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Calgary’s latest and hottest communities

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20 features 008 Ask an Expert  aking your home more M energy efficient by Heather Ryan

023 Top Homebuying Tips In love with a city! Calgary

036 Mortgage Finesse Why use a mortgage broker? by JASON ELDRIDGE

043 Trendspotting A real hoot! by Sara Duck

046 Designer Tips Make the most of your home office

055 Trendspotting Get cosy by Sara Duck

063 Mortgage Rates 076 Outdoors Landscape consultation by Brad Jackman

086 Trendspotting A glass act by Sara Duck

092 Designer Advice Colour by design by Jane Lockhart

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community profiles

vice-president, wall2wall media

Jacqueline Hill

009 Southwest map

editor-in-chief, National real estate

010 T  he Ranches of Silverado United Communities

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013 P  askapoo Apex Developments

Susan Legge production manager

Bala Gnanapandithan ART DIRECTOR

016 Okotoks map

Daiana Garay

017 M  ountain View Apex Developments

graphic designers

025 Northwest map

Viosa Barileva Laura Northmore Alex Yakubovich Mike Terentiev Megan Pike Dennis Ng

026 W  atermark at Bearspaw Macdonald Development Corporation

Melanie Gowans

020 D  rake Landing United Communities

media consultant

403.200.8462

028 Nolan  Hill United Communities 031 S  age Meadows Genesis Land Development Corp. 034 P  anorama Hills Genstar 038 E  vansRidge Dundee Developments 040 S  age Hill United Communities 044 E  vansview Genstar 047 H  igh river map 048 A  irdrie map 049 H  illcrest Apex Land Development 052 B  ayside Genesis Land Development Corp. 056 N  ortheast map

057 S  kyview Ranch Walton Developments 060 S  addlestone Genesis Land Development Corp. 064 cochrane map 065 R  iversong Tamani Communities 068 H  eritage Hills Harmony Park Developments

97 072 L  angdon map 073 B  oulder Creek Harmony Park Developments 079 Southeast map

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Editor’s Note

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SO MANY WAYS TO

explore Calgary’s

newest communities

elcome to Calgary Communities, your best resource for discovering up-andcoming new homes and developments in the Calgary area. Since most people who move to this city are not native Calgarians, if you’re looking for specific information on demographics after reviewing this issue, I urge you to check out the city’s own website, calgary.ca. This online resource has an excellent breakdown of all the communities in the Calgary area available as a PDF download. To find this page online, your best bet is to search: Calgary Community Profiles, this should take you directly to the web page. Of course, nothing beats an actual visit to the community you’re considering, so be sure to get out and take the time to explore your prospective new neighbourhood on foot, as well as by vehicle, so you can get a sense of exactly what it’s all about. Since new communities are often in the midst of growing, be sure to ask the sales representative in the showhomes about the longer-term development plans for the area. We hope this publication makes it easier than ever to find the Calgary community that suits you best. We’d love to know your thoughts, so please write to us.

Susan Legge Editor-in-Chief, Wall2Wall Media susan.legge@wall2wallmedia.com Follow me on Twitter: twitter.com/susanlegge

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• Patios

• Natural Stone

• Decks

• Walkways

• Fences

• Garden Beds

• Irrigation

• Sod+Grading

• Lightning

• Water Features • Planting • Retaining

• Excavation

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Ask an Expert

Q&A

ASK AN EXPERT: by HEATHER RYAN

MAKING YOUR HOME MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT Q: My family is looking for a new home and we want to make sure it is energy efficient. What should we be looking for? A: “Many new home builders today are crafting more energy efficient homes than they were 10 or even five years ago because of changes in building codes that ensure more energy-efficient products are going into the homes,” says Ron Heggs, director of special projects at Shane Homes. “Many builders also exceed the code, but there is still more you can do to increase the efficiency,” he says, such as adding a higher efficiency furnace with variable speed blower or zone controls to help reduce gas consumption and a heat recovery ventilating system that will warm cool air coming into the home, as well as adding comfort. You can also add a more efficient domestic hot water tank or a tank less unit that provides hot water on demand or even a high-efficiency boiler. “You can also insulate your hot water lines to the fixture; this helps hold the heat in,” Heggs says. “Adding a drain water heat recovery pipe helps warm water coming into the home, and you could also put in a hot

water recirculating pump with a timer on it, but set it to the proper time and leave it, and it can help with efficiency.” Having solar shield, solar gain or triple-glazed windows will ensure greater insulation, and fibreglass exterior doors instead of steel ones means less heat loss. Choosing the right appliances for your home is a quick way to increase energy efficiency. To help in your selection choose Energy Star rated appliances. “There are also different types of insulation that will boost energy efficiency such as blown in or spray foam, and you can increase the insulation in the basement from R12 to R20,” Heggs says. “Really the sky is the limit; there is so much you can do when it comes to increasing energy efficiency including adding things like solar panels,” he says. “So it’s a good idea to sit down with your builder to identify standard specifications in the home and discuss various options – it really comes down to costs and what you can afford to do.”

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SHOWHOMES: Silverado Drv. SW, Silverado Skies SW, Silverado Blvd. SW DEVELOPER: United Communities BUILDERS: Baywest Homes, Homes by Avi, Landmark Homes, Lifestyle Homes, Sterling Homes, Pacesetter Homes, Trico Homes, Creations by Shane Homes, Avi Concept, Shane Homes

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08 PASKAPOO IN COUGAR RIDGE

DEVELOPER: Apex Limited Partnership BUILDERS: Excel Homes and Shane Homes

09 COULEE WAY ESTATES DEVELOPER: Coulee Way Developments BUILDER: Christal Homes www.couleewayestates.com

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DEVELOPER: Dundee Developments BUILDERS: Homes by Avi, Morrison Homes, Shane Homes, Calbridge Homes, Greenboro Homes

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BUILDERS: Westview Builders, Winwood Homes Showhomes Coming Soon www.elmontbay.com

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DEVELOPER: Qualico Communities SHOWHOMES: Silverado Plains Circle BUILDERS: Broadview Homes, Jayman MasterBUILT, NuVista Homes, Sterling Homes

13 DRESSAGE IN SILVERADO

DEVELOPER: Qualico Communities SHOWHOMES: Silverado Crest Landing BUILDERS: Broadview Homes, Jayman MasterBUILT

14 WESTLAND ESTATES

BUILDERS: Baywest Homes, WestView Builders www.westlandestates.ca

15 WENTWORTH ESTATES BUILDERS: Prominent Homes

16 WEST GROVE ESTATES

BUILDERS: Prominent Homes, Crystal Creek Homes, Lupi Luxury Homes

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Community Profile

SILVERADO

Build your legacy in United’s

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ew homebuyers who desire spacious living and the opportunity to enjoy recreation and outdoor activities right where they live, raise their families, play and entertain are choosing Silverado by United Communities and the Ranches of Silverado Estates. Crafted by United Communities in southwest Calgary close to famous Spruce Meadows, Silverado is steeped in ranchland and equestrian history, home to expansive green space and great amenities providing an ideal place for you to build your legacy. “Silverado is a master-planned, architecturally-controlled, equestrian-themed community with so much to offer its residents,” says United’s marketing manager Tes Bonyai,

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noting it boasts more than 90 acres of green space, parks, playgrounds and pathways, and more than 60 acres of additional environmental reserve and a seven-acre wet pond. The response to Silverado by United Communities has been so amazing that it’s more than 80 per cent built out, and the opportunity to build in the Ranches of Silverado Estates is dwindling as sales are down to the final lots in Phase 12. “The Ranches of Silverado Estates provide something that has been sought after, but previously unavailable within the city of Calgary – the space and freedom to create the home that truly enables gracious living where you can draw in family and friends and have your perfect place to enjoy it all,” Bonyai says. Augusta Fine Homes and Baywest Homes are crafting homes in the Ranches of Silverado Estates with “creative and unique touches that make them feel absolutely opulent,” Bonyai says. “The level of input and collaboration you


experience with builders of this calibre in such an expansive Bonyai notes estate lot prices start in the low $300,000s, environment makes for incredible possibilities where you “an incredible value considering the lot sizes and the fact that can truly customize your estate home on a scale unmatched nowhere else in the city can you find this much space to elsewhere in the city.” create the home of your dreams at this price point.” As well, there are a select lots remaining for buyers who Besides the estates, Silverado offers a range of lifestyle want to purchase a lot and bring in their own home builder to choices, including: Silverado Street Towns now selling by craft a home of their dreams. People interested in these lots Homes by Avi and Silverado Townhomes now selling by should contact United Communities (403-265-6180). Slokker; starter homes full of character and inviting details; The Ranches offers lots that are extremely large from and an array of move-up homes with all the options and one-third to two-thirds of an acre. All the lots provide extra space. homeowners with space to build triple car garages, and Five classic architectural styles provide varied yet partial or full walkouts based on lot choice and only a few of complimentary exteriors creating an eclectic streetscape these lots are still available. “The lots are so well situated, with styles that reflect Silverado’s natural surroundings and you really must see them to appreciate what the area has to heritage in the details. offer,” Bonyai says. Residents appreciate that amenities are plentiful This estate area is surrounded by green space and from shopping, schools and transit to entertainment and attracts an abundance of wildlife creating a feeling of living in recreation – all within easy reach. the country, yet it’s within the city with amenities nearby. United is excited about the addition of the Silverado

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Marketplace, which is opening this fall with a Sobeys grocery store, Shoppers Drug Mart, TD Bank, Starbucks and much more, providing neighbourhood conveniences for residents. As an added benefit to residents, some of the best golf courses in Calgary and the internationally-acclaimed Spruce Meadows equestrian facility are Silverado’s neighbours. “Sirocco Golf Club with its award-winning course and the notable Siraia Restaurant are a stone’s throw down the road, providing a little luxury just minutes away,” Bonyai says. The community is a short distance to the Rockies and conveniently located off Hwy. 22X, with quick access to McLeod and Deerfoot trails. “Silverado provides an attractive, accessible and soughtafter neighbourhood you can thrive in … that’s ‘legendary living’ in Silverado.”

For more information on Silverado by United Communities and the Ranches of Silverado Estates, visit the showhomes, or check out http://www.silveradounited.com” silveradounited.com or ranchesofsilverado.com.

Silverado » Over 90 acres of green space, parks, playgrounds & pathways » Over 60 acres of additional environmental reserve and a seven-acre wet pond » Estate lot prices start in the low $300,000s » Only a few lots remain in Phase 13 and 41 lots in Phase 12

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Community Profile

PASKAPOO

Paskapoo

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one of west Calgary’s most desirable communities by HEATHER RYAN

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ith servicing underway on the final phase, new homebuyers won’t want to miss out on the chance to get into fabulous Paskapoo at Cougar Ridge. “We’ve released the very last phase with 60 lots being serviced and sold by exclusive builders Excel Homes and Shane Homes,” says Collin Campbell, senior development manager at APEX Developments, which is crafting Paskapoo on 36 acres of land on the escarpment above Canada Olympic Park in the established community of Cougar Ridge. The new lots available include some backing onto a landscaped park, some walkouts and some that back to the west edge of the community offering incredible views of the Rockies. “We also excited because we’ve just finished the landscaping, the pathways and parks and installing the playground equipment, so the final touches to the community are taking shape,” Campbell says.

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Having a four-season playground at the doorstep, stunning views of the mountains and Bow River Valley and a vast array of nearby amenities has made Paskapoo at Cougar Ridge one of the most desirable communities in west Calgary. “The response to the community has been phenomenal and we’re very pleased with the number of sales; people have really embraced the community,” Campbell says “Paskapoo is actually named for historical reasons,” he says. “The whole community sits on the escarpment on the Paskapoo slopes, and the ski hill was called Paskapoo Ski Hill before the Olympics, so we wanted a name that would reflect the past and keep the connection alive.” Paskapoo at Cougar Ridge presents a natural, outdoorsoriented setting with an abundance of parks and pathways; it’s an ideal location for people who enjoy an active, outdoor lifestyle, says Campbell. “It’s surrounded by an abundance of open space and natural reserve space.” This family-oriented community will consist of 237 homes all with front-attached, double car garages once completed. It is being developed in three phases – Phase 1 is sold out, however there are still lots available in Phase 2, some that back onto green space. APEX has chosen architectural styles – Mountain Alpine, Tudor, Arts and Crafts, Prairie and Craftsman – that reflect the community’s natural setting, ensure an esthetically-pleasing streetscape, and establish a sense of identity and continuity. Excel Homes and Shane Homes are building higher end move-up homes in the community that are sized from approximately 2,000 sq. ft. and up with prices starting in the $500,000s, including lot and GST. Interested buyers can view various floor plans and fabulous interior features by visiting the four showhomes situated on Cougar Ridge Rise S.W. 14 calgary communities fall 2012


“I think that west Calgary has always been an incredibly desirable area for new homebuyers, and with Paskapoo, we seem to have opened it up to a few more buyers because the homes here are a bit more affordable than you may typically find in west Calgary, yet you’re not sacrificing anything,” Campbell says. “You can still get a 2,500-square-foot house with all the upgrades, the amenities and desirable features of west Calgary that other communities offer, and in addition you are literally footsteps away from Canada Olympic Park.” The community’s close proximity to Canada Olympic Park allows residents to enjoy an abundance of activities year-round from downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding and hockey, to mountain biking, hiking, training at the gymnastics centre and much more. The location provides residents with easy access to COP as pathways in the community link to trails through the park, and Paskapoo Drive links up the COP’s switchback road and parking area below. “Having quick, easy access to downtown Calgary and the mountains is phenomenal and a big attraction for buyers,” Campbell says, noting the community is located off 85th Street, with Bow Trail, Sarcee Trail, Old Banff Coach Road and 17th Avenue all nearby. With Paskapoo being part of the established community of Cougar Ridge

residents can enjoy a number of amenities including schools, a recreation centre, and great shopping close by in Wentworth, Aspen Stone and Signal Hill centres, plus there’s the future West LRT. For more information on Paskapoo at Cougar Ridge, visit the showhomes, which are open Monday to Thursday, 2-8 p.m., and weekends and holidays, noon-5 p.m., or check out www.paskapooatcougarridge.com.

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Okotoks

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SHOWHOMES: Drake Landing Way, Drake Landing Crescent DEVELOPER: United Communities BUILDERS: Landmark Homes, Lifestyle Homes, Morrison Homes, Shane Homes, Sterling Homes, Creations by Shane Homes, Prominent Homes

04 Westmount

SHOWHOMES: Westland Street DEVELOPER: Prominence Development Corp. BUILDERS: Jager Homes, Reid Built Homes, Sterling Homes, WestView Builders

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SHOWHOMES: Crystal Green Dr. DEVELOPER: United Communities BUILDERS: Sterling Homes, Baywest, Crossley Homes

(now open) at Sandstone Dr. & Mount Burns Green Apex Limited Partnership Builders: Excel Homes, Sterling Homes


Community Profile

MOUNTAIN VIEW

Scenic location, green space attract buyers to APEX’s

MountainView by HEATHER RYAN

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erched above an escarpment with scenic river and mountain views, new homebuyers are quickly falling in love with MountainView, a gorgeous new community in Okotoks. MountainView is being developed by APEX Developments on 130 acres of land located on the west side of Okotoks within minutes of downtown. Comprised entirely of single-family homes, the community will be home to approximately 400 residences when complete. “We’ve always been really excited to begin this community and the interest is really there with about a dozen firm sales and a number of lots reserved,” says Collin Campbell, senior development manager at APEX.

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“We had some lofty goals for the amount of landscaping this summer creating the entry park and entry feature, landscaping the traffic circle and beginning the pathway system to give the community some presence and it’s looking great; it’s really taking shape,” Campbell says. “It’s also drawing a lot of interest and the showhomes are very busy.” A major attraction to MountainView is close to 50 per cent of the land will be open space – a mix of environmental reserve, naturalized wetlands, active public space and passive recreational park space. “The whole community is being developed on an impressive plateau with green space that includes natural tree stands and prairie scape, and it overlooks the lower wetlands with a creek meandering through the area, with views of the Sheep River and fantastic views of the Rockies,” Campbell says. The escarpment is a significant feature, “because it runs around the community, and we’re going to make sure it’s accessible to everyone by creating pathways and vista park spaces where people can sit and enjoy the views,” he says. 18 CALGARY COMMUNITIES FALL 2012

MountainView’s builders Excel Homes and Sterling Homes are currently selling 88 lots in Phase 1 and crafting move-up and estate homes with front-attached garages in various styles such as two-storeys, bungalows and splitlevels. Homes will be sized from approximately 1,800 sq. ft. and well beyond with prices starting in the $400,000s including lot and GST. The builders have two showhomes each on parade in the community. “Buyers love the location because it’s quiet yet in close proximity to the city, green space with pathways that lead to the escarpment and the park and around a landscaped park at the bottom of the hill,” says Mark Sherlock, area manager with Excel Homes. “They also love the larger lots and the fact that they can get more for their money.” Lots in Phase 1 are a minimum of 36 feet wide, with several lots sized up to or wider than 46 feet, providing buyers with a great mix to choose from including estate-sized lots. Several lots in Phase 1 will also offer cul-de-sac life, great views and back onto green space. Phase 2 is expected to be released in spring 2013 and APEX plans to continue to develop 50 to 100 lots per year until the community is built out.


“The size of the lots is favourable for people wanting to build their second or third home and they get chance to build what they want because we can customize the plans,” says Doug Anderson, area manager with Sterling Homes. “MountainView is a very attractive community and people love that it’s tucked away from the busy areas and surrounded by green space with mountain and river views,” he says. “It’s an ideal location; residents have access to everything.” Both builders are crafting homes that feature architectural styles – Mountain Alpine, Tudor, Arts and Crafts, Prairie and Craftsman – that were chosen to reflect the community’s natural setting and fabulous views. Residents in MountainView can enjoy a round of golf at their doorstep as the community is adjacent to the D’Arcy Golf Course, and it’s a short walk to Okotoks’ historical downtown that features a charming mix of boutiques and shops. There’s also an array of shops, including big box retailers, grocery stores, coffee shops, restaurants and more a short drive way off Okotoks main thoroughfare.

