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Published annually by The Columbia Valley Pioneer

Photo by Kyla Brown Photography, Invermere


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Table of Contents Message from the Publisher ................................................5 Brad Hill and Patti Acheson...................................................6 Cedarwood Glen Estates ............................ 8 Spirits Reach ............................................................................................... 13 Heron Point ................................................................................................... 17 Kyla Brown Photography..................................................... 20 Copper Point Resort...................................................................... 22 Bighorn Meadows............................................................................. 25 Resort at CastleRock..................................................................... 29 Purcell Point ................................................................................................ 32

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Advertising Index Home Hardware .........................................................................................2 Wildstone ...............................................................................................................4 Cedarwood Glen ........................................................................................8 Whisper Creek................................................................................................9 Fairmont Ridge ...................................................................................... 10 The Pinewood........................................................................................... 11 Spirits Reach ............................................................................................... 12 Ashley Furniture .................................................................................. 13 Bedroom Furniture Galleries ........................................ 14 Bella Vista......................................................................................................... 15 Heron Point ................................................................................................... 16 The Natural Home ............................................................................. 17 Emerald New Homes .................................................................... 18 Coldwell Banker.................................................................................... 19 Te Papa Nui Antiques .................................................................. 20 Kyla Brown Photography..................................................... 20 Sutherland's Decorating Centre.............................. 21 Copper Point Resort...................................................................... 23 Bighorn Meadows Resort .................................................... 24 The Place Furniture......................................................................... 26 True North Log Homes ............................................................. 27 Resort at CastleRock..................................................................... 28 Team Rice, Re/Max ........................................................................... 29 Ferrier's Waterscapes .................................................................. 30 Team Raven, Re/Max .................................................................... 31 Rona ...........................................................34 Redeye Rentals ....................................................................................... 35 Dynasty Spas ............................................................................................. 36 Meridian Mortgage Solutions .................................... 36 Sears .......................................................................................................................... 37 Total Heating Systems............................................................... 37 Scrubs Executive Housekeeping ............................ 38 Diamond Heating & Spas..................................................... 38 Lakeview Meadows ........................................................................ 39 Purcell Point ................................................................................................ 40

Columbia Valley Homes is published annually by The Columbia Valley Pioneer Newspaper. Publisher ............................................ Elinor Florence Graphic Design .............................. Zephyr Rawbon Editorial, Photography ...................... Sandra Kelly Editorial .................................................. Sales Associate ............................ Dave Sutherland Project Manager ...................................... Sarah Turk Box 868, #8, 1008 - 8th Avenue, Invermere, BC V0A 1K0 Phone (250) 341-6299 Toll Free 1-877-341-6299 Fax (250) 341-6229 Email: info@columbiavalleypioneer.com www.columbiavalleypioneer.com This material, written or artistic, may not be reprinted or electronically reproduced in any way without the written consent of the publisher. The opinions and statements in articles, columns and advertising are not necessarily those of the publisher or staff of Columbia Valley Homes. It is agreed by any display advertiser requesting space that the owner's responsibility, if any, for errors or omissions of any kind, is limited to the amount paid by the advertiser for that portion of the space as occupied by the incorrect item and there shall be no liability in any event greater than the amount paid for the advertisement. 2007 – 2008 Columbia Valley Homes • 3


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Message from the Publisher

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he Chinese have a saying: may you live in interesting times. These are certainly interesting times in real estate. Since 2006, markets across North America have taken a wild ride. Early in that infamous year, low interest rates turned a boom into a buying frenzy. Pre-owned homes sold within hours of being listed and wait times for new homes stretched from six months to a year. Prices soared, then leveled off in 2007, and have since dropped slightly. The oddest trend during this hectic period was the relentless rise in prices even as interest rates doubled and demand weakened. The worst trend was the gradual downgrading of the term “affordable” to “attainable,” meaning housing that you’re lucky to get. Never mind being able to pay for it. Industry representatives say that the boom is over and that the market will now return to normal. Frankly, “normal” will be a relief. Supply will catch up with demand and people looking for a builder will find one who isn’t booked three years in advance. Builders and trades people will get some time off. Some of the firsttime buyers who dropped out of the panic market will

