The Hendrick Farm Project: A Sustainable Community

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Step into the Hendrick Farm neighbourhood in Chelsea, Quebec, and you'll immediately feel a sense of warmth and community. Unlike the sprawling suburbs found in many parts of North America, Hendrick Farm embraces a different philosophy—one that cherishes walkability, intimate outdoor spaces, and a genuine connection with neighbours.

Revitalizing Village-Scale Design: Exploring the Hendrick Farm in Chelsea, Quebec

A Neighborhood Like No Other: The First of Its Kind in Canada

What sets Hendrick Farm apart? It all begins with their approach to urban planning and architecture. Rather than succumbing to cookie-cutter designs and car-dependent lifestyles, Hendrick Farm and Landlab Inc. have partnered with world-renowned urban planning firm DPZ Co-Design to create a neighbourhood that puts people first.

Front porches and gardens serve as social hubs, fostering connections between homes and the community. Garages and parking spaces have been cleverly detached from the houses and moved to the rear, shifting the focus from cars to people. The houses themselves are constructed using authentic, high-quality materials, ensuring a sense of architectural unity throughout the neighbourhood. Short picket fences strike a delicate balance between privacy and community, welcoming interaction while respecting personal boundaries.

Embracing Nature: Green Spaces and Forest Trails

Hendrick Farm is more than just a neighbourhood—it's a haven for nature enthusiasts. The developers at Landlab Inc. have preserved acres of forested land and created a network of trails that invite residents and the public to immerse themselves in the beauty of Chelsea. These trails connect previously unexplored areas, making the entire region more accessible and ensuring that everyone has the chance to enjoy nature's wonders.

Parks and green spaces are thoughtfully incorporated throughout the neighbourhood, creating smaller pocket neighbourhoods and anchoring various architectural styles. Whether it's children playing in the park or families enjoying picnics, these outdoor areas enhance the sense of community and promote active, healthy lifestyles.

The Village Center: Where Urban Living Meets Country Charm

Hendrick Farm recognizes the importance of blending urban living with the charm of a country community. Inspired by the rich history of Old Chelsea, the village center is designed to be a vibrant hub where residents can find shops, cafes, restaurants, and plazas within a short stroll from their homes.

The village center is a far cry from the concrete jungles of suburban strip malls. Instead, it embraces a pedestrian-friendly approach, with discreet and convenient parking tucked away to preserve the aesthetics of the village. Residents can wander through the village, discovering hidden gems like local bakeries, fresh produce markets, and inviting restaurant terraces where they can enjoy a leisurely lunch with loved ones.

The Hendrick Foundation: Stewardship and Land Conservation

Beyond the development itself, the Hendrick Farm community is committed to environmental stewardship and land conservation. The Hendrick Foundation, a registered non-profit organization, protects and curates access to the natural surroundings for residents, the village, and the public.

The Foundation's flagship project, the Hendrick Foundation Garden, is a 5-acre green space at the heart of the community. Orchards, wildflower gardens, and resident-led initiatives like community gardens and beehives showcase the harmonious relationship between humans and nature. By allocating one percent of all home sales in perpetuity, the Hendrick Farm community directly supports the Foundation's sustainable maintenance and creation of these public spaces.

Parks and Trails: Connecting People and Nature

Hendrick Farm's commitment to putting people and nature before cars is exemplified by its extensive network of parks and trails. With over 50% of the land dedicated to preserved green space, residents and visitors alike can enjoy interconnected trails that meander through forests, meadows, and open spaces. Picnic areas invite families to gather, relax, and revel in the beauty of the surroundings.

The park system reflects the belief that unstructured free play is essential for children's social and brain development. The Hendrick Park Playground, designed to blend seamlessly with the natural environment, encourages children to embark on their own adventures and explore the boundaries of their imagination.

Discover a Lifestyle Like No Other at Hendrick Farm

Hendrick Farm isn't just a place to live—it's a vision of a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle for a new generation. Its village-scale design, commitment to nature, and vibrant sense of community create a place where people can truly thrive. Just 15 minutes from downtown Ottawa, Hendrick Farm is a haven that offers the best of both worlds: proximity to city life while still feeling like a peaceful sanctuary.

Come and experience the magic of Hendrick Farm for yourself.  Whether you're seeking a new place to call home, a charming village to explore, or a community dedicated to environmental preservation, you'll find it all at Hendrick Farm in Chelsea, Quebec.

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