They’ll also appreciate that they’re only a 15-minute drive to south Calgary with easy access to Hwy. 2 for a quick commute, and that the foothills and Rocky Mountains are close by. For more information on MountainView, check out www.mountainviewokotoks.com or contact the builders at www.excelhomes.ca and www.sterlinghomesgroup.com.

Mountain View in Okotoks » MountainView is a new community being developed by APEX Developments on 130 acres of land located on the west side of Okotoks within minutes of downtown. » MountainView will have only 400 homes on 130 acres so it’s a fairly low density with a number of larger lots and large homes. » Homes will be sized from approximately 1,800 sq. ft. and well beyond with prices starting in the $400,000s including lot and GST.

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Community Profile

DRAKE LANDING

Drake Landing’s

tranquil setting ideal for homebuyers by HEATHER RYAN

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community that has been awarded internationally for its green initiatives and offers an outstanding location convenient to all the amenities has easily become one of the most sought after places to live in Okotoks. Crafted by United Communities above Okotoks’ historically-picturesque town centre, Drake Landing continues to be a major draw for new homebuyers who are attracted to the tranquil setting and great location. Drake Landing also appeals to environmentally-conscious homebuyers who appreciate United’s water conservation initiatives in the community that sees homes designed with low flush toilets, rain barrels and insulated water pipes. Along with the water conservation measures through United’s PEER program, Drake Landing is home to Built Green™ builders ensuring energy efficient homes, and the ground-breaking Solar Project, a demonstration project that was sold between 2005 and 2007 allowing homeowners to heat their homes with solar energy and won the Energy Globe World Award for Sustainability in 2011.

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And its just part of what makes Drake Landing unique and attractive to homebuyers. Situated on 200 acres overlooking the Sheep River valley with extraordinary views of the mountains and rolling foothills, United undertook extensive planning to preserve the natural landscape and incorporate the community into this gorgeous setting. “In keeping with United’s vision, and inspired by the natural surroundings Drake Landing offers an unprecedented alternative for homebuyers who value environmental stewardship and look for ways to reduce their environmental impact without sacrificing lifestyle choices,” says Tes Bonyai, marketing manager with United Communities . “Within Drake you have the rare opportunity to enjoy year-round recreation right out your back door in the very

environment you are investing to protect,” she says. Inspired by the natural surroundings and reflecting Okotoks’ history, homes in Drake Landing feature Craftsman, Georgian, Tudor, Colonial and Victorian architectural styling that includes elements such as brick, stone and rock detailing and light and earth-tone colours to create a visually appealing streetscape. Drake Landing also provides fresh choices with numerous home designs to fit your lifestyle. A wide range of homes styles are showcased by Lifestyle Homes, Prominent Homes, Shane Homes and Sterling Homes featuring laned and front-attached garage models with sizes ranging from 1,350 sq. ft. and up. Prices start in the $300,000s for starter homes, $500,000s for move-ups and $600,000s for homes along the ridge.

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“There are on a few lots remaining on the ridge so buyers interested in this exceptional location will need to act quickly,” Bonyai says. Rockford Developments adds further variety with Drake’s Cove, a well-appointed condo project located on Drake Landing Common. Drake Landing provides fresh choices with numerous options to fit your lifestyle, and the community is now selling choice lots in Phase 7 and 8 backing onto and near a beautiful wildlife preserve. “The wide selection of homes and lots really appeal to homebuyers,” Bonyai says. “And we’re continually seeing residents who started out with their first home in earlier phases moving up to larger homes in the newer phases to accommodate their growing families because they have truly made Drake Landing their home.” Active residents can get out and enjoy a variety of amenities in Drake Landing, such as pathways that link with the town’s extensive regional pathway system, and the ravine with a naturalized pond that is frequented by wildlife and residents taking advantage of the peaceful surroundings. There is also an off-leash dog park, neighbourhood playgrounds and pathways all within walking distance of Seaman Stadium home of the Okotoks Dawgs Baseball Club. United is also pleased to have amenity sites in the community for a day care in Phase 9, and church/public 22 calgary communities fall 2012

service in Phase 7B adding yet another element to enrich and support the residents of this community. As well, neighbourhood restaurants, shops, professional services, schools, sports fields, and a fire hall are all nearby and giving residents the convenience of taking one of the many pathways to the corner store. Meanwhile, major shops, boutique stores, groceries, eateries and other amenities are just few minutes drive away, plus residents have quick access to Calgary for an easy commute. For more information about Drake Landing, visit the showhomes open Monday to Thursday, 2-8 p.m., and weekends and holidays, noon-5 p.m., or visit drakeunited.com or unitedcommunities.com.

Drake Landing » Situated on 200 acres overlooking the Sheep River valley »A  wide range of homes styles are showcased by Lifestyle Homes, Shane Homes, Sterling Homes and Prominent Homes »S  izes ranging from 1,350 sq. ft. and up. »P  rices start in the $300,000s for starter homes, $500,000s for move-ups and $600,000s for homes along the ridge.


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Seven reasons to love CALGARY CALGARY CERTAINLY HAS EARNED its place in the sun. It’s a great city that has much to offer its residents and has rapidly grown from a small city to a hub of activity. There are a number of things that set Calgary apart, offering an exceptional quality of life and making it an easy choice to call home. 1. Nature as a neighbour. While the beautiful Bow River runs right through it, cleaving north from south, some of Canada’s most majestic landscape surrounds Calgary. Fresh air and greener pastures are a rare find in any urban area, but Calgary keeps nature accessible to its inhabitants. Whether it’s camping at Mount Kidd, ski weekends at Sunshine or a simple stroll along the Bow, the options are all easily accessible and offer much to enjoy – in all seasons. 2. Financially sound. While Alberta has no provincial sales tax – making it an affordable place to live – Calgary has an enormous number of corporations headquartered here, offering an impressive selection of job opportunities. The variety of industries flourishing in the city has given rise to great prospects. The unemployment rate for Calgary in the summer of 2012 was sitting at 4.9 per cent, well below the national average of 7.3 per cent, and far better than other major centres such as Vancouver at 6.4 per cent, Montreal at 8.9 per cent, Ottawa at 6.1 per cent and Toronto at 8.6 per cent. The Conference Board of Canada pegged Calgary to be among the top four cities in Canada for economic growth in 2012. Calgary also claims the most millionaires per capita in Canada. 3. Vermin free. Alberta holds the unique distinction of being rat-free. Though there are rumours, lore, sightings, even perhaps the occasional sabotage, Calgary doesn’t have any level of Norwegian rat infestation to menace residences and businesses. Rat-free is a beautiful thing.

4. A major hub. Whether it’s business or pleasure, there are a lot of people travelling to and from Calgary annually. In 2012, Calgary International Airport (YYC) saw 12.8 million passengers, and for the year ending in June, 2012, 13.2 million people came in for a landing. This doesn’t account for the massive number of people visiting by land who travel by train and automobile through the majestic Rockies on their way to Calgary. 5. A well-planned city. You can’t argue that Calgary is one city that planners got right. Its simplicity and straightforward layout makes it easy to travel to and navigate. There’s no focal point of gridlock and no area has grown uncomfortably beyond its infrastructure. Designed on a grid and broken down into directional quadrants – North East (NE) North West (NW) South East (SE) and South West (SW) – numbered streets and avenues make it easy to get around. Streets always run north-south and avenues always run east-west. At the axis, where the numbering originates, are Centre Street and Centre Avenue – navigational ground zero. 6. Weather. Yes, winters in Calgary can be cold and harsh. When the mercury drops to the minus-40s, there’s no denying it’s cold. But it’s not a long winter, nor is it overly harsh. While there may be a lot of snow and a lot of low temperatures, it is, as they say, a dry cold. It’s more palatable than when there’s a windchill factor or dampness. If you dress properly, the cold is perfectly tolerable. And the frequent Chinooks provide a reprieve and replace the chill with warm breezes. Summers are lovely and the idealistic spring and fall temperatures monopolize the better part of the year. 7. Architecture. Yes, the winters are cold. That’s why the “+15s” are so great. Designed in the 1960s, Calgary’s core boasts the ingenious idea of Harold Hanon. Business carries on with walk-overs, called +15s, connecting buildings. There are currently 59 walkways. Just look up – about 15 feet up – and you’ll see them when you wander around anywhere from 9th St. SW to 3rd St. SE, starting at about 2nd Ave. SW/SE and ending right around the railway at 9th Ave. SW/SE. FALL 2012 CALGARY COMMUNITIES 23


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Community Profile

WATERMARK AT BEARSPAW

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xcitement abounds as the highly anticipated opening of a very distinctive showhome parade in Bearspaw, just west of Calgary, takes place on Sept. 15. Macdonald Development Corporation is thrilled to open the doors to three spectacular showhomes on parade in Watermark at Bearspaw dubbed the “Street of Distinction.” Creating this Street of Distinction are custom home builders Astoria Custom Homes, Homes By Us and Trickle Creek Custom Homes, which are each showcasing innovative designs, luxury features and outstanding finishes. “The showhomes on our Street of Distinction are sure to be the talk of the town,” says Matthew Jones, associate vice-president of sales and marketing for Macdonald

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Development Corporation, which is developing Watermark at Bearspaw. “Many people have been following the construction progress this year and eagerly awaiting the grand opening. The calibre of these homes is very impressive and they tie in beautifully with the Watermark at Bearspaw community.” Among the exceptional showhomes are: a 3,746-sq.ft. two-storey by Astoria featuring a two-storey sunken great room and a double, walk-around stone fireplace that separates the great room from the kitchen home to a dual island, secluded butler’s pantry and private covered barbecue deck; an expansive 7,143-sq.-ft. walkout bungalow by Homes By Us that is designed to impress with four bedrooms, eight


bathrooms, a five-car garage and a dynamic outdoor living space; and a more than 5,000 sq. ft. home by Trickle Creek featuring three fully developed levels including the walkout basement and two separate garages with mud rooms, a study area and a gorgeous kitchen. Another showhome, expected to open in December, will be an 8,200-sq.-ft. two-storey crafted by Wolf Custom Homes with a walkout basement. Watermark at Bearspaw is a custom estate home community being developed on 287 acres and it’s become so popular with buyers the first phase is nearly 80 per cent sold. “It’s been an amazing response and now with people able to view showhomes by some of Calgary’s finest custom home builders, we expect the desire to be a part of the Watermark community will be even greater,” says Jones. “There are 30 homes under construction in the community so people can drive out there, see the fabulous showhomes, and get a sense of the really high end, $1-million-plus homes that are being built and how huge the lots are and the great spacing between the homes.” Phase 1 in the community consists of 108 fully serviced lots ranging from one-quarter of an acre to over threequarters of an acre, with frontages from 80 to 150 feet. Macdonald has completed landscaping in Phase 1 so visitors will be wowed by network of cascading ponds and streams behind the showhomes and the pond-side central plaza, featuring a large pavilion with outdoor kitchen, fire pit, barbecues, NBA-sized sports court, grass sports field and three playgrounds. The community also features more than five kilometres of paved trails and 46 acres of parkland, is minutes from the breathtaking Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, within walking distance to the Lynx Ridge Golf Course, and the Bearspaw Golf & Country Club is a short drive away. Watermark at Bearspaw is conveniently located at 12 Mile Coulee Road, just minutes from a wide range of shops, services and restaurants at Crowfoot centre, the Crowfoot LRT station and Crowfoot and Stoney Trails for ease of getting downtown and to the airport. For more information, visit the Watermark at Bearspaw sales centre, 252035 12 Mile Coulee Rd. N.W., open noon-8 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and noon-5 p.m. Friday to Sunday or check out the showhomes, open 2-8pm Monday to Thursday, noon-5p.m. Saturday and Sunday, visit watermarkatbearspaw.com or call 403.239.9735.

Watermark at Bearspaw » Intensive construction activity that says, resoundingly, “the vision is real.” » frontages from 82 to 200 feet » custom estate home in greater Calgary » 3,500+ trees to be planted as part of the community’s extensive landscaping commitments

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Community Profile

NOLAN HILL

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ombine a tranquil natural setting with an abundance of green space and old-world charm and you’ll be thrilled to discover one of most picturesque and newest communities in northwest Calgary. United Communities is developing Nolan Hill, a master-planned community, on more than 500 acres off Shaganappi Trail and north of Stoney Trail featuring gorgeous natural ravines, rolling hills and three beautifully designed wet ponds, says Steve LePan, marketing director with United Communities. “It’s a terrific location surrounded by nature offering residents a relaxing and peaceful lifestyle.” Adding to its appeal, Nolan Hill is being built on a foundation of old-world values, strength of character, dedication and integrity. To enhance this, LePan says, United is crafting an impressive entry feature, traffic circle and public spaces all with an Irish ruins feel creating a distinctive look for the community.

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Featuring gorgeous natural ravines, rolling hills and three beautifully designed wet ponds

Architectural styles also reflect the community’s Irish theme, following the British Isles tradition of emphasizing the natural features and unique setting, yet allowing for a refreshing diversity in home styles. The home designs reflect the beauty of surrounding landscape and with the use of architectural details, stone and a palette of deep, rich colours creating an interesting streetscape that has broad appeal. United has brought together an outstanding list of awardwinning home builders for Nolan Hill including Baywest Homes, Homes by Avi, Morrison Homes, Shane Homes, Sterling Homes and Trico Homes, which offer a wide range of floor plans and sizes to suit a variety of lifestyles from first-time to move-up buyers. “We’re really excited that our builders have had

showhomes open since May, and they are getting a tremendous response from new homebuyers who love the various designs and features,” LePan says. “We’re also excited that there will be more showhomes open next spring in Nolan Hill.” Homes in the first three phases are single-family homes featuring laned models starting in the $300,000s, and frontattached garage homes priced from the $380,000s to the $600,000s. Lot sizes range from 28 to 34-feet with many backing on or across from green space. “Phase 3 is now selling with the majority of lots approved for secondary suites,” LePan says. “Being able to offer a secondary suite option is important because it gives many homeowners help with paying their mortgage. It also means that homeowners can extend their living fall 2012 calgary communities 29


space to friends or family, without sacrificing privacy or independence.” Homebuyers will also be pleased to learn that “even more lots will soon be released for fall in the much anticipated Phase 5,” he says, which includes fabulous ridge lots. Residents who enjoy an active lifestyle will appreciate Nolan Hill offers acres of green space and parks, as well as its extensive linear pathway system that will wind its way through the community enticing people of all ages to get out for an evening stroll or morning bike ride. Along with the convenient access to the community amenities, such as the wet ponds, ravine and pathways, there are numerous playgrounds, school sites and playing fields planned. A major attraction to Nolan Hill is its location. It’s close to Shaganappi Trail, Stoney Trail, Sarcee Trail and Country Hills Boulevard offering ease of access to downtown, the airport, points across the city and out-of-town to the foothills and mountains. Residents will also be happy to learn that work on both Sarcee Trail and Shaganappi Trail, extending them to 144th Avenue N.W., is expected to be completed this fall. “This will open up convenient access routes making the community more accessible and make shopping at Beacon Hills Shopping, which has an array of big retailers such as

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Costco, groceries, shops, services and eateries only minutes away,” LePan says. Nolan Hill’s location also means residents can enjoy the convenience of having Stoney Trail close by so a wide range of amenities at Crowfoot, Creekside and CrossIron Mills shopping centres, and in Country Hills, are all just a short drive away. For more information about Nolan Hill, which upon completion is projected consist of more than 2,000 singleand multi-family homes, visit nolanhillunited.com.

Nolan Hill » Single-family homes featuring laned models starting in the $300,000s » Front-attached garage homes priced from the $380,000s to the mid $400,000s. » Lot sizes in the first two phases range from 28 to 34-feet


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SAGE MEADOWS

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picturesque community that embraces a piece of Calgary’s heritage and offers generous green space and tranquil natural setting is gaining the interest of new homebuyers in the city’s northwest. Sage Meadows, located between 128 and 144 Avenues off Symons Valley Road/ Beddington Trail, is being crafted by Genesis Land Development Corp. on 225 acres of historic ranch land and offering both single- and multi-family homes. The community is focusing on low-impact development and boasts an impressive 60 per cent or 140 acres dedicated to green space and wildlife reserve ensuring a beautiful natural setting for homeowners to enjoy. “We’re really excited about Sage Meadows because it really offers homebuyers a 31


park-like setting with generous green space and West Nose Creek flowing through the property,” says Olga Mardones, land marketing co-ordinator. “People really like the area and we’re getting a good response with steady traffic going through the showhomes.” Sage Meadows is home to eight ponds and a wetland area, wildlife reserve, cottonwood groves, grasslands and a future school site. An extensive pathway system being developed in the community – a major attraction for residents who are eager to get out for a stroll or bike ride to explore all this amazing area has to offer. “There are also no through roads, so all the traffic will be local creating a quiet neighbourhood, and with the natural environment that really appeals to residents who desire a laid-back lifestyle,” Mardones says. A unique aspect to this valley property is its heritage site – Christy Farmstead. “The original home is still on the site, and although it’s been added to over the years it is the only sandstone structure in Symons Valley,” Mardones says, adding the farmstead was used by drovers in the early 1900s as the last stop on their cattle drive before they made their way into Calgary. Sage Meadows also boasts a multitude of housing options to suit differing buyers’ needs and lifestyles. Single-family homes are being crafted by outstanding builders: Genesis Builders Group, Passion Homes, ReidBuilt Homes and Today’s Homes in Phases 1 and 2. These homes range from 1,700 to 2,800 sq. ft. on lots sized from 32- to 46-feet with prices starting in the $450,000s. Some homes back onto breathtaking water and green spaces that will have residents forgetting they are still living in the city, and the builders each have a showhome on parade at Sage Meadows Circle. Architecture styles in the community include English Country, French Country and North American Country and designed to provide a seamless match with the surrounding countryside and feature heritage-style garage doors, river rock gables and higher-peak roof lines. Countless earthtone stucco colour and stone options are available to create an interesting streetscape and allow for a buyer’s personal tastes and style to come through. Adding to a diverse housing offering is a collection of Brownstone townhomes, all of which are two-storey and range from 1,182 to 1,375 sq. ft. Each townhome comes with paved lane access and rear double garages. There are no condo fees and prices start at $349,500. Genesis is also excited about plans to offer an estate product in Phase 4, which will be a unique, isolated phase located half-way up the escarpment with the creek on the west and the wildlife corridor on the east. Lots will either back into the escarpment or walkouts and it’s anticipated to be launched in fall 2013. Another key attraction to buyers is Sage Meadows’s great location close to adjacent shopping at Creekside plaza that includes a Co-op grocery store, Shopper’s Drug Mart and many other shops, services and restaurants. It’s also just 32 calgary communities fall 2012


minutes to Stoney Trail, so residents can access even more shopping off Sarcee Trail where there is a Costco and multiple shops at Beacon Hill, and in nearby Country Hills where there is a Superstore, Sobeys, multi-theatre complex and recreation centre. As well, CrossIron Mills mall in Balzac is just a 10-minute drive away. Being situated along Symons Valley Road/Beddington Trail, Sage Meadows residents can access Deerfoot Trail, Stoney Trail and Country Hills Boulevard for easy routes to downtown, the airport and the mountains.