get another chance at home ownership. We’ll all get an attitude adjustment. The fact is that a normal real estate market in this country is a boom market in less fortunate parts of the world. There is certainly no slowdown here in the Columbia Valley. Since we launched Columbia Valley Homes in 2007, our landscape has transformed. New subdivisions are springing up everywhere. Luxurious new resorts are taking shape. Our towns and villages echo with the sounds of new home construction. The commercial real estate market is strong, and residential demand is brisk enough to keep builders and realtors busy. What does the future hold? No one knows, but from here it looks bright. In this issue of Columbia Valley Homes we bring you up to date on some of the exciting new developments under way in the valley. We show you some gorgeous new showhomes and take you inside the extraordinary home of valley residents Brad Hill and Patti Acheson. If you’re planning to buy, build or renovate here, you’ll find helpful information about how to get started. Read and enjoy.

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A Home for Life Brad Hill and Patti Acheson find peace in the valley

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n 1999, Brad Hill and Patti Acheson went looking for property in the Columbia Valley. The renowned nature photographer and his longtime partner already knew and loved the terrain. It was just a matter of finding their special piece of it. They viewed plenty of prospects, but none said home. Finally a realtor suggested they look at 48 treed acres south of Fairmont Hot Springs. For Brad, a biologist with a gift for finding the art in nature, it was love at first sight. “I had a ‘this is it’ moment the minute I stepped onto the property,” he recalls. Patti didn’t. “It was raw land with no road leading into it. I mean, c’mon, we had to hike in just to view it!” The sheer beauty of the land won her over. Now the Calgarians needed a house, something simple that would serve their short-term needs and fit into their long-term plan. “We were living in the valley about a third of the year, so it had to be more than a cabin,” says Brad. “The question was, ‘What do we build?’”

The answer was a 900-square-foot A-frame Trappeur log home. It had a galley kitchen, a lofted bedroom and just enough move-about room for its owners and their Portuguese water dogs, Jose and Diego. “It was a quick, easy house,” says Patti. “We thought it could eventually become our guesthouse.” In time, though, adding onto the house made more sense than building a separate structure. With a little clearing, the existing site had yielded a lovely view of Columbia Lake. And the house had a warm, woodsy ambience that could be extended. Architect Shelley McAneeley collaborated on a floor plan, and Pinnacle Creek Homes agreed to build. Both were terrific, says Brad. “Shelley really listened to us. And Aaron Cameron with Pinnacle Creek had some great design ideas.” Patti adds, “We had our own ideas, of course, but a lot of what you see here is Pinnacle Creek.” Continued on Page 7

Pinnacle Creek Homes added more than 3,000 square feet to this gorgeous log home. 6 • 2008 – 2009 Columbia Valley Homes 6 • 2008 – 2009 Columbia Valley Homes


Continued from Page 6 What you see is a supremely comfortable home that even at 4,200 square feet manages to be cozy. The main floor of the original structure still serves as the great room, but with bigger windows overlooking the lake. The kitchen is bigger and definitely higher-tech. The loft is now Brad’s studio. A corridor connects the original house to a new wing, with a spacious master suite on the main level and a guest suite behind a fitness/theatre room on the lower, walkout level. Patti, who owns and operates Pilates Pursuits in Invermere, keeps a home office there. On both levels the corridor doubles as an art gallery for Brad’s work and as a view deck overlooking a Zen garden with a water wall. There is a covered porch with a fireplace, for socializing on summer nights. The couple’s homey taste is everywhere, in the black-stained maple cab-

inets and built-ins, the fir beams and blonde maple floors, the lived-in furnishings and of course Brad’s riveting art. His photograph of a tree swallow captured last year on the property is the official symbol of this year’s Wings Over the Rockies festival. Patti and Brad share a deep commitment to the environment, and so of course the Bondu Log House (a patented method of building for durability and pest resistance) is super energy efficient, with solar panels supplying plenty of power, a cistern for collecting rainwater and a host of other high-tech but low-impact utilities. Wherever possible, they used recycled building materials, even for the countertops. Brad’s favorite feature of the house: The matching leather chairs with a peaceful view of the lake. Patti’s: the boot room. “What can I say?” she jokes. “It’s a special room.” It’s a special house, truly a home for life.

