After years of planning and development, an entrepreneurial Lacombe area family and a Red Deer-raised, award-winning California architect have launched an innovative residential community in Lacombe County.
Wilson’s Beach Estates is ready to welcome homeowners to its scenic, family-friendly setting, on the southeast edge of Gull Lake.
The Doefs, known for their successful greenhouse and vegetable production operation, saw an opportunity to share a beautiful spot of central Alberta with other families.
“We’ve all grown up in the community, and we all live in the area around Wilson’s Beach Estates, so we know the special place it is,” explains Eric Doef, who is the family’s point man in the joint venture. “We all have young families now in our business. It’s a great area to work, and a great area to live.”
When the land first became available, the Doefs saw it as a fit for a long-term project alongside their agricultural enterprise.
“When we had this opportunity, we wanted to make sure to do it the right way,” he added.
With the family’s desire to enable others to enjoy the lake lifestyle in an environmentally friendly way, the Doef’s partnered with Kirk Miller to plan, develop, and manage the project. The team began the process of creating a semi-rural residential community like no other in the area, including some key recreational bonuses.
“We have this integrated trail system that connects neighbor to neighbor, gives four direct trails to Gull Lake, and to (the new) Anderson Park,” says Miller. “There is also easy access to a boat launch.”
Other innovative approaches are also part of the project. Miller points to features such as engineered wetlands for storm water, their work in restoring Wilson’s Creek, and the more than 1000 trees which will be part of the landscape.
“They’ve invested a significant amount of time researching wastewater systems in order to protect the lake,” notes Lacombe County Councillor Ken Wigmore, who was on hand for the development’s ribbon cutting.
With services in and paving done, Miller and Doef say construction of the initial home is underway. In the first phase of the 137-acre sub-division, there are 27 lots available. They are ¾ acre in size, and the developers report good interest, with ten spoken for already.
“Much of our interest has come from Lacombe and Red Deer,” reports Miller. “They’re people commuting now, who want a place that has lake access.”
Wilson’s Beach Estates is ideally located less than twenty minutes from downtown Lacombe, convenient to schools, healthcare, and other services in Lacombe and Red Deer. While being on what’s known as one of the most family-friendly lakes in the region with its shallow shoreline, both emphasize this will not be an RV community – it’s for those who want to make a home in a recreational setting.
Miller and Doef are excited about what Wilson’s Beach Estates will mean for the local region.
“It’s been a long process,” smiles Doef. “A lot longer than growing cucumbers or peppers or tomatoes for a living. But we wanted to help create a good community, with hopefully a lot of young families, who can develop a great quality of life here.”
For more information, visit www.wilsonsbeachestates.net or call Kirk Miller at 403-986-8600.