For more information on Sage Meadows, visit the four showhomes, which are open Monday to Thursday, 2-8 p.m., and weekends and holidays, noon-5 p.m. or visit genesisland.com.

Sage Meadows » On 225 acres of historic ranch land and is offering both single- and multi-family homes. » Homes range from 1,700 to 2,800 sq. ft. on lots sized from 32- to 46-feet. » prices starting in the $450,000s including home, lot and GST. » Architecture styles in the community include English Country, French Country and North American Country. » Great location close to adjacent shopping at Creekside plaza. fall 2012 calgary communities 33


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PANORAMA HILLS

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ew homebuyers who dream of raising a family in one of northwest Calgary’s most popular communities will want to make it a reality soon before the final phases are built out. Crafted on 900-acre in the city’s northwest by Genstar Development Company, Panorama Hills is an established community that offers plentiful opportunities for recreation, entertainment and shopping making it ideal for families and people of all ages. “We are now moving into our last few phases of development in Panorama Hills, so we’re nearing the last opportunity for people to get into this incredible community,”

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says Genstar’s development manager Paul Boskovich. “We’re getting down to the last chance to build in Panorama so now’s the time to check it out.” Genstar is releasing lots in Phase 58 and 59 introducing a new product from Cardel Homes and Excel Homes,” he says. “For people seeking single-family homes, these phases will feature smaller double front-attached garage homes providing affordability in the move-up market. “There is also a nice lot selection available in Phase 58 and 59 and Cardel and Excel are crafting some exciting new designs,” says Boskovich, adding people can view various designs by visiting the four showhomes. In the multi-family market, Rockford Developments continues to sell townhomes in Panorama Hills, and Cardel Lifestyles is offering apartment-style condominiums at Panorama West. Both developments are being well-received by buyers and are available at an affordable price point. As for estate homes, there are still some lots available with homes being crafted by Cedarglen Homes and Landmark Homes. “They each have a showhome open, but we’re really coming down the final opportunity to build in Panatella Estates,” Boskovich says.


“Panorama is the largest community population-wise in Calgary, which gives you an idea of its success and after this year, we’ll really only have Cardel and Excel with the smaller single-family lots and the multi-family product, so buyers will need to move quickly before the product they desire is sold out in this very popular community,” Boskovich says. One of the key attractions to buying in Panorama Hills is that residents are buying into an established community with already developed schools, parks, pathways, tot lots and a nearby golf course. And many people love the community’s natural setting that includes Beddington Creek, which meanders through the area, neighbourhood ponds, rolling valleys, plentiful green space and picturesque views of Symons Valley and Nose Hill Park. At the Panorama Hills e-Community Centre residents can enjoy leisure and recreational facilities, including a private residents’ building. The landscaped grounds feature a water spray park, playground and park space, a picnic

area, a beach volleyball court, a hard court play area with basketball hoops, a skating area and more. Residents are also thrilled with having the convenience of a local shopping centre, the Gates of Panorama Hills, which offers a mix of shops, services and restaurants, including a Rexall pharmacy and Tim Horton’s, plus construction is slated to begin soon on a Save-On-Foods grocery store. There is also a wide range of shops, services and other amenities just minutes away in Country Hills, including major big box retailers, grocery stores, coffee shops, restaurants, a multi-screen cinema theatre and more, as well the CrossIron Mills mall in Balzac and Creekside Plaza in Symons Valley are both just a short drive away. Residents also have easy access to major routes such as Stoney Trail, Country Hills Boulevard and Deerfoot Trail making it a snap to get to the airport, downtown, across town and out of town. There is also transit available at the nearby park ‘n’ ride lot that offers express buses downtown. For more information on Panorama Hills, visit the showhomes, open Monday to Thursday, 2-8 p.m., and weekends and holidays, noon-5 p.m., or visit panoramaliving.ca.

Panorama Hills » Panorama Hills is an established community that offers plentiful opportunities for recreation, entertainment and shopping » Panorama Hills is that residents are buying into an established community. » New showhomes now open by Cardel Homes and Excel Homes. » At the Panorama Hills e-Community Centre residents can enjoy leisure and recreational facilities.

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Mortgage Finesse

Why you should use a mortgage broker by JASON ELDRIDGE your financing via phone, fax and/or email. Generally speaking, you can be pre-approved for mortgage financing the same day you apply.

For years, people wishing to purchase or refinance a home have always gone to the same place… their bank. Is this the best option for everyone? Not necessarily, but it is the one option that most people have been aware of, or felt obligated to use – perhaps until now. In the past, mortgage brokers were often called upon in cases where the client(s) did not qualify under traditional criteria, or they needed money quickly, and hence had to borrow from a “loan shark.” While mortgage brokers still assist clients with bruised credit or other qualifying challenges, the vast majority of our clientele is made up of clients just like yourself, with good job stability and excellent credit.

So why exactly should you contact a mortgage broker? Firstly (and probably the biggest reason for most clients) – rate, rate, rate! When you go to your bank, more times than not, you will be put into the common situation of having to negotiate with your banker for a better rate. When you work with a broker, if you qualify for the best rates (based on your credit history), you automatically get the best rates. And the best part is, it doesn’t cost you a thing. There is no charge for our service and no negotiation is required. Just remember, even a .25-per-cent lower rate can save you thousands of dollars in interest over your mortgage term. Secondly, you have more lenders and options to choose from. When you go to your bank, you have access only to their suite of mortgage products. Mortgage brokers have access to more than 30 lenders, including many of the chartered banks, so we have access to a vast array of mortgage options to suit your particular needs and goals. While there can be subtle differences, something such as better prepayment privileges may be a reason for choosing one institution over another. Thirdly, mortgage brokers cater to your schedule, not the other way around. Don’t you enjoy the process of calling your bank and then you are told that they can’t see you for a week or so because they are already “booked up” with appointments? Mortgage brokers will meet with you where and when you prefer, or at the very least offer you the convenience of arranging

Finally, mortgage specialists are able to offer their clients a more relaxed qualifying process. If you don’t happen to meet all of your banks’ criteria, they will often turn you away, whereas a broker will continue to source your application to as many lenders as required to find you the financing you require based on your personal situation. If you are looking for a change, and would like to experience the convenience and value of working with a dedicated mortgage professional, ensure that they have their proper accreditation. As a mortgage planner working with Axiom Mortgage Solutions, I am governed by the Alberta Mortgage Brokers Association (AMBA), and the Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA). As always, I welcome any questions or comments you may have regarding the information contained in my articles. Until next month…

Jason Eldridge P.F.P, B.Admin Mortgage Specialist, Axiom Mortgage Solutions (formerly Unisource Mortgage) Cell 403.630.1718 Fax 866.708.5807 Email jason@axiommortgage.ca Web/apply online jason.axiommortgage.ca 36 calgary communities fall 2012


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Community Profile

EVANSRIDGE

Buyers love living on the ridge in

EvansRidge by HEATHER RYAN

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iving on the ridge just keeps getting better with the addition of more land, lots and housing choices for northwest Calgary’s EvansRidge. “We’re really excited about getting approval from the city to bring on 16 additional acres in the community next year,” says Cheryl Heilman, marketing co-ordinator for Dundee Developments, “This allows us to offer lots for 35 townhomes and 41 single-family homes, and we’re really pleased that in this new area we have zoning for a day care site.” Heilman says there is also more exciting news for homebuyers with the release of Phase 5 lots to Westview Homes’ new home division called Red Door Homes, who now have 12 lots backing onto green space. “As well, Morrison Homes and Innovations by Jayman have new Phase 5 lots to build their lane product that was wildly successful in Phase 1,” she says. “These homes have either a rear lane garage or a single-car front-attached garage on narrow lots offering affordability for first-time homebuyers. “And for estate buyers, Calbridge Homes has purchased additional lots and are building on the ridge with fabulous views of Symons Valley. They’re building an interesting product that is perfect for buyers looking for a three-car garage with a walkout.” Heilman says Dundee is thrilled to be able to offer new homebuyers a wide range of housing product in EvansRidge including townhomes that start in the $280,000s, lane homes with or without a rear garage, front-attached garage homes and estates – these single-family home styles start in the $310,000s with estates on the ridge starting in the $600,000s. The various home styles and price points appeal to everyone from first-time homebuyers and those looking to move-up to a larger home to people who desire luxurious living. “It’s really great to have such a diverse range of home styles in the

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community and we’re getting a great response from people; they love that they can remain in the community and move up as their family grows,” she says. “We have an assortment of lots available in Phases 1, 2 and 3, and we’ve released new lots in Phases 4 and 5 giving buyers a terrific selection from the 25-foot lots up to larger 48 foot lots.” EvansRidge presents an outstanding builder’s group that includes Calbridge’s estate homes; Morrison, Red Door Homes, Landmark Homes, Innovations by Jayman, Genesis Builders Group and Stepper Custom Homes, all offering singlefamily lane or garage homes; and Homes by Avi, offering single-family homes and townhomes. There are 15 showhomes in EvansRidge, including the first showhomes in the community by Stepper and Westview’s Red Door. “The showhomes are located on different blocks throughout EvansRidge


so rather than just visiting one showhome parade location buyers get an opportunity to really see what the community looks like when they travel between the showhomes,” says Heilman. “We’re very proud of EvansRidge because this is the first community Dundee Developments has developed in northwest Calgary, and we take pride in doing things right, such as having paved back alleys and high architectural controls that will maintain the value of the homes in the community and present an interesting streetscape,” she says. “The builders also offer diverse designs, different colour schemes and materials that really lend itself to creating beautiful streets, and we’re introducing some innovative product and a variety of product so there’s really something for everyone.” Buyers will also appreciate the location as the area is abundant with environmental reserves, green space, pathways and beautiful views of the ponds, Heilman says. “We also have amenities such as tot lots, soccer fields and a future school site. “It’s truly a stunning area; the best of prairie life overlooking a beautiful valley, and it has great access,” she says. It’s just minutes to Stoney Trail, Deerfoot Trail, Beddington Trail and Country Hills Boulevard for ease of getting to the airport, downtown, around the city and out of town. EvansRidge is also close to shopping, including major grocery and drug stores, eateries and services in the nearby Creekside shopping centre, and a vast range of shops, services and restaurants at CrossIron Mills shopping mall and in Country Hills and Beacon Hills, which are all just a short drive away. For more information on EvansRidge, visit the showhomes, open Monday to Thursday, 2-8 p.m., and weekends and holidays, noon-5 p.m., or visit www.lifeontheridge.ca.

EvansRidge presents an outstanding builder’s group that includes Calbridge’s estate homes; Morrison, Red Door Homes, Landmark Homes, Innovations by Jayman, Genesis Builders Group and Stepper Custom Homes.

EvansRidge » 170 lots in northwest Calgary » Beautiful piece of rolling land overlooking the west » Eight Premium Builders

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Community Profile

SAGE HILL

Homebuyers relax in the natural beauty of United’s

Sage Hill by Heather Ryan

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estled in the scenic rolling hills of Symons Valley with natural ravines and breathtaking mountain views as a backdrop, Sage Hill presents a relaxing lifestyle for homebuyers in northwest Calgary. Sage Hill, being developed by United Communities on more than 300 acres, offers the feeling of living in the country, yet has the conveniences of the city close at hand, and will eventually be home to more than 1,600 single- and multi-family homes. “We’re getting a great response to Sage Hill from people who are attracted to the natural setting and amenities,” says Steve LePan, marketing director with United Communities. “It’s a young community that is appealing to a diverse group of buyers who enjoy an active lifestyle and spending quality time outdoors. “It’s very picturesque with the ravines and green space that we’ve kept in its natural state,” he says, adding there is also an abundance of parks, playgrounds and pathways that link up to and go around a naturalized pond that is often frequented by wildlife. Sage Hill makes a dramatic statement along the entry boulevard with Homes by Avi Concept Homes, which offer

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a departure from the usual single-family look featuring contemporary designs with flush front garages and a bright and rich colour palate for an eye-catching streetscape. Homes throughout the community feature Tudor, Arts and Crafts, French Country and Colonial Revival architectural styles that are highlighted by stone and brick detailing, steep roof pitches, batten and shakes, and there are a variety of elevations available. Sage Hill presents an impressive list of single-family home builders as Homes by Avi is joined by Excel Homes, Morrison Homes, Shane Homes, Sterling Homes, Today’s Homes and Trico Homes that offer a wide variety of floor plans and sizes to suit every lifestyle from first-time and move-up buyers to empty-nesters and those downsizing. “We’re also excited to welcome Pacesetter Homes, which has two new showhomes now open on Sage Berry Way in Phase 7,” LePan says. Single-family home styles include those with front attached garages, detached garages and duplexes, in a mix of two-storey and bungalow styles ranging from 1,360 sq. ft. to upwards of 2,700 sq. ft. with starter homes beginning in the low $300,000s and move-ups starting in the $380,000s.


New homebuyers can see the various home styles first-hand by visiting the numerous showhomes located throughout the community. There is also a wide selection of lot styles currently being sold in Phases 5, 6 and the final Phase 7, ranging from 24- to 39-feet wide and include walkouts, those backing onto the ravine and green space, quiet cul-de-sacs and spacious pie lots. There are also two multi-family developments available in Sage Hill – Sage.Stone has a mix of one- and two-storey townhomes in Phase 7 starting at $179,900 (visit them at livesagestone.com); and Sonoma at Sage Hill is now selling townhomes starting from $252,900 in Phase 1(visit them at sonomasagehill.com). Along with the inviting natural setting, residents appreciate that

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Sage Hill is conveniently located off 144 Ave. N.W. and Beddington Trail/Symons Valley Road offering ease of access to downtown, the airport, across the city and to the mountains with major routes such as Stoney Trail, Country Hills Boulevard and Deerfoot Trail all within easy reach. Residents will also be happy to learn that work on both Sarcee Trail and Shaganappi Trail, extending them to 144th Avenue N.W., is expected to be completed this fall providing residents in Sage Hill with more shopping and amenity options, as well as transportation corridors. An added benefit to residents is the availability of transit service in the community, LePan says. Sage Hill’s great location allows residents to enjoy the convenience of having an array of shops, services, groceries and eateries at Creekside Shopping Centre just up the road, a vast selection of stores at the CrossIron Mills mall about 10 minutes away in Balzac, as well as more amenities in Country Hills and Beacon Hills.

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Many new homebuyers will also appreciate that an emergency services/fire hall building has already been crafted by Shane Homes for United Communities serving Sage Hill and nearby communities. For more information about Sage Hill, visit the showhomes, open Monday to Thursday, 2-8 p.m., and weekends and holidays, noon to 5 p.m., or check out sagehillunited.com.

Sage Hill » Sage Hill, being developed by United Communities on more than 300 acres off 144 Avenue and Beddington Trai » Starter homes beginning in the low $300,000s and move-ups starting in the $380,000s. » A mix of two-storey and bungalow styles ranging from 1,360 sq. ft. to upwards of 2,700 sq. ft


Trendspotting

A real hoot! by Sara Duck

Retro Owl Pillow. $69. Visit mobilia.ca

Owl Globe. $39. Visit chapters.indigo.ca

Owl Ceramic Salt and Pepper Set.

Painted Owl Wallpaper.

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You may have noticed that owls, the solitary, nocturnal, flat-faced birds are having a bit of a moment.

The avian craze that has been going strong for a few years now has spun a plethora of off-shoots, including an homage to crows and parrots. But lately we have seen a trend towards owl everything – and we dig it. This, however, does not give you license to fill your entire house with these feathered friends. Instead, think of incorporating this look in the kitchen with a set of salt and pepper shakers, accent wallpaper in the den or a whimsical globe for the home office. Less is definitely more!

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Community Profile

EVANSVIEW

Buyers delighted to move on up to

Genstar’s Evansview by HEATHER RYAN

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ffering upscale living in an exclusive area has proven to be a hit with new homebuyers who are delighted to move on up to Evansview in northwest Calgary. Perched on a hillside in scenic Symons Valley, Evansview is being crafted by Genstar Development Company in a corner of Evanston that features semi-estate single-family homes and upscale townhomes. “We’re creating an exclusive enclave of upscale homes with only 140 sites, so it’s a small community that provides an intimate feel and we’re very pleased with the response we’re getting and how sales are progressing,” says Genstar’s development manager Paul Boskovich. “We’re providing an upgraded, move-up exclusive product for homebuyers and it’s been very successful overall,” he says, noting the upscale townhome project crafted by Homes by Avi – the 60-unit Prospect Ridge – is sold out. “People really like the community because it’s a premium opportunity to buy an affordable upscale home in the popular northwest and it’s a terrific location, close to essential services and major transportation routes.” Cardel Homes, the exclusive single-family builder in Phase 1, “has experienced lots of excitement in their

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product,” Boskovich says, noting the builder is crafting eye-catching designs with appealing details and styles to suit the tastes of buyers looking for a higher-end product. Cardel, which has two showhomes, is offering a terrific price point starting from the $450,000s and each Cardel home includes landscaping on their lots with two-zone front irrigation, trees and maintenance of the lawns for the first year. “The architecture, designs and landscaping add a tremendous amount of value to the community and gives the community the look and feel of estate-style housing without the high price point,” Boskovich says. Meanwhile, Genstar is thrilled to add Arcuri Homes in Phase 2, which will be building semi-estate homes in this 32-lot phase in Evansview starting this fall. “We’re currently servicing Phase 2 and Arcuri is building a showhome and I think homebuyers will be very excited about what they will bring to the market,” Boskovich says. Homes throughout Evansview feature Craftsman, Prairie and European Traditional architectural styles, and coupled with quality building materials, they “create a very dramatic streetscape that is really appealing to buyers.”