The countertops in the Acheson-Hill kitchen are made of recycled materials. 2008 – 2009 Columbia Valley Homes • 7


Cedarwood Glen Estates When you’re home, you know it

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f you’re shopping for a new condo, you’ve no doubt got a checklist: location, design, quality, square footage, monthly fees, perhaps even the reputations of the developer and builder. It’s all about getting good value for your investment. Cedarwood Glen Estates in Invermere offers fabulous value. The new 36-unit complex is nestled into its own woodsy glen in the Wilder area. It’s a quiet, treed neighborhood within strolling distance of shops, restaurants, schools, health care facilities, and Kinsmen Beach at Lake Windermere. For location, it doesn’t get better than this. “We are offering a great lifestyle to people who like to be in town and to walk everywhere,” says developer Dave Gulbe. “We’re close to everything, and yet this is a quiet area.” Cedarwood Glen Estates comprises 18 converted apartments that sold briskly, eight new townhomes that are available in 2008, and ten more that will be ready in 2009. Quiet comfort in the heart of Invermere.

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Invermere’s best-priced new home ownership opportunity! Get more for your money, with beautifully finished three-bedroom homes starting at $359,900. Each home features a thoughtful floor plan, designed for comfortable living. On the main floor entry, a den/bedroom/office and garage… on the second floor, a large kitchen with eating area, living room, bath and balcony… on the third floor, a master bedroom with full bath en-suite, laundry, and a second bedroom. Cedarwood Glen is centrally located in the heart of the Columbia Valley. Imagine… just two blocks to downtown Invermere, and three blocks to the beach! Enjoy all the conveniences in a quiet and peaceful setting. Some homes are ready for occupancy now! For details, call (250) 341-1182.

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Continued from Page 8 With their acrylic stucco exteriors, asphalt shingles, cedar garage doors and cedar accents, the townhomes make a welcoming first impression. There are three interior colour schemes from which to choose. The living space is generous: 1,600 to 1,900 square feet developed on three levels, with two bedrooms up and a den that could serve as a third bedroom. All the units have a heat pump for efficient heating and cooling, and are roughed in for vac-

uum. All have a single-car garage and another off-street parking space. There are ten guest parking spaces. The monthly condo fee of $217 includes liability insurance for the complex, individual home insurance, a reserve fund for future maintenance, snow removal and lawn care. It’s a low-maintenance lifestyle. Prices start at $359,900 for a standard interior unit and $369,900 for an end unit. But buyers can upgrade to their hearts’ delight, says Dave. “We’ll do our best to ensure that people get the home they want." Continued on Page 11

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Taupe and cream shades warm up the interior.

The 1,600-square-foot showhome is offered for sale at $369,900. Beautifully decorated and furnished by Warwick Interiors, it is all warm taupe tones and trendy black accents. The mouldings and cabinets are solid pine with a nutty brown stain. The flooring is a mix of chocolate brown carpet, ceramic tile and sheet vinyl. In the living room, an electric fireplace provides cozy warmth beneath a wall-mounted television screen. The dine-in kitchen has under-counter lighting, a side-by-side refrigerator, an electric range, a dishwasher and a built-in microwave oven. A stacking washer/dryer is conveniently situated between the two upper bedrooms. The furniture in the showhome is negotiable. As for those references, Dave and his wife Tiffany live on the Cedarwood site, just steps away from the community they’re creating. There’s no better testimonial than that. And the builder, CXL Construction, is a local company. “CXL has a great reputation,” says Dave. Cedarwood Glen Estates: Year-round or weekends only, it’s a great place to call home. For more information, call Dave or Tiffany Gulbe at (250) 341-1182. Or go to www. sales@cedarwoodglen.com.

