the highlights. As residents that are moving from out of town, we are excited for our family to not only be moving to a new home, but to a vibrant new community.”

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Garnet + Darla D, Owners of The Meadow View:

photo 1“We knew we were wanting to move to the Spring Lake area, and had been looking at numerous houses. My wife thought, why not build and get all that we want. With Spring Lake Ranch being a new area, we took a closer look, and immediately knew this was the spot. Overall the best part has been the ease of dealings with Wilcor.”East Entrance in the fall

Kim and Mike N, Owners of The CEDARWOOD:

DSC_1900“Spring Lake Ranch offers an active lifestyle with quiet walks, skating, and a playground for the kids. We love our home’s vaulted ceiling and natural light. Living here makes us feel happy, at peace, and proud of our community.”A playground beckons next to the ravine traila glimpse of the house along Spring Lake Drive, the lots of Pelican Bay

Sam and Graham P, Owners of The Timber-frame Hybrid:

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“It doesn’t matter how busy the work day has been, arriving at Spring Lake Ranch triggers the ‘relax” button.  The community is friendly and offers privacy, fresh air and beautiful views. We love our home’s stone fireplace and exposed timbers. Living in a spacious, peaceful yet non-remote community is the ideal combination for us.

“The Wilcor team guided us through every step, translating our ideas into practical solutions that enabled our vision to come to life. They worked closely with us, listened to what we wanted, and created a fantastic design which we are really happy with. We’ve found our forever home.”DSC_0831

Chris and Angela G, Owners of The Lakeview:

DSC_2748“The first few days in our new home we quickly noticed how quiet it is at Spring Lake Ranch. We love how all we can see is the lake and beautiful trees out our windows. The play areas in the Village of Spring Lake are impressive and is a feature you would not find in other acreage developments. 

The walkout bungalow design is what we have always wanted and to get it with a lake view is a serious plus. The Lakeview design compliments the lot and enhances the view with the big windows.The curved stair case, stone fireplace and custom cabinetry are features that we could not find when looking at other builders homes. After searching in  Spruce Grove and Stony Plain we could not find a lot size that appealed to us. This lot size is perfect, big enough to run around in but not so big that the yard work will be overwhelming. We look forward to having campfires with friends and canoeing on the lake.”LOT 19

Noel and Erin C, Owners of The RIVERSTONE:

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“Driving out here we have the feeling of knowing this is where we belong. We have had this feeling since the first time we came to Spring Lake Ranch. The feeling of finding home. It’s like being on a vacation, surrounded by peacefulness, beautiful scenery and a house that is cozy and feels like home.Homeowners enjoy views of Loon Lake

Shawn and Michelle B, Owners of The JASPER:

IMG_0885“We were being transferred through our work to the Edmonton area from Sylvan Lake, Alberta. Close friends of ours already own a beautiful home in Spring Lake Ranch and suggested we take a look. We did and we fell in love with the community.

We loved the small lake town feel, like a secret gem. When we finally sold our home after nine long months, we knew exactly where we were headed. The Jasper floor plan is perfect for us and Wilcor hasn’t missed a detail or cut any corners. We can’t wait to start exploring the awesome outdoor trails and take our 3 boys fishing!”DCIM100GOPROG0070596.View more homes here and book your tour at 1.888.867.1055. Or visit during OPEN Hours, Saturdays, 12-5 pm. Find directions here.

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See you at Spring Lake Ranch!