Buyers are also delighted with the large lots and great lot selection. The lots range from 36- to 44-feet and some lots will back onto the escarpment and the West Nose Creek environmental reserve. “The community is surrounded on the west by green space, with unencumbered views of the valley from higher elevations,” Boskovich says. Genstar has also crafted an upgraded entry feature “that will make a statement for Evansview,” and is providing homeowners with backyard fencing. Adding to this, Evansview offers an abundance of green space and Genstar has developed the parks and pathways in the community that also link to pathways throughout neighbouring Evanston allowing residents to access four lushly landscaped ponds and numerous parks and playgrounds. Pathways also link residents to nearby local shops and services at the Creekside shopping centre, which is within a 10-minute walk or just a few minutes drive away, and features Shopper’s Drug Mart and a Co-op grocery store, as well as coffee shops, restaurants and an array of professional services.

Evansview is conveniently located within easy access to major routes such as Stoney Trail, Symons Valley Road, Beddington Trail, Country Hills Boulevard and Deerfoot Trail ensuring quick commutes to downtown, the airport, across town and out to the mountains. Residents are also just minutes from CrossIron Mills mall in Balzac, and shopping centres in Country Hills and Beacon Hills where they can enjoy a wide range of shops, services, eateries, entertainment and more. For more information about Evansview, visit the showhomes or sales centres, open Monday to Thursday, 2-8 p.m., and weekends and holidays, noon-5 p.m., or visit evansviewliving.ca.

Evansview » Perched on a hillside in scenic Symons Valley. » An exclusive enclave of upscale homes with only 140 sites. » Located within easy access to major routes. » Local shops and services at the Creekside shopping centre.

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Designer Tips

Make the most of your home office

FOR MOST OF US, THE HOME OFFICE IS A MUST, BUT IT doesn’t have to be the cluttered storage room for all

your household’s odds and ends. Today’s home offices can be versatile in look, function, form – even location. Frank Turco, senior manager of trend and design, The Home Depot Canada, recommends these tips to make your home office work for you. Two rooms in one If your home doesn’t have a dedicated office, incorporating a workstation into the kitchen can easily be done. Plus, the easy access to the workstation ensures you can keep your eyes on the “staff” while they play close by. Creatively categorize Take the pegboard out of the garage and use it in your 46 CALGARY COMMUNITIES FALL 2012

office to hang essentials – from scissors to staplers. Try painting the pegboard a bright colour to add a touch of décor to the space. Out of space Look to better organize your workstation. If the base of your computer is only accessed for trouble-shooting, place it under your desk. Need to print on a daily basis? Keep your printer within reach. How about more space and storage? Consider storage solutions that are both functional and stylish. Or out of mind Would you prefer your home office is out of sight and out of mind when not in use? Then an unused closet may make the perfect space. Simply add shelving to create storage and a desk and wallpaper to finish the look. NC


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SHOWHOMES: 1901-1903 Riverside Dr. NW DEVELOPER: WestView Builders BUILDER: WestView Builders

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SHOWHOMES: Montgomery Way SE DEVELOPER: Dundee Developments BUILDER: WestView Builders, Lifestyle Homes, Crossley Homes, Statesman

HAWKS LANDING

DEVELOPER: Hopewell Residential Communities BUILDERS: Prominent Homes, Baywood Estate Homes, Trickle Creek Custom Homes, Wolf Custom Homes, Thompson Luxury Homes, Bradmar Homes, Baywest Homes www.hawkslanding.ca

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RIVERWOOD

THE RANCH AT HERITAGE POINTE

SHOWHOMES: 725 and 821 3rd Street SW DEVELOPER: Riverwood Estates Inc. BUILDERS: Lifestyle Homes, Sheep River Homes, Woodmaster Homes

DEVELOPER: Upper Lakes Group Inc. BUILDERS: Astoria Custom Homes

RIVERWOOD ESTATES

BUILDERS: Compass Rose Homes, Sheep River Homes

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Airdrie

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SHOWHOMES: Bayside Circle SW, Baywater Crescent DEVELOPER: Genesis Land Development Corp. BUILDER: Genesis Builders Group, McKee Homes, Coco Homes, Sovereign Homes www.genesisland.com

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Community Profile

Hillcrest in Airdrie

Excitement rises in Hillcrest by Heather Ryan

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ith the release of a stellar new housing product, gorgeous new park lots and the development of the first of many parks, there is plenty of excitement cresting on the hill in Airdrie. APEX Developments has recently launched Phase 3 in Hillcrest, which is located on the highest point in southwest Airdrie, offering 85 lots including 17 lots that back onto a new park expected to be completed by the end of September. “These park lots are wonderful pieshaped lots located on the cul-de-sac, which are really attractive to buyers, and they’re averaging 38- and 40feet,” says Susan Henderson, senior development manager at APEX. “In this new phase there are a limited number of these lots that back on the park, which offers a large green space with two play areas – one geared for youngsters age two to five,

and the other for kids five to 12 years of age – for families to enjoy.” She says APEX is also excited about the launch of a new duplex housing product with single-car front-attached garages being built by Excel Homes. “Excel has done an amazing job in creating a really nice looking duplex product and they’re getting a great response from people,” Henderson says. Having the duplexes brings additional affordability to the community as they start in the $280,000s and new homebuyers can check out the two duplex showhomes, which opened in early summer. Adding the park lots and duplex lots to the existing lot inventory “means we now have three different product lines that will appeal to everyone from first-time to move-up buyers,” she says. Excel also joins Shane Homes and Trico Homes in building single-family homes with front-attached double-car garages in Hillcrest, ranging from 1,700 sq. ft. to just under 3,000 sq. ft. and priced from the $360,000s. “The builders have a really good selection of styles and floor plans available and buyers are really getting a lot of square footage for a very good price,” Henderson says, noting people can view the various models by visiting the six showhomes. Since opening showhomes in April 2010, Hillcrest “has been very well received in Airdrie because of its extensive landscaping and gorgeous entry feature that give the community an estate feel,” she says. Hillcrest welcomes home residents with a stunning, architecturally-styled entrance, which includes a grand 22-ft. tall stone tower and gatehouse that makes a visual impact and is a focal point in the community.

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“These park lots are wonderful pie-shaped lots located on the cul-de-sac, which are really attractive to buyers, and they’re the largest lots available in the community averaging 38- and 40- feet,� says Susan Henderson, senior development manager at APEX

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The entry also complements the community’s natural topography and architectural styling that includes Arts and Crafts, Craftsman, Prairie and Tudor, which reflect a rich colour palette and natural elements of masonry and woodworking. Henderson says homes throughout Hillcrest are being built to architectural guidelines to ensure an esthetically-pleasing streetscape with a focus on modern luxury and classic charm. “The application of the specific style elements helps to establish a sense of structure, identity, continuity and cohesiveness in Hillcrest, and adds value to the community,” she says. The community also presents an abundance of green space and parks, with an extensive pathway system, a storm water pond, and plazas within the parks that will act as gathering places encouraging residents to get out and socialize with their neighbours. Located in southwest Airdrie on 8th Street, south of the future 40th Avenue, Hillcrest is just a few minutes drive from a wide range of shops, services, restaurants, coffee shops and big box retailers, and residents have easy access to nearby CrossIron Mills shopping mall. Residents will also appreciate having quick

access to Hwy. 2 (QEII) and Stoney Trail for ease of getting to the airport, commuting to downtown Calgary and heading out to the mountains. One of Airdrie’s most exciting new communities, Hillcrest is situated on 146 acres and will consist of approximately 600 single-family homes, 150 duplex homes and 100 townhomes once completed. Future phases will also offer buyers downtown and mountain views. For more information on Hillcrest, visit the eight showhomes open Monday to Thursday, 2-8 p.m., and weekends and holidays, noon-5 p.m., or visit www.hillcrestairdrie.com.

Hillcrest » Hillcrest is on the highest point in Airdrie » The community has also been designed with a lot of cul de sacs » Located on 8th Street, south of the future 40th Avenue

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Community Profile

BAYSIDE

Genesis presents tranquil living along Bayside canals in Airdrie

Bayside in Airdrie by HEATHER RYAN

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ranquil living by the waterfront lures many new homebuyers to Bayside in Airdrie. Masterfully crafted by Genesis Land Development Corp., Bayside flows alongside six kilometres of canals, with numerous parks, walking and bike paths and a five-acre lake creating a peaceful cottage-like atmosphere where residents can unwind after a hectic day. “Bayside’s water-theme really appeals to a wide range of buyers from young families to retirees,” says Olga Mardones, land marketing co-ordinator, adding the canals are an attractive amenity where people can canoe or kayak in the summer and skate in the winter. “It’s not surprising to see people of all ages out for a stroll on pathways alongside the canals, enjoying the area’s natural beauty. “It’s really a beautiful, laid-back community with

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a small-town feel and it’s so popular with buyers that Bayside 7 is selling fast with only a limited number of lots remaining,” Mardones says. “Bayside 9 is also getting a great response because it has water all around it except for the entry point.” Couple this scenic waterside setting with a fabulous line-up of homes that is available to a wide range of new homebuyers from young families to those looking for luxury, and you have a community that offers a winning combination — and it’s all within a 15-minute drive of Calgary. Bayside 7 offers new homebuyers versatile designs with narrower lots for semi-detached and single-family homes. Among the lots still available in this phase are walkouts and those backing onto green space. Builders in


Bayside 7 include Genesis Builder Group, Sovereign Homes and Vanity Homes. Bayside 9 presents waterfront living at its finest with large executive style bungalows and two-storey homes on wide rectangular or pie-shaped single-family walkout or level lots with most backing directly onto a Canal waterway or green space. Builders in Bayside 9 include Coco Homes, Genesis Builder Group and McKee Homes. They have showhomes on Bayside Circle. “We’re also excited about Canals 6, a new phase that we’re currently servicing and lots should be released by theend of the year,” Mardones says, adding the builders for the phase have yet to be finalized. “This is a mixed phase as it offers product for everyone with duplexes, frontattached garage homes and estates.”

There will be 40 lots for duplexes, ranging between 28- and 30-feet, the move-up homes with front-attached garages will have lots ranging from 40- to 44-feet and back onto water; and the estate lots will have side garages, some being walkouts, ranging from 62- to 64-feet and back onto water. Architecturally, Bayside presents a Maritime theme that borrows elements of design from styles such as Arts and Crafts, so homes reflect the look and feel of a seaside resort highlighted by steep roof pitches, decorative trim and welcoming front verandas. Along with the diverse housing product, water features and green space, Bayside has sites established for two schools, including the already opened K-4 Nose Creek Elementary School, and two commercial sites.

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As well, the integrated pathway system with stunning arched bridges crossing the canals connects the community, linking it to large greens space, Nose Creek Elementary School and sports fields located in the centre of the community. This makes Bayside “one of the hottest communities in Airdrie,” Mardones says. A major draw to Bayside is its location. “We have easy access to Yankee Valley Boulevard and the QE2 (Hwy. 2/ Deerfoot), and we’re minutes to CrossIron Mills mall, plus it’s just a short commute to Calgary,” Mardones says. “Everything is close in Airdrie. There is awesome shopping with big retailers, such as Superstore and Wal-Mart, and many smaller businesses, plus there are numerous services and recreational amenities.” Genesis is also ensuring people get out and be active within the Airdrie community with Genesis Place, which includes six pools, a water slide, gymnasium, a 13,000 sq.

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ft. fitness centre, two indoor fieldhouses, a state-of-the-art gymnastics facility and a 200-metre indoor running track. The next phase of the Genesis Place complex will house two indoor ice surfaces. For more information on Bayside, visit the showhomes, open Monday to Thursday, 2-8 p.m., and weekends and holidays, noon-5 p.m., or visit genesisland.com

Bayside » 6 km of Canals with 2 lakes. » Pathways and Green space galore including water features and bridges. » Close to all amenities and minutes from Cross Iron Mills » Elementary School right in the community. » Short commute to Calgary.


Trendspotting

get cosy by Sara Duck

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It’s that time of year again, when the warmer days yield to crisper nights and your décor cravings lean towards fall colours and heavier fabrics. While it would be nice to be able to change up the décor in your home every season, budgets always take priority, so we like the idea of incorporating just a couple of fall-inspired accent pieces to the main rooms of your home. A great and fairly inexpensive piece to update your space with is a throw or decorative blanket. This season there is a real nod towards handmade, personalized materials, with throws made in everything from crochet to thick cable knit. These fun fabrics can add just the right pop of colour to a room and usher in a new season in a subtle way. 1Q  uirky Heirloom Throw. $238. Visit anthropologie.com

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3C  able Knit Throw in Moss Green. $70. Visit chapters.indigo.ca

4C  rochet-Trimmed Wool Throw. $60. Visit homesense.ca

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DEVELOPER: MLC Land Company BUILDERS: Elite Homes, Pacesetter Homes, Trico Homes

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DEVELOPER: Qualico Communities BUILDERS: Broadview Homes, NuVista Homes, Pacesetter Homes, Innovations by Jayman, Trico Homes


Community Profile

SKYVIEW RANCH

Walton’s SkyView Ranch a hit with homebuyers by HEATHER RYAN

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ith its abundance of parks and pathways, great transportation routes, diverse housing styles and neighbourhood conveniences, SkyView Ranch in Calgary’s “New North” continues to be a hit with new homebuyers. Launched in 2009 by Walton Development and Management, SkyView Ranch was the second fastest growing community (based on building permits) in Calgary last year and it continues to be a popular choice for people from young singles and couples to families and empty nesters. “We’re really excited that 2012 has been one of our best years for sales in the community,” says marketing manager Kendra Milne. “There has been a tremendous amount of growth in SkyView Ranch because homebuyers recognized its potential.

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“We had a very big landscaping push this spring and summer with parks, pathways and boulevards being sodded and trees planted throughout,” she says. “We find that a lot of people get a better feel for how the community will look once the landscaping is done and because of that we’re seeing an increase in people visiting and buying in SkyView.” Landscaping is also nearly completed on the two future school sites and playing fields opening up various recreational opportunities for residents. “We’re also excited to be part of the city’s Greenway project, which is like a pathway ring road, it will run around the city with access points to link to downtown and other developing communities,” Milne says. “It’s under construction right now and is going to run through our community. It’s really incredible and a huge benefit for our residents.” It’s also one of several initiatives Walton has undertaken to provide residents with sought-after amenities. For example, SkyView Ranch already has its own fire station thanks to a partnership between Walton, Shane Homes and the city, and a partnership with Walton and Calgary Transit provides bus service to the area years earlier than originally planned. “We’re on the verge of tremendous growth in north Calgary and people are choosing to buy in SkyView Ranch because it’s an ideal choice – it’s an already established

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community with infrastructure, parks and pathways, neighbourhood conveniences and amenities already in place, and employment opportunities nearby,” Milne says, noting work is already underway on an adjacent commercial development that will result in more shopping and employment possibilities for residents. Adding to the community’s appeal is its diverse mix of housing styles and price points. “Our builders offer buyers plenty of choice from a $150,000 condo to a $500,000 home with front-attached garage, and everything in between, so there’s something for everyone,” Milne says. “We also have a rental project being developed by Age Care, which offers different levels of care with first phase slated to open this fall; a new housing product – zero lot line – coming later this year with an affordable starting price point; and a new townhome project.” Walton has also released the final phase for the frontattached garage homes and there is one more phase of rear lane homes expected to be released in 2013 featuring homes by Innovations by Jayman and Creations by Shane Homes. More multi-family choices by Lionsworthe Homes and Truman Homes will also be coming on stream in the future. Currently, SkyView Ranch has an amazing 29 showhomes by Shane Homes, Morrison Homes, Pacesetter Homes, Excel Homes, Creations by Shane Homes, Lionsworthe Homes and Innovations by Jayman. There are


also townhomes and apartment-style condos in projects by, The Partners Development Group and Truman Homes. The community boasts a number of green spaces, including a two-acre park as you enter the community, which includes park benches, a playground and two basketball courts, and a linear park where residents can enjoy mountain and city views off in the distance. SkyView Station offers residents the convenience of neighbourhood shopping and they have excellent access to a range of shops and services at CrossIron Mills mall, and in nearby Country Hills and SaddleRidge areas. With Stoney Trail, Metis Trail and Country Hills Boulevard at the doorstep and a quick connection to Deerfoot Trail residents have easy access anywhere in the city, and it’s a short drive to the new North LRT station and the airport. “SkyView Ranch offers people a new and unique residential option in north Calgary, and our buyers love the location, the amenities and services, and our prices are fantastic,” Milne says. “They’re really starting to see the value of living in the community that has so much potential.” For more information about SkyView Ranch, visit the showhomes, open Monday to Thursday, 2-8 p.m., and weekends and holidays, noon-5 p.m., or visit liveatskyview.ca.

Skyview Ranch » Excellent access to a variety of shopping areas » Variety of housing options as well as employment and recreation opportunities » A future school site and community centre are also in the works » There is also a number of connecting road arteries, ensuring residents easy access to work downtown.