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Spirits Reach Harmony, health and a peaceful spirit

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If you’re touring the Columbia Valley this year, be sure to stop at Spirits Reach on Columbia Lake. Even if you're not in the market for a stunning lakeside home, the two showhomes in the new lifestyle community must be seen. When it is finished, Spirits Reach will comprise of 350 exquisite, energy-efficient homes built in four phases, a recreation centre with a pool, a beach club, a greenhouse, a restaurant and a bed-and-breakfast lodge. There will be a network of nature trails and recreation programs. Donna and Dave Rae, co-owners of Columere Park Developments, are the visionaries behind Spirits Reach. Enviro Custom Homes is their builder of choice. There are four floor plans from which to choose at Spirits Reach. The original showhome is the 1,613-square-foot Harmony model. Opened in 2007, it now doubles as the sales office. The new showhome is the 1,797-square-foot Spirit model, the most spacious of the plans. Continued on Page 14

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Continued from Page 13 The Spirit model has soaring vaulted ceilings, a generous great room, two bedrooms, a walk-in pantry/laundry room and a loft. There are 670 square feet of optional living space at entry level, and a two-car garage. Decorated by Erin Reid Design and furnished by The Natural Home, both homes say “top drawer” from top to bottom. Solid maple flooring, knotty alder cabinets, solid cast door hardware, slate, granite and air-quality certified carpet are just a few features of these exceptional homes. “When it comes to finishing, we don’t use terms like upgraded,” says Donna Rae. “Excellence is our only standard.” That philosophy continues outside at Spirits Reach, with metal-clad windows, concrete siding, 40-year asphalt shingles and other low or no maintenance materials. For all, the Raes chose light colors that harmonize with their surroundings. All the amenities you expect in a luxury home are there, of course: roughed-in security, vacuum and hot-tub wiring, audio in the living room and master bedroom, and plenty of storage space for those water toys.

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Continued from Page 14 In British Columbia, Spirits Reach has earned the Gold Home rating, the highest rating in the BC Hydro Power Smart Program. That’s thanks to geo-thermal heating and cooling, pre-heated hot water from geo-thermal energy, Energy Star windows and appliances and water-conserv-

ing faucets. Add to those features a heat recovery ventilation system, an air/drip humidifier and low VOC (volatile organic compounds) building materials and you have the model for healthy living. Prices start at $499,000. For more information go to www.spiritsreach.com.

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Certainly not your standard Tuesday, and that’s the whole point. The entire purpose of your vacation home at Heron Point is to regain your precious time. To have a place to unwind and brush off the worries of your nine to five, and the hustle and bustle of busy urban living. Free time is a rarity, and a home at Heron Point allows you to maximize that time for the important things in life like family, recreation, and relaxation. Imagine your own property, located in breathtaking Invermere nestled between Radium and Fairmont. It’s Main Street

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Heron Point Fine finishes and fabulous views

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eron Point is situated at the southern tip of Main Street in Invermere, and has breathtaking views of Lake Windermere, Lake Dorothy, the Rocky Mountains and the surrounding Windermere Valley. The luxurious condominium complex also enjoys close access to Invermere’s pretty downtown district. It’s a prime location. The first of the three buildings that will eventually comprise Heron Point was completed in 2003. It contains 36 finely-appointed suites. Luxe Developments is now ready to proceed with construction of the final two buildings. Each will have 24 suites, all with water or mountain views. Prime units in both buildings are now available to purchase. The suites range in size from 699 to 1,229 square feet, with a choice of one or two bedrooms, or two bedrooms plus a den. Most have two full bathrooms. All have ninefoot ceilings, spacious bedrooms, dining and living rooms, in-suite laundry facilities and an electric fireplace. Continued on Page 18

The show suite at Heron Point has a clean, contemporary look.

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Enjoy the view of evergreens and sky from your principal bedroom.

