Property of the Week: A Lake Bonavista Home with Two Fish Ponds and a Greenhouse

With a backyard that features fish ponds, a pergola-covered deck, a heated greenhouse and plenty of space for a vegetable garden, this home is ideal for those who like to spend time outside.

Photograph courtesy of 51 Parallel Media.

Where it is

820 Lake Ontario Drive S.E.


The history

This Keith-built home is steeped in history, both in its design and its location. E.V. Keith was a renowned builder and developer whose legacy extends across a number of Calgary neighbourhoods. Keith launched his own business, Keith Construction Company Limited, in 1950 and went on to build signature homes across communities such as Glendale, Highwood, Haysboro, Fairview and more. But he is perhaps best known for the creation of Lake Bonavista, Canada’s very first community to be built around a human-made lake. Developed in the late 1960s, Lake Bonavista is one Calgary’s most sought-after neighbourhoods, with a community lake that spans 52 acres and an adjoining park that covers 25 acres, offering residents access to a variety of water- and land-based activities year-round.


What to love

The backyard of this home is an oasis for nature lovers and gardeners, alike. The flagstone pathway provides a meandering trail throughout the yard, passing by two fish ponds, a tranquil water feature, manicured flower and garden beds and a sizeable, heated greenhouse for year-round growing. Adding to the peaceful outdoor space is a pergola-covered rear deck, a built-in swing for those warm summer nights and a fire pit area for s’more-making fun. Inside the home, the natural appeal continues with a spacious, open-concept layout and wood and stone accents throughout. The downstairs even has its own sauna, so you can treat yourself to a little spa time after a day of gardening.


What to consider

This home is an ideal place to set down roots if you love nature and intend to spend lots of time outside enjoying the garden and other backyard amenities. The community of Lake Bonavista also offers a variety of outdoor draws, including lake access, playing fields and plenty of walking trails.


The stats

2,769 square feet
Five bedrooms
Four bathrooms
Keith-built home
Backyard greenhouse
Two fish ponds


Listed for $829,000 with realtor Brenda Lynn Field at Royal LePage Benchmark.


Inside the Home

Photograph courtesy of 51 Parallel Media.

The lovely, manicured front yard of this Lake Bonavista home hints at the green oasis that awaits around back.


Photograph courtesy of 51 Parallel Media.

Step into the backyard and enjoy a tranquil expanse that includes two fish ponds, a water feature, a greenhouse and plenty of outdoor seating spaces.


Photograph courtesy of 51 Parallel Media.

The pergola-covered rear deck is the perfect spot for outdoor entertaining on warm summer evenings or just relaxing with a book amid your own green oasis.


Photograph courtesy of 51 Parallel Media.

The built-in swinging chair and additional seating area are perfect spots for your guests to sit down, relax and take in the beauty of the backyard.


Photograph courtesy of 51 Parallel Media.

The large, heated greenhouse makes it easier than ever to grow herbs and vegetables year-round.


Photograph courtesy of 51 Parallel Media.

Inside the home, the spacious living room boasts a wood-burning fireplace and opens out to the backyard via a set of attractive French doors.


Photograph courtesy of 51 Parallel Media.

The cool greys and wood accents throughout the kitchen create an ideal chef’s space and serve as a complement to the home’s natural surroundings.


Photograph courtesy of 51 Parallel Media.

Subtle wood-accent feature walls in the bedroom maintain a connected feel while creating a relaxing environment.


Photograph courtesy of 51 Parallel Media.

The basement comes complete with a wood-accent feature wall and miniature bar for movie nights, as well as a rec room for additional fun and games.


Photograph courtesy of 51 Parallel Media.

After a day of gardening or swimming in the lake, step into your own private sauna for some spa-like pampering and relaxation.


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