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Community Profile

saddlestone

Genesis creates a walkable, environmentally-friendly community with

Saddlestone by heather ryan

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pedestrian- and environmentally-friendly community in northeast Calgary that also offers an array of amenities is proving to be a hit with

buyers. “People are really attracted to the walkability of Saddlestone and with Phases I and 2 complete they’ve been eagerly anticipating the launch of Phases 3 and 4, which we’ve just released,” says Olga Mardones, land marketing co-ordinator for Genesis Land Development Corp., creators of Saddlestone. “Saddlestone is really a beautiful area, especially if you love the outdoors and it’s 60 calgary communities fall 2012

been very successful; it really sells itself.” Saddlestone presents peaceful living and walkability largely due to its “fused grid” design, a concept that combines inner-city street grid patterns with the curvilinear streets of suburban lifestyle to provide unparalleled balance between vehicle and pedestrian routes. “The goal of the design is a better balance between providing efficient routes for vehicular traffic and providing safe opportunities for pedestrian activities within neighborhoods,” she says. “It reduces the amount of asphalt and environmental impact in the area, further


immerses residents in untouched, natural beauty and increases the amount of pathways and access to pathways. “The fused grid plan embraces the principles of sustainability, and offers more green spaces, and better quality of life,” she says. Virtually every resident will be able to see and have access to park areas from their sidewalk, plus the design encourages walking and biking. “It promotes tranquil and safe neighbourhoods, creates more opportunity for families and children to enjoy green spaces and increases the potential for social interaction,” Mardones says. “You can drive into the community any

evening and you’ll see people outside walking on the pathways or the wide sidewalks – it’s really great.” The intricate pathway system in Saddlestone allows everyone to see and access the four community parks and other great amenities with ease, including two ponds with seating areas, a playground, soccer fields, ball diamonds and the future school site. In keeping with its “green” theme, Saddlestone features rain gardens designed to filter runoff pollutants, conserve water and foster an environment for the creation of plant habitats. fall 2012 calgary communities 61


New homebuyers will discover a variety of lots available in this 1,900-lot community with home styles designed for the single-family market. Saddlestone has a total of 132 lots available in the newly released Phases 3 and 4 including walkouts, those backing onto green space and on cul-de-sacs. Some lots in Phase 4 also overlook a rain garden. Buyers can also choose from a number of different models presented by the Phase 3 and 4 builders: Genesis Builders Group, Klair Custom Homes and Vanity Homes. Single-family homes in the community start in the $400,000s including lot and GST, and range from 1,300 to 2,400 sq. ft. Three new showhomes are being built and expected to open in late September on Saddle Lake Drive. There are also two multi-family projects slated for Saddlestone. Construction has started on the Saffron, a 29unit townhome complex starting at $249,900. The Gardens, a no condo fee project, will start at $329,900, and will consist of 15 townhomes with rear drive garages fronting onto a park. Construction on the Gardens is expected to begin later this year. Location is also another major selling point in Saddlestone. The pathway system allows residents to walk to amenities including a Safeway, restaurants and other shops. Residents are also within walking distance

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of the Westwinds LRT extension and it’s close to Stoney Trail, Falconridge Boulevard and 80 Avenue N.E for ease of getting downtown and to other parts of the city. As well, residents are thrilled the nearby Genesis Centre of Community Wellness is complete and open to the public. This fabulous centre includes a YMCA, library, indoor pool and major gymnasiums for indoor sports. For more details about the centre, visit neccs.ca. For more information about Saddlestone, visit the showhomes, open Monday to Thursday, 2-8 p.m., and weekends and holidays, noon-5 p.m., or check out genesisland.com.

Saddlestone » Saddlestone presents tranquil living and walkability largely due to its “fused grid” design » Saddlestone has 30- to 38-foot lots in current and upcoming phases with choices such as walkouts, lots backing onto green space, on cul-de-sacs and backing onto the pond. » Single-family homes in the community start in the $400,000s including lot and GST, and range from 1,300 to 2,400 sq. ft.


Home Buyers’ Help

CALCULATE YOUR MORTGAGE PAYMENTS CALCULATE YOUR MORTGAGE PAYMENTS MONTHLY PRE-TAX INCOME

DIVIDE BY 3

CHART FIGURE

AMORTIZATION AMOUNT

SPOUSE’S PRE-TAX INCOME

AFFORDABLE MONTHLY PAYMENTS

AMOUNT OF MORTGAGE DIVIDED BY 1,000

ESTIMATED MONTHLY TAXES & HEAT

TOTAL PRE-TAX INCOME

AMOUNT OF MORTGAGE (PRICE – DOWN PAYMENT)

AMORTIZATION AMOUNT

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MORTGAGE PAYMENT CALCULATION CHART INTEREST RATES %

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20.32

12.19

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8.43

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FOLLOW THESE STEPS TO SEE IF YOU’LL QUALIFY FOR A MORTGAGE ON YOUR DREAM HOME

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Calculate the combined monthly before-tax income of you and your spouse.

Multiply this figure by the amount you need to borrow. Divide by

1,000.

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06

Divide by three. This figure is the monthly payment you can afford to make on your home.

Add to this your estimated monthly heating costs and monthly property taxes.

03

07

Take the total price of the home and subtract the amount of money you expect to make as a down payment. This is the money you will have to borrow.

04

Refer to the chart on the opposite page. Look down the left column and locate the interest rate you expect to pay. Line this up with the amortization period of your choice. (Most first-time buyers take the 25-year amortization.)

If this figure is equal to or less than one-third of your gross monthly income (calculated in Step 2), you’ll qualify for a mortgage on your dream home. Bear in mind that this is a rough estimate. If you have several other large loans already, you may qualify for less. Also, banks and trust companies vary in their policies. The best way to know what you can afford is to go to the lending institution of your choice and get pre-qualified.

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SHOWHOMES: Heritage Green DEVELOPER: Harmony Park BUILDERS: Stepper Custom Homes, Trico Homes, SHOWHOMES: Jumping Pound Terrace DEVELOPER: Arcus Development BUILDERS: WestView Builders, Baywest Homes, Kingsmith Homes, Centrex Homes

SHOWHOMES: Ridge View Green Sunset Way DEVELOPER: Tirion BUILDERS: Jayman MasterBUILT, Innovations by Jayman, Janssen, Calbridge

SHOWHOMES: River Heights Blvd., River Heights Cres. DEVELOPER: Tamani BUILDERS: Phase 3: Innovations by Jayman, Sabal Homes. Phase 4: Jager Homes, Jayman MasterBUILT, NuVista Homes

SHOWHOMES: Monterra Link DEVELOPER: Medallion Development Corp. BUILDERS: Prominent, Modena, Cornerstone, Brooklyn, Astoria Custom Homes

SHOWHOMES: West Pointe Manor DEVELOPER: MGM Developments. BUILDERS: Mapleland Homes, Kingsmith Homes

07 FIRESIDE

LOCATION: Cochrane DEVELOPER: La Vita Land BUILDERS: Calbridge, Janssen, Kingsmith, Landmark, Reidbuilt www.firesidecochrane.com

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Community Profile

RIVERSONG

Tamani’s

Riversong offers small-town living located along the Bow by Heather Ryan

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estled in heavily treed escarpment with the Bow River at the doorstep it’s understandable why new homebuyers adore coming home to Riversong in Cochrane. “People love Riversong because of the close proximity to the mountains and it feels like they’re living in the country, but with all the conveniences of the town of Cochrane,” says Nicole Westman, land co-ordinator with Tamani Communities, which is developing Riversong. “We launched Riversong in 2008 and it’s been really well received by a diverse group of buyers from young singles and couples, to families and empty-nesters,” she says. “It’s really about a lifestyle choice,” they’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city and enjoy a tranquil setting and the charm of small-town living. Situated south of the Bow River and east of Hwy. 22, Riversong is a master-planned community on more than 340 acres on the escarpment above the Bow River, with approximately 100 of those acres set aside as an environmental preserve, ensuring an abundance of green space for everyone to enjoy. “The total proportion of green space in Riversong is more than 40 per cent with the inclusion of natural parks, tot lots and pathways linked throughout the community,” Westman says. “Riversong is designed to infuse much-needed serenity back into your family’s life, and its location means residents can enjoy fabulous views of the heavily treed escarpment, the Rocky Mountains, the Bow River and town of Cochrane,” she says. Many buyers are drawn to Riversong’s already established amenities, such as the parks and pathways, the Bow Valley High School and, unique to Riversong, a pedestrian bridge that crosses the Bow River and connects the community to downtown Cochrane. “We’re developing the road to access the area along river, where we’ll start construction of estate homes in 2013, and the road includes a bike path so residents can connect to the pedestrian bridge,” Westman says, noting it’s about a 10-minute bike ride or a 20-minute-plus walk to Cochrane’s downtown. “We’re also developing a couple of parks, (including one with playground equipment) and a pond along the waterfront and pathways throughout the community.” Being adjacent to the Bow River, residents can take a peaceful stroll along the banks, try their hand at fishing or doing a little bird-watching – there’s something for every age group. Westman says buyers are also attracted to Riversong’s architecture. “It’s really distinctive with the use of Smart Board and bright colours,” creating an esthetically-pleasing streetscape. Riversong features Contemporary Heritage

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architecture of four tried and true styles – Craftsman, Prairie, Georgian and Colonial that reflect its natural surroundings. As well, the community provides a wide range of housing product that is attracting various homebuyers from those first starting out to those looking to move up, which are available in different phases. Westman says Innovations by Jayman and Sabal Homes are building in The Heights (Phase 3) where prices start at $304,000 for semi-detached models and $305,000 for detached laned homes. Meanwhile, Phase 4, called The Pointe, features front-attached garage homes crafted by Jager Homes, Jayman MasterBUILT and NuVista Homes that appeal to buyers in the move-up and estate market with prices ranging from the $425,000s to $1 million-plus. There are currently 16 showhomes open in Riversong showcasing all the housing styles. New homebuyers will be thrilled to discover even more housing choices will be available later 2012 with the release of Phase 5 that will include 108 lots close to park space and pathways, and feature laned, narrow front-drive and duplex lots. Phase 5 will also welcome a new builder to Riversong – Trico Homes, which will join Innovations by Jayman in building semi-detached homes with single-car garages, and Trico will also build laned homes along with Sabal Homes. This phase will also feature a new affordable front-drive product that will start in the low $300,000s by Innovations by Jayman. Eight showhomes highlighting the three products are expected to open in early 2013.

For many buyers the big attraction to Riversong is its convenient location being, an easy 20-minute drive to Calgary’s west side or the mountains, and just minutes to downtown Cochrane where they can enjoy an array of retail choices, restaurants and services. For more information on Riversong, visit the 16 showhomes, open Monday to Thursday, 2-8 p.m., and weekends and holidays, noon-5 p.m., or visit riversongcochrane.com. Join us on Facebook for up-to-date community events and openings.

Riversong » Prices start at $302,000 for semidetached models and $289,000 for detached laned homes including lot and GST » Master-planned community on more than 340 acres on the escarpment above the Bow River » Uniquely western lifestyle vibe with a number of registered heritage buildings

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Community Profile

HERITAGE HILLS

Harmony Park

Heritage Hills Country spirit, breathtaking mountain views thrive in Heritage Hills by HEATHER RYAN


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ew homebuyers wanting to get away from the hectic pace of the city and enjoy a relaxing country lifestyle and spectacular mountain views are discovering Cochrane’s Heritage Hills. Being developed by Harmony Park Developments on 111 acres just west of the town site, “Heritage Hills is a beautiful tranquil community with some of the most breathtaking views in Cochrane,” says Harmony Park’s creative director Ashlyn Elliot. “Being situated on a hill gives you a great vantage point of the mountains, and as we’re the closest community to the mountains in Cochrane it gives you quick access to a wilderness playground just outside your backdoor.” Residents can also enjoy nature within Heritage Hills as “there is an expansive environmental reserve with walkways throughout, and many of the homes back on to this natural landscape making it quite a desirable location,” she says. There is also an established park with play equipment, and Elliot says several more parks and playgrounds will be built further into development. As well, the community’s entrance feature “hosts a massive flagpole that is hard to miss for kilometres away,” making a welcoming statement.

The theme of Heritage Hills reflects the country spirit and natural setting that surrounds the community. To this end, the architectural styles consist of Craftsman, Colonial, and Prairie Farmhouse designed to celebrate the prairie heritage of the land while adding an urban flair giving homes a modern take on a traditional style and creating an esthetically pleasing streetscape. “Our builder group consists of two award-winning builders – Trico Homes and Stepper Custom Homes,” Elliot says, noting that both builders offer a wide selection of models, great style and fine features and finishes. All homes in Heritage Hills are in the single-family move up market, starting around 2,000 sq. ft. and up, and consist of two-storey and some bungalows floor plans. Homes are wellpriced currently starting from the $400,000s. “One of our most popular features of the homes in Heritage Hills is the tandem triple car garage,” Elliot says. “There is a lot of flexibility with what you can do; some homes have rear-detached garages, front attached, or more than one garage.

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“With being in such close proximity to the mountains, having plenty of storage for your toys, such as trailers, quads, snowmobiles, etc., so that you can enjoy extracurricular activities is imperative.” There are two showhomes on Heritage Hill’s parade. Stepper presents Columbia, a two-storey single-family home with front attached garage at 4 Heritage Green, while Trico showcases Fairmont, another two-storey single-family home with front attached garage at 8 Heritage Green Being created in seven phases Harmony Park is currently developing Phase 2B. There are a variety of lots available in this phase ranging from having substantially large pie lots, to lots backing onto the environmental reserve, and lots that offer fabulous mountain views. Lot sizes vary considerably based on location and shape. For many buyers the big attraction to Heritage Hills is its convenient location – “they can enjoy the peacefulness of country living with all the amenities they desire close at hand,” Elliot says. Heritage Hills is short drive away from the small-town charm of Cochrane, where residents can enjoy an array of retail choices from boutique shops to big box stores, a mix of cafes and restaurants, including Cochrane’s famous MacKay’s Ice Cream outlet, and a variety of services. Cochrane also provides recreational amenities such as a fitness centre with ice rink, golf club and swimming pool, plus there are numerous schools, parks and playgrounds and several kilometres of pathways. Being located just off the 1A Highway, residents also appreciate being an easy 20-minute drive to Calgary’s west side and having quick and easy access to the mountains. “As for transit, the school buses do go through Heritage Hills and it is only a five-minute ride to the local schools,” Elliot says. “There is also a commuter bus that offers commuter coach service from Cochrane to downtown Calgary.” For more information about Heritage Hills, visit the showhomes, open Monday to Thursday, 2-8p.m., weekends and holidays, noon-5 p.m., visit heritagehillscochrane.com, e-mail info@harmonypark.ca or call 403-265-9898.

Heritage Hills » Relaxing country lifestyle and spectacular mountain views. » Environmental reserve running through the middle of the community » Craftsman, Colonial, and Prairie Farmhouse architectural styles » Has the prestige of living in Cochrane and the convenience of a short drive to calgary.

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Home Buyers’ Help

Mortgage INterest rates VARIABLE

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4 years

5 years

ATB Financial

3.000

4.000

3.100

3.350

3.950

4.390

3.840

Alterna Bank

3.000

4.000

3.050

3.190

3.200

3.290

3.290

Alterna Savings

3.000

4.000

3.050

3.190

3.200

3.290

3.290

Bank of Montreal

3.100

4.000

3.100

3.350

3.950

4.640

5.240

Bank of Nova Scotia

3.100

4.550

3.650

3.890

3.990

4.390

4.990

BMO

3.100

4.000

3.100

3.350

3.950

4.640

5.240

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3.240

3.390

3.320

3.570

3.320

CIBC Mortgages

3.200

4.450

3.200

3.290

3.950

4.390

5.240

Canadian Western Bank

3.200

4.000

3.100

3.350

3.950

4.640

5.240

Canadian Western Trust

3.200

4.000

3.100

3.350

3.950

4.640

5.240

Equitable Trust

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3.500

3.850

3.950

4.640

5.140

First Calgary Financial

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4.000

2.390

3.350

2.990

3.290

3.290

First National Financial

3.000

3.950

2.940

3.250

3.190

3.340

3.290

FirstLine Mortgages

3.550

4.950

3.240

3.550

3.590

3.790

4.040

HSBC Bank Canada

3.100

4.450

3.600

3.950

4.450

4.990

5.240

ING Direct

3.000

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3.250

3.250

3.250

3.250

3.190

Investors Group Trust

3.000

4.000

3.100

3.350

3.950

4.640

5.240

Laurentian Bank Canada

3.200

4.400

3.100

3.350

3.950

4.640

5.240

London Life

3.000

4.000

3.100

3.350

3.950

4.640

5.240

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3.000

4.450

3.000

3.150

3.300

3.350

3.400

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-

4.450

3.000

3.150

3.300

3.350

3.400

Meridian Credit Union

2.850

4.450

3.100

3.350

3.850

3.400

3.280

National Bank

3.200

4.000

3.100

3.350

3.950

4.640

5.240

-

4.500

3.250

3.550

3.950

4.650

4.050

President’s Choice Fin’l

3.100

6.040

3.140

3.200

3.240

3.300

3.340

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3.200

4.000

3.100

3.350

4.050

4.640

5.240

-

4.000

3.100

3.350

3.950

4.390

5.240

3.200

4.000

3.100

3.350

3.850

4.640

5.240

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Peace Hills Trust

Servus Credit Union T-D Mortgage

Mortgage Types All mortgages are of two basic types: Conventional The buyer can borrow up to 80% of the purchase price or the value of the property, whichever is less. The buyer has to pay 20% down. A conventional mortgage cannot exceed 80% of the value of the property. Insured or High-Ratio: A buyer can borrow up to 95% of the purchase price or the value of the property, whichever is less. The down payment can be as low as 5%.

Mortgage OPTIONS You can choose any of these mortgage options which fit into the two basic mortgage types. Lenders may even customize these options to suit your needs. Open mortgage: Allows borrowers to repay all or part of the total amount of their mortgage at any time without penalty. Because of flexibility, this is ideal for borrowers who plan to sell their homes in the near future or who want to switch from a shortterm mortgage at high interest rates to a longer term when mortgage interest rates fall. Closed mortgage: Usually has the lowest interest rate available but lacks the flexible features of other mortgage options. A good choice for those who want the security of knowing their monthly payment is fixed for a longer term. Prepayment options are available but they are subject to conditions. Portable mortgage: Flexibility if borrowers move. Borrowers can take the mortgage to their new home or can transfer it (usually with the consent of the lender) to the purchaser of their old home. This is an attractive option if the rate on the existing mortgage is lower than current rates.