The standard appliance package includes a stainless steel fridge, electric range, over-the-range microwave oven, dishwasher, and a stacking washer/dryer. Maple cabinets and granite countertops are also standard, and the flooring is an attractive mix of engineered hardwood, quality carpet and porcelain tile. Every suite has a generous balcony with vinyl decking and aluminum and glass railings to keep those gorgeous views open. On hot summer afternoons, owners will appreciate the short stroll to Kinsmen Beach. There are two color schemes from which to choose, but there are no upgrades at Heron Point. “Our standard finishing package is already of excellent quality,” says Cara Ferguson, marketing manager at Luxe Developments. And Heron Point offers whole ownership only. “You have full use of your suite whenever you want it, and for as long as you want it.” Heron Point has ample underground parking and storage facilities, a heated swimming pool, a hot tub, an exercise room, and an outdoor barbecue patio—all the amenities you expect at a luxurious mountain retreat. Continued on Page 19

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Continued from Page 18 The exterior finish unites stucco with metal roofing, Hardieplank siding and cultured stone, for great curb appeal and low maintenance. Did we mention the views? All the suites enjoy a water view, a mountain view, or both. The grand opening of the newly finished and furnished show suite takes place May 17, 18 and 19, 2008. The suite will be open daily following the launch. For more information, call 250-342-2111, go to www.heronpointinvermere.ca., or drop by the show suite at 701 – 14A Crescent.

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Kyla Brown

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oncentrating on several different aspects of photography, Kayla specialises in commercial and architectural work, weddings, portraiture and creative pieces called “Honouring Life”. These unique pieces layer beautiful photos with inspiring text to create artwork that celebrates people’s passion for life. Created from photos that she has shot or with a client’s existing pictures, the artwork brings new life to treasured memories and allows people to experience time travel in a single piece of art. Kyla has been vacationing in Invermere with her family since she was five years old. Continued on Page 21

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Continued from Page 20 She grew up in Winnipeg and then attended the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, where she completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Photography major in 2003. It wasn’t until her third year at Emily Carr that Kyla started to combine her writing with her photographic imagery. After Kyla graduated, she started to explore digital photography and ended up shooting architectural work across North America. “Architectural photography is about capturing the essence of my subject in such a way that the picture itself is transparent," she says. "I think that architectural photography is an art that requires immense attention to detail, focus and finesse. My photography is about framing spirit and conveying life. There is just as much personality and unique expression in a building as there is in a person.” After visiting her parents, who recently retired here, Kyla made a permanent move to Invermere last summer. She now runs Kyla Brown Photography out of her home. Her pieces are currently for sale in Village Arts and the Pynelogs gift shop. Kyla is also creating a series of paintings on antique windows. All her work can be viewed on her website at www.kylabrown.com

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Copper Point Resort Luxury’s new address If you’re a golfer who’s been to Invermere, you’ve most certainly enjoyed a round or two at Copper Point Golf Club, the picture-perfect 18-hole course on the east side of Lake Windermere. Now you can play and stay—at the luxurious new Copper Point Resort. The four-storey, 107-condo resort is taking shape on six scenic, treed acres at the crossroads of Invermere and Highway 93. It will be a first-class resort, offering both a recreational lifestyle and a secure investment to its owners. Whole or quarter-share ownership of suites is available, and sales are brisk. “We are eighty percent sold, but we are fortunate to still be able to offer one, two and three-bedroom units in several different views and price ranges,” says general manager Rose Marie Regitnig. August 2008 is the targeted date for the resort’s grand opening. In the meantime, the Copper Point Golf Club is doubling in size with the opening of the brand new 18-

hole Ridge course. The Ridge and the original Copper Point course will share the existing clubhouse and will be connected by an underground tunnel below Highway 93. Copper Point opens in March. The Ridge is scheduled to open for the first time in May 2008. After 36 challenging holes, the resort will welcome you home. You’ll enjoy a generous living space complete with a private deck to enjoy the views and fresh mountain air. Your suite will be equipped with such niceties as a flatpanel television and a gourmet kitchen. If you’re too tired to cook, you can opt for upscale dining in the resort’s gourmet restaurant, or casual eats at the patio, café or lounge. Your décor will be a perfect blend of alpine warmth and urban sensibility, with granite, slate, marble, mosaics, solid woods, lush fabrics and natural stone floors and walls. Expect warm colors, fine finishes and thoughtful touches throughout. Continued on Page 23