Prepared by CANNEX on August 21, 2012. This information is current as of the date and time posted and is subject to change without notice. © Copyright 2012 CANNEX Financial Exchanges Limited. All rights reserved.

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DEVELOPER: Harmony Park BUILDERS: Shane Homes, Stepper Custom Homes, Carpenter Homes Developer: Hanson Park Developments Builders: Canaco Homes Ltd, Ovation Homes Ltd, Stepper Custom Homes Ltd, Douglas Homes

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SHOWHOMES: 116-120 Ranch Gate DEVELOPER: United BUILDERS: Lifestyle Homes

Wildflower ranch in strathmore

DEVELOPER: Cancorp Property Group Inc. BUILDERS: Carpenter Homes, Paradyme Homes, Aquilla Homes and Canterra Custom Homes

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SHOWHOMES: Muirfield Blvd. BUILDERS: Douglas Homes, Today’s Homes, Ribero Homes and Compass Rose Homes


Community Profile

BOULDER CREEK ESTATES

Harmony Park Developments

Boulder Creek Estates by Heather Ryan

Residents enjoy charm of small town living in Boulder Creek Estates

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amilies looking for all the charm and peacefulness of small town living, where amenities are within walking distance are choosing Boulder Creek Estates. Nestled in the rural setting of the prairies, Boulder Creek Estates is being developed by Harmony Park Developments on 124 acres in Langdon, located just 20 minutes from Calgary’s eastside and offering an atmosphere that is reminiscent of the low-stress lifestyle of days gone by. “Boulder Creek appeals to buyers who small town living in the country yet they’re within a close proximity to the city,” says Harmony Park’s creative director Ashlyn Elliot. “We found a lot of residents like the drive from downtown; they can get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and the Deerfoot and enjoy a relaxing lifestyle once they’re home. “It’s an estate area in the middle of a golf course so it’s a quiet, really pretty community where residents know their neighbours, where there are local conveniences and a golf course,” she says. “Also large homes and very big lots that would cost well over half a million dollars in the city can be found here from the mid $400,000s,” she says. “So the community provides buyers with the opportunity of getting an estate home, on a lot twice the size of one in the city, for less money.” She notes one of the biggest draws to this community is it’s over sized lots “with backyards anyone would dream of having. There is ample room to store motor homes, boats, ATV’s and anything else a homeowner wants to keep nearby, plus tandem and three-car garages are the norm. These extra large parcels of land provide a more open and spacious feel.” Currently selling in Phase 4 of six phases, the lots measure an average of 60-ft. wide by 130-ft. long, and

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present numerous choices including those that back onto parks and green space. The architecture style for the community of Craftsman and Arts and Crafts draws extensively from Langdon’s pioneer beginnings highlighted by expansive front porches, decorative woodwork, dormer windows and open gable ends for an endearing streetscape. Boulder Creek’s experienced builder group of Stepper Custom Homes and Astoria Homes are known for creating innovative and award-winning designs and homebuyers can view their craftsmanship first-hand by visiting the showhome parade. Both builders have two-storey, three-bedroom homes on the parade along Boulder Creek Drive. Stepper has the 2,687-sq-.ft. Stonestown, while Astoria has the Essex, which is about 2,300 sq. ft. Homes in Boulder Creek are all singlefamily, front-attached garage homes available in two-storey and bungalow designs ranging from 2,200 to 3,000 sq. ft. Elliot says Boulder Creek’s price point is also attractive to homebuyers – a single-family walkout home starts from the mid $400,000s and go up from there depending on the features and finishes. She says the traditional way the community is designed gives it that comfortable and old-fashioned ambiance, and that nostalgic sentiment starts on Langdon’s Main Street where businesses have taken on the appearance of the town in 1908 creating a historic look. “Residents here are a close knit group – most are on a first name basis with the owners of the local coffee shop, gas station and grocery store and use the local farmers market as a common gathering place to catch up with one another while taking advantage of the fresh, locally grown

produce,” Elliot says. “It is easy to feel instantly at home in Boulder Creek and it’s a good fit, whether you’re starting a family, have kids in grade school, or are in retirement.” Another draw for this estate community is it’s located on the Boulder Creek Golf Course, an 18-hole public course. As well, an outdoor hockey rink and a kindergarten to Grade 8 school are located just outside the community in Langdon. Active residents will appreciate that Chestermere Lake is situated close by and offers year-round recreational opportunities. As well, with Calgary just a short drive away, you’re not far away from enjoying big-city amenities. For more information about Boulder Creek Estates, visit the showhomes, open Monday to Thursday, 2-8 p.m., and weekends and holidays, noon-5 p.m., call 403-265-9898 or visit bouldercreekestates.com.

Boulder Creek Estates » The charm of small town living with a nice short drive to Calgary » Situated on the 18 hole Boulder Creek Golf Course » Estate living at affordable prices starting from the $450’s » Massive lot sizes that you won’t find in the city.

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Outdoors

by Brad Jackman Hiring a Landscape Contractor

should be exciting and satisfying. However this can be a very discouraging time for some homeowners. Are you unsure of where to begin? What you want it to look like? Not sure who to contact? Here are a few tips to get you started on your landscape construction project. Have a plan. You can never call a company too

early to plan for the following season’s project. Many landscape companies are limited in the number of jobs they can do in a season. Having a plan and beginning the process early, can allow for your project to be started in your desired time frame. A consultation with a reputable landscaper is the best place to start when planning your outdoor project. Here you can essentially interview your landscape contractor and become familiar with their ideas, company procedures and overall vibe. Hiring the right professional landscaper is the most important step of your project. It is beneficial to do your research. Ask to see their portfolio, view their website, and look into some of the products yourself. Most importantly ask lots of questions. Landscape construction can


be done very different. Hire a company who use quality equipment, utilize the best products available and have it installed professionally. It is important to hire someone who has extensive experience in the industry, and is a full service landscape company. Once a professional is selected a conceptual landscape design can be established. This will allow the homeowner to help visualize their yard before construction begins. It is important to understand that quality landscaping requires substantial investments of time and money. Thus having a budget and planning around that budget will be crucial. One should also consider what kind of space is desired. Must it be safe for children? How much entertaining do you do? Are you a gardening green thumb? Or would you prefer no maintenance at all? These are the types of important questions you should have answered in order to create a landscape concept that works for you. Landscape 360 is a full-service landscape construction company. Our philosophy is based upon professionalism, quality, trust and respect. A locally owned and operated Calgary based company, Landscape 360 specializes in residential, estate and acreage landscape construction. Landscape 360. Professional Landscape Construction. 403.452.0360 | landscape360.ca |

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SHOWHOMES: Mahogany Boulevard SE & Mahogany Heights SE DEVELOPER: Hopewell Residential Communities BUILDERS: Jayman MasterBUILT, Sabal Homes, Stepper Custom Homes, Trico Homes ESTATE SHOWHOMES: Mahogany Manor SE BUILDERS: Baywest Homes, Calbridge Homes, Morrison Homes www.mahoganyliving.com

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DEVELOPER: Brookfield Residential ELGIN VILLAGE SHOWHOMES: McKenzie Towne Dr. SE, Elgin Meadows Green SE., Elgin Estates View SE BUILDER: Cardel Homes, Homes by Avi, Albi Homes, Cove Properties, Cardel Lifestyles, Brookfield Homes, Avalon Master Builder www.livemckenzietowne.ca

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SHOWHOMES: New Brighton Dr. SE DEVELOPER: Brookfield Residential BUILDERS: Shane Homes, Cardel Homes, Trico Homes, Cedarglen Homes, Morrison Homes, Homes by Avi, Innnovations by Jayman, Brookfield Homes www.livenewbrighton.ca

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SHOWHOMES: Chaparral Valley Drive SE & Chaparral Valley SQ DEVELOPER: Genstar BUILDERS: Cardel Homes, Jayman MasterBUILT, Innovations by Jayman, Cardel Lifestyles, Homes by Avi, California Homes

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SHOWHOMES: Quarry Landing SE, Quarry Parkway SE. DEVELOPER: Remington Corporation BUILDERS: Cardel Homes

Lake Chaparral Dr. Developer: Genstar Builders: Homes by Avi | Cedarglen Homes | Jayman MasterBUILT | Shane Homes

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Showhome Review

champagne

Remington celebrates award-winning presentation gallery and

Champagne by Heather Ryan

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ith an award-winning presentation gallery and a luxurious multi-family development eloquently titled Champagne, Remington Development Corporation has plenty to celebrate. Remington earned its first SAM Award this spring from the Canadian Home Builders Association – Calgary Region for Best Sales and Information Centre (Detached). “It was the first time we entered the SAM Awards so it was really important for us to be represented as members of the CHBA, and we were thrilled to win the award,” says Julie Seidel, residential sales manager for Champagne. “When we were developing the presentation gallery for Champagne we wanted a centre that would truly represent the project, but also make an impression right from the front door and we did 80 calgary communities fall 2012

just that – it’s so impressive and so unique from other sales centres,” she says Remington has created a work of art with its presentation gallery. From the 22-foot ceiling in the entry and lighted framed photos and renderings capturing Champagne and Quarry Park, to its community board and gorgeous showsuites you’ll get the feeling of walking through an art gallery rather than a typical sales centre. “Our inspiration was a French gallery theme so everything is hung in a really beautiful and elegant manner. Clients can easily walk through at their own pace, relax with a cappuccino and just enjoy their experience here.” Seidel says. “We have buyers who have returned five, six, even 10 times with friends and family because they’re as proud to show it off as we are.” “The community board is also very popular;


not only are we the builder for Champagne, we’re also the developer for Quarry Park. The gallery has naturally grown into the community information centre and we couldn’t be more excited to showcase what we’ve accomplished so far and also what’s to come in future years.” Champagne’s sales team is knowledgeable about both the community and the project and “people feel they can come to us for information about Quarry Park as well as Champagne, and we are happy to educate the buyer on their future purchase.” In addition to enjoying the gallery artwork, people visiting the presentation centre can check out the two showsuites – a 930-sq. ft. one-bedroom on the main floor and a 1,410-sq.-ft. two-bedroom upstairs – which showcase Champagne’s high-end standard features and finishes. “It was important for us to include our high-end standard specifications in our showsuites so that from the customers’ perspective – ‘what you see is what you get,’ ” Seidel says. “They are penthouse-level specs, so our buyers don’t feel the need to compromise or upgrade.” fall 2012 calgary communities 81


Remington Development Corporation, an industry leader in all aspects of commercial and land development with a solid reputation for building the highest standards of design and construction and quality workmanship, is entering the Calgary residential market with Champagne, its first multi-family development. Champagne will be as memorable as its name; a design reminiscent of the French countryside with steep sloped rooflines and cornice mouldings that blend in perfectly with Quarry Park’s European architectural styling. With the tranquil Bow River winding behind it and more than 90 acres of environmental reserve and pathways at its door step, Champagne offers a scenic setting for the 178 residences that will be spread over five insulated pre-cast concrete buildings. The first building released included four storeys with 29 distinctive residences and is already more than 80 per cent sold. The second building consisting of five storeys and 37 suites “has recently been released and sales are going very well,” Seidel says. Buyers are attracted to the generous floor plans that include one bedrooms from 815 to 1,125 sq. ft., two bedrooms from 1,220 to 1,700 sq. ft., and penthouses upwards of 2,400 sq. ft. Prices start from the low-$300,000s. Well-appointed standard interiors consist of upscale features such as engineered hardwood floors, granite countertops, 9-ft. coffered ceilings, oversized walk-in showers and gourmet kitchens. As well, there are expansive windows and large balconies to take advantage of the impressive views of the Bow River and natural surroundings and underground parking (two titled stalls with two-bedroom suites). Buyers can also personalize their spaces by choosing from four designer-inspired colour themes while penthouses are fully customizable. “Champagne appeals to buyers who desire an elegant, maintenance-free lifestyle, larger layouts and the ability to lock it and leave,” Seidel says. Champagne’s prime location allows residents to enjoy walking paths and bike trails as well as the conveniences of The Market at Quarry Park, which includes a Calgary Co-Op grocery store, Starbucks and Original Joe’s to name a few. For more information, visit the presentation gallery, 350 Quarry Park Blvd. S.E., open Monday to Thursday, noon-8 p.m., weekends and holidays, noon-5 p.m., or visit remingtoncorp.com.

Champagne » Building #1 – over 80% SOLD » Building #2 – just released and selling fast

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Community Profile

QUARRY PARK

Live, work, play in

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ew homebuyers looking for a place where they can live, work and play are discovering Quarry Park offers a perfect balance of homes, offices, retail and natural green space all nestled alongside the Bow River. Thoughtfully designed, easily accessible and beautifully landscaped by Remington Development Corporation in southeast Calgary, Quarry Park offers a classy and distinctive European style that is truly unique. “Quarry Park incorporates day-to-day conveniences with the added enjoyment of having open green space, landscaped parks and river pathways at your door,” says

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Remington’s residential director Glen Deibert. “We’re creating a community that is progressive, peaceful and walkable and it’s only 15 minutes from downtown.” Quarry Park – aptly named as a former gravel site – has been redeveloped into a sustainable community with an intricate canal system and picturesque pond flanked by walkways that connect residents to the marketplace. Exterior materials have been chosen that are suitable for this estate community and the designs convey a French architectural theme with extensive stonework, steep roof pitches and stylish balconies.


Quarry Park provides a great selection of home styles that appeal to a variety of lifestyles with options for both families and empty nesters looking for quality and value. Cardel Homes is the exclusive single-family builder in Quarry Park, and “sales on the 30 lots we released to them in the spring are going so well that we just leased another 19 new lots,” says Remington president Cody Clayton. Cardel is crafting bungalow and two-storey homes averaging in the $650,000s and the builder has wide lots available to accommodate triple car garages. Meanwhile, Birchwood Properties is crafting upscale, urban townhomes with Boulevard Townes featuring detached double garages starting in the high $400,000s. “They’re getting a great response to the Boulevard Townes,” Clayton says. “There is just one townhome left in the first phase and the second phase is 50 per cent sold out. We expect a third phase will be launched this fall.” Birchwood also has the more affordable Belmont townhomes with single-attached garages priced from the mid $300,000s. “It’s been so well received that there are only eight homes remaining out of 34,” Clayton says. All builders have showhomes open for viewing. Remington is crafting Champagne, which offers luxurious apartment-style condos and is home to an award-winning presentation gallery where residents can obtain information on the community. Champagne recently released its second building and sales are going well. As well, Remington is creating Laurier, an executive rental project, which is currently under construction for summer/fall of 2013 opening. Quarry Park is unique because Remington developed retail space prior to the residential component creating a community where people can live, work and play from the day they move in.

The Market in Quarry Park serves as the central plaza featuring intricate landscaping, wide sidewalks and site furnishings, and offers a variety shops, services, restaurants and a Co-op grocery and liquor store. Remington is also thrilled the city has approved the Quarry Park recreation centre and library, which are scheduled to open in fall 2014. Plus residents can also enjoy more than 80 acres of parkland, including a 50-acre natural area alongside the Bow River that is a riverside environmental reserve. There will be nearly 10 kilometres of pathways in the community connecting to the city’s pathway system and providing access to the Bow River and Fish Creek Park. As an added benefit Quarry Park is serviced by a Bus Rapid Transit line that connects to the downtown, as well as numerous other bus routes connecting to both Anderson and Chinook LRT stations and is just minutes from the new south Calgary hospital. For more information, visit the showhomes, open Monday to Thursday, 2-8 p.m., weekends and holidays, noon-5 p.m., or visit quarrypark.ca/residential.

Quarry Park » Mid to high-end bungalow and two-storey style homes are starting in the mid $500,000 range » Urban Boulevard Townes with detached double garages starting in the high $400,000s. » Remington Development Corporation is the builder for the exclusive riverfront residences of Champagne. This project contains homes ranging from 790 to 1,700 sq. ft. with prices starting from the $290,000s for one bedrooms and the $490,000s for two bedrooms

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Trendspotting

aGLASSact by SARA DUCK

MERCURY GLASS JARS. $15-$20. Visit homeoutfitters.com

BAUBLE KNOB. $8. Visit anthropologie.com

JONSBO EGBY TABLE LAMP.

CORA GLASS CANDLE HOLDERS

$25. Visit ikea.ca

$19- $25. Visit urbanbarn.com

I know what you’re thinking – why would you fill a home with items that can easily break?

While, yes, that is a valid point, remember there is nothing quite like the delicacy and prettiness of glass. We have seen the trends of glass wannabes – the lucites and clear acrylics of the world, and while these plastic counterparts are cool, glass, simply put, is classic. So maybe it’s time to take a second look at those pretty transparent objects hidden in your cabinets and display them for all to see. We love the idea of grouping candle holders on a tray in the living room or updating a set of drawers with vintage inspired crystal handles.

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Community Profile

CRANSTON

Brookfield’s

Cranston a popular choice with buyers by HEATHER RYAN

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resenting a picturesque natural setting, stunning views of the Rockies and a diverse range of housing choices continues to make Cranston a popular choice with new homebuyers in south Calgary. Set atop an escarpment overlooking the Bow River Valley, this 1,580-acre southeast community has grown by leaps and bounds since being launched by Brookfield Residential in 1999. Along with Cranston’s natural setting and the opportunity to enjoy Fish Creek Park and the Bow River outside their doorstep, residents enjoy having

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numerous parks, playgrounds, pathways, and an abundance of green space within the community, as well as numerous lots and home styles to choose from, says marketing co-ordinator Laura Jobb. “We’re pleased that new lots have been released in Phase 47 and 50,” she says, noting Phase 47 will offer single-family homes by Brookfield Homes and Discovery Homes with rear detached garages starting from the low $300,000s. “These homes face onto the future school site that has been made into a great central green space,” she says.

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Phase 50 features single-family homes with frontattached double garages starting from the low $400,000s by Shane Homes, Cardel Homes, Cedarglen Homes and Trico Homes. Meanwhile, Trico is also building rear attached garage homes in Phase 45. Baywest Homes’s “The Summit” and Cardel’s exclusive product, The Highlands, both feature single-family homes from the $500,000s. “We’re also thrilled that Morrison Homes will be launching their Inhabit Series in Cranston in the fall with a new showhome opening in Phase 51,” Jobb says. Landmark’s NetZero showhome is now open and selling in Phase 52 with a grand opening taking place on Sept. 12. These homes are designed to generate clean energy from solar and geo-thermal systems. “We’re excited to have this innovative, energy-efficient housing design in Cranston,” she says. There are also several affordable housing products starting in the $140,000s to the low $200,000s currently available including: Carriage Style semi-detached homes with front-attached single garages by Discovery Homes; and Cranston Place apartment-style condos by Cardel Lifestyles. As well, Harvest Mosaic by Brookfield Homes is now open and selling in Phase 46 with an affordable price point starting from the low $200,000s. “Harvest Mosaic offers abundant opportunities to gather and grow,” Jobb says. “This inspired collection of row, stacked and triplex townhomes in the acclaimed community of Cranston features spacious one-, two- and three-bedroom layouts ranging from 720 to 1,450 sq. ft. with double attached garages and a host of popular features.” Among Cranston’s key attractions are the 22,000-sq.-ft. Century Hall and its surrounding seven-acre park, outdoor hockey rink with its own ice plant, splash park, tennis and basketball courts, toboggan chute and a full-size gymnasium. This Cranston Residents’ Association facility offers a great place to connect with the community, and with a full-time program co-ordinator residents are able to take part in year-round activities from yoga to skating classes within their own community. Residents also appreciate having Cranston Market right in the community, which features a grocery store, restaurants, banking and other shops and services, as well as two new schools. Situated at the junction of Deerfoot Trail and Hwy. 22X, Cranston offers easy access across town and the mountains and is close to a variety of shops, services, coffee shops and restaurants just minutes away at the 130th Avenue shopping area. As well, the first phase of Seton’s Regional Retail, conveniently located across from Cranston on the southwest corner of Seton Boulevard and Seton Way, will offer

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Cranston residents more shops and services. This retail area spans across 13 acres of land and will provide 130,000 square feet of optimal retail space. Construction completion is expected by fall 2013. Visit setonurbandistrict.com for more details. Residents are also pleased with upcoming nearby amenities – the new South Health Campus in Seton, which is expected to open this fall with Cardiac and Internal Medicine followed by phased openings of other departments, and the Hwy. 22X leg of Stoney Trail, which is anticipated to be completed in 2013 and will provide an additional route for residents to access other parts of the city. For more information about Cranston, visit the showhomes Monday to Thursday, 2-8 p.m., and weekends and holidays, noon-5 p.m., or visit livecranston.ca.

Cranston: » Two New Schools Now Open » Cranston offers homes for every buyer from condos to estate homes » Homes from the $140,000s to over 1 million » Showhomes are open Monday to Thursday, 2-8 p.m. and weekends and holidays, noon - 5 p.m. Visit LiveCranston.ca

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Community Profile

WALDEN

Interest grows in Genstar’s

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ith new housing products, neighbourhood conveniences and an array of amenities, Walden is quickly gaining the interest among new homebuyers in southeast Calgary. Walden, located just south of Lake Chaparral and is easily accessible from Macleod Trail and 194 Ave. S.E., was started in 2008 by Genstar Development Company and “the community is really hitting its stride,” says development manager Paul Boskovich. “It’s been a good year in Walden with a number of homes being built and there is lots of interest in the community,” he says. “People feel the community is being established with the opening of the Gates of Walden,” which includes Shopper’s Drug Mart, Starbucks, a neighbourhood pub with rooftop patio, various shops and services and will add a grocery store in 2013.

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“It’s the first thing people see when they come into the community, and it really adds to the attraction and convenience factor because people can walk to amenities,” Boskovich says. “We’re also excited about the mix of product we’re able to offer,” he says, including semi-detached homes built by Homes by Avi. “They have four new showhomes that present a new architectural look and I give full credit to Avi for its take on the Urban Fusion architecture that we’re trying to embrace in Walden.” As well, Homes by Avi has purchased land in Walden to launch a new townhome product. “This adds another product line to the community allowing us to appeal to everyone.” Excel Homes and Innovations by Jayman offer singlefamily lane homes and front-attached garage homes on smaller lots in Phase 11. “They have four showhomes and are getting tremendous feedback from people.” Boskovich adds that Excel is also having good success with its legal secondary suites, which are part of a pilot project with the city. “The secondary suites are in line with our effort to be innovative and provide affordability to buyers. The city is providing a $25,000 grant to people building them, but this program is coming to an end so anyone wanting to take advantage of it should act quickly.” Cardel Homes and Homes by Avi are building larger front-attached garage homes in Phase 10 and have four showhomes. “There is a fair amount of excitement with the launch of Phase 10 because there are several lots available that back onto Walden Pond, which are very attractive.” And next year, Cardel Homes and California Homes will be building in a semi-estate phase and Excel Homes will have a new showhome in the move-up market. This fall, Genstar is thrilled to host the Calgary Heartbeat Run in support of the Calgary Health Trust and Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta in September that includes a 10-km run, 5-km run/walk and a 1-km fun run. “It’s starting in Walden and going through Chaparral Valley, so it will create some excitement,” says Boskovich. Walden takes its inspiration from nature’s beauty being surrounded by tranquil parks, open spaces and pathways, and presents a community where families can live, work and play.

“Walden was named after Walden Pond, and the community has been designed to speak to the green movement – so we’ve done some things there to ensure there is low impact on the environment,” says Boskovich, such as designing Walden with infiltration beds running alongside the streets to capture storm water, preventing water from flowing directly into the Bow River. Genstar also retained native trees and vegetation giving Walden the look of an established neighbourhood. Walden residents have easy access to Macleod Trail and Hwy. 22X, as well as to Deerfoot Trail, with a wide range of shopping opportunities just a short drive away; and it’s just five minutes to the Somerset LRT. For more on Walden, visit the showhomes open Monday to Thursday, 2-8 p.m., and weekends and holidays, noon-5 p.m., or visit waldenliving.ca.

Walden » Located just south of Lake Chaparral and is easily accessible from Macleod Trail and 194 Ave. S.E. » An exciting addition to Walden is the Gates of Walden, which includes Shopper’s Drug Mart, Starbucks, a neighbourhood pub with rooftop patio. » All of the builders in Walden are high caliber, with green practices and offer items such as Energy Star appliances and energy efficient systems.

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GRACIOUS GREY Charcoal grey is one of my favourite colours because it plays so well with others, being able to blend with just about any colour palette. This luxurious wall colour, Benjamin Moore’s Escarpment, has such a pleasant personality. It’s not too cold or too blue when applied, making it the perfect backdrop to showcase wood floors and furniture, upholstery and decorative accessories. Deep greys provide a wonderful neutral backdrop that allow furniture and decorative pieces to stand out, giving them the prominence they deserve. What I love most about charcoal grey is that it’s so versatile. It can be bold and dramatic when paired with contrasting cream, white or beige, or it can be classic and sophisticated when used with black, taupe and chocolate brown. To enhance a cool and sophisticated grey colour scheme I like to add pale blue and then punch it up with warm wood and touches of fiery orange accents to ignite this otherwise neutral colour scheme. Because charcoal grey is both a cool and warm colour, it works well in almost any space.

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NEW BRIGHTON

Vibrant, charming, beautiful –

New Brighton welcomes buyers home by HEATHER RYAN

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picturesque pond and park, an incredible private residents’ club and a beautiful streetscape welcomes buyers home to New Brighton in southeast Calgary. Crafted by Brookfield Residential on 610 acres, New Brighton has flourished into a beautiful, modern community that provides an active lifestyle option for residents, including the New Brighton Club and an abundance of green space, pathways parks and amenities,” says marketing co-ordinator Laura Jobb. “It’s the perfect setting for young singles, couples and families who want a bright and vibrant community that offers convenience and value.”

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The community welcomes you with a finely detailed entry feature and a tree-lined boulevard reminiscent of an English countryside. Adding to its old English charm architectural styles feature attractive Tudor and English Country designs that are being crafted with a modern flair for a distinctive streetscape. “New homebuyers appreciate that they can find a wide range of housing styles in New Brighton that appeal to many of today’s buyers from those buying their first home to those looking for more space,” Jobb says. First-time buyers can find affordable price points with the York 29 townhomes by Trico Homes, starting around the mid-$200,000s and at the recently launched and now open Mint by Jayman Modus featuring two- and three-bedroom townhomes with garages starting from $259,900 plus GST. There are also entry-level homes by Cedarglen Homes and Innovations by Jayman that offer exceptional charm and floor-plan options starting from the low $300,000s. “The starter homes are in their final phases so don’t miss out,” Jobb says. Single-family homes with front-attached garages are being crafted by Cardel Homes, Cedarglen Homes, Morrison Homes and Shane Homes in Phases 32 and 35 and start from the $370,000s. Phase 35 has some of the very best lots New Brighton has to offer including gorgeous walkout lots featuring beautiful panoramic views and access to the central park. “We’re really excited about a new single-family parade by Cedarglen, Shane, Morrison to open in late fall in Phase 35,” Jobb says.

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One of the biggest attractions to New Brighton is the 6,500-sq.-ft. New Brighton Club. Located on a three-acre park off New Brighton Drive, this resident’s facility offers substantial recreational space for programmed activities, community meetings, club events, and residents can enjoy the patio and deck space. “Residents who enjoy an active lifestyle appreciate having the club right in their community as it presents yearround fun,” Jobb says. In the summer, the water play area makes a splash with families on those hot summer days with 32 water jets, and there are two tennis courts, volleyball and basketball courts, as well as a children’s play area. In the winter, families can enjoy ice-skating and hockey on a full-sized outdoor rink as well as a pleasure skating area, maintained with New Brighton’s own Zamboni. The community is also designed with expansive green space, including a 12-acre pond, a 32-acre central park, pathways that connect residential areas to the central park and several playgrounds. New Brighton offers a great location with exceptional and convenient access to major routes. Situated on the east side of 52nd Street between Hwy. 22X and 130th Avenue S.E., the community has easy access to Deerfoot Trail and Hwy. 22X for getting anywhere in the city and out of town. Further, with the expansion of McIvor Boulevard S.E. the connection to 130th Avenue S.E. is imminent providing increased access, Seymour says. Residents enjoy having close proximity to McKenzie Towne’s High Street shopping area with some exciting new openings that include the Edleun Educational Learning


Centre; Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria; Chicken on the Way; Blue Phin Sushi and Bronze Baxx Tanning Studio, being just minutes away from a wide range of shops, services and restaurants at 130th Avenue. As well, the first phase of nearby Seton’s Regional Retail, conveniently located on the southwest corner of Seton Boulevard and Seton Way, will offer New Brighton residents more shops and services. This retail area spans across 13 acres of land and will provide 130,000 square feet of optimal retail space. Phase 1 of construction completion is expected by fall 2013. Visit setonurbandistrict.com for more details. For more information about New Brighton, visit the builders’ showhomes Monday to Thursday, 2-8 p.m., and weekends and holidays, noon-5 p.m., or check out livenewbrighton.ca.

New Brighton » Vibrant southeast community crafted on 610 acres (including the 32-acre central park and pond) »H  omes starting from the low $200,000s to over $500,000s backing onto the central park and pond. »D  irect Access to the shops and services of McKenzie Towne’s High Street and 130th Ave. »S  howhomes are open Monday to Thursday, 2-8p.m. and weekends and holidays, noon-5 p.m. or visit livenewbrighton.ca

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RIVERSTONE

Riverstone of Cranston surrounded by nature’s beauty by HEATHER RYAN

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ew homebuyers have a unique opportunity to live in a serene and tranquil environment that is only steps away from fly fishing and canoeing on the Bow River or going for a walk in Fish Creek Park by building in the new estate community of Riverstone of Cranston. Crafted by Brookfield Residential, Riverstone of Cranston is a master planned community approximately 225 acres in size and will hold approximately 1,100 homes and 3,500 residents once completed.

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Nestled between the dramatic Cranston escarpment and the shores of the serene Bow River, Riverstone’s distinctive location provides estate owners with a natural sense of calm, inspired by the unique beauty of their surroundings, says marketing co-ordinator Laura Jobb. “The area features thoughtful, tasteful design elements inspired by nature, making Riverstone a community perfectly at home with its unique natural setting,” she says. “Cranston Avenue is the primary road access into the community and will provide a unique sense of arrival with panoramic views of the Bow River and natural escarpment. The land is surrounded by 360 acres of environmental reserve (the escarpment and the river’s edge) that is dedicated to Fish Creek Park, making it a one-of-a-kind living environment in Calgary.” Riverstone presents four distinct architectural styles including Prairie, Craftsman, Shingle, Tudor and French Normandy. These styles were selected as they provide timeless features and characteristics that allow for a diverse streetscape. “Homes in this area will reinforce the community’s connectivity with nature,” Jobb says. “The colour palate of the homes will complement and reflect the natural beauty of the surrounding environment.” Riverstone consists of three product series – Landing, Preserve and Portage – which are being built in Phases 61 and 62. Builders Cedarglen and Albi are crafting homes in The Landing Series from the $600,000s. These homes are next to Fish Creek Park and Willow Creek on lots that are 38-40 ft. wide and feature lots that back onto the Fish Creek Park escarpment. Baywest, Landmark and Albi are building elegant estate homes in The Preserve Series from the $800,000s. The Preserve Series is your opportunity to live in the heart of Riverstone next to Fish Creek Park and the Bow River. Lots range from 46-56 ft. wide and feature homes that back onto Willow Creek as well as green space and pathways. Albi is the exclusive builder of spectacular customized homes starting from $1 million in The Portage Series, which will feature lots that range from 65-75 ft. wide and back onto Fish Creek Park and the Bow River – a truly unique offering in South Calgary

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Showhomes for Riverstone, opening Sept. 8, consist of four in The Landing Series and six in The Preserve Series. Albi will also be opening a showhome in The Portage Series in 2013. Along with the area’s natural beauty, Riverstone is part of the established community of Cranston therefore residents will enjoy all of Cranston’s amenities including Century Hall – the Cranston Residents Association building – which features a 22,000-sq.-ft. facility and seven-acre gated park site in the heart of the community. As well, there are two existing schools located in the community and two future schools sites have been designated, plus there are two medical facilities nearby: the future South East Health Campus in Seton and Shawnessey’s South Calgary Health Centre. Riverstone offers a convenient and active lifestyle just outside your doorstep with the Bow River, Fish Creek Park and numerous parks and pathways, “but there are also an abundance of beautiful golf courses just minutes away and Kananaskis Country and the mountains just 60 minutes west,” Jobb says. Cranston also offers residents many options when it comes to neighbourhood conveniences. The shops at Cranston Corner and the new Cranston market offer an array of choices including a local grocery store, gas station, restaurants, pubs, coffee shops and many other shops and services. Riverstone of Cranston is also located across from the future shops and services of Seton Urban District. The area south of the new South Health Campus will be a vibrant and energetic commercial district for southeast residents with many shops and services already confirmed to begin opening in 2013. Visit setonurbandistrict.com for more details. The location also provides Riverstone residents with easy access to Hwy. 22X and Deerfoot Trail, as well as the new south portion of Stoney Trail once completed. For more information about Riverstone of Cranston, visit the showhomes, open Monday to Thursday, 2-8 p.m., and weekends and holidays, noon-5 p.m. or visit www.experienceriverstone.ca.

Riverstone » 10 new luxurious estate showhomes now open » South Calgary’s most prestigious new community » Nestled between the dramatic Cranston escarpment and the serene bow river   » Approximately 225 acres in size.  It will hold approximately 1,100 homes and 3,500 residents

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Community Profile

CHAPARRAL VALLEY

New golf course tees off in

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ith two golf courses, the Bow River and trails to Fish Creek Park at the doorstep new homebuyers in southeast Calgary’s picturesque Chaparral Valley won’t have to drive to enjoy recreational pursuits. Crafted by Genstar Development Company, Chaparral Valley puts these incredible amenities all within walking distance and its location in the beautiful Bow River Valley presents an idyllic setting for families. “Chaparral Valley is a pretty unique community that will eventually be comprised of only 500 plus homes creating a small enclave in a peaceful setting; there’s really nothing quite like it in the city,” says Genstar’s development manager Paul Boskovich. “It’s an amazing location by the river and Fish Creek Park, so people who enjoy the outdoors love having those amazing amenities right close by,” he says. “We’re really excited about the opening in August of the 18-hole Blue Devil Golf Course,” Boskovich says. “The owners of the course were working over the summer to

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finish the course and there are plans to build a clubhouse in the future. Having this facility in Chaparral Valley is a real benefit for our residents and it gives golfers from outside the community a chance to see what we have to offer. “There is also going to be a Lil Devil 9-hole course developed adjacent to Chaparral Valley’s Phase 4,” he says. “This will be a par 3 and 4 course so it’s perfect for families and those learning to play and we’re please to release 28 lots in Phase 4 that will back onto this course.” Sales in the 118-lot Phase 4 are underway with single-family front-attached garage homes being crafted by Homes by Avi, Jayman MasterBUILT, Innovations by Jayman and Cardel Homes. This phase will also include the sale of affordable homes on narrower lots. “Chaparral Valley offers a wide range of product for different market segments,” Boskovich says, so from first-time and move-up buyers, to empty-nesters and those looking to downsize, “there is something for everyone in Chaparral Valley priced from the $200,000s to $600,000s


with premium lots backing onto the golf course and central park,” he says. For the entry-level market, Cardel Lifestyles is offering Riverside Townhomes starting in the $260,000s, and has four showhomes open for viewing. Innovations by Jayman, which has two showhomes open, has three product lines: semi-detached homes priced from the $290,000s; street townhomes priced from the $279,000s and single-attached garages priced from the low $300,000s. In the move-up market, single-family homes with frontattached garages are being crafted in Phase 2 by Homes by Avi, Cardel Homes, Jayman MasterBUILT and California Homes starting in the low $400,000s and they have seven showhomes open. Chaparral Valley also presents an esthetically-pleasing streetscape that emphasizes traditional architectural styling, such as Arts and Crafts, and attention to details. Adding to the community’s appeal is a central park, which features a distinctive rock wall, playground equipment and a toboggan hill, two sports fields and a new commercial site is being developed. This fall, Genstar is thrilled to host the Calgary Heartbeat Run in support of the Calgary Health Trust and Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta in September that includes a 10-km run, 5-km run/walk and a 1-km fun run starting in Walden and going through Chaparral Valley.