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Continued from Page 22 Indoor amenities will include a fullservice spa, fitness centre, squash court, pool and hot tub, steam room, owners’ lounge, elevators, banquet facilities, conference rooms and a day-care facility. Outdoors, you’ll enjoy walking and cross-country ski trails, swimming pools, a terrace and another hot tub. There will be a sport court and skating rink, a fire pit and barbecue area, a children’s play area and a spray park. In short, no shortage of fun things to do. You will have the option of keeping your suite purely for personal use or participating in a professionally managed rental program. And because the resort will be a partner in The Registry Collection, you’ll have access to a vast network of other luxurious vacation resorts around the world. For more information, go to www. copperpointresort.com.

This artist's rendition shows one of the finely-appointed suites at Copper Point Resort.

At Copper Point the scorecard comes with extra sheets. Finally, a luxury four-season real estate investment you and your family can enjoy, just three hours from Calgary. Whole and 1/4 ownership opportunities available. Opening late summer 2008. www.copperpointresort.ca 1-866-9-luxury

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Bighorn Meadows Resort All the comforts of home

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t a world-class resort you naturally expect certain things: fine accommodations, nice views, brisk service and plenty of fun things to do. At Bighorn Meadows Resort in Radium Hot Springs these are merely the basics. With its five-star rating and beautiful setting on the Springs Golf Course, this nine-acre resort ranks among the best vacation retreats anywhere. Every suite is stunning and the amenities are first-rate. As for those views, imagine evergreen forests and pristine lakes framed by ancient mountains. It’s not unusual to see deer strolling past your windows, and bald eagles soaring overhead. “Our setting is spectacularly beautiful,” says sales representative Kathy Degenhardt. “And we have all the luxuries you could possibly want in a vacation retreat.” When the resort is complete, about three years from now, it will comprise of ten condominium-style buildings. Only a few suites are still available in Phase 8. Sales are in effect for Phase 9, with occupancy in summer 2008. The amenities complex (in Phase 10) will have spaces for exercise, meetings and banquets, and an indoor water park with two pools, a hot tub and a 45-foot water slide. Continued on Page 27

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Continued from Page 25 There are five options for ownership: one-and-a-halfweek fractional title, three-week fractional title, eighth-share title, quarter-share title and whole ownership (four quarter shares). Prices start at $29,800. Because all the suites are deeded and titled, you own your share while earning equity on your investment. Bighorn Meadows Resort has a professionally managed rental pool to help you service your debt. And, the resort’s membership in Interval International gives you access to 2,500 other luxurious resorts worldwide. The suites at Bighorn Meadows vary in size and layout, with a mix of nine-foot ceilings and dramatic vaults. One, two or three bedroom plans are available, as well as executive loft units. Thanks to interior designer April Trapp, the décor is warm and inviting, with fir mouldings, high-quality custom carpet and porcelain tile, maple cabinets, granite countertops and black appliances. The ledgestone fireplace—with room above for a 42” television—will keep you warm and cozy. Every suite comes fully furnished and stocked with necessities such as dishes and linens. The showsuite is open seven days a week, year-round. For more information call 888-766-9637 toll-free, or 3476907 locally. Or, go to www.bighornmeadows.ca.

Your family can spend special holidays around the dinner table at Bighorn Meadows.

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ome say that beauty is only skin deep, but hidden in the walls of a True North Log Home is what sets us apart. Years of relentless research has resulted in an exclusive patented joinery system, unsurpassed by any log home maker on earth. True North uses natural log shrinkage to its advantage, which ultimately makes the log assemblies tighter. As testimony to our product confidence, we are the only log home manufacturer to offer a ”ZERO“ air infiltration warranty for a full 25 years. This warranty comes with every True North factory-stained, log home. Imagine a maintenance free log home.