“We also sponsored the Chaparral Triathlon that went through Chaparral Valley,” Boskovich says. “They’re ways introduce Chaparral Valley to more people and promote recreational activities.” Residents in Chaparral Valley also appreciate being minutes away from shops and services in neighbouring Lake Chaparral and in Walden at the Gates of Walden. As well, there is easy access to Macleod Trail, Hwy. 22X and Deerfoot Trail. You can learn more about Chaparral Valley by visiting the showhomes, which are open Monday to Thursday, 2-8 p.m., weekends and holidays, noon-5 p.m., or visit welcometothevalley.ca.

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Community Profile

AUBURN BAY

Brookfield offers relaxing lakeside living with

Auburn Bay by HEATHER RYAN

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community where families can enjoy lakeside living and a relaxing cottage-country atmosphere has made Auburn Bay a hit with homebuyers. Crafted by Brookfield Residential, Auburn Bay is a 900-acre masterplanned community that includes a 43-acre freshwater lake and beautiful landscaping and scenic views. “Auburn Bay is a serene, beautiful community that is very relaxing and reminiscent of times spent at the cottage or kicking back on the lakeshore,” says marketing co-ordinator Laura Jobb. “From the moment you enter Auburn Bay, you instantly feel at home.”

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So it’s not surprising that Auburn Bay, with its wide range of home styles and available lots, appeals to everyone ranging from first-time to estate homebuyers looking for single- or multi-family product lines. For buyers who desire something special, new estate lots are now available in Auburn Bay including gorgeous lake front lots where elegant estate homes are being crafted by Albi Homes and Morrison Homes and priced at more than $1 million. These builders are also crafting estate homes on larger lots in Auburn Bay. Meanwhile, Phase 32 offers a broad range of housing choices including: duplexes and single-family homes by Brookfield Homes, both starting from the low $300,000s and featuring great specifications, exceptional value and stylish designs for the first-time homebuyer or those looking to downsize; and single-family homes by Baywest Homes, Cardel Homes, Cedarglen Homes and Jayman MasterBUILT offering designs that blend the space that families desire along with elegant and contemporary convenience starting in the low $400,000s. “We’re really excited that in early 2013 we’ll have a new estate showhome parade from Albi and Morrison and new single-family showhome parades


Auburn Bay is a serene, beautiful community that is very relaxing and reminiscent of times spent at the cottage or kicking back on the lakeshore.” Laura Jobb

opening featuring builders Cedarglen, Jayman and Baywest,” says Jobb. On the multi-family side, Mosaic Lakeside by Brookfield Homes and Chesapeake by Aspire Living by Jayman both feature townhomes that start from the low $200,000s. As well, Zen by Avalon is now open and offers one- and two-level townhomes starting at the $240,000s plus GST, and Stonecroft showcases apartment condos now selling in Phase 2 with prices starting in low $200,000s. Being developed around a lake, it’s only natural that Auburn Bay would have a cottage country theme that is unique and presents an attractive architectural style ensuring a scenic streetscape. Equally appealing is the abundance of green space including neighbourhood parks, pathways, playgrounds, future school sites, and ponds perfect for afternoons spent outside with your kids and socializing with neighbours. But the private 43-acre lake and 13-acre beach and

park with Auburn House as its centrepiece, are the community’s focal point. The park features tennis courts, a water splash park, volleyball and basketball courts, two hockey pond surfaces with a Zamboni and a toboggan hill. The park and lake allows families to enjoy the beach and activities such as swimming, canoeing and fishing in the summer and cross-country skiing, hockey and pleasure skating in the winter. Meanwhile, Auburn House is a year-round facility featuring a full-size gym, banquet space, change facilities and tennis courts, along with space for programs and community events. “Homebuyers love being in a lake community where they can spend four seasons enjoying activities,” Jobb says. “It’s really a recreation getaway right at your doorstep, yet you’re only 20 minutes from downtown.” Auburn Bay is conveniently located off Deerfoot Trail and Seton Blvd. S.E. and close to a variety of shops,

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services, coffee shops and restaurants just minutes away in nearby Cranston, McKenzie Towne and the 130 Avenue shopping area. As well, the first phase of nearby Seton’s Regional Retail, conveniently located on the southwest corner of Seton Boulevard and Seton Way, will offer Auburn Bay residents more shops and services. This retail area spans across 13 acres of land and will provide 130,000 square feet of optimal retail space. Construction completion is expected by fall 2013. Visit setonurbandistrict.com for more details. Residents are also pleased with upcoming nearby amenities – the new South Health Campus, which is expected to open this fall with Cardiac and Internal Medicine followed by phased openings of other departments, and the Hwy. 22X leg of Stoney Trail, which is anticipated to be completed in 2013. For more information about Auburn Bay, visit the showhomes, Monday to Thursday, 2-8 p.m., and weekends and holidays, noon-5 p.m., or visit liveauburnbay.ca.

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Auburn Bay » Premiere Lake Community in Calgary » Homes for every buyer from starter to estate » Across from the Seton development and the new South East Health Campus. » Showhomes are open Monday to Thursday, 2-8 p.m., and weekends/holidays, noon - 5 p.m. or visit liveauburnbay.ca


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COPPERFIELD

Hopewell’s

Copperfield presents a perfect place for families by HEATHER RYAN

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rom entry-level to large move-up homes, Copperfield is the perfect place to find a diverse range of housing styles to suit you and your family. Located in southeast Calgary, Copperfield is being developed by Hopewell Residential Communities on 598 acres offering a wide range of fabulous housing lines with affordable price points, terrific community amenities and a great location. “Copperfield is a really popular community in the southeast because of the value and affordability in all housing options for today’s buyers,” says Scott Hamilton, senior manager, marketing and community relations. “We’re seeing a number of people choose Copperfield because it’s a family-friendly community where they get more for their home-buying dollars.

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Copperfield’s single- and multi-family offerings means there is something for everyone from those just starting out and growing families to people looking to down-size, right-size and empty nesters. “People who live in Copperfield love it, and because of the variety of housing products available they can move multiple times within the community as needs and lifestyles change,” Hamilton says. “Right now we’re seeing huge demand from first-time buyers in both the multi-family and single-family market, which is perfect for Copperfield as we can offer great choice in both.” First-time buyers enjoy the affordability offered in Copperfield’s multi-family segment where apartment-style condos from Remington Homes and Stonecroft are starting from the $140,000s, while townhomes by Sabal Homes, Aldebaran, Remington and Stonecroft are starting from the $240,000s. “We’re thrilled to have these multi-family projects in the community as it allows us to offer a more complete range of homeownership opportunities for a greater number and diversity of families in all kinds of situations,” says Hamilton. “It opens up the market even wider to empty nesters, 106 calgary communities fall 2012

down-sizers, first-time buyers, singles, couples, grandparents – people who are looking for great floor plans and maintenance-free living allowing them freedom to travel. “The condo and townhome developments in Copperfield are striking a chord with buyers and sales are going really well,” Hamilton says. Sabal Homes and Stepper Custom Homes are crafting move-up homes with front-attached garages and have four showhomes on the parade that opened in spring presenting terrific designs, including an innovative accessible bungalow by Stepper. Both builders offer a wide range of styles that are “family centric,” with fabulous features and sizes that range from approximately 1,750 and 2,500 sq. ft., with prices starting in the low $400,000s. Copperfield also offers a single-family laned home product line crafted by Excel Homes and Sabal Homes. These affordable laned homes offer a wide selection of plans and an attractive price point starting in the low $300,000s with homes ranging from 1,030 to 1,700 sq. ft. “The laned homes are great for young families and people who are ‘right-sizing’ or maybe moving up from a condo and


want the backyard and they are being really well received by buyers,” Hamilton says. “The full opening of the South Calgary Health Campus (hospital) next year will mean big changes to the southeast,” he says. “It’s going to create about 3,500 jobs and a lot of those people want to live close to where they work and we’re already seeing an increase in sales in all the multi- and singlefamily product lines because of our close proximity to the hospital complex.” A major draw for buyers is Copperfield’s terrific amenities, including the large central park with the seven-acre Wildflower Pond, the extensive pathway system, tennis courts, an outdoor skating rink, playgrounds and two toboggan hills. Two three-acre parks were completed last year offering even more space for residents to connect with neighbours and explore within the community. There are three designated future school sites, two neighbourhood shopping centres within the community, and Copperfield is also within minutes of various shops, services and restaurants at McKenzie Towne and South Trail Crossing, that include both major grocery stores and big box retailers, along with boutiques and coffee shops. As well, 130th Avenue will soon connect directly to

the community, and McIvor Boulevard will soon open an additional two lanes of traffic between Copperfield and New Brighton. The location also provides easy connections to Hwy. 22X, Deerfoot Tr. and 52 St. S.E. and the completion of Stoney Trail by 2013 will offer another major route. For more information about Copperfield, visit the showhomes, open Monday to Thursday, 2-8 p.m., and weekends and holidays, noon-5 p.m., or visit copperfield.ca

Copperfield »C  opperfield offers a single-family laned home product line crafted by Excel Homes and Sabal Homes. These affordable laned homes offer a diverse range of plans and an attractive price point starting in the low $300,000s with homes ranging from approximately 1,030 to 1,700 sq. ft. »F  irst-time buyers enjoy the affordability offered in the multi-family segment where apartment-style condos from Remington Homes and Stonecroft are starting from the $140,000s, while townhomes by Sabal Homes, Aldebaran, Remington and Stonecroft are starting from the $240,000s

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McKENZIE TOWNE

Buyers embrace Brookfield’s charming

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ew homebuyers looking to make a home in fabulous McKenzie Towne will need to act quickly as this well-established community is now selling in its final phases. Crafted by Brookfield Residential, this neo-traditional designed community combines the charm and friendliness of a small town with all the conveniences of the big city, including numerous parks, ponds, playgrounds, and other amenities, such as shops, services and schools that people desire. “McKenzie Towne is a beautiful community that people connect with,” says Laura Jobb, marketing co-ordinator for Brookfield Residential. “The small-town charm of the beautiful tree-lined streets, picturesque ponds, quaint High Street shopping and European-inspired architecture make this community feel like home. McKenzie Towne has it all and people love it. “We are very happy with the success that we have seen with McKenzie Towne, and how Calgarians have truly embraced this unique community,” she says noting many families choose to buy again and again in the community to suit their changing lifestyles. Currently sales are underway in the last phase of estate homes, being built exclusively by Albi Homes on 44- to 52-ft. lots, featuring homes backing onto the beautiful Inverness pond and designs that provide all the space, style and details you desire starting from the low $600,000s.

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Meanwhile, Brookfield Homes is selling the last phase of semi-detached homes starting from the upper $200,000s. In the multi-family segment there is a number of terrific choices available including: Prestwick Place by Cardel Lifestyles; Monarch by Cove Properties; Zen by Avalon Master Builder; and Mosaic Mirage by Brookfield Homes. These projects offer a selection of apartment-style condos and townhomes starting from the $180,000s. Amenities have been a major attraction for buyers and a focal point in this vibrant 900-acre community is the fabulous McKenzie Towne Hall – a central community facility that provides 16,000 sq. ft. of community space. The McKenzie Towne Hall features a 125-seat banquet hall, perfect for weddings and other celebrations, and a gymnasium, excellent for floor hockey, basketball and other large scale events. There are also smaller multi-purpose rooms for meetings, birthday parties, fitness programs and more. McKenzie Towne centre features a classic small-town shopping district called High Street that offers boutiques, coffee shops, a grocery store, and professional offices, allowing residents to park their car and enjoy these conveniences all within walking distance of their homes. Exciting new openings on High Street include: the Edleun Educational Learning Centre; Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria; Chicken on the Way; Blue Phin Sushi and Bronze Baxx Tanning Studio.

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There are multiple parks and pathways throughout the community featuring Inverness square perfect for picnics and Prestwick Common with a splash park and a skating rink. As well, Elgin Hills is home to a great toboggan hill, while Inverness Pond is a scenic area for an evening stroll along the landscaped banks or a crisp morning jog. McKenzie Towne is conveniently located off Deerfoot Trail and Hwy. 22X with ease of getting around the city and close to a variety of shops, services and restaurants at the 130th Avenue shopping area. Residents are also pleased with the new South Health Campus, which is expected to open this fall with Cardiac and Internal Medicine, followed by


phased openings of operating rooms in early 2013, and emergency in winter 2013. The first phase of Seton’s Regional Retail is also underway and will provide McKenzie Towne residents an abundance of nearby conveniences. This will span across 13 acres of land and provide 130,000 square feet of optimal retail space, which will be conveniently located on the southwest corner of Seton Boulevard and Seton Way. The first tenants who have secured space in Phase 1 include Save On Foods, Shoppers Drug Mart, banks, services and restaurants. Phase 1of construction completion is expected by fall 2013. Brookfield is also thrilled to complete a land

sale transaction with Loblaws Inc. for a future Real Canadian Superstore in Seton anticipated to open in 2014. “We are thrilled at the prospect of what this retail area will mean to the residents in southeast Calgary,” Jobb says. “The announcement of the first retail tenants in Seton is an exciting step and we look forward to releasing more information on other tenants in the near future.” For more information about McKenzie Towne, visit the various showhomes open Monday to Thursday, 2-8 p.m., and weekends and holidays, noon-5 p.m., or visit livemckenzietowne.ca.

McKenzie Towne » Small Town Charm! » Direct Access to the shops and services of High Street and 130th Ave. » Homes from the $180,000s to over 1 million backing onto the pond. » Showhomes are open Monday to Thursday, 2-8 p.m. and weekends/holidays, noon-5 p.m. or visit livemckenzietowne.ca

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MAHOGANY

Hopewell’s

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aving a four-season playground at your doorstep and wide range of housing choices to choose from has seen Mahogany grow steadily in popularity in southeast Calgary. Crafted by Hopewell Residential Communities, Mahogany is quickly becoming the community of choice for people looking to build a new home; especially among those who desire an active lifestyle centred around Calgary’s largest lake – Mahogany’s 84-acre lake and beachfront amenity. “2012 has been a great year for Mahogany,” says Scott Hamilton, senior manager, marketing and community relations. “We’re outpacing sales estimates and seeing fantastic growth. “We opened a new front garage move-up parade in our Lakeland Collection this spring, and we’re looking forward to the opening of the Calgary Health Trust Lifestyle Lottery home in September,” he says. “The Lottery Home typically brings in thousands of visitors and we welcome them to a fantastic lottery home location across the street from the lake.” Mahogany offers a full range of housing styles in three home collections – the Lakeland Collection, the Reserve Collection, and the Boulevard Collection. “We have product from attached homes to ultra estate on the lake, so there is something for every buyer,” Hamilton says. The Lakeland Collection of homes features laned homes built exclusively by Sabal Homes ranging from 1,300 to 1,800 sq. ft. and priced from the $350,000s; and front-attached garage homes by Jayman MasterBUILT, Sabal, Stepper Custom Homes and Trico Homes that are priced from the $420,000s, and range from 1,800 to 2,500 sq. ft. Lots in the Lakeland Collection include those along the 74-acre wetland area in the northwest corner of the community, which will have pathways surrounding it, but be kept in a naturalized state. “We’re pleased that Stepper Custom Homes will be added alongside Sabal Homes in our Lakeland Collection laned homes later this year,” Hamilton says. Morrison Homes, Baywest Homes and Calbridge Homes are creating the luxurious Reserve Collection, which consists of a selection of premium front-attached garage homes, generously sized with luxurious appointments and offering larger lots with exclusive access to the lake and priced from the $600,000s. Exclusive lots backing onto the lake range from 54- to 60-feet wide, and Reserve Collection custom homes are priced from $1.3 million. A new parade of Reserve Collection custom homes on the lake will open in early 2013.

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Those looking to buy their first home love the Boulevard Collection that features attached homes built exclusively by Sabal Homes and priced from the $330,000s. These homes range in size from 1,300 to 1,600 sq. ft. New showhomes in this collection will open this fall. “We are thrilled with our builder group, and we celebrate the incredible accolades builders within our group received this year including Jayman MasterBUILT’s win for Builder of the Year, and Morrison Homes’ JD Power Customer Service award,” Hamilton says. “Next spring will bring a number of exciting milestones to Mahogany, including the opening of new estate homes in our Reserve Collection; the opening of new laned showhomes in our Lakeland Collection by Sabal Homes and Stepper Custom Homes, and an incredible new parade of lakefront estate showhomes, which is sure to be among the most outstanding in the entire city,” he says. “The full opening of the South Calgary Health Campus (hospital) next year will also mean big changes to the southeast and we’re already seeing an increase in new families choosing Mahogany because of its walking proximity to the hospital complex.” Along with the great selection of housing products and the appealing streetscape, buyers love the neighbourhood amenities and location. “The lake really offers a four-season playground giving homeowners an activity-based amenity at their front door,” Hamilton says. In the summer, residents enjoy all types of recreational activities from the beaches and swimming to volleyball courts, water features and more. While in the winter, a large path is cleared for skating and there are two hockey rinks. Residents will also enjoy the community’s other amenities such as the central park, 22 kilometres of pathways, the naturalized wetlands and approximately 265 acres of green space. As well, shops and services in Mahogany Village will add neighbourhood conveniences. Mahogany, situated off of 52nd Street, also offers a great location close to nearby shops, services and amenities in the southeast and has easy access to Hwy. 22X, and Deerfoot Trail. For more information on Mahogany, which won the award for New Community of the Year in 2009, visit the showhomes, the Information Centre or check out mahoganyliving.com.

Mahogany »M  ahogany offers a full range of housing styles by seven award-winning builders in three home collections »T  he lake really offers a four-season playground giving homeowners an activity-based amenity at their front door » v isit the showhomes, the Information Centre or check out mahoganyliving.com

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You’re right at home in a Genesis community.

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Calgary’s Vibrant Northeast Community

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If You Love Water You’ll Love Bayside

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