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The Resort at CastleRock Get in on the good life

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f you’re looking for luxury and a lock-and-leave lifestyle in a spectacularly beautiful setting, look no further than The Resort at CastleRock. Reign Developments, Voisin Homes and Ultimate Properties International are combining their considerable expertise to build the posh resort in the upscale community of CastleRock Estates in southwest Invermere. When it is complete, The Resort at CastleRock will comprise of four separate four-storey buildings featuring a total of 81 exquisitely finished resort-style condos and additional space for retail shops and a full-service restaurant. Outside, the resort’s timber and natural stone design elements will blend with, and pay homage to, the Purcell Mountains that form its breathtaking backdrop. Inside, the floor plans will range from cozy one-bedroom layouts to spacious three-bedroom penthouses. For the ultimate in luxury, every unit will be fully furnished and feature a completely outfitted kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. For the ultimate in convenience, owners can arrive to find their

fridges fully stocked and their tee times arranged by the on-site concierge service. Owners also will enjoy full use of a clubhouse with an outdoor pool and hot tub, a games room, a fitness room, a barbecue grill area and meeting spaces. There will be a sports court, elevator access and a variety of services and programs for children. The fractional ownership program will give owners full access to their units for at least one week out of every month on a rotating basis, so that peak periods will be evenly distributed. Whole ownership is available and owners can sell off individual quarters if and when they wish. The optional rental pool will help owners to minimize costs while maintaining a slice of the good life. Construction of the first building commences in May 2008, for possession in mid-2009. Suites in Phase II, which will include the clubhouse and swimming pool, have just been released for sale at temporary pre-construction pricing. Buyers in this phase will take possession in late 2009. Continued on Page 30

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Continued from Page 29 “We have a great location and a first-class product,” says sales executive Jason Lyon. “There is a lot of interest in the resort, as demonstrated by how quickly our first building sold out. Lifestyle purchasers as well as savvy investors recognize the exceptional recreational and investment value we are bringing to this beautiful area.” For more information on The Resort at CastleRock, call 1-888-678-9338, or visit our website at www.resortatcastlerock.com.

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ituated in the heart of the town centre, Purcell Point is Invermere’s first and last investment opportunity of its kind. No other condominium development offers such close proximity to the town’s boutiques and restaurants. Schools and health care services are nearby, foods and fine wines are mere steps away, and of course Invermere itself is at the centre of everything the Windermere Valley has to offer. Purcell Point comprises of 68 premium quality townhomes in a cluster of eight buildings with alpine styling. There are four floor plans ranging from 1,153 to 1,553 square feet, with a choice of three bedrooms or two bedrooms plus a den. Every home has a gas fireplace and is roughed in for vacuum. The single-car garage is roomy enough for an SUV. Continued on Page 33

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Continued from Page 32 The standard finishing package at Purcell Point includes maple cabinets and mouldings, laminate countertops, quality Berber carpet and black appliances: fridge, stove, dishwasher, over-the-range microwave oven, and stacking washer/ dryer. However, many folks have upgraded to hardwood, granite and slate. “Our buyers are taking full advantage of the opportunity to get a beautiful vacation home,” says Darren Still, Vice President of Operations at Cardel Resorts. Prices for these premium townhomes start in the low $300,000s. Condo fees vary. Residents will enjoy full ownership, and some of the units are eligible to join a professionally managed short-term rental pool. The show suite is one of the grand prizes in the Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation’s 2008 Lottery. The fully furnished 1,197square-foot home is exquisitely finished, with Tarragon-stained maple, black granite, ash floors, stainless steel appliances and plenty of slate and stone. Every window frames a spectacular picture of the Rocky Mountains. The draw takes place October 1st and the lucky winner will take possession of the home on October 15th. Cardel Resorts is holding two additional draws, for folks who purchase a Purcell Point townhome before July, and again before September. The prize in both draws will be a $7,500 furniture package from Interior World in Invermere. For more information, go to www.purcellpoint.com. Or, stop by the show suite, open from 12 noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, with extended hours during spring and summer.

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